Verrucas are lesions on the foot caused by a virus, and as such are difficult to treat effectively. They are one of the most common foot complaints amongst patients in the UK, causing pain, embarrassment and irritation. Notoriously difficult to get rid of, traditional treatments can be painful, invasive and protracted. However, a breakthrough has been made in the treatment of verrucas that offers a faster and more predictable outcome.
Swift is a brand new technology, developed in the UK, which uses microwave technology to treat verrucas. Microwaves have been in clinical use for over 30 years, and are used globally in the effective treatment of cancer. With a treatment time of seconds, Swift is a new and precise way of treating soft tissue lesions.
Before your treatment, your podiatrist may remove some of the overlying hard skin on the verruca. The Swift probe is held in contact with the skin, and the treatment lasts approximately 5 seconds. Pain levels vary from patient to patient, but most people liken the sensation to a pain similar to an injection or scratch. There is no need for an anaesthetic and no need for a dressing.
In some cases the area may feel tender, but will not prevent you from undertaking normal daily activities.
This depends on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one session (these are usually 4 weeks apart depending on the response). Your podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you.