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A verruca, or plantar warts in medical terms, is a wart that typically develops on the bottom of your foot. They are brought on by the infectious Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV), which is incredibly contagious. The demographic most affected are young children and extremely active people, but anybody can get them. Nowadays, verruca foot treatment is easily accessible over the counter for as little as £5, which discourages people visiting a professional. As well, a verruca may disappear on its own because our immune system recognises the virus and fights it off – so, when should you consider seeing a podiatrist?

Signs You Need To See A Podiatrist

As mentioned previously, verrucas are generally painless and usually go away on their own within a short time. However, a persistent verruca may be more problematic and require prescribed verruca foot treatment from a Podiatrist. If you have tried several pharmacy treatments and it has not gotten better, seeing a Podiatrist should be your next step. A Podiatrist will be able to identify whether or not it is a corn or callus covering up a deeper problem. They will then assess your foot health, before deciding on treatment that is suitable for you. This may include:

  • Acid-based treatments, such as Verrutop, salicylic acid or silver nitrate 
  • Cryotherapy, this involves freezing the verruca with liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide gas 
  • Electrosurgery, which requires a local anaesthetic to be given 
  • Excisional surgery, which is similar to the above 
  • Laser surgery, particularly for larger areas of verrucae. 
  • Microwave therapy, where the verruca has a microwave pulse sent through it 
  • Verruca Needling, where the verruca is pricked with a needle to trigger the body’s immune system, which requires a local anaesthetic to be given

If you have diabetes, you are typically more prone to foot health problems. Therefore, we advise you to see a professional Podiatrist like ourselves regarding an appropriate verruca foot treatment, instead of attempting to treat it yourself. This also applies to people who are pregnant, have poor circulation, or have any condition that affects their foot health. 

It is also important to note that if your verruca is not decreasing in size, is multiplying or causing you pain and discomfort after 3 weeks, this is your sign to visit a professional Podiatrist. 

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We can assist you in determining the source of the issue and advising a course of action to help you get back on your feet more healthily and comfortably. You can reach us by email or by calling 01302 342 971, and we’ll help you find the right verruca foot treatment for you! To stay up to speed with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook

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Verruca Foot Treatment: When To See A Podiatrist