Verruca removal using highly successful and pain free Swift technology
Verrucae can appear on the foot at any age and they can be very painful depending on where they are located. At Worcester city centre clinic we offer effective and pain free wart and verruca removal to help get you moving again.
Sometimes confused with plantar corns, verrucae can be present and last a few months to a few years, some can be present a lifetime. Warts or verrucae are a resistant virus that live in outer layers of the skin and can cause pain and discomfort. Unfortunately many traditional methods of verrucae treatment fail to resolve the lesion. You may have tried everything over the counter but still they have not disappeared.
“My 11-year-old daughter had multiple warts on her hands and multiple veruca on her feet. She was embarrassed and had low confidence due to these embarrassing skin lesions. We had tried helping her with over-the-counter remedies and nothing made a difference. We had read about swift microwave therapy and its success rate, so we booked an appointment to speak with Steph at SO Podiatry to see if this treatment would be successful. Swift microwave therapy was the treatment of choice and after two sessions the Veruca and warts have totally gone. Our daughter is now back to her cheerleading and rock climbing activities which she loves, and we’re pleased to say she is now a much happier and more confident girl”
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Swift Microwave Verrucae technology
Swift verruca treatment is a new and state of the art technology, developed here in the UK, which is used for wart and verruca removal. It has a high success rate especially for treating stubborn warts and verrucas.
Swift uses microwave energy delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected verruca tissue. A probe contacts the lesion and the microwave energy travels into the skin, water molecules begin colliding and create a localised heat energy, quickly destroying all infected tissue to a predetermined depth. In seconds the treatment is complete. We deliver Swift microwave therapy as a package of up to 3 applications.
We also offer verruca needling. A more traditional treatment which is deemed to stimulate the body’s immune response creating a local inflammatory reaction so the body can ‘reject’ the virus. Verrucae needling is a painless procedure carried out under local anaesthetic, the wart is ‘needled’ to stimulate the immune response. Minor bleeding will occur and a dressing is applied. A scab will form and you will attend 7 days after the procedure for a check-up. Resolution occurs from 12+ weeks after the procedure. This is a highly successful minor surgical procedure and is still not widely available.
Verrucae removal FAQ's
What is A Verruca?
Verruca or Verrucae are warts on the feet. They are a viral tissue that occupies the upper layers of your skin to form a cauliflower like structure. They are caused by the HPV virus/human papilloma virus.
How do I know if what I have is a verruca?
Verruca are not usually painful when you stand unless they are in a weight-bearing joint area. If you pinch it with your fingers it may hurt but if you press directly on them they tend not to. It is very common to see small black dots in the tissue and this is the small capillaries coming up through the viral tissue from the base layer. Veruca can look different on different areas of the feet. At So Podiatry we can help detect and identify what it is on your foot.
How can I get rid of my verruca?
A first line treatment for Verruca is to try over-the-counter remedies. The key is to be consistent with the treatment for up to 3 months. Verruca can be very stubborn. The earlier you treat your Veruca the more likely you are to have success.
It is essential that you definitely know that it is a Verruca that you are treating with these remedies if you are not sure please ask a professional podiatrist like SO Podiatry. Many health care providers often confuse Verruca and corns, these skin lesions are treated differently. If using an over-the-counter remedy it is important not exceed the dose that is in the instructions. Do not use these if you have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy is known to have reduced blood supply or neuropathy to the feet.
What is Swift?
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
Does It Hurt ?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment we may decide to remove some of the hard skin over the verruca . Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 1 second then quickly subsiding.
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. You may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). At your treatment we will be able to discuss this with you. Up to 60-70% respond within 3 treatments according to the latest research
Who Can Receive This treatment ?
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Your Podiatrist or Dermatologist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on this.
Is It Safe ?
Aside from the kitchen appliance, microwaves are used in a number of everyday applications. Standard wifi uses microwaves, mobile phones, bluetooth, and cordless phones all use microwaves to send data over short distances. Furthermore, most satellite communications systems (including GPS navigation systems) are also based on the use of microwaves – we interact with microwaves in more ways than we know, every day.
Find out more
You can learn more about Swift Verrucae removal by visiting the Swift technology website. Here you will find patient information and be able to search for your local Swift Podiatrist. SO Podiatry are a HCPC registered clinician and your local Swift verrucae removal specialist.