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Verruca Fact Sheet

WHAT IS A VERRUCA AND HOW IS IT CAUSED?

Verrucae belong to the wart family and most commonly occur on the soles of feet, around toes and toenails. These lesions are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, which is highly contagious.

This is the most common viral infection of the skin and can spread through direct contact with an infected person or surfaces that an infected person may have walked on. The virus is easily spread through damp surfaces in particular, such as swimming pools, changing rooms at gyms, etc.

The virus gains entry into the skin through micro-openings in the skin. Small cuts, scratches, or open pores after the skin has been soaking in water are all ports for the virus to gain entry.

Although harmless, verrucae can often be painful when present on a weight-bearing part of the foot.

Verrucae can also spread to different parts of your feet and other parts of the body. There is often overlying callus on verruca which can make them uncomfortable for the patient.

 

TREATMENTS AVAILABLE

1. Monitoring: A small percentage of verruca can go away on their own, without needing any treatment. But if any increase in size or spread, then treatment will be required.
2. Off the shelf products such as Bazuka, Occlusal (mild salicylic acid), etc can be used to self-treat verrucae. It is recommended to read and follow instructions provided on the box, however, they are not always strong enough, especially for long-standing verrucae.
3. Professional treatments include – cryotherapy, a treatment that is used to freeze the lesion, strong salicylic acid treatment, and treatments with chemicals. All of these can be administered by your Podiatrist and will likely require a series of treatments. It is NOT a “one session job” to get rid of verruca. Your practitioner will advise you on a treatment regime.
4. Verruca needling is commonly used for treating stubborn or long-standing verrucae.
The procedure is performed under Local anesthetic (please refer to our leaflet: Pre
Verruca Needling: What you should know.)

5. Swift Microwave, using the power of Microwave technology directly to the verruca.

6. Laser and surgical removal are also treatment options but are not currently available at Feet by Pody.

OUR ADVICE

1. If you have verrucae, you should refrain from touching or picking them as this can
spread them. You should also keep your flip flops on in communal areas such as
gym changing rooms, showers or the spa. Walking barefoot on damp surfaces can
spread your verruca to others. Always put a towel on the floor when changing.
2. No practitioner can guarantee to get rid of your verruca. Because this is a viral
infection, all treatments are aimed at inducing your body’s immune response to fight the virus.
3. If you do not want to start any treatment, please check them regularly to ensure they are not getting bigger or spreading. Taking regular photos of the lesion can help monitor any changes in the size of the lesion.
4. Do not walk barefoot around the house if you have verrucae as this may spread the infection to other family members. Disinfect bath/ shower after use to protect others at home.
5. If you have any remaining questions please contact us at Feet By Pody.
Please call us today on 0207 099 6657, or book online.

Based on 88 reviews.
Ray Hutchinson
Ray Hutchinson
2022-04-14
Verified
Excellent!
Steve B
Steve B
2022-02-08
Verified
Very through and informative examination to find the cause of the problem and an action plan for correction. Friendly and professional. Very impressed.
PADDY DODD
PADDY DODD
2022-01-19
Verified
Fantastic service and very pleasant inside. Reena is a brilliant podiatrist - she immediately spotted what was causing my pain on the soles of each foot. She patiently sorted it out with her instruments (no pain) and I walked out completely satisfied.
Marlon Hunte
Marlon Hunte
2021-11-08
Verified
I came for the first time to feet by pody and Shaho really welcomed me in, made me feel comfortable and relaxed. He found the problem and explained the science behind where a corn comes. I would 100% recommend him to anyone with feet problems. I feel like a new man 5 star 👍👍👍
Luke Oates
Luke Oates
2021-11-01
Verified
I cannot recommend Feet by Pody enough! They successfully treated and got rid of a longstanding and persistent verruca that I had had for >5 years. The cryotherapy treatment I had was painless and the prices for appointments/ treatments are very reasonable given the high level of care you receive. Huge thanks to Reena Patel who was the chiropodist I have been seeing most recently. She was super professional, efficient and clearly knows her stuff! Thank you again!
Paul Spencer
Paul Spencer
2021-10-13
Verified
Very helpful, informative and kind service. Varsha laid out the treatment options, explained the procedure and aftercare fully, and above all was very kind throughout. Would highly recommend!
Daphne Tsang
Daphne Tsang
2021-08-27
Verified
The treatment was smooth and effective. Varsha was really kind and patient despite my hearing issues. She was also very reassuring during the sessions. It was a relief to hear that my toes are looking a lot better during the assessment visit. I would definitely recommend her! Thank you again for the help 🙂
ANGELA ARISTIDOU
ANGELA ARISTIDOU
2021-08-16
Verified
Exceptional care AND (very importantly) excellent aftercare! Basically I can say they were absolutely impeccable in their professionalism and care. I absolutely recommend them. I called on a Tuesday to ask for an emergency appointment. I received a call back immediately by the podiatrist (not an assistant). The podiatrist took great care with the prior history, and offered an urgent appointment on Wednesday. We decided to remove the nail. The surgery was painless, and the aftercare support brilliant. - I was given a What’sUp number to reach the podiatrist for any concerns. I sent her some photos and received immediate responses. I was very impressed, very impressed indeed. - The price included only one after-surgery appointment but they gave me two and did not flinch about it.
Travel Reviewer
Travel Reviewer
2021-08-12
Verified
Always really good service. Professional. Clean. Great job. Highly recommend.
Tiger BJJ Team
Tiger BJJ Team
2021-06-24
Verified
Highly recommend Reena is a lovely person always makes my visits enjoyable 9