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Swift Treatment for Wart Removal

SWIFT microwave for warts


Walk Without Pain Podiatry Clinics in Brisbane is pleased to offer SWIFT wart treatment in Brisbane; a new way of treating plantar warts. Warts on the soles of the feet (plantar warts) are especially difficult to resolve and deserve their legendary status. This treatment is also suitable for warts on other parts of the feet, hands and legs.

Warts are caused when a viral infection occurs to the skin, causing your own skin cells to mutate into a mass of abnormal tissue.  On the sole of the foot, the original skin is very tough and so these plantar warts are also very tough and hard to kill.  Also, because you stand on the mass, it gets pushed into your skin which is much more painful that having a wart on a non weight bearing area such as your arm.  This wart would protrude out from your skin and not get mashed into the soft underlying flesh which is highly innervated.

How Does SWIFT Wart Therapy Works

Previously, we have treated warts with salicylic acid patches or cryotherapy.  Both of these can take multiple treatments and the cryo, or freezing, can be quite painful.  For quicker results, we may turn to chemical cautery – burning the lesion out with a strong chemical.  This requires local anaesthetic injections, which can be unpleasant in the feet and the wound often takes several weeks to heal due to the stresses on the skin with walking and the depth of the tissue removed during cautery.

SWIFT takes advantage of the fact that your body is actually very good at clearing away wart infections – it is just not very good at knowing that they are there.  SWIFT treatment for warts uses a microwave pulse to cause cellular damage to the wart, leading your immune system to come to repair the new damage, detecting the wart and then attacking it for the first time.

What Are The Benefits of SWIFT Microwave Therapy?

The main benefit of the SWIFT microwave therapy is that it does not require painful injections, and there is no post operative pain.  After the treatment, you will not have stitches or an open wound to heal and are free to go back to normal activity, straight away.

The downsides of wart treatment with SWIFT includes the cost and some pain during treatment.  The  microwave probe is a single use device which has been designed to be only useable for 15 minutes. The treatment takes 10 seconds and is given as five rounds of two second pulses.  Usually, the first one or two pulses are quite mild.  The first second of the later pulses is also usually quite light.  The second of the two seconds of the later pulses feels like having a blown-out match touched to your skin.  It is unpleasant, but very fleeting and much less painful than local anaesthetic injections.  While we could in theory use local anaesthetic before using SWIFT, it is not worthwhile as the injections would be expected to be more painful than the treatment.

We are finding on average that small children require a single treatment and adults may need up to three sessions of SWIFT wart treatment in Brisbane.  Individual outcomes may vary.

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Treating Plantar Warts

At Walk Without Pain, we appreciate the discomfort that a plantar wart can bring to your life, and we also know how much it can limit your ability to enjoy some of the simple things in life, such as going for a swim or walking around in your bare feet. The problems with these unsightly little things are that they are contagious and were likely incurred as a result of someone else’s failure to cover up their own wart.

The pain you feel every time that you step on the wart that exists on your sole comes from the wart tissue being exposed and the nerves being pressed on. We treat this problem using chemical cautery, which involves the use of an acid or a base to kill the wart tissue.

The upside to this approach to plantar wart removal is that there is no pain experienced by the patient and they can expect to see a reduction in the size of the wart within 3 days of the treatment. However, once the wart has been brought down in size, it is then necessary to kill it off completely and this involves the use of a fast-acting chemical, delivered under local anaesthetic.

Naturally, when it comes to treating plantar warts there are a variety of homemade remedies out there that people like to try, however, the danger of using these is that they can aggravate the tissue and do more harm than good. As such, it makes sense once you become aware of a plantar wart to seek out professional help and nip it in the bud before it has the chance to spread or infect someone else.


Effective Plantar Wart Treatment Solutions That Work

Nobody should have to limit the possibilities of their lives as a result of a plantar wart, particularly when there are tried, tested and solutions out there for you to avail of right now. The longer you leave it, the worse the problem can become and also increases the likelihood of you passing this painful problem onto your loved ones or others in the community.

