Plantar warts are hard, rough warts on the soles of your feet. They’re often quite painful since you must walk and stand on the warts every day. Traditionally, podiatrists remove plantar warts with treatments like liquid nitrogen or electrodesiccation and curettage surgery, but there’s now an alternative to those aggressive treatments with Swift® therapy. Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute offers this breakthrough in plantar wart treatment, allowing the expert podiatry team to eliminate the wart and the underlying stubborn virus without surgery. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online for plantar wart help today.
Swift is a state-of-the-art technology for gentle and effective plantar wart removal. This FDA-approved therapy uses controlled microwave energy to heat plantar warts to the precise temperature (96.8-109.4 F) needed to destroy your warts.
Swift therapy triggers your body's internal immune response, causing it to attack and destroy the human papillomavirus (HPV) that caused the plantar warts.
Medical experts have used microwave energy in treatment protocols for more than 30 years, and Swift therapy is the latest evolution of this remarkably powerful, noninvasive approach.
The Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute podiatrists begin by measuring your plantar warts precisely. This allows them to program the device to deliver optimal energy and prevent the loss of healthy skin.
Your podiatrist moves the applicator gently over your warts with no incisions or anesthesia needed. Most patients find the treatment virtually painless, although you may experience some minor discomfort for a few seconds. The treatment lasts for just five seconds or less.
Immediately after Swift therapy, you can walk and resume your normal day. No bandages are needed, and no special care is required.
Your plantar wart won't look any different right away. Over the next few days, you should notice some changes as your body fights and kills the HPV infection. The plantar wart shrinks and thins out gradually.
It depends on your specific needs. Around 2-4 weeks after your initial treatment, your podiatrist assesses the results and determines whether you need additional treatments.
In a recent study, even stubborn plantar warts that resisted other treatments cleared up after a series of three Swift treatments. If you need a series of treatments, you generally have them about a month apart.
Although Swift therapy kills the HPV infection behind your plantar warts, you could still get a new HPV infection if you’re not careful. Always wear shoes in places where HPV thrives, such as around swimming pools and in locker rooms.
Change your socks every day, and don’t wear damp or sweaty socks or shoes. Your podiatrist may also recommend other plantar wart prevention tips.
Get the most advanced plantar wart treatment that exists today at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute. Call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.
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