A verruca is another name for a plantar wart, caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Verrucas are a type of wart that affect the bottom of the feet.
They can range from one circular lump to a cluster of small lumps with overlying hard skin or callus and may sometimes contain small black dots. They often look quite like corns and can last for years at a time.
There are a number of treatment options available out for verrucae, though no one treatment can guarantee a cure.
One very good option is salicylic acid which is a cream that is applied to the foot. Our expert Chiropodists and Podiatrists use a very strong version of this in clinic so it is excellent for getting at the verruca.
Pharmacies also stock salicylic acid for you to put on at home. This can also be helpful but this is a much weaker form of the salicylic acid than we can use in clinic.