Swift Microwave Therapy
Revolutionary New Treatment for Plantar Warts
A plantar wart is a viral infection of the skin on the feet. Plantar warts are difficult to treat. Your immune system does its best to fight the virus but is not always successful. If plantar warts do not resolve on their own or after several treatments, consider microwave therapy to treat plantar warts. Microwave therapy is the most current, evidence-based treatment option for stubborn foot warts.
How did I get a plantar wart?
Plantar warts appear when your skin is infected with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) through small cuts or abrasions on the bottom of your feet. Being barefoot in shared areas such as swimming pools, showers and changing rooms increases your risk of picking up the virus. Dry, cracked skin or excessive sweating can also increase your chances of getting a plantar wart.
How can I treat plantar stubborn plantar warts?
Conservative treatment (in-office and over-the-counter) for plantar warts work most of the time. However, some warts do not respond well to these treatments, and many people are forced to consider surgery. Swift uses microwave energy delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat infected (viral) 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 worldwide.
What can I expect during a Swift treatment?
Before your treatment, the Chiropodist may remove some of the overlying hard skin on the wart. The Swift probe contacts the wart repeatedly, and each application lasts approximately 2 seconds. Pain varies patient to patient, but most compare the sensation similar to touching a hot surface for a couple of seconds, then quickly subsiding. There is no need for an anesthetic and no need for a dressing. In some cases, the area may feel tender, but you can continue your daily activities immediately after treatment.
How many Swift 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 Swift treatment candidate. 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 implants, people with pacemakers, neuropathy, poor circulation, weak immune system, pregnancy and low tolerance to pain.
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.