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Preventing Verrucae

plantar-wart-8Warts or “Verrucae” come in many different shapes and sizes and can appear in many different locations on the body. Their appearance can vary from a relatively small and innocuous lesion to a large mosaic-style cluster with multiple satellite lesions. Mosaic clusters are more difficult to treat than individual verrucae.


Verrucae are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are lots of different variations of HPV and the one which affects the foot is only one type. On the feet these are commonly referred to as plantar verrucae. Verrucae are a virus which is easily picked up and transmitted from general contact.


The symptoms of a plantar wart may include:

  • Thickened skin (Hyperkeratosis) – Often a verrucae can resemble a Corn or hard skin because of its tough, thick appearance.
  • Pain/discomfort – Weight-bearing may be uncomfortable.

Verrucae are picked up very easily from skin contact with the virus which has been transmitted from another host.  To help prevent this, it is important to cover the verrucae and regularly clean all surfaces it comes in contact with.

Diagnosis and Treatment

When diagnosing a verrucae, the podiatrist will examine the patient’s foot and check for signs and symptoms of a wart.

Although verrucae may eventually clear up on their own without any intervention, most patients are seeking a quicker solution. The goal of treatment is to completely remove the wart.


We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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Sutherland, NSW 2232

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