Verruca’s: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is an extremely common virus. At some point in our lives most of us will catch the virus. There are over 100 identified types of HPV and each different type has been assigned a specific number. Different types affect different parts of the body causing lesions. The majority of HPV types infect the skin on external areas of the body, including the hands and the feet.

The specific type podiatrist also known as chiropodist deal with is HPV types 1 and 2 which cause verruca’s on the feet. Plantar warts are hard, grainy growths that usually appear on the heels or balls of your feet, areas that feel the most pressure. This pressure may cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus).

The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your foot. Most plantar warts aren’t a serious health concern and may not require treatment. However, plantar warts can cause discomfort or pain. If self-care treatment for plantar warts doesn’t work, you may want to see a podiatrist/chiropodist to have them removed.

-             A small, or large, fleshy, rough, grainy growth on the bottom of you foot, can be singular or in clusters

-             Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well defined “spot” on the skin, where a wart has grown inward

-             Black pinpoints, which are commonly called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels

-             A lesion that interrupts the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your foot

-             Pain or tenderness when walking or standing


A range of treatments can be offered, ask your podiatrist what is best for you and your specific requirements.