What exactly is a verruca?
Verrucas or plantar warts as they’re sometimes called are warts which develop on the soles of the feet or around the toes. They can often be painful due to the fact we walk and put pressure on our feet daily. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which typically invades our bodies through small cuts and scratches.
Can I prevent them?
You may not even be aware that you have been infected with HPV; indeed, it can take several weeks or months for a verruca to develop on your skin after you have contracted the virus. However, there are preventative measures which you can take that will make their growth less likely. For example, cover your feet in scenarios where you will be exposed to surfaces people usually tread on in their bare feet (public swimming pools or communal showers). It’s important to remember that the virus is highly contagious.
What verruca treatment is available?
If you have a verruca and it’s causing you pain or discomfort, there are a number methods of treating verrucas we can offer, including Microwave Therapy Treatment.
This involves the use of salicylic acid on the infected area which contains chemicals that will burn the verruca away. Be careful with application as it can destroy healthy areas of the skin and it’s always advisable to seek the professional opinion of a podiatrist before commencing with over-the-counter treatments.
Perhaps the most well-known method of banishing verruca’s and warts, cryotherapy involves the application of freezing the affected area. Essentially, the wart is frozen; after treatment, a blister will form which, in turn, will fall off and take the verruca with it. Treating verrucas with cryoptherapy can often lead to multiple treatments depending on size and how long you may have had the verruca or warts.
Low level laser treatment
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of alternative medicine that uses low-level (low-power) lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Other names include low-power laser, soft laser, cold laser, bio stimulation laser, therapeutic laser, and laser acupuncture. Whereas high-power lasers used in laser medicine destroy or cut tissue, low-power lasers are claimed to stimulate it and to encourage the cells to function.
This treatment is often a lot less painful than other treatments and is particularly popular when treating the younger patients.
Usually reserved for the most stubborn of cases (where patients have suffered with a verruca over an extended period of time), needling involves a minor surgical procedure. Under local anaesthetic, a hypodermic needle is used to repeatedly puncture the wart with the aim to stimulate immune response. This method encourages your body to attack the virus over the course of several weeks.
Whatever verucca treatment you opt for, remember to first seek the opinion of your podiatrist; some home remedies can be risky, especially if you have preexisting conditions such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease.
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What our clients have said
“After suffering for 10 years with verrucas and nobody able to help me, I went to see Richard who following 6 months of treatment has finally rid me of the dreaded verruca curse. Thank you Richard!”
- Lyme Regis
“Professional,friendly caring service. Effective verruca treatment by a chiropodist who understands the misery of persistent pain caused by a verruca on the ball of the foot.”
- Newton Abbot
“Professional, friendly, caring service. Effective treatment of very painful verruca by a chiropodist who understands the misery caused by persistent pain on the sole of the foot.”