Verrue du pied : symptômes, causes, traitement.

Warts are very common skin conditions. They are usually located on the foot and can be contagious. We took stock with Sylvie Servat, podiatrist in Paris.


Warts belong to the family of human papillomavirus (HPV) and can affect anyone in their lifetime, regardless of age.

What are the different types of warts?

There are several categories of warts, which will depend on the type of papillomavirus. The most common are:

  • The common wart : it is characterized by a hard, rough flesh-colored or grayish dome and most often appears on the hands;
  • The plantar wart : as its name suggests, it most often appears on the sole of the foot. It can sometimes be painful due to the weight of the body;
  • The flat wart : these are mainly clustered warts, on the backs of the hands and wrists, “that occur in adolescents”says the podiatrist.

Wart Symptoms

“The wart is easily recognized by sight, in particular because the virus will create an outgrowth of skin which will embed the streaks of the skin”says podiatrist Sylvie Servat.

These skin growths will sometimes cause pains (especially in the case of the plantar wart), “especially if it is located on a fulcrum which will awaken the pain”, says the podiatrist. They can also sometimes cause itching.

Warts are different from a corn because they have small black dots on their surface.

Foot warts: what are the causes?

The warts can affect everyoneregardless of age or gender.

“They are often transmitted in very busy places where the foot is in direct contact with the ground, especially swimming pools, changing rooms or beaches”explains the specialist.

To avoid them, it is advisable to avoid walking barefoot in public places, in particular by wearing flip-flops or anti-wart slippers, and to wash your feet well after having visited them.

How is a wart treated?

Most of the time, warts disappear on their own and some healthcare professionals choose not to treat it on purpose. In children, they can disappear in a few weeks. In adults, healing takes longer but they often disappear within two years of onset.

However, in case of discomfort, or risk of contagion, some solutions exist. “The most effective treatments are verrucides, products based on salicylic acid, to which homeopathy can be added, in particular the product Verrulia”says Sylvie Servat.

In the case of warts that do not disappear, it is possible to go to the dermatologist in order to burn them with liquid nitrogen. The cold will cause the wart to peel off. “However, this treatment is painful and can leave scars, just like laser treatment”ends Sylvie Servat.

Our speaker: Sylvie Servat, podiatrist pedicure in the 16th arrondissement of Paris

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