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Verrucas (warts on the feet) are a common problem caused by a virus; they can be treated with products bought from a pharmacy.

Diabetics with verrucas should consult their doctor.

Whilst not very infectious per se, the virus can be picked up through contact with other infected people, especially in public swimming pools.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Verrucas grow on the soles of the feet and can become painful when the person is walking or running

Verrucas can be prevented by:

  • Each family member using separate face flannels and towels

Treatment at home is possible by applying cream or paint products available from a pharmacist.


Athlete's foot is a fungal infection which can affect people of all ages but can be treated without visiting the doctor.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Broken, sore and itchy skin between the toes
  • Bleeding when scratching
  • Smelly feet

Athlete’s foot can be prevented by:

  • Washing feet daily, or more often if required
  • Drying thoroughly, especially between the toes
  • Wearing clean woollen or cotton socks
  • Never wearing trainers without socks
  • Avoiding walking barefoot on damp surfaces

Treatment at home is possible by applying an anti-fungal cream or powder available from your pharmacist (continue to treat until your feet have been free of infection for at least a fortnight)


Chiropodists (or podiatrists as they are now generally called) are involved with the total care of the feet and, through the feet, the whole body.

Podiatrists will examine and advise on correct footwear, minor problems such as verrucas or ingrowing toenails, which will then be treated.

Hammer toes and bunions can also be treated surgically under a local anaesthetic.

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