Swift Therapy for Plantar Warts
If you have come into direct contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV), you may have developed small growths on one or both feet. These growths tend to feel rough to the touch, and, if you look at them closely, you may even notice tiny black dots, which are clotted blood vessels. These small growths are what we call plantar warts, and they’re associated with an active HPV infection.
Plantar warts are mostly harmless, but they can become a source of pain, not to mention a source of embarrassment. Because plantar warts develop on your feet, a moderate to severe plantar warts outbreak can make it painful for you to walk. It’s also worth noting that plantar warts may enlarge or multiply over time. Though plantar warts do go away on their own, there’s no telling if it will take months or years.
Most patients elect to have their plantar warts removed. A standard at-home removal method involves repeated applications of a topical gel. Conventional removal methods in the clinical setting include freezing, cutting, and burning, but all of these surface-level methods can hurt because they involve penetrating the skin. Most notably, all of these methods attack the wart from the outside-in rather than the inside-out.
Podiatrists across the United States and beyond agree that the most advanced—and effective—treatment method on the market today is a laser-based therapy called Swift Therapy.
What Is Swift Therapy?
Swift Therapy is a type of immunotherapy. This means that it’s designed to elicit a response from your immune system. Remember, plantar warts are caused by a viral infection that has entered your body. In the case of HPV, you likely contracted the virus through a cut, small tear, or abrasion in your skin while walking barefoot through an area where the virus thrives (a public swimming pool or a locker room, for example). Your warts developed as a result of an active infection. They can go away if your body naturally eradicates that infection. Swift Therapy makes that happen.
How Does Swift Work?
Swift Therapy applies small, precise doses of microwave energy to the affected areas of your feet. Each 2-3 second dose is delivered through a specially designed probe that our team of podiatrists has been trained to operate. Microwave energy coagulates the soft tissue and causes a minor cellular disruption, which triggers your immune system to begin fighting off the virus.