Verrucae: Understanding and Treatment Options

What are verrucae?

  • Verrucae are harmless skin growths on the feet, commonly known as plantar warts.
  • They’re caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Since the sole of the foot is thick, pressure from walking can push verrucae inwards, sometimes causing discomfort.

Do I need treatment?

  • Verrucae often disappear on their own within two years.
  • If the verruca isn’t painful, treatment might not be necessary.
  • If it causes discomfort or you’d like it removed, we offer several treatment options.

Treatment at A&A Podiatrists

We focus on safe, effective treatments that suit your needs. Here’s an overview:

  • Salicylic Acid: A tried-and-true method with a high success rate, especially for children.
  • Verrutop: A newer treatment using a solution of Nitrizinc compounds.
  • Cryofreeze: Freezing treatment best suited for single verrucae or warts on other areas.
  • Dry Needling: Stimulates your immune system to fight the virus, effective for multiple or stubborn verrucae.

Important Note: No verruca treatment is 100% guaranteed. We’ll discuss the most suitable options for you during your appointment.


  • Initial Consultation: £80
  • Follow Up Appointments: £40 (+ £15 for Nitrous Oxide Cryotherapy)

Other Treatment Options

Some podiatrists offer additional treatments. These may be discussed as needed:

  • Swift Microwave Therapy: Uses microwaves to target the verruca (may be more costly)
  • Cryotherapy with Liquid Nitrogen/Nitrous Oxide: A very cold freezing method.
  • Surgical excision: Removal via laser or cutting, typically a last resort.

We’re here to help!

During your appointment, we’ll:

  • Thoroughly assess your verrucae
  • Explain your treatment choices in detail
  • Develop a personalised treatment plan together

We look forward to working with you to find the best solution!

Verruca Information and Aftercare Leaflet for patients