When you choose the team at Walk Without Pain, you not only have a team of podiatrists ready to deliver the remedy to your problem, but you are also in the care of those that have examined over half a million feet before ever meeting you. Our foot doctors have over 87 years’ experience combined in this industry. So, book your appointment today confident in the knowledge that here at Walk Without Pain, we have the most effective plantar wart removal solutions that Brisbane natives can count on to work for them.


Plantar Wart Removal FAQs

What are plantar warts, and how are they caused?

Plantar warts are tough, grainy growths that typically appear on the heels or balls of the feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin on the soles of the feet.

Are warts contagious?

Yes, warts are viral infections and can be spread both through direct contact with a wart or indirectly via surfaces touched by the virus, such as communal showers or swimming pool floors.

Can warts be prevented?

Complete prevention of warts is difficult; however, the risk can be reduced. Wearing shoes in communal areas, maintaining clean, dry feet, and avoiding direct contact with warts can help prevent their spread.

What is Swift Treatment for Plantar Warts?

Swift Treatment for plantar warts harnesses microwave technology to specifically target and eradicate plantar warts. This state-of-the-art therapy delivers precise, controlled microwave energy deep into the affected tissue, heating and destroying the infected cells while stimulating a local immune response. Unlike traditional approaches, Swift is non-invasive, requiring no incisions, freezing, or chemicals.

How does Swift Treatment work to remove plantar warts?

The treatment involves a specialised microwave device that emits a specific frequency to heat the wart tissue. This targeted heat triggers a controlled immune response, prompting the body to recognise and combat the virus responsible for the wart. This method effectively reduces the wart without damaging the surrounding healthy skin.

Is Swift Treatment painful?

During the procedure, patients might experience a sensation akin to a prickling or intense heat that lasts for a few seconds. The discomfort is generally less severe than that of other treatments, such as cryotherapy, and does not necessitate anaesthesia. Most patients find the treatment quite bearable.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of required Swift treatments varies, typically depending on the wart’s size and resilience, as well as the patient’s immune response. Usually, three to four treatments, spaced four weeks apart, are sufficient. Your practitioner will evaluate your condition and outline a personalised treatment schedule.

What are the side effects of Swift Treatment?

Swift Treatment for warts is associated with minimal side effects. Some patients report slight soreness or redness at the treatment site, which typically resolves within 24 hours. There is no downtime, and normal activities can be resumed immediately post-treatment.

How soon will I see results from Swift on Plantar Warts?

Individual results can vary. Some patients observe improvements after the initial session, while others may see results after completing the prescribed course of treatments. The immune system continues to act against the wart tissue post-treatment, leading to further improvements over time.

Is Swift Treatment suitable for everyone?

Swift Treatment is appropriate for a wide range of individuals, including both children and adults. However, it may not be suitable for those with certain health conditions, immune deficiencies, or pregnant women. Discuss your medical history thoroughly with your practitioner prior to commencing treatment.

What should I do to prepare for my Swift Treatment session?

There are no specific preparations required for a Swift Treatment session. It is advisable to keep the affected area clean and refrain from applying any lotions or other treatments directly to the wart before your appointment.

How effective is Swift Treatment compared to other wart treatments?

Swift Treatment for feet warts typically shows a higher efficacy rate, often with fewer sessions and lower recurrence rates than traditional methods such as salicylic acid treatments or cryotherapy. Research indicates that microwave therapy can achieve clearance rates of over 80%, with a minimal risk of the warts reappearing.

Can plantar warts return after Swift Treatment?

Despite the effectiveness of Swift Treatment, no wart removal technique can guarantee permanent removal. The virus that causes warts, the human papillomavirus (HPV), can remain in the skin and may lead to new growths. Maintaining good hygiene and taking preventative measures can help minimise the risk of recurrence.
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