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What is Verrucae needling?

Do you have a painful or unsightly verrucae?

Verrucae are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact, and commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area.  The virus thrives in wet or damp environments, such as swimming pool floors, communal changing areas and showers, all of which are common areas to contract the virus.  Although the virus is harmless, it can cause a painful lump on weight bearing parts of the foot.

There are many ways of treating verrucae, including over the counter medications, caustics, cryotherapy and electrosurgery.  Many of these treatment methods can be quite painful, require multiple appointments and have fairly poor results.  Our favoured treatment method is Verrucae needling, which has been used for over 40 years.  It is a relatively simple treatment carried out painlessly under local anaesthesia, and often works after just one treatment.  Once the area has been numbed, a needle is used to cause repeated trauma to the verruca.  The aim of this is to introduce the viral cells into the deeper tissues where it can be detected by the immune system and can be destroyed.  Like all medical procedures, needling is never 100% successful but a recent study showed that needling resolved 69% of verrucae (http://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/2/2/13).  Below are some pictures of a recent case, and at 8 weeks post needling, there has been a huge improvement to the lesions, and we are expecting full resolution over the coming weeks.  I’ll keep you posted!

Verrucae

Verrucae immediately after needling

Verrucae one week after needling

Verrucae 8 weeks after needling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to find out more about verrucae needling, please get in touch by calling (01738) 451567 or send us an email at info@footcarescotland.co.uk.

 

Article by Alastair Dall