Verrucae Treatment – Cryotherapy & Excision

Verruca are a type of wart that manifest on the sole of your foot. Warts are rarely painful, although some people find them irritating or embarrassing. However, Verruca are more likely to be painful and are often likened to standing on a needle.

There are a range of verruca treatments available, although none are guaranteed to resolve the problem. Below is a short overview of the surgical treatment options offered at our clinic.

Verruca Surgery

  • Cryotherapy: This involves freezing verrucae using a very cold substance (usually liquid nitrogen).Cryotherapy is painful. A numbing local anesthetic is usually not necessary but may be used in some cases. Most warts require 1 to 4 treatments, with 1 to 3 weeks between each treatment.

What To Expect After Verruca Removal Surgery?

Pain from cryotherapy can last up to 3 days. Healing is generally quick (7 to 14 days) with little or no scarring. Within hours after treatment, a blister may form.


If done carefully, cryotherapy poses little risk of scarring. If a wart is thick and requires extensive or repeated freezing, nerves around the wart can be damaged, scarring may occur, and the skin may take a long time to recover. There is a small chance of infection associated with cryotherapy.


Electrosurgery is an alternative treatment to cryotherapy. This involves the use a machine called a hyfrecator.

The wound heals quickly over a matter of weeks (usually 2-4 weeks). Sensible shoes and as much rest as possible will help the healing process. You can normally go back to work soon after the procedure. Discuss this further with your podiatrist. A crust will slowly form over the area during the healing period. We will see you for regular dressings and check ups.

As this is a surgical procedure, most health insurance companies will cover the cost of this.