A verruca is simply a plantar wart that is usually found on the soles of your feet, though they can also appear around the toes. In the early stages, a verruca looks like a small, dark, puncture mark but later turns grey or brown. It may become rough and bumpy with a cauliflower-like appearance and may develop a black spot in the middle, which is caused by bleeding. A verruca can grow to half an inch in diameter and may spread into a cluster of small warts.
This virus is very contagious but can only be caught by direct contact. It thrives in warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors and bathrooms. You could also catch the virus from an infected towel. As such, they are one of the most common foot problems in children.
They are harmless but they can cause a sharp, burning pain if you get one on a weight-bearing area such as the ball or the heel of the foot. They can become more painful because you can’t help but constantly press on the area when walking.
These common foot problems can typically be treated with at-home remedies. Only in severe cases will they require formal medical attention. Common foot problems can usually be prevented with suitable footcare. However, if you do repeatedly suffer from any of the mentioned issues, you should consider your foot hygiene and routines. Taking simple care with natural remedies is usually the best route for long term foot health. Do consult your GP if you are experiencing a serious case of any common foot problems. Alternatively, get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable team for more advice.