Warts are common, but that doesn't make them any easier to deal with. While they generally don't cause severe issues, they can be irritating and even make walking difficult in some patients. Most treatments we have today (cryotherapy, laser) are not very effective and can lead to even more discomfort by damaging surrounding tissue. SWIFT® is here to change that. With treatment time in seconds, SWIFT® shows significantly higher efficacy when compared to other, comparable treatments. If you're suffering from stubborn plantar warts, schedule an appointment today to see if the SWIFT® Treatment System is right for you.
What Are Plantar Warts
Warts are caused by a viral infection which penetrates the skin through tiny or "invisible" cuts/abrasions. If left untreated, warts can grow as large as an inch or more in circumference and even spread out into smaller clusters. Warts can appear anywhere on the foot and toes and appear as fleshy, grey, or brown raised bumps, and are spread touching, scratching, blood from an irritated wart, and even by contact with skin shed from another wart. Warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to recur. Over-the-counter foot wart treatments are very often ineffective, destroying surrounding tissue and leaving the wart(s) intact.
The SWIFT® Difference
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
Does It Hurt?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment we may decide to reduce the lesion with a blade. Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 - 3 seconds then quickly subsiding.
What Can I Do After Treatment?
There are not a lot of special after-care requirements to this treatment. In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). We can discuss this further with you at your appointment.
Can Anyone Receive This Treatment?
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. We will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on this.