Faulkner Method (Needling)
Here at Gosforth Physio we are proud to be one of Newcastle’s most popular destinations for verrucae treatment, providing the highly effective Faulkner Method.
What is the Faulkner Method (Needling)?
This is a minor procedure in which a very fine needle is used to puncture your verruca repeatedly to break down the tissue and re-introduce the virus into the blood stream. The common problem with treating verrucae with conventional treatments are that your body does not develop its own immunity to the virus, which is why they often return or spread around your feet and hands. This highly skilled technique is undertaken by our degree qualified and HCPC registered podiatrist.
How often do I need to get this done?
In contrast to many traditional verrucae treatments such as cryotherapy or silver nitrate, we typically only do this treatment once. On occasions where we have not been able to fully remove the verruca, we will repeat the procedure to clear it up, although this is uncommon. We have a great success rate in treating verrucae and can confidently say that we fix most verrucae in one treatment, although it is very important that you understand that everyone's body can react differently. The verrucae might be easier to treat depending on its size or how long you have had it.
Is this painful?
This treatment method is done under local anaesthetic, where we numb a small area of your skin or the entire foot. This anaesthetic will only last for a few hours and minimal pain should be experienced the following day. A fully protective dressing will be placed over the verrucae and the area will be offloaded with padding so that you should not feel discomfort when walking. Regular activities can be resumed within 48hours, depending on the area and size of your verrucae.
Is needling the only treatment option?
We always suggest that you discuss treatment options with your podiatrist. There are multiple other treatment options such as cryotherapy or silver nitrate which are still beneficial if needling is not appropriate for you due to medical reasons.