Verruca & Wart Treatment

Welcome to Active Step’s Verruca & Wart Treatment service, where we employ cutting-edge techniques to effectively and efficiently address verrucae. Our state-of-the-art Swift Microwave therapy and Verruca Needling stand out as primary treatments, ensuring you experience the best in modern podiatric care.

Types of Verruca Treatment at Active Step:

Swift Microwave Therapy: Our standout approach is Swift Microwave therapy, a revolutionary treatment that utilises microwave energy to precisely target and destroy the verruca virus. This non-invasive method stimulates your body’s immune response, helping your immune system to recognize and eliminate the virus more effectively.

Verruca Needling: Verruca Needling is performed under local anaesthetic and involves creating controlled micro-injuries with a needle into the verruca, stimulating your immune system to recognise and attack the virus. This technique enhances the body’s natural response for more effective clearance.

Cryotherapy: We also offer Cryotherapy, a freezing treatment that destroys the verruca tissue by causing the cells to burst, leading to eventual elimination.

Salicylic Acid Treatment: This method involves applying a specialised solution containing salicylic acid to soften and gradually remove the verruca tissue.

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At Active Step we are committed to delivering gold standard care and have invested in the latest SWIFT technology for the treatment and removal of verrucas and warts.

Research studies report SWIFT to be 80% effective in getting rid of verrucas and warts, even for the most long-standing ones that have been previously unresponsive to other treatments.

Unlike other wart treatments, SWIFT uses microwave energy, which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin, to treat the affected tissue. As SWIFT does not break the surface of the skin, there is no need for bandages or dressing, leaving you to carry on your day as normal.

Here are some of the other unique benefits of the Swift treatment:

  • Each Swift treatment is quick. Fit your Swift treatment sessions (an average of 3-4 treatments are required) into your busy schedule.
  • No downtime is required. Typically, there is no need to rest or recover after your Swift treatments so you can get back to the hobbies and activities you love straight away. No need for aftercare.
  • You will not need to apply any bandages or creams to the treatment area.


Say goodbye to the frustration of verrucas and warts and embrace a future free from these viral growths. With Swift Microwave therapy, Verruca Needling, Cryotherapy, Salicylic Acid Treatment, and more, Active Step is your partner in achieving clear, healthy feet. 

Other verruca treatments we provide include:

What’s Involved in Verruca Needling ?

  1. The Verruca Needling procedure will be performed in the Active Step Podiatry clinic by our HCPC registered Podiatrist and will take approximately 1 hour.
  2. A local anaesthetic will be used to numb the affected area and the injection may cause some minor discomfort.
  3. After the area has been successfully anesthetized, the verruca site is punctured multiple times, so that the viral infection is exposed to the immune regulators in the deeper skin layers.
  4. A sterile dressing will then be applied to the treatment site and preventative measures will be taken throughout the procedure to minimise the risk of infection.
  5. Offloading pads will then be applied to the site to minimise discomfort while the anaesthetic wears off.

What are the possible risks of Local Anaesthetic?

In extremely rare cases, local anaesthetics have caused an allergic reaction with rashes, swelling or very low blood pressure. You must inform your Podiatrist of any previous reactions or complications that have happened when you have had a local anaesthetic in the past.

As with any medical procedure, local anaesthetic may cause some discomfort when being injected into the toe.

Other side effects may include:

  • Nervousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

What Happens After the Needling Procedure?

  • The foot may remain numb up to 2-3 hours post-procedure and may be quite tender when the anaesthetic wears off.
  • Paracetamol is only recommended for pain Ibuprofen is not recommended as it will dampen the immune response.
  • The foot will need to be kept dry and the dressing kept in place for 24hrs.
  • Alcohol should be avoided after the procedure.
  • In the 24 hours following the procedure, unnecessary pressure on the needling site should be avoided.

Will I Need to Come Back for a Follow Up Appointment?

The first redressing appointment will be undertaken at Active Step Podiatry 1-week post-procedure, where the site will be redressed and assessed. It is advisable to keep the dressing clean and dry and change it on a daily basis prior to this review

The second follow-up appointment will occur at the 8-week mark where your Podiatrist will remove any scabbing from the site.

The third follow-up appointment will be at 18 weeks to assess if the lesion has resolved and to determine if a second needling treatment is needed.

Patient Testimonials

Lorri S-B
Lorri S-B
Such a warm and friendly clinic. My treatment was explained in detail and I felt immediately at ease on my first visit.
Paula Slowen
Paula Slowen
Very friendly and professional. Had confidence in the treatment recommended and the expertise.
Jo Vincent
Jo Vincent
Amazing service. Knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended
Martin Fleming
Martin Fleming
Very friendly and competent. Definitely recommend !
Penny Earl
Penny Earl
We got a same day appointment. Mike had fungal nail infection, an open wound and painful Athlete’s foot. These were all greatly improved after the initial visit. It felt quite miraculous! Not cheap but well worth the money.
Emma Humphrey
Emma Humphrey
Very professional and thorough treatment. I can actually finally have confidence that I will run again.
Anxo Vilas
Anxo Vilas
I went to Active Step after trying over the counter products as well as other podiatrists for years while my condition was getting worse instead of better. The service I got at Active Step couldn't have been any better and I've just been discharged successfully after 12 months of treatment. Jim, Zoe, Sophie and the rest of the team are not only highly professional, but also very personable and I cannot recommend them enough.