The Older Ways of Treating Plantar Warts
Since you can’t always rely on the immune system to take care of your warts quickly on its own, the traditional way to treat plantar warts is to attack them from the outside. Such methods have included:
- Surgical excision
- The use of peeling acids
And while these methods do tend to be effective, they come with significant drawbacks, not the least of which being that they hurt. The pain from these treatments can last all day, and perfectly healthy skin can be damaged in the process.
No podiatrist enjoys subjecting their patients to pain as a part of treatment, but virtually the only other option for warts used to be letting them run their course. Warts sometimes go away on their own, but often only after a very long time – up to 2 years or even longer.
So when an alternative such as Swift Therapy arrives, it creates quite a stir among foot and ankle doctors!
How Swift Treats Plantar Warts Better
Remember how we said that the immune system had a difficult time actually noticing the virus that causes plantar warts due to its location? Swift fixes that, essentially treating plantar warts from the inside out.
Swift uses low dosages of microwave energy at the site of plantar warts in order to cause a minor disruption. This causes a response that sends the immune system to that area – where it will notice a foreign invader (the virus) that needs to be wiped out.
So if plantar warts are like a criminal operation just outside of town, Swift is like calling a tip in to the FBI!
To be fair, methods like burning, freezing, and cutting also cause a disruption that triggers an immune response – but they do it in a much more painful and damaging way. The disruption caused by Swift does not cause damage to healthy skin.
So how does it work? A course of Swift Therapy is scheduled over several sessions, much like previous methods of wart removal. During each session, we will:
- Lightly debride the warts to provide a bit better access for the treatment. This will not involve pain or breaking the skin.
- Use the wand of the Swift device to deliver low-power microwave energy into the skin at the site of each wart. This might cause a minor amount of pain – like a pinch – but that sensation will vanish immediately after the 2-3 second dosage is applied.
And that’s basically it! Sessions are fast and you are completely free to continue on with your day afterward. There is no need for bandages, no aftercare, and no having to limp around for the rest of the day because your feet are still reeling from treatment!