Plantar warts are difficult to treat and traditional methods, such as cryotherapy, are often painful and require multiple sessions. In complex cases, these options may not even be effective. The Swift® device uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver precise, highly controlled microwave energy into the problem area of the skin. This works to stimulate the patient’s body into a healing response and treat plantar warts at their source. This virtually painless procedure is a quick, clean, and non-invasive option with little or no recovery time.
What Causes a Plantar Wart?
Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Like any virus, warts are spread through contact. The virus enters the skin on the bottom of the foot through a small opening or pore. Walking barefoot on surfaces where the virus is present is usually how the wart is contracted. The virus thrives in warm and moist environments, making locker rooms and swimming pools a common source of infection. It can take as long as six months to develop a wart after the skin has come into contact with the virus, making it difficult to identify the source of the infection.
Symptoms of Warts
Symptoms of plantar warts include:
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Dr. Thompson uses Swift Therapy, the newest and most effective treatment for plantar warts. Swift uses microwave energy to heat up the underside of the wart, at the root of the infection. This allows the body’s immune system to identify and attack the virus from the inside out.
With the Swift treatment, There are:
Older methods of treating a wart, like applying acids or freezing with liquid nitrogen, work by damaging the outer layer of skin. They burn or freeze whatever skin they touch, both healthy and warty skin. Layer by layer of skin is burned or frozen until all of the wart is gone. For deeper or older warts, this means several repeated treatments, and damage to healthy surrounding skin. Unfortunately, the virus can proliferate between treatments, making the entire process slow, and even ineffective.
Swift treatment heats up the underside of the wart. This stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the wart as foreign. The wart is cleared from beneath, naturally and safely. No need for bandaids, creams, or salves. No downtime.
To learn more, you can make an appointment for a wart consult. We can begin treatment during this appointment if you’d like.