Plantar warts can cause significant pain to the bottom of the foot and affect your ability to walk. On top of that, plantar warts are notoriously difficult to treat. Traditional treatments, such as acid therapy and cryotherapy, can be painful and require months of repeated in office treatments. The expert team at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, is proud to offer a brand new, FDA cleared therapy for plantar warts. *Swift Microwave therapy isn’t just a treatment, it’s a cure*. Find out more about swift microwave therapy by calling Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.
Plantar warts; a common and stubborn Viral Infection
“Plantar” means “of the sole” in Latin. Unlike other types of warts, plantar warts are typically quite painful as the pressure from walking and standing forces them to grow into your skin. Like all warts, Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus. Underneath the skin, the wart can have finger-like roots that reach down and grow, making them very difficult to treat effectively from the surface.
What is Swift?
Swift is a cutting edge, FDA Cleared technology that has proven to be highly effective in the removal of plantar warts. It delivers low dose microwave energy through a specialized probe that targets and effectively treat the underlying HPV virus by stimulating a natural immune response in the body. We like to say that we’re addressing the root cause; not the symptom.
|Figure 1: Infected tissue with the wart (Human Papillomavirus) can exist several millimeters below the surface and can often be difficult to treat with traditional methods.|
What to Expect
Swift protocol involves on average 2 to 3 treatments each spaced 4 weeks apart; aligning with the body’s natural immune cycle. Each treatment lasts only 5-10 minutes and is what we call a “sock off - sock on” treatment: Limited debridement, no breaking of the skin, no bandages. No home treatment is required between treatments and the patient is able to resume normal daily activities immediately after treatment.
How effective is Swift?
Due to Swift harnessing the power of the patient’s immune system to target the root cause of wart (HPV), efficacy is significantly higher compared to other wart treatment methods.
Does it hurt?
While pain is variable and patient/lesion-specific, most patients typically feel some level of discomfort as infected tissue temperatures are rapidly elevated over a 2-second dose of energy. The pain immediately subsides following cessation of energy delivery and there is very limited post-procedural pain, in fact, some report an immediate reduction in pain levels. All patients are about to continue on with day-to-day activities immediately following treatment.
What to do Next?
If you would like to (a) get rid of your wart and/or (b) explore Swift treatment, please contact us online or better yet call us on 1-631-673-FOOT (3668). We look forward to helping you get back to the things you love to do.