How to Treat Plantar Warts

Dec 13, 2021

Let’s face it; plantar warts are not the prettiest-looking bumps you want hanging around. Paired with tenderness, this thickened skin can make it difficult to stand or walk. You may try to ignore it, but you know it’s there. And when left on their own, plantar warts can sometimes cause pain.

The truth is, people’s approach to plantar warts has been…somewhat half-baked. And when you do decide to start treating plantar warts, most of the methods you will use are scattershot. Just take a quick look at the most popular at-home treatments that are very much alive.

How about some apple cider vinegar?

Maybe garlic can help? 

Better yet, wrap it with some duct tape. It should work, shouldn’t it?

While these options may be a good alternative, they are not scientifically proven remedies for plantar warts. If you really want to get rid of your plantar warts, we got you covered! Our latest Swift Microwave Therapy will do the trick. And here we will show you exactly how it works.

Plantar Warts – Covering the Basics

  • Warts are a typical problem affecting around 10% of the global population.
  • Plantar warts are skin-colored lesions that can trigger significant pain.
  • Up to 80% of people will see plantar warts resolving on their own without intervention. But, this can take 2 years, which is why many opt for treatment.

Plantar warts are typical warts that emerge at the bottom of the feet. These warts, also known as verrucae warts, are often the result of the HPV virus. Mainly HPV virus types 1, 2, 4, 60, and 63. After the HPV virus infects the body, it can attack the skin at the bottom of the feet.

The fleshy, rough lesions cause tenderness and aches. They put pressure on your foot when you walk. The longer you stand, the bigger the pressure can get. To a point where you will do whatever it takes to sit down and wait for it to subside.

Risk factors include prior warts, weak immune system, walking barefoot in communal pools and showers. With a crust like this, it’s natural that you would want to get it treated. The estimated plantar warts cure rate with the “watch and wait” approach can range at 25% over a couple of months period. With time, most warts dissipate without treatment. However, it might take a couple of years.

Conventional ways to start treating plantar warts involve the use of:

  • Medicine – designed to curb inflammation.
  • Topical salicylic acid cream – meant to burn off the plantar wart.
  • Curettage – tailored towards cutting out the crust.
  • Liquid nitrogen – meant to freeze off the wart.
  • Laser therapy – designed to eliminate the blood supply that feeds the plantar wart.
  • Alternative treatments – Like essential oils, which lack efficient clinical data to support their effectiveness.

With our Swift Microwave Therapy, you are getting a completely novel approach that treats and prevents warts from coming back. It uses the body’s immune system to treat and prevent the ailment, letting you enjoy smooth and healthy skin!

Swift Microwave Therapy – What to Expect?

We know a serious skin problem when we see one. Plantar warts can really get on your nerves. The longer you leave them, the more annoying they can get. Swift is a pioneering microwave therapy that’s beneficial for the skin and for treating plantar warts. It offers patients a novel, easy, and precise way of managing soft tissue lesions.

Swift Microwave Therapy relies on microwave energy, which is delivered via a unique probe applied to the skin. The probe then treats the affected area. Many verrucas can be treated with Swift. Including warts – all with a single treatment or multiple sessions.

  • 5 – second treatment
  • No dressings
  • No anesthetics are necessary

Compared to the other currently available treatment methods, this one offers the fastest result. And instead of having to wait years for warts to naturally go away on their own, you can turn the tide with an option such as this.

Does Swift Microwave Therapy Hurt?

Just like any skin treatment out there, it is normal to feel a slight discomfort. If the lesion is too big, then the podiatrist might decide to decrease its size with a blade prior to treatment. So, the pain level may vary. Given the fact that the treatment lasts only a couple of seconds, the slight discomfort can’t outweigh the pros. 

Can Anyone Get Swift Therapy?

With a couple of exceptions, most patients with skin lesions can make the most of this treatment. 

If you have any questions or would like to request a visit with our office, please feel free to give us a call at (309) 661-9975 and we’ll be happy to help!