Verrucas are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Most will clear on their own, but stubborn verrucas can be treated by cryotherapy where the area is frozen to destroy the cells and create a blister or using strong acids which cannot be purchased over the counter.
Cryotherapy liquid nitrogen is applied to the wart to freeze & destroy the affected cells trying to create an immune system response.
Swift Microwave Treatment
Swift Microwave treatment is a breakthrough microwave treatment used for stubborn warts & verrucas.
SWIFT is a new treatment used to treat stubborn skin lesions such as warts and verruca’s.
It works by delivering microwave energy through a probe to the lesion heating up the affected tissues then stimulating the healing cascade.
It is effective on stubborn warts which have failed to respond to cryo or acid treatments.
Both of these treatments must be carried out by a professional.
Acids can also be used to treat verrucas.
A podiatrist will commonly use acids higher concentrations than those purchased over the counter. This will break down keratin in the skin destroying the verruca tissue in the process.
Podiatry / Chiropody difference?
There is no difference really.
The word Podiatrist was adopted in the 1993 and has been used worldwide for much longer.
A Podiatrist will treat lower limb or common foot problems such as corns, calluses, verrucas, ingrown toe nails as well as correcting the position of the foot using orthotics/ insoles which will alleviate pain and improve gait.