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Needling - an effective treatment for warts and verrucas

Verrucae and Warts are a condition commonly seen our practice.  They are a viral skin infection caused by the human papilloma virus.  Two such viruses commonly infect the feet causing plantar warts (usually a single lesion) and mosaic warts (often superficial, multiple and spreading).

 

Verrucae are unsightly, sometimes painful and contagious, so it is not surprising that most people want to get rid of them quickly.

 

There are many treatments available for warts, from cryotherapy (freezing), acids, caustics, electrotherapy, homeopathy and more.

 

At betterNOW! we offer a huge range of treatments depending on age, health and lifestyle of our patients.  In recent times podiatrists have been having a lot success with a treatment technique called "needling".  This is proving to be the most reliable treatment for the removal of warts and is very practical for the busy person who cannot come in for regular sessions.  Acids and Cryotherapy involve multiple appointments which can add up a lot of time out of work and expense and rely on the patient being fit and healthy.

 

Needling involves usually only one treatment session and a follow up 6 weeks later.  The treatment itself involves a local anaesthetic and then once 'numb', puncturing of the wart with a needle with the aim of innoculating the virus into the host to produce an immune reaction.  Whilst the injection is a little unpleasant the needling is painfree.  The foot is a little sore for a few days but no worse than most of the other verruca treatments available.  The good news is that we if you have multiple warts we don't have to needle all of them - Just the primary "mother" wart.

 

One of the betterNOW! practitioners agreed to be a guinea pig for this treatment to test its effectiveness and and report on the process:

 

vp before

                                             needling      

       BEFORE TREATMENT (JUNE 2014)                                                                                 DURING TREATMENT

 

needling after                                          needlng dressing     

        IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT                                                                        POST OPERATIVE DRESSING

 

                                                                         final needliing

                        

                                                                                                    8 WEEKS LATER

 

 

Our practitioner says - "the procedure itself wan't painful at all, Leah made the injection as comfortable as possible, it wasn't as bad as I thought, the next couple of days my foot was quite sore but I am really pleased with the result now".

 

Note added: 30/08/2013: Since writing this article a piece of clinical research has been published that shows the success rate using this method to be 69% in 46 cases.  This is lower than than the original estimate of 85%.   It still represents a very good option for busy people and is a cost effective compared with other treatments due to the reduced number of visits required.  If you would like to read the article please click this link: 

 

The Treatment of Verrucae Pedis Using Falknorā€™s Needling Method: A Review of 46 Cases

 

If you are interested in finding out more, give us call to see our Podiatrist, Leah, on 01223 832 808.

 

 

 

 

 

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