What is a Verruca?
Verrucae are plantar warts that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact. There are various forms of HPV which all relate to various parts of the human body.
- They develop on the soles of the feet
- Are white, often with a black dot in the centre
- Are slightly raised and circular in shape with a thickened rim of surrounding skin that looks like a callus.
- Can be painful if they’re on a weight-bearing part of the foot
How do you get them?
HPV infection is acquired from direct contact with an affected individual or from the environment (e.g. from contaminated floors in places such as communal showers and changing areas or swimming pools). Damaged or wet skin predisposes to infection. It appears the virus can survive outside the body for a significant length of time, probably months or even years.
Warts are very common and thought to affect 7-12% of the population. No large studies are available; however, small studies suggest up to 30% of children and young adults may have warts. There are no high-quality epidemiological studies on prevalence of verrucae specifically.
Treating Verruca’s with PinPointe FootLaser
PinPointe laser machine is FDA cleared for the treatment of verrucae and warts. The laser beam works by destroying the blood supply to the wart without causing damage to the skin. The laser energy heats up the wart or verrucae, sealing its blood supply and causing the lesion to die.
There are no drugs or unpleasant side effects with the laser treatment and most patients only feel warmth during the treatment.
The depth of the verruca will largely determine how many treatments are required. The laser beam penetrates to a maximum depth of 4mm which means that each treatment effectively treats to that depth. In fact, it is not quite as simple as that, some verrucae are more difficult to eradicate than others so there is no hard and fast rule about how many treatments will be needed.