A wart on the bottom of a foot

Plantar Warts or Verrucae

Plantar Warts or Verrucae

What are Plantar Warts (Verrucae)?

Verrucae (warts) are the main viral infection on the foot caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).       They are typically found under the point of highest pressure, such as the ball of the foot.                 

Early on they appear as a small, dark, translucent puncture mark in the skin. 


Developed warts will have a ‘cauliflower appearance,’ rough surface and are painful when pinched with lateral pressure(from both sides).

Verrucae protrude above the level of skin unless they occur in weight bearing areas. 

When found on weight bearing surfaces they protrude into the skin and become more painful. 


A drawing in detail of a plantar wart or verruca plantaris

Types of Plantar Warts or Verruca

Mosaic warts are a group of multiple, small, tightly, packed individual warts and may not be painful. Whereas plantar warts are single or multiple warts and are usually painful. Periungual warts may develop around nail edge leading to distortion of the nail. These are often confused with corns (particularly neurovascular corns). 

Cartoon of a papilloma virus that causes plantar warts

As mentioned above lateral pressure (pinching) of verrucae causes sharp pain, whereas direct pressure causing pain is a corn.

3 pairs of feet in a family


There is a greater incidence of warts in younger population and this may be related to a less developed immune system, excessive perspiration or other environmental factors. 

Plantar Wart Treatment

Verrucae should be treated to alleviate pain, prevent spread of lesions and prevent recurrence. 

Be careful when sharing a bathroom with others, and don’t share shoes or socks.

Make an appointment with our Podiatrist at Dynamic Podiatry to get you pain and wart free.

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