The Vale Clinic

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 Vale Clinic  I offer a variety of treatment options for the removal of Verrucas & Warts. Research shows treatment modalities for Verrucae, are known to have approximately 70% success rates:

  • Falknor’s Needling 
  • Caustics – acid application
  • CryoPen Cryotherapy

Falknor’s Needling

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.


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. 

CryoPen Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a safe technique used to treat Verrucae and Warts.  At the clinic, I use the CroPen to freeze the viral cells within the verruca.  The 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.

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