Professional secrets of wart & verruca removal

  • by N NEAL
  • 12 Apr, 2017


Nina takes time out to discuss the identification and treatment of warts and verrucas, including a round up of traditional remedies and a look at the very latest in podiatric technology for solving this age old problem.


Verrucas are the same as warts, nobody knows why we call them verrucas on feet and warts elsewhere on the body.

Warts are a viral infection of the epidermis which is your outer most layer of skin, they form little lumps which look a bit like cauliflowers. On the soles of the feet they get pushed in as we walk on them, we then produce hard skin as our body tries to protect itself, this can be very painful especially if it is on a major weight bearing area.

There are no guaranteed methods of getting rid of warts and verrucas and as they are harmless the NHS will no longer treat them.


Yes, you can, there are lots of home remedies, some people call them ‘Old Wives Tales’ which you can try. 

Method 1.

Warts can disappear of their own accord given sufficient time, usually 18 months to 2 years, but some people keep their warts for many many years.

Method 2.

Banana skin! You can cut a piece of banana skin and place it over the wart securing it with a plaster do this every night for 2 weeks. This can be a bit messy but, beware of banana juice getting on your sheets it will stain them dark brown.

Method 3.

Garlic? Yes, garlic is known for its healing properties. Secure a small sliver of garlic with a plaster over the wart change it daily use for a month, if you can stand the smell. Very effective but people will be able to smell you coming around the corner!

Method 4.

Why not try the Butcher’s remedy, rub the wart with a piece of meat then bury it in the garden. The theory is as the meat rots so does the wart!

Method 5.

Find a witch to charm them away! Get a friend or relative to buy them of you 

Method 6.

Duct Tape might work! ... a study published in American Family Physician in 1996 said if you cover the wart or verruca with duct tape 60% will be gone in 4 weeks and 80% in 8 weeks, nobody has ever been able to reproduce these numbers, it was trailed on Trust me I’m a Doctor on the BBC recently, here’s how to do it…

The first step is to cut a piece of duct tape roughly the same size as your wart. Then stick it on top and keep it on for six days. If it falls off, cut and stick on a new piece.

On the morning of the 7th day, take off the duct tape, soak the wart in warm water and file off the dead skin with a pumice stone or emery board. Then leave the duct tape off for the rest of the day and night and reapply it the following morning. If you have trouble keeping the tape on, try sticking a plaster over the top of the duct tape.

Keep doing this for four weeks. The key is to keep the tape on your wart for six days at a time, followed by a break of one day. And every time the tape is taken off, remember to file away the dead skin from the surface.

... and there are many more traditional remedies all with varying success rates ...


Here at Torbay Footcare we love taking care of your feet, Nina has been treating warts since 1980 she spent 12 years at Torbay hospital taking referrals for warts and verrucas that even the dermatologist couldn’t cure. 

She has all of the best treatments available to the modern podiatrist and has recently invested in Swift Microwave, the latest verruca treatment which has been developed by a UK company and has a soon to be published clinical trial conducted by the highly respected Professor Dr Ivan Bristow.


This is what they said about this treatment in a recent Daily Mail article……..



British Scientists have hailed a new method of getting rid of stubborn verrucas – by zapping them with microwaves. 

They say the technique is far more effective than traditional methods, such as burning them with acid and freezing them with liquid nitrogen and have achieved a success rate of more than 75 per cent.


They also say that the microwave beams can destroy verrucas which have troubled their hosts for decades.

The new treatment involves blasting the troublesome areas with a beam of microwave energy for five seconds at a time. Three treatments spaced out over monthly intervals are usually enough to see them disappear, said Dr Ivan Bristow a podiatrist who has helped to pioneer the technique.

He explained how the narrow beams of microwave energy heated the verruca to 70C ‘creating cell damage which brings about inflammation in the tissue.’ ‘We believe that this makes the body’s immune system spring into life, so that it recognises that it has to fight an infection,’ he said. ‘So it’s not so much that the microwaves destroy the wart but that it triggers the body to fight it.’

Dr Bristow said that patients did experience a ‘hard bite’ of pain for 2 or 3 seconds as the verruca heated up – but any discomfort soon disappeared.


The technique is the brain child of Scottish physicists Gary Beale and Eamon McErlean. They have since set up a company called Emblation, which develops microwave generators for medical purposes.


