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Verruca Treatment

Pedal warts are a term used to describe warts found on the foot, with verrucae being warts found on the weight bearing surfaces. They often look flat and more-or-less round, often having a fuzzy or “cauliflower” like appearance containing small black dots. They can be painless or painful depending on their location, with high pressure areas often being the most painful.

Warts and verrucae are caused by an infection with one of several varieties of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Infection most often occurs after exposure to the virus in wet areas where people walk barefoot, such as the areas around swimming pools, locker rooms, communal showers, bathrooms, and so on. The HPV is not considered highly infectious, so often repeated exposure may be required to get infected.

Verrucae may resolve by themselves, but often persist for many months or even years. Treatments include over-the-counter remedies containing mild concentrations of salicylic and/or lactic acid, small cryotherapy canisters, or the application of duct tape, or practitioner applied treatments such as cryotherapy, sharp debridement till bleeding, high concentrations of salicylic or trichloroacetic acid, silver nitrate, microwave radiation, dry needling or surgical removal.

Verrucae are notoriously difficult to treat and resistant to treatment. If you have tried over-the-counter remedies without success, practitioner applied treatments would be a good following option. Our therapists may use one of several techniques and we would always recommend you speak to our reception team to discuss what treatment options would be most suitable prior to booking.

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