Wart needling and curettage is a minimally invasive procedure designed to treat plantar warts (verruca). The method is also known as Falknor’s needling method, introduced by Podiatrist Dr Gordon Falknor in 1969.
The principle behind this technique is to break down the wart tissue and allow blood to reach the area. This recruits the body’s immune cells to recognize and kill the viral-infected cells.
Wart needling has proved to be high-effective in treating warts, superior to other methods such as cryotherapy (wart freezing). Studies have shown cure rates of above 85%1 and it is considered a relatively safe procedure.
Wart needling is also a one-off treatment, unlike cryotherapy where patients often undergo multiple weekly treatments to achieve resolution. There is practically no downtime, and patients can walk out of the clinic after the procedure.
Wart needling and curettage are performed in the clinic and take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. This is not considered surgery and there will be no stitching required. The procedure is also painless as local anaesthesia will be used.
The procedure is carried out as follows:
The expected recovery for wart needling and curettage is typically between 1 to 2 weeks. Physical activity should be avoided to prevent excessive pressure over the affected area.
Your podiatrist will also advise you on the management of the wound and suitable footwear options following the procedure. It is important to follow your podiatrist’s advice to prevent any infections.
There are 2 other commonly used methods of treating warts, cryotherapy, and salicylic acid treatment. The principle behind these methods is similar to wart needling, which is to trigger our own body’s immune response to kill the virus.