Ring the surgery to make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists. We can tailor our treatment to suit you.

Phone us on 01803 521880 ... ring now even if it’s out of hours, leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.

by Nina Neal - Senior Podiatrist at Torbay Footcare 18 Jan, 2018

After the excesses of Christmas we all hope to shake it off in the New Year.

Don’t let painful feet derail your good intentions, you need to make sure you’re fit enough to get fit. Your feet are your foundations, if your feet aren’t functioning properly then the rest of you will be out of balance.

In a recent study, researchers found that for every 1 kg in weight loss, the peak knee load was reduced by 2.2 kg. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous, simply walking for 30 minutes every day has proven to reduce blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, reduce cholesterol and reduce weight. Helping you get a flying start into the new year and beyond. 

Here at Torbay Footcare we treat and advise on all types of foot pain from heel to toe. 

To book an appointment call us on 01803 521880

Sort out your foot pain today and get exercising.

by N NEAL 14 Dec, 2017

It’s that time of year again when we are busy getting ready for Christmas, decorating the house, buying food and presents, partying and catching up with friends and family. If your feet are complaining about all of that extra work see if you can get a last minute appointment, we will be open until lunchtime on Saturday 23rd December and after the break the practice will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January .

Stuck for present ideas? We sell Gift Vouchers, they can be bought in any denomination, speak to one of the team.

We are constantly striving to improve our service to you, this year we started using a web based appointments system, an online booking facility will be activated very soon enabling you to book your next appointment at your convenience. Don’t worry though our reception team will always be available to speak to you during normal surgery hours.

Also new this year is our 3D Scanner for taking images of the foot for the manufacture of custom insoles or orthotics which can be made to correct for your foot problem. Custom made insoles are much slimmer and more durable than the ready-made ones and are amazingly comfortable, they can be made to go in most shoe types and even some sandals, the manufacturer Edser also manufacture orthotic flipflops to make sure you keep comfortable even on your holidays!

by N NEAL 27 Nov, 2017
Here at Torbay Footcare we are currently seeing lots of patients who want to get their feet right for Christmas for all those 'on your feet' activities that the holiday season brings ... if this applies to you then call us on 01803 521880 for your pre-Christmas appointment and remember we also sell gift vouchers so you can give the gift of comfortable feet this Christmas and a pain free New Year to your friends and family.

We hope you have a great Christmas and a very happy and pain free New Year ... Nina and the team.
by N NEAL 09 Oct, 2017

We're proud to be supporting the wonderful TOPS who are performing Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Princess Theatre this month. Loving the pink shoe in Hooper's window and you will find it in the foyer of the Theatre from the 25th October until the run  closes on the 28th ... make sure you book early to avoid disappointment and to all of those involved with the production 'break a leg' ...

by N NEAL 28 Sep, 2017
From the 7th of October 2017 Torbay Footcare Ltd will be offering appointments on Saturdays from 9am until 1pm ... Call now on 01803 521880 to book a Saturday appointment.
by N NEAL 08 Jun, 2017
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by N NEAL 28 Apr, 2017
Its spring and the memory of winter is fading fast, gardens are blooming, birds are swooping in the under-croft and thoughts turn to happy summer days toasting yourself in summer sunshine, walking on the beach and relaxing by the pool in the upcoming summer months ... so now is a great time to make sure your feet are 'summer ready' and in tip-top condition before the summer fun begins.

Step through the summer ready checklist to maximise your upcoming summertime plans ...

1. any pre-existing foot related conditions, that you may have, are under control?
2. there are no new symptoms or areas of concern related to your feet?
3. you are able to comfortably enjoy the walking and standing you do, or would like to do, in a normal day?
4. all of your footwear is comfortable and functions well ... 

If you can answer 'YES' to each item on the checklist then your feet are truly 'summer ready' and you are ready to enjoy your summer plans.

Don't worry if you answered 'NO' to any of the above because a call to Torbay Footcare on 01803 521880 to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists will put you on the right road to summer fun.
by N NEAL 12 Apr, 2017
Nina takes time out to discuss the identification and treatment of warts and verrucas, including a round up of traditional remedies and a look at the very latest in podiatric technology for solving this age old problem.
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