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Cryotherapy is the application of extreme cold to treat local areas of diseased tissue. Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the tissues at a cellular level. The procedure is relatively quick and easy and is completed in the Podiatry clinic room.
Cryotherapy is predominantly used to treat verruca, which are warts found on the soles of your foot. They appear circular and have a cauliflower appearance sometimes with a black dot in the centre. They can occur on their own or in a cluster which is referred to as mosaic warts.
The initial treatment will consist of an examination to observe the verucca and to determine how long it has been present. Your Podiatrist will then discuss treatment options with you.
If you and your Podiatrist deem cryotherapy to be the best course of treatment they will carry out the treatment during the initial consultation. Your Podiatrist will apply liquid nitrogen to the area. This may feel like an ice cube touching your skin and it only lasts 10-30 seconds.
In the days following the treatment the skin will discolour and fall off. The surrounding skin may become red and swollen or be sore for a day or so. It is similar to a mild burn.
Pending the results of the first treatment you may need to re-attend. Your Podiatrist will suggest the necessary course of treatment following the initial assessment.
What Our Podiatrist Says:
Verrucas and other such lesions are caused by a virus called HPV and cryotherapy is an effective treatment used by many health professionals to treat them.
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