Verrucas are benign tumors caused by strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can infect the skin if the skin barrier has been compromised e.g. broken skin, wrinkled from being in water for a long time.
The HPV virus causes an overproduction of cells and uncontrolled replication after the incubation period, resulting in unsightly, often painful and highly contagious lesions on the foot.
The Verucca Needling procedure will be performed in the Active Step Podiatry clinic by our HCPC registered Podiatrist and will take approximately 1 hour.
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the affected area and the injection may cause some minor discomfort. After the area has been successfully anesthetized, the verruca site is punctured multiple times, so that the viral infection is exposed to the immune regulators in the deeper skin layers.
A sterile dressing will then be applied to the treatment site and preventative measures will be taken throughout the procedure to minimise the risk of infection. Offloading pads will then be applied to the site to minimise discomfort while the anaesthetic wears off.
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In extremely rare cases the anaesthetic has caused anaphylaxis, which sever allergic reaction causing rashes and changes in blood pressure. if you have experienced any complications, it is imperative that you inform your podiatrist.
Other side effects may include:
- The foot may remain numb up to 2-3 hours post procedure and may be quite tender when the anaesthetic wears off.
- Paracetamol is only recommended for pain Ibuprofen is not recommended as it will dampen the immune response.
- The foot will need to be kept dry and the dressing kept in place for 24hrs.
- Alcohol should be avoided after the procedure.
- In the 24 hours following the procedure, unnecessary pressure to the needling site should be avoided.
- The first redressing appointment will be undertaken at Active Step Podiatry 1-week post procedure, where the site will be redressed and assessed. It is advisable to keep the dressing clean and dry and change on a daily basis prior to this review
- The second follow up appointment will occur at the 8-week mark where your Podiatrist will remove any scabbing from the site.
- The third follow up appointment will be at 18 weeks to assess if the lesion has resolved and to determine if a second needling treatment is needed.