As a Podiatrist I see verruca quite a lot. These are warts which are found on the bottom of the foot.
The Verruca exists in a layer of the skin where there are not very many immune system markers. The ones that are present are switched off by the virus so the body is unable to pick up that there is a problem.
The Verruca is caused by the human papillomavirus infection (HPV) of which there are over 200 sub-types. Three types of HPV are seen on the foot and we call them Verruca.
We used to think that the black dots within the Verruca were blood vessels being pushed up when the verruca was growing. We now know that the dots are small bleeds within the tissues.
Verruca can be painful, usually because of the skin building up around them.
There are many different treatments for Verruca. Often it is best for the bodies own immunity to deal with them but often they hang around for a while so we try and give the body a helping hand.
Acids and taping are carried out as first line treatment for verruca, these create an environment that the virus finds difficult to survive.
If acids and taping don’t work then I also use Verruca needling. This is where the virus is introduced into the immune system so that it is picked up by the body.
The two photos above are of a foot which had needling carried out on the verruca. Eight months later there was resolution and now the client has immunity to this virus.