Your Guide to the Swift Treatment for Plantar Warts
An effective new treatment for plantar warts is now available, and its name says it all. Swift provides a swift solution to these frustrating—and oftentimes painful—warts located on the bottom of your feet.
What is the Swift Treatment?
Swift treatment is an FDA-approved microwave therapy that your trusted podiatrist at Kalamazoo Podiatry, Dr. Terence Bredeweg, has been trained to use to remove stubborn plantar warts.
This revolutionary new treatment is a type of immune therapy that replaces other plantar wart removal methods, including burning, freezing, cutting, and the application of topical medications. These aforementioned methods attack warts from the outside-in, but doing so can be painful and inconvenient—not to mention frustrating should the warts return (and possibly multiply).
Developed in the United Kingdom, Swift tackles the problem by targeting the source: the immune system. Plantar warts, after all, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus thrives in warm, moist environments, and plantar warts develop when the virus enters your body through broken skin on your feet. HPV, therefore, can be contracted rather easily—walking barefoot around a public swimming pool or locker room are two examples of how you might contract this virus.
How Does Swift Work?
Swift delivers small, precise bursts of microwave energy into the skin using a specially designed probe. The microwave energy coagulates the soft tissue and results in a minor cellular disruption, which triggers your immune system.
Swift relays a clear message to your body’s immune system: fight the virus. Upon receipt of that message, your immune system responds accordingly—it’ll begin to eliminate the virus naturally (known as a natural immune response), and, as a result, the plantar warts will begin to disappear.
It’s also worth mentioning that since Swift treats plantar warts from the inside rather than at the surface level, it’s highly likely that your warts will not return because the underlying virus has been properly addressed.
What Does Swift Treat?
Swift treats plantar warts located on the feet, but can also be used to remove other similar skin lesions. The treatment, for example, has also been used successfully to remove hand warts.
It’s also worth noting that Swift is safe for people of all ages, including children. It’s quite an ideal treatment for those with low pain tolerance.
How Effective is Swift?
Since its debut a few years ago, Swift has received myriad accolades from podiatrists, dermatologists, and patients alike. Swift’s state-of-the-art technology has been shown to not only treat warts in existence but also prevent them from returning, which makes this treatment method especially appealing.
What Should I Expect from the Procedure?
The procedure will involve Dr. Bredeweg treating the affected area(s). Each treatment session lasts approximately five to ten minutes. While you may experience some pain or discomfort during treatment, the pain/sharp sensation lasts but a few seconds and then subsides.
While two to four treatment sessions should be enough to see results, the severity of your plantar warts could call for additional sessions. Treatment sessions are typically spread out—two weeks, on average—because this gives your immune system the time it needs to summon an appropriate response.
Since each patient is different, Dr. Bredeweg will take the time to evaluate your plantar warts and discuss his recommendations.
What Does Recovery Look Like?
Most patients do not report post-treatment pain, which speaks to one of the most beneficial aspects of Swift: your skin isn’t broken in any way. Therefore, patients leave the office without bandages or post-treatment protocols that they need to follow in the hours or days afterward. A majority can resume their day-to-day activities once they leave our office. Should any questions or concerns arise, however, please don’t hesitate to contact Kalamazoo Podiatry at your earliest convenience.
Contact Us Today for Your Swift Treatment!
If you have plantar warts, it’s important to know that while they might eventually go away on their own, there’s no guarantee that they will. In fact, plantar wards can even spread, bleed, and/or cause you pain or embarrassment. The more they persist, the more burdensome they can potentially become, which is why we kindly suggest that you consider having them removed.
At Kalamazoo Podiatry, we are confident that a Swift treatment will serve you well by delivering the most effective results possible. That’s why Dr. Bredeweg is excited to offer this treatment to his patients.