THE MOST EFFECTIVE CLINICAL TREATMENT FOR VERRUCA (Verrucca needling)
Verrucas are a very common foot problem which if untreated can result spreading not only across your own foot but also contagious enough to invade other people 'walking in your footstep'. Despite various methods in the past (whether seeking professional help or DIY jobs following the purchase of many over the counter topical creams), Veruccas have never been the easiest foot problem to treat and as a result many people find themselves enduring this highly contagious foot problem often ignoring the vulnerabilty to passing it on to others. It's only recently that studies have shown that the technique of Verrucca Needling has proved to be the most successful way to treat this problem.
Here's the science behind it:
Verrucca needling (Dry Needling / Falknor's needling technique) is a minor surgical procedure, which involves the use of a fine needle to puncture the verruca lesion and dermo epidermal junction multiple times under local anaesthesia. The goal is to implant infected cells into the dermis thus stimulating an immune response and, therefore; destruction of the virus.
Verrucca needling is a relatively new technique in the UK, yet has been performed across the USA for many years. Very few Podiatrists in the UK are acquainted with this technique, our podiatrist Sarah Collington has been promoting this method for a few years and has had some great outcomes.
"Dry needling has been most successful for patients who appear to have tried everything including visiting other experienced chiropodists / podiatrists to rid themselves of this persistant problem. Due to verrucca needling being performed under a local anesthetic, they have often been pleasantly suprised by the lack of discomfort and the speed of the recovery from surgery."
Clinical article 'Journal of Clinical medicine'
This case series has reviewed the potential for the use of a direct needling technique in the management of plantar warts in an adult population. Following treatment of 45 patients, complete resolution of warts after eight weeks was observed in 31 (69%) cases. This represents a relatively small case series, within a restricted clinical setting. However, a larger scale investigation, with objective measures using a control intervention would provide a more detailed picture of efficacy and long term immunity of this promising technique. Read full article published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine
Prices for Verrucca Needling
Verrucca needling is available to most patients who have problems with painful or unsightly verrucas subject to an assessment in order to ensure there are no medical or surgical reasons why such a procedure should not be carried out (regrettably this service is not available for children under 16 year of age).
This procedure costs £280, this consists of a 90 minute treatment followed by two 30 minute sessions: 1 session approximately 2 weeks after initial, 1 session approx 9 months later. Should a second procedure be required, a further 90 minute treatment will be £150 and include a further two 30 minute follow ups.
Other Dry Needling prices-
Verrucca Needling appears to remain quite exclusive to only a few Podiatrists up and down the UK and prices and course packages can vary:
|Podiatry Company 1||
Podiatry Company 2
|Podiatry Company 3|
|£395 initial treatment + 4 follow ups
£100 second treatment + 4 follow ups
£485 initial treatment + 2 follow ups
£100 second treatment plus 2 follows ups
|£160 each treatment
£28 each follow up
This treatment may sound like quite a pricey investment, but the success rate on initial treatment is so much higher than any other typical methods of removal, this can save you countless of repeat visits to your podiatrist and minimise the long periods of post treatment discomfort associated with repeat surgical attempts. Verrucca Needling would definately suit someone limited for time or even visiting the town on an occasional basis.