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Did Sarah Ferguson Get Verruca from Princess Di? - The Podiatry Group

Even royalties aren’t spared from foot diseases such as plantar warts. As humiliating as it may be, Sarah, the Duchess of York, was once quoted as having contracted a verruca or plantar wart after borrowing a shoe from her then sister-in-law Princess Diana of Wales. This was written in Tina Brown’s book, The Diana Chronicles. After the book was released, the princess was so humiliated by what the duchess said that she never spoke to her again. But is verruca really something to be ashamed of?

What is a verruca?

Verrucas are more commonly known as plantar warts. This is a type of wart is found on plantar surfaces.

Is it contagious?

Yes, plantar warts are highly contagious. Warts, in general, release thousands of viruses that a close skin-to-skin contact by an infected person with an unaffected one can pass on the virus. It can also be transmitted indirectly through shared objects such as towels and shoes, or coming in contact with contaminated surfaces such as floors and swimming pool surfaces.

Consult a podiatrist for any signs of a foot problem. Dr. Mark E. Reiner is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

What are some of the signs and symptoms of verruca?

A plantar wart is characterized by signs and symptoms such as:

  • The skin area is white
  • Presence of black dot or dots in the center
  • The wart is not raised from the skin surface
  • It appears on the sole of your feet
  • Painful sometimes
  • What are the risk factors of contracting verruca?
  • People who are most at risk are:
  • Senior citizens
  • People who have weak immune systems
  • People with a number of foot lesions

Treatment of verrucas

In some cases, verrucas are being left alone until they go away. However, the pain is most often unbearable that treatments should be done. The treatment for verrucas will be considered for the following reasons:

  • It is causing pain
  • It interferes with your everyday life
  • You have potential risk factors for developing cancer

There is no single treatments for plantar warts and the treatments do not guarantee that verrucas will never return. However, some of the treatments are: (Check with your doctor before treatment)

  • Salicylic acid. There are creams, gels and medicated plasters being sold in pharmacies which contain salicylic acid.
  • Cryotherapy. A liquid nitrogen is being sprayed in the wart to freeze and kill the cell.
  • Duct tape. Place a duct tape over the wart for about six days. Once removed, soak the wart in water and use an emery board to rub rough areas.
  • Surgery. Surgeries are the last option and is only used to remove all traces of warts. Curretage and cautery is the usual surgery being done.
  • Chemical treatments. Chemicals such as formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and podophyllin are used.

At The Podiatry Group, located in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas and Cherokee Village, we specialize in helping people with foot skin disorders.  To schedule an appointment call 870-931-3338.

Remedies for Heel Fissures - The Podiatry Group


Reality television show star Holly Madison of The Girls Next Door on the outside is your typical next door beauty. She may have the perfect face but unknown to many, she is suffering from a foot condition. Sadly, the model and best-selling author is suffering from heel fissures.

What is a heel fissure?

Heel fissures is simply the cracking of your heels due to dry skin.  Though cracked heels is generally not a major health concern, this should not be ignored as it can lead to serious complications if left untreated.

Cracked heels are common in elderly considering that their skin is not as moisturized when they are younger. Another common victim of cracked heels are women who love to wear heels. Consult a podiatrist to learn more about heel fissures. Dr. Mark E. Reiner is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

What should I be aware of?

First, you need to make sure that the skin on your feet does not become dry, hard and flaky. These may cause deep fissures that can be painful and even bleed. Simple cracked heels can also lead to infection especially for people suffering from diabetes.

Some Other causes of heel fissures include:

  • Dryness and calluses
  • Prolonged neglect of the foot
  • Lack of proper foot care
  • Prolonged standing
  • Overweight
  • Excessive feet activity
  • Wearing back-open sandals or shoes
  • Continuous exposure to water

Medical conditions such as: vitamin deficiency, athlete’s foot, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, thyroid disease, and some other skin conditions

What are remedies for heel fissures?  (Please check with your podiatrist before treatment)

  1. Develop a regular regime of cleaning your feet.
  2. Moisturize your feet on a daily basis.
  3. Soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes before going to bed each night.
  4. Do foot scrub with pumice stone or foot file.
  5. Apply heavy moisturizer or lotion and cover it with foot covers or a pair of cotton socks.
  6. How to prevent heel fissures?
  7. Exercise your feet regularly.
  8. Keep feet clean and moisturize all the time.
  9. Avoid walking barefoot.
  10. Avoid wearing high-heels and open-back shoes.
  11. Avoid long exposures to water and damp area.
  12. Increase blood circulation by soaking feet in warm water. 

At The Podiatry Group, located in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas and Cherokee Village, we specialize in helping people find relief from chronic foot pain and foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call 870-931-3338.