A verruca is a wart on the foot, called a plantar wart. They are bumpy in appearance like a mini cauliflower but flatten from the pressure of walking. They can reach up to ½ inch in diameter or present in clusters of many small verrucae. and are caused by HPV, (human papilloma virus).
Verrucas are harmless and have no real side effects. Although, sometimes they can cause a small sharp or burning pain if you get one on a weight bearing area of the foot such as the ball or heel where hard skin can build up. Non weight bearing verrucae lesions do not tend to cause pain. Verrucas are transmitted person to person, HPV likes damp/wet environments, so it’s common to get them from swimming pools and changing rooms that have showers. They can also be transmitted by contaminated objects such as towels, shoes or pummistones.
Most of the time Verrucae will heal on their own if left alone however, they can easily spread so if the verruca is touched or scratched a sufferer must wash their hands straight away or it can spread to other parts of the body.
There are many, many different options for treating a verruca. You should know that ALL verrucas will eventually go on their own. It can take years, but they will go. There is also no treatment available that is 100% guaranteed to get rid of your verruca. Due to the nature of the virus they can be particularly stubborn.
At LR podiatry we are very proud to provide two treatments for verrucae that both provide excellent success rates.
SWIFT Microwave therapy uses a bespoke probe to apply heat via microwave heating that heats the water molecules in the skin causing a reaction in the host know as heat shock, creating a surge in immune response in that area. This treatment does not require any local anaesthetic or dressings.
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Needling is a minor surgical procedure, which involves the use of a fine needle to puncture the verruca lesion and dermo-epidermal junction multiple times under local anaesthesia. The goal is to implant infected cells into the dermis, provoking an immune response, which in turn leads to the regression of the verrucae.
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