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A verrucae is a wart that appears on the sole of your feet, and also around the toes. In the early stages, the verrucae may look like a small black dot on your foot, but later turns grey/brown. It may also appear rough and bumpy. Verrucae can become confused with corns, but verrucae tend to be painful to pinch, whereas corns are painful when a force is applied directly to the corn. Verrucae are caused by a virus, known as Human Papiloma Virus (HPV). This virus is contagious, but can only be caught by direct contact. The virus thrives in moist, warm environments, therefore swimming pools, changing rooms and towels all have excellent conditions for this to thrive. Verrucae tend to be most common in young children, teenagers and sporty people.You can minimise the chances of catching verrucae by keeping your feet clean and dry, and cuts covered. If you do have verrucae, avoid walking barefoot and if you do go swimming, wear verrucae socks to avoid passing on the virus. If you do develop a verrucae, avoid scratching it as this will cause it to spread. Verrucae do generally disappear from six to eighteen months without treatment. However, some can be uncomfortable, troublesome or unsightly and we can treat verrucae for you. Cryotherapy Treatment: This will involve removing any overlying hard skin around the verrucae, then using nitrous oxide to freeze off the verrucae, by destroying the verrucae tissue. This may work as a one-off treatment alone, however, the veruccae may need two or three treatments to completely remove it. After freezing the verrucae, a blister usually appears for a few days following the cryotherapy.