Verruca Needling

Needling is a treatment offered at Macclesfield Podiatry for longstanding and persistent verruca, which have not responded to other treatment methods.

What is needling for verruca?

Needling is a podiatric treatment technique designed to treat the virus that cause verruca to develop on the foot. Needling is a treatment option for those verrucae that have not responded to other methods of treatment, it is particularly good for large verrucae or multiple verrucae.

Needling is performed under local anaesthetic, this means that you will require an injection,however, once the anaesthetic takes affect you will feel no pain during the procedure. The verruca lesion is then punctured using a hypodermic needle many times through the individual papillae of the verruca.

The purpose of the needling technique is to push the verruca causing virus, which ordinarily sits in the epidermis (the upper layer of skin), into the deeper tissues. By implanting the virus into the deeper tissues a controlled auto-immune response is created, this means that the body's immune system is stimulated so that it can recognise the virus, and then eradicate it.

How does needling for verruca work?

Verrucae are caused by a virus, because of this the only way to eradicate verrucae is via the body's immune system, which must first recognise the virus in order to kill it.Needling is a technique that has been designed to stimulate the immune system so that it can then kill the virus that causes a verruca to develop. Needling works by:

  • Implanting the virus deep down into the tissue where it can be recognised by the immune system and then destroyed.
  • Destroying the verruca's ability to grow by destroying the individual papillae of the verruca.

Benefit of needling verruca

The benefit of needling for verruca is the remission of longstanding verrucae.

Who is suitable for needling of verruca?

Prior to needling you will be required to have an assessment in order to assess your suitability for the procedure.If you would like to discuss the needling procedure further, or if you would like to make an appointment, please Email, or phone0161 883 0099.

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