Verruca Treatments

Complete Choice of Verruca Treatments

Compleet Feet offer a wide range of verruca and wart solutions from traditional acid treatments through to advanced  Nd:YAG laser and the latest Swift®  Microwave technology to successfully eradicate hard to treat verrucae and warts.


Swift® is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of Verruca and skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology.

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Fotona Laser Nd:YAG

Compleet Feet is a specialist laser clinic. We offer many different types of laser treatments, and are highly trained in foot and ankle analgesia techniques.

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  • Verrucae and warts are fleshy fast growing benign skin growths
  • Verrucae are commonly found on the feet and warts on other parts of the body
  • Caused by the highly infectious human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • To date over 200 subtypes identified
  • Virus thrives on moist, warm skin
  • Verrucae can spread from feet to other parts of the body
  • Contracted from other people in communal areas e.g. changing rooms, swimming pool floors
  • Verrucae generally are not harmful, just unpleasant and uncomfortable
  • There can be a genetic predisposition to ‘catching’ verrucae
  • Verrucae or warts can spontaneously resolve, but that take years to occur, meanwhile they have spread

  • Can be shallow limited to only upper layers of skin and grouped together to form a mosaic appearance
  • Can be singular and penetrate deeper layer of skin with a cauliflower appearance
  • On soles of feet plantar viral verrucae are flattened by pressure, but can still be pronounced by build-up of thickened skin (callous)
  • There is a disruption of the skin’s striations (finger print pattern)
  • Small dark dots can be noted which are tips of innervating blood vessels
  • These blood vessels readily bleed on paring down the hard skin
  • Hard skin returns very quickly
  • Appearance is generally the differential diagnosis
  • Corns generally appear on prominent weight-bearing areas of the foot
  • Corns are painful on direct pressure
  • Verrucae are painful on pinching
  • Corns can be combined with a verrucae if on a pronounced area

If not sure consult a podiatrist

Not infected:

  • Check individuals in your home for signs of infection
  • Minimise time spent barefoot on damp floors in communal areas e.g. showers, pool side
  • Keep feet covered when buying new shoes
  • Don’t wear footwear of previously infected individuals
  • Wear flip flops, sandals in communal areas
  • Keep skin dry, use astringents is skin type is moist
  • Use products like Spirularin or Excilor antiviral, antifungal prevention products (ask podiatrist)


  • Keep feet and verrucae covered up if walking barefoot on floors
  • Wear specialist socks when swimming
  • Don’t share your footwear, towels, socks
  • Ensure infected individuals in your home keep feet, verrucae covered up
  • Avoid touching your verrucae or warts, as can spread with  hand contact

Compleet Feet offer a broad range of treatments for the resolution of verrucae and warts. Treatment options are chosen after a thorough consultation with the podiatrist to make an informed decision. Age, health, activity and cost are all taken into account.

  • Caustics – High strength keratolytic acid preparations are carefully applied to the skin to break down infected tissue
  • Marigold Therapy – Homeopathic treatment using a marigold formulation to initiate a healing response. Suitable for children and ‘high risk’ patients
  • Cryotherapy – Freezing verruca or wart to minus 58 degrees to destroy infected tissue. Suitable for toes or hand growths. Less effective on sole of foot and multiple lesions.
  • Electrosurgery – Verruca is sharply excised under analgesia and blood vessels cauterised with a hyfrecator electrode. Suitable for deep verruca and those with fibrous scar tissue from previously unsuccessful treatment attempts. 90% successful.
  • Laser – Using a long wave pulsed laser to cause localised tissue destruction. Reported 76 – 89% effective for really difficult to treat recalcitrant verrucae
  • Swift Microwave – Latest technology using controlled targeted microwave current to eradicate verrucae and warts. Reported 76% effective. Suitable for all verrucae presentations.

Please Note in some unfortunate cases, approximately 5 – 8%; ‘all’ attempts at treating persistent verrucae fail. We will appropriately refer patients for a biopsy or to a consultant dermatologist in these cases if deemed appropriate.

