A NEW clinical trial studying foot problems has been launched in Huddersfield.
The University of Huddersfield has been asked to carry out research into the thorny problem of ... verrucas.
Michael Concannon, a podiatry lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, is seeking patients to take part in a clinical trial, funded by the NHS, that will investigate ways of treating the verruca.
He said: “We want to hear from people aged 12 and over who have a verruca and are interested in taking part in the trial”.
Patients will be asked to help for six months, but the treatments will only last for a maximum of eight weeks. Half of the patients will be asked to treat themselves daily with an acid paste, up to a maximum of eight weeks.
The other half will be treated with a freezing technique, applied by a podiatrist, with re-treatment at follow-up appointments if required.
A verruca is a kind of wart that develops usually on the soles of the feet. It is caused by a virus, which thrives in damp, warm environments such as swimming pools.
Verrucas are not a serious problem, but they can be very painful when trodden on.
Any patients interested in taking part should phone the Division of Podiatry at the University of Huddersfield on 01484 472561 and ask for Michael Concannon.
Patients will be assessed in order to see if they are eligible for the study.
The treatment will be free of charge.
The project is funded by the NHS research and development programme.