Frequently asked questions

What is a Verruca?

Verrucas are easy enough to recognise – small, white circular patches of abnormally thick skin on the sole of the foot. Often, they have a black spot at their centre, caused by clotted blood vessels. Normally, a verruca won’t cause problems, but if it’s on a weight-bearing part of the foot, it can be painful and a layer of hard skin is likely to form over it, making the problem worse.  Because verrucas are caused by a viral infection (unlike a corn or callus, which is just layers of dead skin), they can easily spread to other parts of the foot, or form unsightly clusters called a mosaic verruca. One way to tell if you have a verruca from a corn or callus is to is to pinch it (gently!) – if it’s painful, it’s probably a verruca.  Another telltale sign of a verruca is that the skin’s striae (lines) will become displaced around the affected area, rather like a knot in a piece of wood.

What causes Verrucas?

Verrucas are caused by the same common virus that causes warts. In fact, a verruca is simply a wart on the foot. Although the virus that causes a verruca is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is linked to cervical and penile cancer, it’s important to realise that there are over 100 different types of HPV, and the type of HPV that causes verrucas is not the same as the type that leads to cervical and penile cancer. When the verruca virus infects skin, it causes excessive production of a protein called keratin (which is also a key component of hair and nails), resulting in a hard  and rough skin texture. Because HPV can have a very long incubation period (the time between contracting the virus and seeing the verruca), it’s not always easy to tell where you picked up the virus – which means that it’s very important to take precautionary measures at all times to prevent yourself from catching it. We’ll look at these measures later.

If I don’t have a verruca, what is that round piece of hard skin on the sole of my foot?

Often time small round semi-translucent areas of hard skin can be found on the sole of the foot. However these are not verrucas, and are more likely to be what is commonly termed a seed corn. Verrucas differ in appearance, they have a rough grainy surface and often times have small black dots at the centre, which are clotted blood vessels. If in doubt, get a professional to have a look

Will the skin on the soles of my feet look normal again after treatment?

Your skin should look normal again after treatment. Occasionally there can be a small scar when cryosurgery is the choice of treatment, but this is rear

Can you treat warts on other areas of the body?

Yes, the clinic has treated many patients with warts on fingers, arms and legs. It’s best that you make an appointment to the clinic so that your condition can be assessed and appropriate advice or treatment can be given.

How can I be sure I have verruca or wart?

Verrucas and warts have a very distinct appearance, and the clinic has performed thousands of treatments, so you can rest assured you are in experienced hands. In the case that there is uncertainty the clinic will not suggest a treatment that isn’t suitable for your condition.

Why treat my verruca or wart?

In minor or mild cases of verruca/wart infection, people will often turn a blind eye. This can be a mistake as warts and verrucas can not only spread from person to person contact, but can spread on the same person and can last for decades. Furthermore they can at time be painful to walk on

Are you medically qualified to give this?

All treatments are carried out by a fully certified clinician, with years of experience in diagnosing and treating warts and verrucas. Indeed Happy Health Clinics are market leaders in the treatment of warts and verrucas and have treated thousands to date.

Can I claim on my health insurance?

Different insurers have different policy cover, so patients are strongly advised to check over their policy cover with their insurers before commencing treatment

How can I pay?

We accept cash or cheque for verruca or wart treatments. To schedule a free consultation, please email or call us on 0800 121 6633.