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SWIFT® Verruca and Wart Treatment

Swift® is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of Verruca and skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Benefit of this treatment over all other afore-mentioned treatments is no requirement for padding or dressings to keep dry, which can hinder normal activities. It is a no nonsense treatment, but there is a bit of an “ouch” factor during treatment, which does not last long, but it gets the job done.

At Compleet Feet Alton we use a Zimmer Cooler and analgesia if required to keep treatment comfortable. Why be uncomfortable if there is a way to make treatment more pleasant? At Compleet Feet we want happy patients, and deliver great results at the same time.

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Controlled, targeted microwave energy is delivered through a special probe into the infected verruca or wart
Microwaves work by generating heat in the wart/verruca, focused under the probe, to a maximum depth of 5mm.
Microwaves love water and when the electric field is applied, local water dipoles (H2O) try to align with field but lag slightly behind causing collision between molecules and therefore generating heat.

Yes, we cannot lie and state like other clinics that Swift treatment is painless. In our experience people have vastly different pain thresholds, so we ensure we have various methods to make the treatment acceptable for our patients. The microwave energy creates very short spikes of generated heat which can be sharp in intensity. Using a Zimmer Cooler or ice we can help to modulate the spikes of heat to make the treatment comfortable. We can also administer local analgesia for complete pain relief which is great for toes or fingers.

The heat generated in the tissues is extremely short lived, it dissipates very quickly so unlike other conventional verruca treatments you will be able to comfortably walk away without painful side effects. This is a very important point to note. Swift does not hinder normal activities. It does truly represent a break through in the treatment of verrucae.

Effectively eradicating any verruca requires initiating tissue damage. Verrucae can be quite deep, and if you have tried to treat it over a long period of time there will be a certain amount of scar tissue to break down.

Almost anyone who has stubborn warts and verrucas can benefit from Swift. We do not treat children under 11 with verrucae and carefully consider whether those 11+ are suitable.

Swift is a great verruca treatment for patients who do not want to have any pads or dressings applied to foot which may inhibit daily activities e.g. swimming, showering. It is a great treatment solution for patients with multiple verrucae/warts, especially those on toes. Acid treatments can break down good skin to result in further spread of infection, especially on toes.

A Swift treatment does not involve significant breakdown of the skin which can occur with other treatments although treatment times maybe a little longer to achieve a resolution when compared to laser, which is quicker, but healing takes longer.

There are contra-indications to Swift, but outside these anyone who has warts/verrucas on their hands or feet can benefit.

If any of the following apply to you, speak to your Podiatrist before treatment –

  • Metal pins, plates or replacement joints in the foot or ankle
  • Pacemaker
  • Neuropathy or poor peripheral circulation
  • Poor or limited healing capacity
  • Immune suppression
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding. It is known that verrucas and warts can increase in size during this period
  • Low pain threshold
  • Young children

We do not treat children under 10 with Swift, but this is decided during a thorough consultation

Verrucae and warts come in many shapes and sizes, and appear on different parts of the foot which will have an impact on how many treatments are required, but we generally advise a course of 3, although older verrucae may require more applications. Older treatment resistant verrucae may have an element of scar tissue which is harder to break down. The new Swift protocol (November 2017) for time between treatments is 4 weeks.

As well as scar tissue present, the number of treatments required depends on an individual’s immune response. The Swift mediates an immune response, some people respond faster than others in producing antibodies. Research demonstrates the heat generated by the microwaves stimulates heat stress protein production which is known to prompt a strong healing response. These stress proteins are active for several weeks so at least 4 weeks between treatments is necessary for an optimal immune response. Think of 1 Swift treatment being akin to taking a ‘therapeutic dose’ of a drug; 1 dose lasts 1 month, 1 month to deliver desired outcome.

