The Foot & Ankle Specialist

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What is it?


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.

There are various forms of HPV which all relate to various parts of the human body.

What are the treatments?

In the first instance, avoid touching or scratching it as it may spread into a cluster of warts. Instead, cover it up with a plaster. In many cases, evidence suggests that verrucae will disappear of their own accord. This is because the body’s immune system recognises the presence of the virus and fights the infection naturally but it can take many months/years for this to happen.

For painful, unsightly verrucae or ones which are spreading it advised to get it treated. At Head To Toe Practice we are one of few clinics in Ireland who offers Verruca needling as a treatment option. Research has shown a 70-80% success rate with this treatment.

Treatments provided by Head To Toe Practice involve an assessment of your general well-being and foot health before deciding on a treatment plan.

We generally offer a review date of 2 weeks between each treatment.


These treatments may include:

  • Acid based treatments which are much stronger than regular ‘over the counter’ (OTC) treatments from your local pharmacy
  • Cryotherapy which involves freezing the verruca with liquid nitrogen.
  • Verruca needling
  • Excisional surgery
  • Silver nitrate