Verrucas are warts that occur on the feet. They are the same as warts on any other part of the body. They are flat rather than raised like a wart due to them being on a weight bearing area.
Verrucas are small, rough, often round, lumps on the skin. Sometimes you will only see one or two verrucas on one or both feet, though they can cover larger areas of skin. Verrucas are common in children and are generally harmless and pain-free, research has shown that the vast majority of the time verrucas clear by themselves in children without intervention, therefore treatment is not advisory.
They are caused by a virus (human papillomavirus virus [HPV]) which causes a reaction in the upper layers of the skin. They are often picked up through walking barefoot where someone else may of walked barefoot, particularly in a wet environment like at the swimming pool or changing rooms. Verruca’s actually are not very contagious at all and it is not known why some people are more prone to catching them.
If you have a verruca, there is no harm in leaving it as research has shown the majority of the time verruca’s will clear without any treatment as the body’s own immunity fights it off. If you do not wish to do this, visit your local podiatrist for treatment.
There are a number of treatment options available for verruca but there is no single treatment option that is 100% guaranteed to clear it. Some treatments will work for some, but might not for others. The overlying hard skin that may develop over the verruca can be removed by a podiatrist to relieve discomfort but this will not ‘remove’ the verruca in a single treatment. Verruca’s cannot simply be ‘cut out’ and do not have a root. A podiatrist can advise on the appropriate management plan for your verruca at your initial assessment. Going forward it is important not to pick the area and to ensure to wear something on the feet at all times in communal areas.
Verruca treatment options can include:
Is the reduction of the overlying thickened tissue of verruca which is usually completely painless, this provides relief from discomfort caused by the build-up of excess tissue. Bleeding is common with this method, there is a theory that the bleeding may stimulate an immune response which can eradicate the verruca. We provide this treatment at all our clinics.
Applications of acid applied to the verruca can be used to destroy infected tissue. The acid is left in situ for a period of time, and are usually applied every 2-4 weeks. We provide this treatment at all our clinics.
Cryotherapy is destruction of tissue using cold temperatures. Usually, liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide is applied to the verruca in a controlled manner. This procedure can be painful and is usually performed every 1-4 weeks. We provide this treatment at all our clinics.
Verrutop uses a Nitrizinc complex, it produces a painless mummification of the verruca tissue which causes it to detach from the healthy skin. Verrutop is applied every 2 weeks for a maximum of 6 sessions. It is best suited for smaller verruca or warts. We provide this treatment at all our clinics.
Is a minor surgical procedure performed under a local anaesthetic, where the verruca is punctured with a needle multiple times. This is thought to push the viral particles deeper into the tissues and stimulate an immune response. We provide this treatment at some of our clinics – please enquire first.
Excision is a rarely performed surgical procedure performed by a podiatric or suitably qualified surgeon, where the verruca is cut out. This is still not 100% effective, as adjacent viral particles may remain, that cannot be seen with the naked eye (there is around a 50% reoccurrence rate). The aftercare is painful and there is a high chance of scarring.
SWIFT - Microwave treatment
A relatively new therapy where microwaves are penetrated into the lesion causing the destruction of tissue. SWIFT is a microwave treatment; this is provided at only some clinics who have the equipment required. We provide this treatment at some of our clinics – please enquire first.
Please see other pages for further information:
Download our Verruca Treatment information pack
Download our Verrutop information pack
Download our SWIFT Microwave Therapy information pack
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