Patients who are immune-suppressed are at risk of developing multiple, resistant lesions, which are difficult to treat, but at Compleet Feet we will employ all the verruca treatments we have to get an effective result. We may need to combine the Swift with other treatment modalities. We find combination treatments work well.

Key to a Swift treatment is patience.

Generally after a treatment there will be no change to the appearance of the wart/verruca, but occasionally there may be  signs of early blistering. The treated verrucae may throb or sting for a short period of time, but generally it does not cause you to limp. The discomfort dissipates quickly. We can offer deflective padding if the verruca is over a pronounced weight-bearing area to off-load any discomfort caused by pressure.

A change should start to show after a few days.The immune system is starting to ‘kick-in’. As regression is established the verruca will shrink in from the edges at the same time as reducing in thickness – or ‘debulking’. There may be blistering or darkening of the verruca tissue as capillaries have thrombosed.

Desired outcome is dermal striations or ‘fingerprint’ of the skin  gradually re-establishing. Skin will be clear.

We recommend you pay as you go, as you may only require 1 session or need 3 – 4

1 Swift application                   £100

If you are recommended a course of 3 there is a 10% discount if you pay in full after 1st appointment    £270

Thermal Nd:YAG Verruca Laser Treatment

Compleet Feet is a specialist laser clinic. We offer many different types of laser treatments, and are highly trained in foot and ankle analgesia techniques. Researchers have reported success rates of 76 – 89 % with the use of thermal lasers for treatment of recalcitrant verrucae or warts. Anectdotally laser application for difficult to treat verrucae is by far our most effective treatment. It is a powerful treatment modality. We will always undertake a consultation first to ascertain suitability.

We use a  Fotona  XP Spectro long wave Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser. This is a vascular laser with a wavelength that is specific for deeper lying targets with a vascular component e.g. blood vessels. We can carefully and precisely target into verrucae or warts to destroy infected tissue only with reduced marginal skin damage.

The infrared beam needs colour/ pigment for the light energy to be absorbed into to create heat. This is termed a chromophore. The chromophore in a verruca is the capillary blood vessels which are drawn up into the infected verrucerous tissue. The infected tissues are heated up to cause localised tissue destruction. Laser heat energy is attracted to haemoglobin in verruca/ wart blood vessels causing the vessels to thrombose.

  • Quick and very effective
  • Direct precise tissue destruction to reduce potential risk of verruca getting bigger as can occur with acid treatments.
  • Reduces risk of collateral skin damage
  • Generally, only 1 treatment required
  • Will treat deep seated recalcitrant verrucae/ warts which have not responded to other treatments
  • Not suitable for very young patients
  • There will be localised deep tissue ablation which will require dressings
  • Some disruption to normal sporting activities
  • Pain during treatment

The laser causes a build-up of concentrated localised thermal heat so it is a sharp stinging sensation. Everybody has a different pain threshold. Some individuals tolerate the discomfort much better than others and no problem with the lasering requiring no analgesia. It is a quick treatment only lasting seconds, but if an individual cannot tolerate the discomfort that could mean we may not be able to deliver an effective treatment so we do recommend analgesia. This will be discussed during a consultation.

A cooler can be used during lasering to keep the skin’s thermal temperature down, or analgesia can be administered for a pain free and effective treatment. We are specialists in ankle block analgesia techniques. Ankle blocks are very safe and are comfortable.

A post laser blister will form whether clear or blood filled (haematoma) over 24 -72 hours. If the blister is on the sole of the foot it will flatten out slightly whereas on a toe or hand it will be raised. We will issue deflective padding and dressing if required to make treated area comfortable. You will be required to return to clinic after 1 week to have the blisters drained and dressed. Several dressing appointments may be required. Depending on the size and location of the lasered verruca/ wart healing can take 2-6 weeks. Verrucae can be 2-3 mm thick in depth.

A consultation is required first prior to any laser treatment to check suitability. Only available at Compleet Alton.

From £60 for laser treatment