For many people, plantar warts can be a relatively harmless nuisance. However, they can appear in spots on the foot that receive a lot of pressure or friction, making them hurt. And if you have a condition such as diabetes or poor circulation, even lowly warts are something to pay extra special attention to.
Most podiatrists have tons of experience treating plantar warts, but “traditional” methods of cutting and applying acids often leave something to be desired. That’s why Michigan Foot & Ankle Specialists is proud to provide a more modern option: Swift Therapy.
Before we talk about how it works, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what plantar warts are.
With your immune system better keyed in on the threat, it can deal with warts more thoroughly. The work is done from the inside out, instead of externally with acids and cutting.
The full course of Swift Therapy will often consist of several treatments scheduled out over several weeks. Each session is very brief, taking only about 3 seconds to apply the therapy to each needed area.
There is often a minor amount of discomfort associated with the treatment. It is usually compared to receiving an injection, and lasts only for a second or two. Most patients tolerate this well, including children—but we may be able to help ease pain and anxiety if needed. Please don’t be afraid to bring this up!
Once a therapy session is complete, you can continue on with your day just as normal. There is no need for bandages afterward, nor for any preparatory work before a session.
Keeping Plantar Warts Away
Whether you currently have plantar warts and don’t want them to spread, or simply don’t want to deal with them in the first place, the following prevention tips are good to keep in mind:
- Don’t spend all day in damp shoes and socks. Switch out of wet footwear, and bring an extra pair of socks to swap into if your feet sweat a good deal through the day.
- Don’t walk barefoot in public areas like the gyms and showers we mentioned above. A good pair of water shoes can help keep you protected.
- Don’t share any nail care tools, such as nail clippers. Even better, don’t use toenail clippers on your fingernails and vice versa. You can spread the virus from feet to hands this way.
- If you currently have warts, try to avoid touching them as much as possible. When you have to, wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
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