Warts on the feet are called verruca’s and are sometimes painful if they press on a sensitive part of the foot. Warts and verruca’s are usually harmless, but may be unsightly due to the changes in skin quality around the area where callus has developed over the area to protect the verruca.

They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and as such can move and spread around the feet.

Most people develop one or more warts at some time in their life, usually before the age of 20. About 1 in 10 people in the UK have warts at any one time. They are not usually harmful.

Many people misdiagnose corns and verruca as their appearance is very similar. It can also be made hard to identify a verruca due to the formation of hard skin or callus over the area. Correct diagnosis from your podiatrist is essential. Many people are more concerned by the appearance of the verruca and overlying hard skin than the verruca itself.

The treatments can vary greatly depending on the size, area and discomfort being caused by the verruca. Initially it is essential to remove the hard skin to make a firm diagnosis and begin treatments after this. Your podiatrist will alwaysgive the best advice to meet your individual needs. In many cases this can be self care advice