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Verrucas, sometimes called plantar warts, are warts that develop on the soles (or bottom) of the feet. Although they are harmless and may even go away without treatment, in many cases, they are too painful to ignore as the pressure from normal standing and walking tends to force the warts into the skin.
Like all warts, verrucas, are caused by a virus that invades the skin through tiny cuts or scrapes. And like other viral infections, they are contagious, commonly spread from the surface of floors in public swimming pools, communal showers, or even your shower at home.
- Small, bumpy growths on the soles, often with a tiny black dot, or dots, on the surface.
- Pain in soles of the when standing or walking
There is no single treatment for verrucas that works every time. Treatment will typically depend on the individual's ability to tolerate the pain. Conventional treatment focuses on removal, while alternative approaches emphasize gradual remission.
If you think you might have verrucas, DO NOT attempt to cut them off yourself as this might lead to a serious injury.