What’s the Best Treatment for Plantar Warts?

by Jul 15, 2022

While they may seem insignificant, warts can be both a painful and unsightly problem to have. As a contagious, virus-driven infection, warts are often difficult to eliminate and require immediate treatment. In this article, we’re going to discuss warts and what options are available in terms of addressing their presence, while seeing which treatment is the best. 

What Are Warts?

Warts are a type of benign (noncancerous) bump that can form on the surface of the skin. They develop when the human papillomavirus (HPV) infects the top layer of the skin, causing it to grow abnormally. HPV is a very common virus that is passed from person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact, or indirect contact such as walking barefoot in public locker rooms, showers, and pools where someone with a wart has also walked. 

The Main Types Of Warts

There are many different types of warts, and they can vary in size, shape, and appearance. They can be small and flat, large and bumpy, or long and slender. Some warts have a smooth surface, while others are rough and scaly. Warts can occur on any part of the body, but they are most common on the hands, feet, and face.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, which are warts that develop on the feet, are one of the most common types of warts. They often occur on the soles of the feet or in between the toes, look like calluses, and will usually have a small black dot in their center. Plantar warts can be painful, especially when they develop on weight-bearing areas such as the heel or ball of the foot. They can also form clusters when left unaddressed, leading to worsening infection.

Plantar warts shown on surface of foot and under the skin

How Can Plantar Warts Be Treated?

Although plantar warts aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can be extremely painful and have a serious impact on one’s quality of life if gone untreated. Luckily, there are many different treatment options available, the use of which will usually depend on the size, location, and severity of the wart.

Some common treatments include:

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Treatments

These are treatments that can be bought at a drugstore without a prescription. One of the most popular OTC treatments for plantar warts is salicylic acid, which is a keratolytic medication applied directly to the wart. This medication helps to peel away the top layer of skin, eventually causing the wart to fall off. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy

This is a treatment that uses freezing temperatures to destroy the wart tissue. It is usually done by a trained professional with the use of liquid nitrogen. During a treatment, a doctor or nurse applies the freezing agent to the wart for 10 to 20 seconds. This then causes it to turn into a blister and then eventually fall off about a week later. This does not leave a scar but may cause temporary soreness and a slight change in color in the treated area of skin.

Surgery

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the plantar wart. This is usually only done if other treatments have failed. Surgical interventions are done in a doctor’s office with the use of local anesthesia and usually take less than 30 minutes. The most common types of surgery are curettage and laser surgery. Curettage uses a cutting or scraping tool to physically remove the wart tissue, while laser surgery uses a beam of light to burn it.

Swift Therapy

Swift Microwave Therapy is a new and innovative form of treatment for warts and other skin problems that have quickly gained popularity for the convenient and effective results it delivers. It involves the use of a device that generates high-frequency, low-energy microwave energy which is applied to the infected area to disrupt the wart tissue. This is done without harming the surrounding skin, and the entire process takes less than a minute. There is no pain or downtime after this treatment, and it can be done in the comfort of our office.

Swift Therapy for Plantar Warts

Why Swift Therapy Is The Best Way To Treat Plantar Warts

As a non-invasive and convenient procedure, Swift Therapy is opening up a whole new world of possibilities in the treatment and mitigation of plantar warts. Its groundbreaking technology makes it easy to both administer and receive, and its lack of side effects or discomfort has made it a standout in the field of wart treatment.

Targeted

Swift Therapy is unique in its ability to target only the affected tissue while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. This allows for much more targeted and effective treatment, as well as a quicker and more seamless recovery period.

Safe

Swift’s cutting-edge technology is a safe and less painful alternative to treatments such as curettage and laser surgery. Unlike these procedures, it leverages low-dose microwave energy to stimulate a natural immune response and address the underlying virus causing the plantar wart. This is all done through a specialized probe that is placed directly on the wart itself.

Effective

The potential behind Swift Therapy isn’t hearsay – the treatment has been backed up by regulatory bodies such as the FDA, who have proven it to be extremely effective in the removal of plantar warts.

Convenient

One of the best benefits of Swift Therapy is the fact that it is extremely convenient. Those who undergo the treatment can expect three to four quick treatment sessions spaced four weeks apart from one another. Swift causes no skin breakage, doesn’t require bandages, and patients can go right back to living their lives after receiving it. There is no downtime and the recovery process is both simple and natural.

Need Help With Warts on Your Feet and Toes? Contact Us!

If you’re looking for a treatment option that is both effective and convenient, Swift Therapy is the way to go. Contact us today to discuss the treatment in detail and see if this revolutionary new therapy is right for you.

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