The Chiropody Clinic

Professional Podiatric care for your feet

01744 416300

1st Floor Woodside Health Centre, Woodside Road, Haydock, St.Helens, WA11 0NA

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S.Cunliffe & Associates Ltd.

Verrucae Treatments - £17.00 / £145.00

Verrucae are plantar warts that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area.  They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact.  There are various forms of HPV which all relate to various parts of the human body.

 

The virus is thought to thrive in moist, damp environments such as swimming pools, changing room floors and communal shower areas.  It is possible to contract verrucae simply by walking across the same floor area as someone with a verruca, especially if you have any small or invisible cuts or abrasions that make it easier for the virus to penetrate.

Verrucae are harmless but can be uncomfortable and painful if they develop on a weight bearing part of the foot.  In addition, callus can form over the top of the verruca increasing the discomfort in this area. There are also some strains of the virus that spread very quickly and can look unsightly.

 

Verrucae are most commonly seen in children, teenagers and young adults, largely those who use communal changing rooms. It is possible to develop an immunity against the virus over time but most people remain susceptible, although some more than others.

 

The most common appearance is that of a small cauliflower type growth on the soles of your feet with tiny black dots. If when you pinch the area (like when you squeeze a spot) it is painful, you are likely to have a verruca.  They can grow to half an inch in diameter and may spread into a cluster of small warts.  (see image above)

 

To avoid catching verrucae, keep your feel in a regular healthy condition. Always dry them thoroughly after washing and if your feet are sweaty, treat them with surgical spirit; if they are dry, moisturise them with suitable creams and lotions.

 

Other tips include wearing flip-flops in communal areas and not sharing towels, shoes and socks.

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Following your initial assessment you will have been advised if this is the treatment you require.

 

Our verrucae treatments with caustics take approximately 10 minutes.

 

Firstly we gently remove any overlying dead skin from the verrucae and then apply an acid treatment to the infected area.

 

These treatments help to disintegrate the viral cells and cause tissue damage that helps to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight the infection.

 

Caustic treatment - £17.00

Needling - £145.00

Following your initial assessment you will have been advised if this is the treatment you require.

 

Verrucae needling treatment takes approximately 1 hour and is a minor surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic.

 

Firstly we gently remove any overlying dead skin from the verrucae and then a sterile hyperdermic needle is used to introduce the viral cells to the lower skin layers.

 

This treatment help to introduce viral cells to the body’s immune system to fight the infection.

 

 

 

Please note that verrucae treatments dont kill the virus, your body's immune system does, so some verrucae may require multiple treatments.

We have two different treatment options available for Verrucae