Verruca, or plantar warts, are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and are contagious. They appear to be small, hard lumps of skin and may have black spots. The virus pentrates the body through a lesion or crack in the skin. They are commonly found on the soles of the feet or toes and can be painful if they are in an area of high pressure. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, such as the area around a swimming pool/communal showers. Most people will get them at some point in their lives.
In time the verruca should go of its own accord. Certain treatments available can help, but there is no guarantee that the verruca will go, and in some instances return. However, if the verruca is painful, make an appointment to see a podiatrist who can gently remove the overlying hard skin making the verruca painful and give advice on treatment options.