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Verruca needling, also known as 'Falknor's Needling Technique,' is an innovative and highly effective treatment for stubborn verrucas which just will not go away. Common verruca treatments, such as cryotherapy (freezing), or chemical caustics such as Salicylic Acid work by creating a themal or chemical burn in and around the verruca. This aims to resolve the verruca by creating inflammation around the area, thereby provoking an immune response.

Verruca needling is different. By insertion of a sterile needle under local anaesthesia into the verruca, the verruca is punctured multiple times, destroying the infected tissue and pushing the viral particles into the deeper layers of skin containing the white cells, thus allowing the immune system to attack the verruca directly. It has been found to be highly effective, even for longstanding lesions of ten years or more and has been successful where other treatments have failed.

Unlike traditional treatments such as caustics, which can often need multiple treatments to be effective, (involving considerable inconvenience and cost)  needling usually only requires one treatment and a light dressing for 24 hours afterwards to keep the area clean and sterile, making it ideal for busy people.

The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and so is pain free. Most people report only soreness for a few days, similar to a bruise.

Of course no treatment is 100%, and the success of the treatment depends on an effective immune response from the body, but the body of clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness of this treatment is growing all the time.

Active Podiatry is pleased to offer this specialised treatment following a full assessment. Book your assessment now by contacting us.

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