Swift Microwave Treatment for Plantar Warts
What Is a Plantar Wart?
Plantar warts commonly occur on the bottom of the feet or around the toe area. Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact. Plantar warts are persistent and can be challenging to treat. Welcome, Swift!
What Is SWIFT Microwave Therapy?
Swift uses microwave energy delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the infected tissue. Microwave treatments have been around for about 30 years. The same fundamental power that powers Swift treats lung, liver, kidney and breast cancer in countries all over the world.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Before your treatment, your Chiropodist may remove some of the overlying hard skin on the wart. The Swift probe contacts the skin, and the treatment lasts approximately 3 to 5 seconds. Pain levels vary from patient to patient, but most people compare the sensation to a pain similar to an injection or scratch lasting 2 – 3 seconds, then quickly subsiding. There is no need for an anesthetic and no need for a dressing.
What Happens After The Treatment?
In some cases, the area may feel tender, but you can continue your daily activities immediately after treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Since plantar warts are unpredictable, this can be difficult to predict. In some cases, you may need more than three sessions (these are usually four weeks apart depending on the response). Our Chiropodists will be able to discuss this with you following an evaluation of your plantar warts.
Am I Eligible For Swift Treatment?
We will conduct a comprehensive foot exam and consider your medical history to determine if you would be a candidate for Swift treatment. If you have tried various wart treatments with minimal improvement, Swift might be what you need. However, some of the precautions that need consideration include:
- Metal in your foot and ankle (from previous injury/surgery).
- Wear a pacemaker.
- Poor peripheral circulation.
- Weak immune system.
- Very low pain tolerance.
We also offer alternate plantar wart treatments, including prescriptions, topical acids and Cryoprobe. It is essential to understand that different warts respond differently to treatment options. Our Chiropodist will evaluate, monitor and plan a course of treatment suited to you.
Give our office a call at 905-209-8000 or BOOK ONLINE to get rid of your stubborn plantar warts.
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