Verrucas are a very common foot complaint, usually painless, although they can often be uncomfortable if situated on an area of pressure.
A verrucae is a skin infection caused by The Human Papilloma Virus. They are a notorious source of frustration for both patient and podiatrist due to their unpredictable response to treatment.
The virus invades the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis) and causes visible lesions to appear on the skin. Verrucas usually appear as hard skin, with an irregular border and can have black dots (blood vessels) scattered throughout. They can be on the soles of the feet or on the toes. It is important to remember that the virus is contagious and can be spread.
Our immune system is extremely active in the deep layers of our skin (dermis), which explains why some verrucas are so resilient.
Acid treatment at the clinic - we use a very strong formula of Salicylic acid (60% vol) which we apply directly to the verruca to create an injury to alert the bodies immune response system.
We offer this in 6+ treatments which take approximately 15 minutes a time and cost £20.00. We find this treatment methods has around a 50% success level.
Silver Nitrate Treatment - we can also use an alternative method which is silver nitrate application
this is an alternative chemical with the same treatment goal as acid use, it is applied directly to the
verruca to agitate the virus and stimulate the body's immune response.
Please speak to one of our podiatrists for further information.
All NEW patients will need to book an initial podiatry appointment first.