Falknor’s Verrucae Needling

Verrucae.

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 contagious through direct person-to-person contact. There are various forms of HPV, which relate to various different parts of the human body.

Falknor’s Verrucae Needling.

Falknor`s needling procedure is an innovative and effective treatment for verrucae. It is a form of soft tissue therapy which is intended to break down the verruca and create a controlled inflammatory response which, in turn, stimulates the body's immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. The treatment has been around for over 45 years (being first described in a medical journal in America in 1969) and is used routinely with great success by practitioners internationally.

Needling is different from most other treatment modalities (such as caustics, which can entail dozens of applications to be effective) as it only requires one, or occasionally two, applications making this an ideal treatment for busy people. 24 hours after treatment you can shower as normal without the need to keep bulky dressings dry. In fact, no dressings are required at all after 2 days, so you can continue with daily activities as normal.

How does this method of treatment work? By puncturing the verruca with an empty sterile needle many times, the viral particles are directly exposed to the fatty tissue beneath the skin where the body is rich in immune regulators. Here, the immune system can recognise and destroy the virus. As this immune response is often systemic, treatment of only one Verruca is required even where there are many lesions as spontaneous remission occurs in all, or most, Verrucae at the same time.

The procedure is carried out painlessly under a local anaesthetic and only mild soreness the following day has been reported by a few patients, although the majority of patients feel no discomfort at all following treatment.

 

The Treatment Plan.

• When considering Falknor’s Verrucae Needling the podiatrist will invite you for an Initial Consultation. The Podiatrist will assess if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, discuss the procedure with you and gain consent. This will be a 30 minute appointment.

• Your next appointment will be the procedure itself and can be booked in as soon as 24 hours after your initial consultation. This appointment will last one hour.

• The Podiatrist will see you 1 week after the appointment to debride any escar formed.

• The Podiatrist will then book you a 8 week review to check on the progress of the verrucae if the verrucae is still present the Podiatrist will book you a 16 week review.

• If the verrucae has not changed within 20 weeks a second needling will be needed.

Costs.

The Newcastle Foot Clinic offer a Falknor’s Verrucae Needling Package including:

• Initial Consultation

• Falknor’s Verrucae Needling Procedure

• One week follow up

• Eight and sixteen week review

• Second Needling if needed

The total package costs: £320

 Please note that pricing is correct at time of printing