What Is a Podiatrist/Chiropodist?
A Chiropodist/Podiatrist (Podiatrist is the internationally recognised name) is someone who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of foot conditions. Since 2005, Chiropody/Podiatrist became protected and can only be used by someone registered with the Health Professions Council (hpc) Registration depends on successful completion of a recognised training and commitment to continued professional development and education.
What is a Verruca?
A verruca is a Human Papilloma Virus (hpv). Often referred to as a plantar wart. Often verruca are misdiagnosed as corns as they can appear similar. Usually direct pressure does not hurt but if squeezed it can be very painful. The surface of verruca may have black dots this is caused by pressure due to weight bearing pushing the virus onto the blood supply.
A verruca (plantar wart) is a wart on the sole of the foot. It is the same as a common wart, but the weight of the body presses it into the foot, which can be painful. Verrucas are slightly raised and circular in shape, with a thickened rim of surrounding skin that looks like a callus. The surface of the verruca may have black dots (‘pepper-pot’ appearance). There may be several verrucas or just one.
Sometimes verrucas form clusters of small warts, called ‘mosaic warts’ – these are usually painless. In children, verrucas tend to come and go quite quickly, but in adults they can persist for several years if they are not treated.