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What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Plantar Warts?

Are you struggling with stubborn plantar warts on your feet? Dealing with these pesky growths can be not only frustrating but also painful, especially when they’re situated in high-pressure areas. If you’re seeking removal options, you’ve likely explored various treatments, from home remedies to professional therapies.

However, the cutting-edge solution you’ve been searching for might just be Swift Microwave Therapy. This revolutionary treatment, FDA-cleared and available at Lakes Foot & Ankle, offers swift relief with minimal discomfort. Unlike traditional methods that focus on surface-based skin lesions, the Swift treatment technology targets the root cause by delivering low-dose microwave energy directly to infected tissue.

Warts on the feet can be extremely frustrating, distressing, and embarrassing.

Plus, if they happen to be located in a spot that has to handle a lot of pressure or friction, they can also be painful

Most people with warts, more commonly known as plantar warts, would be very, very happy to see these pesky growths disappear for good as soon as possible.

But at the same time, if you’ve ever had to get warts treated or removed in the past, you might also be aware that getting rid of them has, historically, been kind of a pain—literally and figuratively.

Well, not anymore. We have a brand new system called Swift Microwave Therapy that is, by far and without question, the top option for your warts.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Let’s break down some of the contenders by category, from (in our opinion) worst choice to best choice.

Option #1 – Do Nothing at All

As a wise man named Geddy Lee once said, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”

Actually, for as much of a “non-treatment” as this is, it can work as some warts will go away on their own if you give them enough time. 

However, this is not an option we think you should seriously consider, for a few excellent reasons:

  • It can take months or even years for a wart to go away on its own. And some might never go away.
  • In the meantime, while the wart remains present and active, it can continue to multiply and spread to other areas of your body—or your friends and family, for that matter.
  • The greater the number and severity of your warts, the more difficult it will generally be to treat them.

Option #2 – How to Remove Plantar Warts at Home

Honestly, this route is barely better than doing nothing—and in some cases, it might be worse.

There’s no solid evidence that DIY home remedies like duct tape, soaking in vinegar, orange peels, or any of the dozens of weird and unusual techniques you can find online work—although most of them are harmless.

You could also try a wart removal product from a pharmacy, which certainly does seem a little more above-board than “rub an orange on it.” But cure rates aren’t particularly good for these products either and, because they tend to use stronger chemicals, there’s a risk you might cause damage to your healthy skin if you apply it incorrectly. And, this tends to be a huge waste of money.

Option #3 – “Destructive” Therapies from a Professional

At a typical podiatry clinic, dermatology clinic, or general physician’s office, they’re probably going to recommend some form of “destructive” therapy for plantar warts.

Usually, the most effective treatment means applying some kind of topical (salicylic acid, liquid nitrogen, etc.) that’s designed specifically types them to burn, peel, or freeze the wart off. If that doesn’t work, there is laser treatment or they could take the extreme option of just cutting the whole wart out surgically.

These options have a much higher rate of success than “wishful thinking,” which is generally what home remedies amount to most patients. They are also a pain, literally and figuratively. The treatment itself hurts, the aftercare can hurt, healthy tissue is often damaged in addition to the wart, and you may need to go through several rounds of this process before the warts are gone.

It’s no surprise that, despite these being mainstays of professional treatment, we were still desperate to find a better option for our patients. Speaking of…

THE BEST OPTION – Swift Microwave Therapy Takes Only a Few Seconds

Swift takes a very novel approach to wart treatment. Instead of attempting to bombard and destroy the wart from the outside, the goal of swift wart treatment is to heal the wart from the inside.

Let’s reconsider the “do nothing” approach for just a second. Why is it that warts take so long to disappear on their own if they ever do? 

The answer is that the HPV virus that causes the wart resides exclusively in the upper layers of the skin, which is a depressed area that your natural immune response system doesn’t patrol with much vigilance. So, left to its own devices, it can take a very long time for your body to identify and expel the invaders.

Get a Natural Immune Response

What Swift therapy does, essentially, is get the attention of your natural immune system and direct it exactly where it needs to go. The device heats water molecules in those upper layers of skin, which causes internal friction and basically sets off an “alarm” that your body naturally responds to.

Typical treatment is 5 pulses that last for only a few seconds to 2 seconds each (per lesion), and you might feel some very mild discomfort often described by experiencing pain as as a “fast, hot” sensation. But after that, any discomfort will quickly subside.

As with most patients with more destructive treatments, Swift may require several sessions to fully eradicate the wart(s). Typically 3-4 appointments is about average for an adult (2-3 for a child) which is about the same as it would be for peeling medications, laser, or cryotherapy. But the advantages are numerous and significant:

  • No lasting pain or limitations to activity
  • No exposure to foreign medications or chemicals
  • No damage to healthy tissue (so no bandages, dressings, etc.)
  • No aftercare is required at home

Oh, and perhaps most importantly: because Swift therapy cures the HPV infection rather than just destroying the most obvious outward symptom, you’re much more likely to be rid of your warts for good after treatment is complete.

You can learn more about Swift therapy and how it works by checking out our service page. Also, we can treat warts on other areas of the body such as the hands, arms, and legs. 

You Deserve the Best

Although warts might seem like a minor inconvenience to some, they’re also not a problem that you want to be dealing with for months or years at a time—especially if you find them painful or embarrassing.

Don’t let painful pebbles on your feet hinder your comfort and confidence any longer. Explore the benefits of Swift Microwave Therapy and reclaim your healthy, wart-free skin today. Schedule your appointment at Lakes Foot & Ankle by calling (248) 360-3888 and take the first step towards smoother, happier feet!

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