verrucae treatment

Footfriend - Verrucae Treatment

Often referred to as warts, verrucae can be difficult to treat. Thankfully Footfriend are experts, and can offer you the best course of treatment for you.

Diagnosis & Symptoms

Verrucae are a viral infection of the skin which causes localised patches of abnormal skin.

They are diagnosed through careful examination in clinic. They are often mistaken for corns.

Some skin cancers may have a similar appearance. In light of this we recommend all suspicious growths on your skin be checked by your Podiatrist or GP.

Verrucae are often painless. They are usually only painful if sited on the foot in a position where they are pinched when walking or wearing footwear. There typically is no pain on direct pressure. This often leads to the situation where you may have verrucae and not know about them as they do not hurt.

Skin textural changes are noted with verrucae. Instead of the usual smooth and striated appearance of your skin, a cauliflower type texture may be noted in the localised area where the infection is present.

The infected area is usually slightly raised above the surface of the surrounding skin. This may be less noticeable on weight bearing areas where the skin and verrucae are often on the same level.

Colour changes are evident with verrucae with a slightly white appearance if the skin is moist. If the skin is hard and dry and the verrucae is over a weight bearing part of the foot, then there can be a yellowish hue.

“Black spots” in the infected skin is often quoted by people as being an indicator that the infection is a verrucae. This is often not the case! When “black spots” are visible in the infected skin, what is being seen are the sub dermal capillaries (blood vessels) that supply this patch of skin.

Typical Causes

All verrucae are caused by the HPV virus. This virus is ever present in the environment. It is opportunistic and will only affect your skin if it gets into your skin through a cut, scratch or crack in your skin or when your skin is very soggy and prune like as it is after a long bath or swimming. In light of this, wearing Crocs, flip flops or similar footwear in public showers and changing rooms will hopefully reduce your chances of getting verrucae.

Types of Verrucae Treatment Available

Verrucae can be very difficult to treat and eradicate. Everybody responds slightly different to the treatment and the treatment duration is different for everyone. Although there are many treatment types available, here at Footfriend we use two main treatment types:

Acid treatment

We use specific acids and caustic agents safe to use on skin. We find that for most people they are well tolerated and effective, most importantly returning the skin to 100% normal. The treatment works by physically reducing infected tissue and also initiating an immune response so your own immune system can fight the virus. This treatment is suitable for most people and is effective in most cases. The downside is that we don’t know how long the treatment will take and some verrucae are very difficult to eradicate.

Swift Microwave Therapy

Swift Microwave Therapy uses thermal energy to treat skin lesions. The Swift Microwave generator creates precise localised heat, which can result in cell destruction. More importantly through the hyperthermia created by the microwave application, heat shock proteins are released from the infected tissue which are the markers alerting the immune system to the presence of the HPV virus. This enables the immune system to target the verrucae which was previously invisible to the immune system. This method has already proven to be highly effective at treating even the most stubborn verrucae. Here at Footfriend we have been using this treatment and have found it may take as little as two microwave treatments but on average it would be realistic to expect 4 – 6 treatments. Generally the older you are and the longer you have had your verrucae the longer it may take. This treatment has many benefits from the patient’s perspective, no dressings, no foot to keep dry and no weekly appointment to attend, as is often the case with acid treatments. Read more about Swift Microwave Therapy.

How We Can Help

After we have examined your verrucae we will discuss with you your treatment options.

We will determine which is the better verrucae treatment suited to you – Acid treatment or Swift Microwave Therapy. We can start the treatment of your verrucae at your first appointment.

If you just want diagnosis, education or advice about using over the counter preparations for home treatment of your verrucae, we can provide this in a single appointment.

Start the treatment of your verrucae today. Get in touch to make an appointment at a time that suits you. We look forward to seeing you at our Beverley Clinic; serving Beverley, Hull and surrounding villages.

Patient Stories

“Since childhood I have suffered from foot problems and have been to several chiropodists with varying degrees of success. When my last chiropodist retired he recommended Footfriend in Beverley. My wife and I have now been patients of Footfriend for over 10 years and we are very pleased. Footfriend provides a wide range of foot care including excellent footwear, foot supports and further specialized foot treatment. The reception staff are very welcoming and are able to offer appointments to suit patients lifestyle. I would recommend anyone with foot concerns to consult Footfriend for help and advice”.

B.Precious – Cottingham

I have been visiting Footfriend now for over 12 years. During this time, I have found the standard of care and service to be first class. As I get older, I find visiting a professional very superior to trying to care for my feet and toes myself.

John Bullock, Beverley.

Isn’t it time you treated your feet?

“I have been a client with Damian for a number of years. I am a Type 2 Diabetic and visit every eight weeks, Damian takes very good care of my feet, and keeps me up to date with information on the care of my feet, including ill fitting shoes. I would recommend him to all of my friends.”

K. Johnson, Hull

“My feet always feel smooth as silk after visiting Footfriend”

Mrs Hatfield of Leconfield

“Very experienced. Will definitely be going back.”

Diane Ayre

“Toes all fine! Thank for a first class job.”

Mr.Hazell of Shiptonthorpe

“That feels lovely, it’s like walking on air.”

Mrs Cooper of South Cave

“I have been visiting Footfriend now for over 12 years . During this time, I have found the standard of care and service to be first class . As I get older , I find visiting a professional very superior to trying to care for my feet and toes myself.”

John Bullock, Beverley

“Since childhood I have suffered from foot problems and have been to several chiropodists with varying degrees of success. When my last chiropodist retired he recommended Damian Johns in Beverley. My wife and I have now been patients of Damian for over 10 years and we are very pleased with him. His practice provides a wide range of foot care including excellent footwear, foot supports and referrals for further specialized foot treatment. The reception staff are very welcoming and are able to offer appointments to suit patients lifestyle. I would recommend anyone with foot concerns to consult Damian for help and advice.”

B. Precious, Cottingham

“Can I just thank you & Vicky for being so nice today at my Mother's appointment. She was 'over the moon' with the service she received & even went shopping in Beverley & bought some new shoes! Thanks again, we will be back.”

Trudy Sinclair

“Damian and Vicky are fantastic and sorted out my very painful foot. I've used their services for quite some time and they never disappoint. The ladies at Reception are fab too and we always have a laugh. Highly recommended.”

Maria Bertocco

“I just wanted to say thank you for the competent and friendly treatment I received on Thursday last week. My feet haven't felt so comfortable in ages and the squidgy thing for between my toes is really very comfortable and will hopefully keep the corns at bay. It shouldn't be a surprise but it's amazing how much happier I feel with less painful and uncomfortable feet! Thanks once again.”

Gill Morrell, Skidby