Summertime can see an increase in the number of verrucae that podiatrists are treating. Could this be because more time is spent doing sports in the summer, not wearing socks in the warm weather or being in the swimming pools on holidays? There is no definitive answer for this, but these examples could be one of the many reasons.
Verrucae are warts on the foot caused by the human papilloma virus which is common in all environments but doesn’t readily attack the skin. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can cause no pain at all or be very painful.
The build up of extra skin caused by the verruca is usually the reason that they can cause pain. Visiting a podiatrist can help when suffering with a painful verruca as they can remove the extra skin. This can cause immediate relief.
It can often be easy to leave a painless verruca untreated because most of the time the verruca will disappear. However, it is common for the verruca to return at some point in the future, so it is worth considering whether treatment is needed. Treatment for verrucae usually involves increasing blood flow to the problem area using caustics, cryotherapy or other methods.
If you have a verruca, it is recommended to visit a podiatrist who will be able to confirm a diagnosis and treat appropriately.