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What is the best way to get rid of a verruca?

How can I treat my verruca? A question we hear a lot at our Podiatry clinic is what is the most effective treatment for a verruca?  Clinic based treatments There are a range of options for treating verruca’s.  Including, salicylic acid, silver nitrate, debridement therapy, needling and cryotherapy.  Below we will give an overview of the different approaches and their success rates. Salicylic acid and Silver nitrate can be applied in a clinical environment by a podiatrist along with any required callus debridement. Total resolution of silver nitrate application varies between approximately 18% and 34%. Success rates of Salicylic acid […]

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Verruca’s, what are they?

Verruca’s, what are they? Also known as a plantar wart, a verruca is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They often present on the sole of the foot, sometimes with overlying callus (hard skin). They can also present elsewhere on the feet such as toes or the back of the heel, although this is less common. The viral cells cause the infected area of skin to grow faster than the surrounding tissue, which is then pushed back into the foot due to pressure. The resultant lesion is effectively a plug of skin that has sealed itself off from the […]

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What are corns and callus?

Callus: This refers to layers of excess hard skin, which often develops on the bottom of the feet, around the back of heels, the sides of the big toe joints and the top of lesser toe joints.     The reason callus develops is because of excess or unusual pressure in the affected area whilst a person is walking and/or standing. The increased pressure results in the body thickening the skin in this area. This happens on purpose as a protective layer between the ground or shoes and the skin, or over bony prominences. Corns: These are due to a […]

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I think I have flat feet. What should I do?

Flat Feet   Usually when people refer to ‘flat feet’ they are talking about the arch that runs from the heel area towards the toes, and that their arch is low or isn’t there at all. This is known officially as pes planus. Low arch profile If an arch profile is lower or higher than expected, a podiatrist will judge this by the other surrounding structures in the foot, as these may also be altered. 3 types of arch profile The arch profile for each person is different, and there is not a specifically measured arch height that is classed […]

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