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Verruca & Wart Removal

Verruca & Wart Removal

What are Verrucae?

Verrucae and Warts are viral in nature, and are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus – HPV. They can be found on any part of the foot, but commonly on the soles and the toes.  There are over 200 sub-types of the virus, only a few are known to present in the foot. 

Treatment for Verrucae

At the foot clinic I offer a variety of treatment options for the removal of Verrucas & Warts.  

  • Cryotherapy/Freezing
  • Caustics –  acid treatment
  • Dry Needling
You can find out more in my blog on Verrucae here.

Cryotherapy or Freezing

Cryotherapy is a safe technique used to treat Verrucae and Warts.  

At the clinic, I use CryoPen cryotherapy to freeze the viral cells within the verruca.  CryoPen is precise in treating a defined area of the infected skin. 

Freezing destroys the virus in the skin, thereby allowing the body to detect its presence and start the process of healing.  

The number of sessions required to heal the Verruca, varies from person to person.  It depends on the size of the Verruca, how long the verruca has been present, and the body’s ability to adequately heal.

Caustics

Salicylic acid ointment 60% concentration

This is a paste that works by gradually peeling away the layers of affected area of skin.  It is applied to the affected area/s within a dressing, which can be left for a period of five to seven days.  The process is repeated on a weekly basis, and it’s effectiveness reviewed at each appointment.

Silver Nitrate 75-95% concentration

This is another acid treatment which acts on the protein within the viral tissue.  It is applied after pairing or filing down the hard skin over the affected area.  It forms a black waterproof cap over the Verruca, thereby lowering the risk of spread of the virus.  There is no need for prolonged dressing use for this particular treatment.  It can be used as a home treatment under supervision and instruction of a Podiatrist. 

Dry Needling

Dry needling also known as Falknor’s needling, is an effective treatment which is increasingly being used for Verruca & Wart removal.  The Verruca is broken down by perforation under local anaesthetic, allowing the body’s own defence system to recognise the presence of the virus, and fight against it.

To find out more about the treatments offered, contact the clinic on 07988 916 198.

Case study

Below are photos of before and after treatment of a patient in their late teens.  They had longstanding verrucae for approximately 5 years which were painful to walk on.  They had tried several over the counter treatments and creams from their doctor which proved to be unsuccessful at clearing the verrucae. This particular patient had dry needling of one verruca on the right foot, after a few weeks the verrucae  on both feet resolved. Picture on the left was taken at their first appointment and second picture at week 16. (patient consent gained)

I will like to say not all patients have the same healing rates, or respond to certain treatments. Research shows treatment modalities for Verrucae are known to have approximately 70% success rates.  Treatment plans are tailored to the individual, and are reviewed regularly.

Wart & Verruca removal successfully treated- Will my 7-year old verruca go away?
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