Verrucae are warts that occur on the feet, most commonly on the soles and toes. They are benign tumours caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and are contagious. Verrucae are most often contracted in moist, damp areas such as swimming pools and communal changing areas.
Verrucae occur when the skin is compromised or broken as this allows the virus to invade skin cells and incubate. An overproduction of skin cells then occurs as the virus replicates and this causes the `warty` appearance of verrucae.
In view of the increased incidence of skin cancers, it is recommended that all tumour like or new discoloured lesions on your feet should be checked by a GP or HCPC registered podiatrist.
Verrucae and warts usually spontaneously resolve within 6-12 months. If they do not hurt, aren’t spreading or causing cosmetic concern, recommendations are to leave them alone as the body’s own immune system will eventually recognise and destroy the virus without the need for treatment.