Wart Treatments and Swift Microwave Therapy

Antonio Ruffoblog

Warts Perth - Swift Treatment The Foot Clinic

Warts are a common condition that we see and treat at The Foot Clinic. Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus (Human Papilloma Virus) and they can be painful or annoying especially when they are on the bottom of your foot. As they are highly contagious, it is important to see a qualified podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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What causes warts

Warts are highly contagious and spread through direct contact. The most commonly seen methods of transmission are via direct skin-to-skin contact typically in public areas where the virus is present such as swimming pools and locker rooms. This means that warts can also spread in households once one person is contagious if care is not taken.

Warts, including plantar warts, are common in children for a number of reasons:

  • Children have developing immune systems, making it easier for the virus to go undetected at first
  • Children are more likely to come in contact with the virus in communal spaces such as public swimming pools and school changing rooms
  • Children skin is more likely to be damaged by cuts and scrapes which can provide an entry point for the virus


Wart appearance and symptoms

Warts can appear alone or in clusters and are commonly mistaken for corns due to both conditions causing pain with pressure. The true appearance of the wart can often be covered by a layer of callus that builds over the wart, which can be removed by a podiatrist. The wart underneath may have:

  • A rough, grainy growth with a well-defined border
  • Tiny black dots which are dried blood vessels
  • Loss of skin lines through the wart
  • Pain or tenderness with pressure applied

How do you treat it?!

The old common methods for treating plantar warts include freezing or using an acid to kill the wart with very variable success rates. However, this can be troublesome due to the weekly visits, pain after treatment and keeping any dressings dry. Other methods include surgical excision, but this can have complications such as painful scarring and high reoccurrence rates.

Success rates for all these treatments vary highly due to a number of factors including length of time the wart has been present, age of patient and practitioner skill.

Typically, we see a lot of patients who have tried these treatments in the past with limited success and are looking for a new and improved treatment modality against their stubborn warts. This is why we use Swift Microwave Therapy.

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Wart treatment using Swift Microwave Therapy

SWIFT Microwave Therapy is exclusive to qualified Podiatrists and Dermatologists licensed to provide this treatment solution. SWIFT uses a state-of-the-art scientifically proven process called Targeted Heat Shock Therapy which at 83% resolution has the highest success rate for any wart treatment worldwide. It is very fast and non-invasive, with no downtime after treatment and fewer treatment sessions required, so you can return to your normal day-to-day activities and sports immediately!

SWIFT Microwave Therapy works on all warts, giving hope to those patients who have already tried everything else. This is the reason why The Foot Clinic has invested in this exciting new technology.

Click here to read more about Swift Microwave Therapy at The Foot Clinic.

  • Before and after Swift treatment

  • Before and after Swift treatment

  • Before and after Swift treatment forefoot

  • Before and after Swift treatment heel

  • Before and after Swift treatment heel

  • Before and after Swift treatment toe

Wart prevention

There are a number of measures we can take to prevent transmission:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Avoid going barefoot in public areas, use sandals or thongs in communal areas such as public pools, showers and locker rooms
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, socks or shoes
  • Keep your skin moisturised to prevent dry, cracked skin that can provide an entry poiny for the virus
  • Treat cuts and abrasions promptly, keeping them covered to reduce the risk of the virus entering through these openings
  • If you notice a growth or changes to the skin on your feet, visit your podiatrist immediately