Effective Verruca Removal
Verrucas are a common foot problem and can be eradicated with a range of treatments. However, a persistent verruca that won’t go away can become problematic. Left untreated it will most likely impact on daily activities, such as walking or standing and may even cause discomfort and pain.
If you have a verruca that just won’t go away, our Walk-IN Foot Clinic Podiatrists now offers a NEW solution.
Innovative Verruca Removal & Wart Removal Using SWIFT® Microwave Technology
Based in Londons famous Knightsbridge, Walk-IN Foot Clinic will get to the root of your verruca problem. Our podiatrists are trained in a variety of treatments, including the revolutionary SWIFT® Microwave verruca Treatment. Traditional verruca wart treatments involve causing a breakdown of the skin cells that contain the virus and removal of the damaged tissue, before then allowing the area to heal. These treatments are often painful, protracted and costly.
SWIFT® is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed 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. Multiple verrucas and even warts can be treated at a single session. The treatment is quick, efficient & no anaesthetic or dressings are needed.
SWIFT® uses microwave energy to heal the infected tissue, without puncturing or damaging the skin. It applies the same microwaves technology that has been employed for the treatment of cancer over the last 30 years. So, it’s a non-invasive, super-effective procedure. Like with most skin viruses, the most effective way to treat verruca is by triggering your body’s immune system and allowing its natural healing process to clear the infected tissue. SWIFT® Microwave Verruca Treatment does exactly that; it uses electromagnetic waves to penetrate deep into the affected tissue not just to destroy it but also to alert the immune system of the verruca virus, activating its self-healing response.
Infected tissue can exist several millimetres below the surface and can often be difficult to treat using traditional methods, resulting in either untreated tissue or significant damage.
SWIFT® delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose. As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy - quickly destroying all infected tissue within a predetermined depth.
In just seconds the treatment is complete, leaving the body to absorb and replace the treated tissue.
Almost anyone who has stubborn warts and verrucae can benefit from SWIFT®. There are contra-indications to SWIFT® but outside these anyone who has warts/verrucae on their feet can benefit.
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. SWIFT® is suitable for older children and low risk diabetics who have good circulation and sensations.
Although SWIFT® MICROWAVE VERRUCA TREATMENT is a relatively safe treatment, some precautions may be necessary if you are or have the following:
Your Walk-IN Foot Clinic podiatrist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on this.
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should know that the energy from SWIFT® is delivered entirely locally, and so carries the same risk as treatments such as electrolysis, which is considered safe. However, it is known that the immune system is naturally suppressed during pregnancy, so treatment may be theoretically less likely to be successful.
Our experienced podiatrists can modify most treatments to make them suitable and comfortable for a child.
Sensation varies from person to person but most people undergoing SWIFT® describe it as sharp sensation, similar to a prick with a needle although some may find it more painful, lasting 2 – 3 seconds then quickly subsiding.
As with many treatments for skin lesions, some discomfort, even pain may be experienced during and after treatment. The pain felt during the treatment quickly subsides, and only in rare cases is there any prolonged pain.
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not usually prevent you undertaking normal daily activities. No dressings are needed and you can get your foot wet.
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment. Your podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you.
Multiple verrucas can be treated at the same session.
In recent research, 83% of the most stubborn verrucas cleared using SWIFT®Microwave therapy. The very best results were obtained with 3 treatments at 4 weekly intervals.
With SWIFT®, you’ll certainly need more than one session, but the total number depends on the location, duration, size and numbers of verrucae and how your body responds to the treatment. The majority of people need a minimum of three sessions with an interval of four weeks in between them.
After your first session, there will be no change to the appearance of verruca. Although visible results are slow and you may not see any changes before you have third sessions, the healing is still taking place. SWIFT® will activate your body’s immune system but the actual healing process will need a little longer to gather pace. This is why we leave a gap of at least four to six weeks between treatments.
As regression is established the verruca will shrink in from the edges at the same time as reducing in thickness – or ‘debulking’. The dermal ridges or ‘fingerprint’ of the underlying tissue will gradually re-establish itself as the verruca resolves.
A follow up visit will allow one of our Podiatrists to evaluate any changes and make a decision on whether or not you require another SWIFT® application.
Once the wart/verruca has gone, it is usually gone for good.
However, even though SWIFT® works by prompting an immune response and production of the appropriate antibodies communicating a degree of immunity, there can never be a guarantee that you won’t catch another at some point in the future or that some verrucae may not yet have erupted in the same location.
The virus is a very virulent one and some people are more prone to them than others.
The cost will depend on the number of verrucae, and how stubborn they are. We charge SWIFT® as a package or as a pay-as-you-go option, to help spread the costs. The package covers three treatments, plus all review appointments. If you choose to pay-as-you-go per treatment, with all the review appointments excluded. For younger patients, this may be a better option as some children do not need all three treatments.
Other Treatments for verrucae / verruca are available include cryosurgery (freezing) or the use of strong acids or Needling.
It is worth noting that NO single treatment for verrucae / verruca warts is 100% effective, and there is no guarantee that the verruca will not return.
Normally our clients request treatment because they find their verruca either unsightly, uncomfortable, or both. Verruca can itch, hurt, cause rubbing, spread to other parts of the foot. Therefore like with any lesion on your foot, it will either become sore to walk on or there is a chance that it will force you to avoid the sore area, alter your gait and cause you aches or pain in another part of your foot or leg.
As all our podiatrists are trained in a variety of methods for treating verruca (even though we do not offer all of them), we would be happy to discuss the merits and shortfalls of the different treatments and advise you on the best next step for you.
Verrucas are common and nothing to be ashamed of. Most people will develop at least one during their lives. There are few simple measures you can take to reduce the risk of infection:
If you would like to make an initial booking enquiry for a SWIFT® Microwave Verruca Treatment assessment at the Walk-In Foot Clinic then please submit your details below with a preferred day and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a confirmation of your appointment or suggest an alernative.
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