Verrucae / Needling

The medical term for wart is verruca. Plantar warts

The medical term for wart is verruca. Plantar warts

Needling is an innovative and highly effective treatment for stubborn and recalcitrant verrucae. Most treatments, like freezing, burning, or chemical caustics work by creating a thermal or chemical burn in and around the verruca. This increases the chance of the verruca resolving by creating lots of inflammation and swelling around the area.

Needling is different. By disrupting each individual papilli in the verruca and creating a portal from the viral tissue to the adipose tissue, It allows the immune system to attack the lesion directly. In this way treating a single lesion (usually the “mother” lesion) can cause spontaneous remission in any / all satellite lesions. It has been reported to be highly effective, even for longstanding lesions of ten years or more and has been effective when other treatments have failed.

Unlike treatments like caustics, which can need dozens of applications to be effective (involving considerable inconvenience and cost), needling only requires one, very occasionally two, applications making ideal for busy people. It also requires no bulky dressing to be left on, you can go swimming the next day if you like!

It is carried out painlessly under local anesthetic and most people report only minor soreness for a few days.

We’re so confident in the effectiveness of this treatment that if it does not work first time, we’ll do the second application absolutely free. That’s how good this treatment is.

Needling has been around for 40 years. It was first described in a medical journal in America in 1969 and is used routinely on that side of the Atlantic. It has only recently crossed the water, which is why very few Podiatrists offer it.

If you have a verruca you had given up on ever getting rid of, don’t waste any more money at the chemist! Call for an assessment appointment now and sort it out once and for all!

More on verrucae…

A plantar wart, also known as “Verruca plantaris” is a wart caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) occurring on the sole or toes of the foot. Plantar warts are usually self-limiting, but should be treated to lessen symptoms (which may include pain), decrease duration, and reduce transmission.

It is estimated that 7–10% of the population is infected. Infection typically occurs from moist walking surfaces such as showers or swimming pools. The virus can survive many months without a host, making it highly contagious.

After infection, warts may not become visible for several weeks or months. Because of pressure on the sole of the foot or finger, the wart is pushed inward and a layer of hard skin may form over the wart. A plantar wart can be painful if left untreated.

Warts may spread through autoinoculation, by infecting nearby skin or by infecting walking surfaces. They may fuse or develop into clusters called mosaic warts.