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Understanding Verrucas: Diagnosis and Effective Treatments







At The Functional Podiatrist, we offer comprehensive care for verrucas, including accurate diagnosis of the different types. Verrucas, or plantar warts, can vary in appearance and symptoms, but our experienced podiatrists are here to identify and treat them effectively.

Diagnosis of Different Types of Verrucas.

Verrucas come in various forms, each with its own characteristics. Here's how we diagnose and differentiate them:

  • Common Warts (verruca vulgaris): These warts are typically round or oval-shaped, firm, raised, and have a rough, irregular surface. They can appear on the feet, fingers, and knees, varying in size.

  • Verrucas (plantar warts): Verrucas on the soles of the feet are often white with a black dot (blood vessel) in the center. They are flat rather than raised and can be painful, especially when on weight-bearing areas.

  • Mosaic Warts: These warts grow in clusters, forming a "tile-like" pattern. They are commonly found on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

  • Periungual Warts: These warts develop under and around the fingernails or toenails. They have a rough surface, can affect the nail's shape, and may be painful.

  • Plane Warts: Plane warts are typically yellowish, smooth, round, and flat-topped. They are usually 2-4mm in diameter and are common in young children, often appearing on the hands, face, and legs. 

Our team of podiatrists is trained to identify these different types of verrucas through a thorough examination. Accurate diagnosis is the first step in developing a tailored treatment plan for your specific condition.

Effective Treatments for Verrucas

Once we have determined the type of verruca you have, we offer a range of effective treatments to ensure your feet are pain-free and beautiful again. Our treatment options include:c

  1. Salicylic Acid or Monochloric Acetic Acid: These topical treatments help break down verruca tissue, aiding in their removal.

  2. Freezing / Cryotherapy Treatment: Using cryotherapy, we freeze and remove verruca tissue, promoting healthy skin growth.

  3. Verruca Needling: This specialised technique stimulates the immune system to fight the verruca, leading to its elimination. This technique is often used for stubbron warts that are hard to clear. For more on this treatment please click the link here.

See below the results of a Verrucae Needling:





Our podiatrists will discuss these treatment options with you and create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs and the type of verruca you have. We believe in educating our patients and providing them with the tools to keep there feet in happy clean condition.

Don't let verrucas disrupt your life. If you suspect you have a verruca or are experiencing discomfort, contact The Functional Podiatrist for expert diagnosis and effective treatment. We're here to help you step into a future with pain-free, beautiful feet. You can book your appointment by clicking the link or calling us at 02035760630.

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verrerca beforeand after.HEIC
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