Most people will have one or more warts on their feet at least one time in their lives. Although foot warts are not as severe as other foot issues such as a sprained ankle, they can still be embarrassing, painful, and irritating. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA is sharing information regarding this common condition caused by HPV.
Can Foot Warts Be Treated At Home?
Patients should not try to treat these growths on their own, especially if they have diabetes. If you notice a wart during your daily foot examination, cover it with a clean bandage to stop the virus from spreading and contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment.
If you don’t have an autoimmune condition, you can try at-home treatment practices if you choose. These treatments include OTC kits sold in pharmacies and retail stores. When using these kits, be sure to take safeguards to protect unaffected skin from the acid contained in them.
The Advanced Swift® Treatment for Foot Warts
A treatment referred to as Swift is a new protocol for warts that provides our patients with significantly safer, more effective, and faster results for wart removal than previous methods, such as using cryotherapy or peeling chemicals.
The procedure takes just a couple of seconds. We deliver low-power microwave energy to the layers of skin that surround the wart with the use of a handheld tool. The microwaves vibrate water molecules producing friction and heat, which in turn, stimulate your immune system.
This is vital because the immune system typically ignores the skin where warts tend to form, which is why they take so long to go away when left untreated. But with the Swift method, you direct your body’s attention precisely where it needs to be, and help it rapidly build up an immunity to the virus that is causing your wart.
Apart from minor discomfort during the application, the Swift treatment is not painful and should not produce any lasting symptoms. No anesthetic is needed, no follow-up care or downtime is necessary, and most patients only require a single treatment.
If you think you may have a plantar wart, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation. Be sure to ask about our new SWIFT treatment method for warts for your child!