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Warts are small rough growths that appear on the skin that are typically painless but unsightly. If you have a wart on your foot and you are concerned then visit one of our podiatrist at who can provide you with advice and treatment.

What are warts?

Warts are small raised lumps that appear on the skin, they are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Warts are benign, this means that they are not cancerous; however they are very contagious and are easily spread.

What causes Warts?

Warts are a viral infection, this means that they are caused by a virus, specifically the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

The HPV virus is contracted through skin to skin contact as well as through objects, this means that if an infected person touches an object with the wart, and then someone else touches or uses that object, then that person has a high risk of contracting the virus ' and therefore a wart also.

Communal areas such as swimming pools and gyms etc. can also harbour the virus and increase your risk of catching a wart.

What are the signs and symptoms of warts?

The signs and symptoms of a wart include the following:

  • A single or cluster of small rough growths
  • The skin surrounding the wart may be lighter or darker
  • A planter wart (verruca) will have a cluster of tiny black dots within it, these are blood vessels and overlying callus

Types of warts

There are a variety of different warts due to the different strains of HPV. The following information refers to warts that appear on the foot only.

A verruca is the name given to a plantar wart, this is a wart found on the sole of the foot.

Mosaic Warts
Mosaic warts grow in clusters and are common on the sole of the foot.

Perriungual Warts
Perriungual warts are found under and around the toe and fingernails. Periungual warts can often distort the shape of the nail as it pushes against the nail plate.

Common warts
This is the characteristic wart: rough, raised and with a cauliflower appearance. Common warts are often found on fingers, but because of this they are easily spread to other parts of the body.

How are warts diagnosed?

One of our podiatrists at will be able to easily identify a wart based on its appearance.

What would podiatry for warts involve?

A visit to always begins with an assessment. An assessment is a crucial part of the appointment and includes:

  • A medical history
  • Your account of the problem
  • An examination
  • Treatment as appropriate
Upon the diagnosis of a wart your podiatrist may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:


A wart is either a cluster of, or a single, small, rough, benign lump that appears on the skin and is the result of infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Warts are highly contagious and are easily spread through skin on skin contact, as well as through objects, clothing and footwear.

If you have a wart and you are concerned then why not visit one of our podiatrists at Our podiatrists are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower limb conditions; we will diagnose and explain your condition, before deciding upon a mutually agreed treatment plan.

To arrange an assessment with one our podiatrists please email or call 0330 088 4222.

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