Cryotherapy for Verrucae

Verrucae, commonly known as plantar warts, are generally viewed as a low-risk infection caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). As podiatrists, we have ample experience diagnosing and treating verrucae using the latest techniques and technologies.

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is the use of cold to treat numerous medical conditions. From a Podiatry aspect, Cryotherapy is most commonly used on the feet to treat Verrucas. Verrucas, also known as warts, are a subtype of virus from the Human Papilloma Virus. They can present anywhere, including the toes, in-between the toes and the bottom of the feet and hands. They form lots of hard skin, which in itself can be the cause of some discomfort.

Some evidence suggests that they can self-resolve, but this can take several months to years. 1/3 are present after two years. Some are present for many years longer.

How does Cryotherapy work? 

Using nitrous oxide, the verruca is frozen at approximately -90 degrees centigrade. Cryotherapy is the controlled destruction of the tissues inside and outside the cells, disrupting the cells where the virus lives.

The freezing of the cells within the area causes the cell membrane to burst on defrosting which will stimulate the immune cascade to fight and overcome the virus. Sometimes it is possible to suffer from redness and swelling for 1-4 days post Cryotherapy.

Nitrous oxide is applied as a pressured gas to the area. The treatment takes 10-20 minutes to complete depending on the amount of Verrucas you have. Often 3-6 sessions are needed, usually 3-4 weeks apart, taking several weeks into months to resolve the issue.

Contraindications for use:

Cryotherapy is not advised on those who are pregnant, diabetic, have an immune response-related illness or taking medication to suppress their immune response.

What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is effective 70% of the time

It is considered a very safe option

There is very little to no scarring post-treatment though some pigmentation can occur, leaving areas treated darker or lighter. This does not get better with time.

Cryotherapy can be used on the feet and hands.

What should I expect?

Generally some discomfort or localised swelling is present for 12-4 days.

The area may blister and this blister or wound if the blister bursts should heal 7-10 days after the treatment.

Scarring is unusual but can happen, especially where the Verrucas for several years and needs several treatments. In this instance there is also the possibility of nerve damage in the immediate area where the Verruca is. Should the blister form and burst there is obviously a chance of infection so the wound must be cared for.

Why choose us?

At Cutting Edge Podiatry, we are committed to providing the highest quality foot care services to our patients. Our team of registered and experienced podiatrists has the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot conditions, including warts and verrucae. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure you receive the best care possible.

If you suffer from painful or unsightly warts or verrucae, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will work with you to alleviate your foot problems and get you back on your feet.

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