I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked this question or been asked to “dig the root out out so that it doesn’t grow back”.  Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as that.

Verrucae and warts are caused by a virus, just like a common cold. The viral DNA infects our own skin cells and changes the structure of the skin giving the typical “cauliflower” appearance. 

“But what are the black dots”, I hear you say. Well, they’ve long been thought of as the ends of broken blood capillaries within the verruca, but medical science is now divided. However, they are not the root! Some verrucae have lots of black dots and others haven’t so they are not diagnostic either.

Verrucae can really out-stay their welcome because the clever virus has developed a “cloak of invisibility” and can effectively hide from the immune system.  In young children, when the immune system is very responsive, verrucae often don’t hang around for long. Usually they will be gone within a few months.  But, if you have an ugly or painful verruca that has hung around too long, it’s time to start your road to recovery.

Over the counter remedies such as Bazooka, can work well if used regularly and for long enough.  If you have no success on your own, Podiatrists can advise on what treatments are available. 

For the last 15 years, microwave technology has been in development for the treatment of verrucae. Initially used for cancer treatment, it has been developed to help our immune systems recognise the verruca virus.

The Foot Room pride themselves in being at the forefront of successful treatments for all foot conditions and have invested in Swift Microwave Technology so that you too can have the best chance of successful verruca treatment.  Safe microwave energy is delivered into the verruca using a probe against the skin. Each area of verruca will receive several “zaps” of two to three seconds.  Some of these can be briefly painful, but the pain subsides quickly.  Because of the way the treatment is given, there is generally no need for dressings, padding or to keep the area dry and, on leaving the clinic, you can usually continue normal activities.  It is recommended to have a course of three treatments, each spaced four weeks apart.  It can take several months for the verruca to resolve but cure rates are in excess of 70%.

Is it time you dealt with yours? Give us a call to make your appointment, get the right diagnosis and start the road to recovery.


The Foot Room Longridge and Broughton offer outstanding Chiropody and Podiatry for the areas of Fulwood, Preston, Garstang and Whalley. We specialise in treatments for ingrowing toenails, fungal nails, verruca, corns and dry cracked heels. We do gait analysis and biomechanical assessments for sports injuries and orthotics as well as spa pedicures, warm wax treatments and nail painting.

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