These are warts on the soles of your feet.

Verrucae, sometimes called plantar warts or spelled verrucae, are warts that develop on plantar surfaces - that is, the soles (or bottom) of the feet. The pressure from normal standing and walking tends to force the warts into the skin, and this can make the warts painful. Like all warts, they are harmless and may go away even without treatment, but in many cases they are too painful to ignore. Verrucae that grow together in a cluster are known as mosaic warts.


The symptoms of verrucae include:

  • Small, bumpy growths on the soles of the feet, often with a tiny black dot, or dots, on the surface.
  • Pain in the soles of the feet when standing or walking.

Verrucae (or warts) are caused by a viral infection, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV 2 and 7) that can enter the skin through tiny incisions (micro injury).

Like other viral infections, verrucae are contagious, commonly spread from the surface of floors in public swimming pools, communal showers, or even your shower at home. Epidemics of verrucas sometimes break out among people who share gym or athletic facilities or who engage in group activities where bare feet are the rule, such as yoga and martial arts.  Because most people build immunity to the virus with age, verrucae are more common in children than in adults.

“Sometimes telling whether or not you have a Corn or Verrucae can be difficult. If you wish to treat them effectively, you need to know which one you have”. Mr Stefan R Edwards, FNZCPS,  Podiatric Surgeon.

If the Verrucae is over 3mm diameter or if it’s surrounded by thickened dead skin, it usually requires gentle, painless surgical removal, as freezing or chemical treatment often isn’t enough to remove all the infected tissue. You will normally experience little to no post-operative discomfort can normally return to work the same day of treatment.

The Verruca virus, Human Papillomavirus (HPV 2 and 7), is part of the environment flora and as such it is difficult to avoid. At this stage is  no inoculation or effective process to avoid this virus a we are reliant upon our own auto-immune system to defend us against it. 

For further advice or to make an appointment, please contact one of our professional team, our numbers and contact details are listed on the Contact page.