A verruca is a wart on the foot that is caused by a virus (HPV) When compared to other warts, verrucae on the feet appear flattened due to pressure from standing and walking.

There are two main types of verruca, they are:

Verruca plantaris

Verruca plantaris is the name given to a verruca on the sole of the foot

Mosaic verruca

Mosaic verruca is the name given to a cluster of small verrucae. Mosaic verrucae occur due to a process called autoinoculation. Autoinoculation is a secondary infection by an infection that a person already has.


Direct or indirect contact by another affected individual
Human papillomaviruses

Symptoms & Identification

Often painful due to their location
Sometimes itchy.
On scratching the warts may bleed as well.
Single or more than one clustered together with black dots
Round or oval
Raised or flattened.

Keynote: Squeeze test. If you pinch lesion, a corn will not elicit much pain, whereas verruca will cause pain in this position

Care & Treatment

At Home Podiatry, treatment varies depending on age, location, size, and number of verrucae present. As a result, the next step will be decided jointly between you and your podiatrist. It is important to remember that no verruca treatment option is 100% effective.

For more information on Verruca’s, or to have your feet assessed and treated, contact us today to schedule an appointment on 0800 002 5513