Stepping Out with Confidence: Verruca Treatment and Prevention

Verrucas, also known as plantar warts, are a common viral infection of the skin that affects the soles of the feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are most commonly found in children and young adults.

In the UK, the rate of infection for verrucas is relatively high, with an estimated 10-20% of the population being affected at some point in their lives. They are most common in children, who are more likely to acquire them due to the nature of their activities, such as playing barefoot in communal areas like swimming pools or showers.

There are several treatment options available for verrucas, including over-the-counter creams and gels, caustics (chemical burn), cryotherapy (freezing), and surgery. The most effective treatment will depend on the individual case and the size, location, and severity of the verruca. However our Podiatrists favour Faulkners Needling for the most effective treatment for stubborn verruca.

It’s important to note that while some people may not experience any symptoms or complications with verrucas, others may experience pain and discomfort, especially when walking or standing. Often we feel that any pain and discomfort is due to the build up of hard skin (callus) over the area infected with the HPV virus. Overall, verrucas are a common and generally benign condition that can be treated effectively with the right approach.

Faulkner’s Needling

Faulkner’s needling is a treatment method for verrucas that involves repeatedly puncturing the wart with a sterile needle. The idea behind this treatment is that by repeatedly breaking the skin and creating small injuries, the body’s immune system is stimulated to attack the wart. Although this sounds uncomfortable it generally isn’t as our Podiatrists will give you an injection of local anaesthetic to numb the area first.

It’s important to note that self-treatment with needle or any other tool is not recommended as it can lead to complications such as bleeding, infection, or even scarring. It’s best to seek treatment for a Podiatrist who is experienced at performing Faulkner’s needling – were glad to say we are and Dan has been performing the treatment for over 10 years.

If considering this treatment, it is important to discuss the benefits and risks with us first so why not book in for an appointment where we can discuss your verrucas, the treatment options and answer any questions you may have. Click here to book now.

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