Podiatrists in Gloucestershire

Verruca needling

Verruca needling is a simple procedure under local anaesthesia.

After you have had an initial consultation, your podiatrist will have outlined the various treatment options for you. Needling involves usually one maybe two injections and then a needling technique first described by Gordon Faulkner in in 1960’s.

A verruca is caused by a viral infection in the skin which can’t be detected easily by the body’s blood bourne immune system. Needling pushes the virus further into the body which allows a cell mediated immune response to occur. This essentially means that if the needling procedure is successful you will be immune to that specific family of virus you have been infected with.

Needling is roughly 70% effective with the first treatment. Occasionally a second needling procedure is required. This will be carried out with minimal cost to you (the cost of a normal 30 minute appointment).

Here is a good quality research paper detailing the efficacy of the procedure.

If you chose ‘needling’ as your treatment here is a testimonial written by a patient who we helped in December 2017.


“For many years and every treatment possible to try and get rid of a cluster of verrucas that appeared on my left foot and got worse after a serious operation that I had to have. It was suggested that I contact Supafoot in Cheltenham and Emma Price came highly recommended, so I thought what the heck let’s give it a go, after all I felt that I had finally exhausted all avenues to get rid of them.

On 20th Dec 2017 I had an appointment with Emma and during the consultation she suggested that I might like to try “ Verucca needling under local anaesthetic”. I was fitted in at the end of the day to have the procedure, and after a series of questions and paperwork the dose was administered. We had to wait for my foot to go numb so that the needling could be done. I have no idea how many times the needle went in and out but it went on for about 10 minutes. I really felt for Emma and her poor hand but me, well I didn’t feel a thing and was happy to watch what she was doing to me. Eventually the procedure came to an end and my foot was cleaned and dressed, I was advised that when the anaesthetic started to wear off that I might feel uncomfortable and in some pain. Emma said that I had to keep the foot dry for 2 days and then take the dressing off and soak my foot in warm salt water and then redress it. It was a weird feeling when walking due to the anaesthetic but I knew that it wouldn’t last too long. I took a couple of paracetamols when I went to bed as I didn’t want to suffer unnecessarily. It was slightly uncomfortable the following day but nothing that wasn’t manageable. After this I soaked my foot daily to avoid any problems i.e. infections and dressed the area again. I went back 3 weeks later for a follow up appointment and I thought that nothing had worked as my foot was still black, that’s me being negative!! Emma cleaned the area and de brided the area ( scraped off the horrible black stuff) which turned out to be just dried blood. After inspecting the area I was just as pleased as Emma was as it certainly looked better than it did before the treatment. A few tiny black marks but she was hopeful that they would go in time. Another follow up appointment today, 4 weeks later and Emma asked how it was “ I said take a look and you tell me” she was impressed as I was, the area looks great and apart from a few little marks which I hope will go as it has only been 7 weeks since the treatment was done.

After spending an absolute fortune on treatments and lotions over the years that hadn’t worked I would like to say “thank you Emma” and I really wish that we had taken before and after photos so that others could see the results.

Thanks very much much Emma and Supafoot.”

Debbie Eccleston

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