What are verrucae?

Verrucae, sometimes called plantar warts, are warts that develop on plantar surfaces — that is, the soles (or bottom) of the feet. The pressure from normal standing and walking tends to force the warts into the skin, and this can make the warts painful. Like all warts, they are harmless and may go away even without treatment, but in many cases they are too painful to ignore. Verrucae that grow together in a cluster are known as mosaic verrucae

What causes them?

Like all warts, are caused by an HPV virus that invades the skin through tiny cuts or scrapes. It can take some weeks, or even months, for a verruca to appear after you have caught the infection. This is called the incubation period. Like other viral infections, they are contagious, commonly spread from the surface of floors in public swimming pools, communal showers, or even home showering.

What are the symptoms of verrucas?

Small, bumpy growths on the soles of the feet, often with a tiny black dot, or dots, on the surface. The Virus tumbles the layers of the skin around so that the underneath part comes to the surface and the normal lines of the skin (striaie) disappear. They can lead to pain in the soles of the feet when standing or walking or can be asymptomatic


Treatment options

1.A recent review of treatments in the British Medical Journal (August 2002) concluded that the safest and most effective treatments were those containing salicylic acid. This acid is applied to the wart to disintegrate the viral cells and has a cure rate of 75%. We advise this treatment once every 2 weeks.

2. We also offer Cryotherapy. This involves freezing warts off with liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide gas and again needs to be done every 2 or 3 weeks for a few months before the verrucae is fully removed although it can lead to soreness and blistering in some people.

3. Needling is a relatively simple treatment and although almost 40 years old it is quite a recent development in the UK. First described in 1966 by Gordon Falknor, an American podiatrist, who in eight months treated 126 verrucae with only two recurrences.

The verruca is essentially a collection of skin cells infected by the verruca virus. These infected cells remain in the outer layers of the skin, away from detection by the body’s immune system; this explains why verrucae can be so resilient.

The needling procedure is carried out painlessly, under local anaesthetic which is used to numb the affected area. Once both the patient and the podiatrist are happy the area is sufficiently pain free a needle is used to cause repeated trauma to the verruca. The aim of this is to implant the virally infected cells deeper in to the tissue where it is quickly detected by the immune system and an immune response is stimulated.

 

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A recent review of treatments in the British Medical Journal (August 2002) concluded that the safest and most effective treatments were those containing salicylic acid. This acid is applied to the wart to disintegrate the viral cells and has a cure rate of 75%. We advise 2 weekly treatments.

We also offer Cryotherapy. This involves freezing warts off with liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide gas and again needs to be done every 2 or 3 weeks for a few months before the verrucae is fully removed although it can lead to soreness and blistering in some people.

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Date10th December 1988