Verrucae are a common complaint amongst children and adults. A verruca is a small skin lesion which are usually found on the bottom surface of the foot. The lesions rarely exceed 15mm in diameter.

A verruca on the base of a foot.
Example of Verrucae.

All verrucae are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is common in many environments but does not readily infect the skin. The virus requires a scratch or some damage to the skin to infect the tissues beneath.

Verrucae are commonly contracted in communal places such as changing rooms or swimming pools. Excessive moisture or excessive dryness can cause the skin to crack and allow the virus to enter the skin. There are various treatments for verrucae and these can be discussed with your Podiatrist at the appointment.

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