Verrucae are plantar warts that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. This causes an excess of a substance called keratin to develop in the top layer of skin, resulting in a hard, rough lump.
They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact.
They can be passed on through skin contact or contact with contaminated objects or surfaces, such as:
You're more likely to get infected if your skin is wet or damaged. After becoming infected, it can take weeks or even months for a wart or verruca to appear.
It's difficult to prevent warts and verrucas completely, but the following measures can help stop them spreading:
There are many treatments of Verrucae ranging from Acids, Cryosurgery, Electro surgery and Occlusive methods.
We now have the newest form of treatment which is Swift Microwave
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions/Verrucae in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the verrucae tissue.
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your Podiatrist or Dermatologist may decide to debride the lesion. Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 - 3 seconds then quickly subsiding. Only in rare cases is there any prolonged pain.
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not usually prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, one may be enough but usually it is three (treatment regime is determined by your clinician and your Podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you).
With a few exceptions, most people with verrucae would be able to have this treatment. Swift is not recommended for use on diabetic patients, patients with implanted electronic devices or electrodes or for use close to metallic objects (i.e. metal foot implants, jewellery etc)
Please contact the practice to book a consultation with the Podiatrist to know how this treatment may suit you.
find out more about Swift Microwave therapy here: treatverruca.com.