Podiatry and Chiropody Centres in Cardiff

Verruca Treatments in Cardiff

How to Treat Your Verruca

A verruca is a wart that occurs on the soles of your feet or around your toe area. It is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is spread through direct person-to-person contact. A verruca is harmless but it can cause pain and discomfort if it develops on a weight bearing part of your foot. In addition, it can encourage the formation of calluses, which can increase your discomfort.

Verruca Treatments

If you have a verruca, you should avoid touching or scratching it. Your immune system may clear your verruca naturally but it can take many months for this to happen. For this reason, you may wish to see a podiatrist for treatment. A podiatrist can offer a number of treatments, including:

Caustic Therapy

Salicylic acid is a chemical found in most over-the-counter verruca treatments. However, it can destroy healthy skin, so it is important that it is used with care. If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or any other medical condition capable of causing poor circulation, you should consult a podiatrist before using salicylic acid for verruca removal. This is because there is an increased risk of damage to your skin. We usually advise patients to start by doing home treatments with these over the counter remedies if they have not already done so.

We also offer treatments using Salycylic acid which contain stronger concentrations than are available over the counter.


Cryotherapy involves the application of a liquid nitrogen to your verruca. At the Feetness Centres we use the Cryo Alfa spray. After treatment, a blister will form, which will hopefully be deep enough to separate the lower layer of the skin (the dermis) from the upper layer (the epidermis), which should contain the verruca. When this is removed the skin underneath should be free of the verruca. A cold spray (dimethylether propane) is available from pharmacies, which you can apply to your verruca yourself. This is not as effective a treatment as those that can be carried out by a Podiatrist.


This is a minor surgical procedure that is usually reserved for those patients that have verrucas of long standing. After a local anesthetic injection has been administered, and anesthesia achieved, the verruca is repeatedly punctured using a hypodermic needle. The procedure will result in an immune response which should resolve the verruca over the following few weeks. There can be some post operative pain and bleeding with this procedure.

To find out more about verruca removal, talk to a podiatrist here at The Feetness Centre today. Our registered podiatrists can check your feet for verrucas and arrange a suitable course of treatment. With our help, you should be able to get rid of your verruca for good!