RS Podiatry Clinic

Verruca Needling

Verrucas, commonly known as plantar warts, can be a frustrating and persistent problem for many individuals. These stubborn growths, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), typically appear on the soles of the feet and can cause discomfort, pain, and embarrassment.

The HPV virus, which enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin. The virus thrives in warm and moist environments, such as public swimming pools, gyms, and communal showers, making these places hotspots for infection.

While there are various treatment options available, Falknor’s needling procedure has emerged as a modern and effective approach to tackle verruca’s.

Verrucas can vary in size, shape, and appearance, often exhibiting a rough surface with black dots, which are tiny blood vessels. They may cause pain or discomfort, especially when pressure is applied, such as while walking or standing. Additionally, they can be contagious and easily spread to other parts of the body or to other people through direct or indirect contact.

Traditional Treatment Approaches

Over-the-counter remedies like creams, gels, and patches are readily available for treating verrucas. These products usually contain salicylic acid, which works by gradually removing the infected skin layer. While they can be effective for mild cases, they often require consistent and long-term application, making the process slow and time-consuming.

Cryotherapy, which involves freezing the verruca with liquid nitrogen, is another common treatment option. However, it can be painful, necessitating multiple sessions over several weeks. Other traditional methods include chemical treatments, laser therapy, and surgical excision, each with their own advantages and limitations.

Falknor’s Needling Procedure: An Innovative Approach

Falknor’s needling procedure, also known as the needle fenestration technique, is a relatively newer treatment modality for verrucas. It was developed by Dr. Ivan Bristow and named after his mentor, Dr. W. J. Falknor. This procedure aims to stimulate an immune response within the body to effectively combat the viral infection.

The procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Local Anesthesia: The foot is numbed using a local anesthetic, ensuring minimal discomfort during the procedure.
  2. Needling: A sterile needle is inserted into the verruca multiple times, creating punctures through the skin and into the underlying tissue. This process creates controlled damage, triggering an immune response.
  3. Bleeding: The punctures made by the needle cause bleeding, which helps introduce the immune cells necessary to fight the viral infection.
  4. Dressing: A sterile dressing is applied to the treated area to promote healing and prevent infection.

Benefits of Falknor’s Needling Procedure:

  1. High Success Rate: Falknor’s needling procedure has shown promising results, with success rates ranging from 60-90%. The controlled damage and immune response stimulation help eliminate the verruca more effectively.
  2. Shorter Treatment Duration: Compared to traditional methods, Falknor’s needling procedure usually requires fewer sessions and shorter treatment durations. Most patients can expect to see positive results within a few weeks to a few months.
  3. Minimally Invasive: The procedure is minimally invasive, as it involves simple needle punctures. This reduces the risk of scarring and complications commonly associated with surgical excision

The fee for the procedure includes the initial assessment appointment, local anaesthetic, procedure, dressings and a review appointment.

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