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What are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts, which are located on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of the feet, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, and are quite painful. Plantar warts grow deep into the skin and can have finger-like roots, making them difficult to treat from the surface.

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Benefits of the Swift Wart Therapy System

Compared to other treatments, our wart removal in Rancho Santa Margarita is highly effective and rated favorable by patients.

  • 98% of patients continue daily tasks as normal post-Swift treatment
  • 95% of patients recommend Swift to a friend
  • 70% rated the treatment with a 10/10

How Warts Develop

The virus enters the skin of the sole during barefoot activities, especially when the skin is very moist. How quickly the wart naturally resolves will depend on the age of the individual. The younger the individual, the sooner the wart will naturally regress.

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Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Patients experiencing the following symptoms should visit their podiatrist for a wart removal in Newport Beach:

  • Feeling of “painful pebbles” when wearing shoes
  • Pain when compressing the sides of the wart
  • Circular flat spot on the skin with a depressed area in the middle
  • Yellow spots with a crust
  • Small black dots
  • Lesion that is painful, bleeding or changes color
  • Wart that reoccurs or multiplies
  • Discomfort that inhibits daily activities
  • Poor sensation in the feet
  • Uncertainty if the lesion is a wart
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How the Swift Wart Therapy System Works

The Swift Wart Therapy System delivers low-dose microwave energy through a specialized probe that targets and effectively treats the underlying HPV virus by stimulating a natural immune response in the body. Because Swift harnesses the power of the patient’s immune system to target the root cause of the wart, treatment is highly effective, especially when compared to other methods.

Common Wart Removal Treatment Methods

Most podiatry departments have a “no treat” policy, partly because of the low cure rates obtained by the generally available wart removal treatments. 30% of warts resolve without treatment. This means any active treatment should demonstrate a significantly higher cure rate. 

Common treatment methods include using a scalpel to rapidly and painlessly remove the overlying hyperkeratosis. This is often sufficient to reduce pain and discomfort until the wart naturally resolves. Research has shown that wart removal with salicylic acid offers a 62% cure rate. This treatment is recommended for younger patients, but patients with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease will need careful assessment. Other wart removal methods include occlusion, cryotherapy, low-level laser therapy, and surgical techniques.

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What to Expect

During Treatment

Individuals receive 3-4 Swift wart removals in Newport Beach, spaced four weeks apart. Each treatment lasts 5-10 minutes and does not involve breaking the skin, administering anesthetic, or applying bandages.

Patients may feel some discomfort as the microwave energy waves rapidly increase tissue temperature during a two-second dose. However, the pain immediately subsides and there is very limited post procedural pain. Patients are able to resume daily activities immediately after treatment.

Foot & Ankle Specialty Group for Wart Removal

If you’re seeking plantar wart removal, speak to your physician to find out if Swift Wart Therapy could be an effective treatment option for you. Foot & Ankle Specialty Group is a modern, family-friendly podiatry clinic that has served the Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach area since 2001. Dr. Salma Aziz, Dr. Petrina Yokay, and Dr. Jessica Arneson are a nurturing female doctor group with a mission to treat conditions and injuries of all kinds for the feet and ankles. To learn more, contact us.

Wart Removal FAQs:

What are warts, and how do they develop?

Is it necessary to remove warts, or will they go away on their own?

Is wart removal painful?

Can warts come back after removal?

How long does it take for warts to heal after removal?

When should I see a healthcare provider for wart removal?

What are warts, and how do they develop?

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can develop on any part of the body, including the hands, feet, face, and genital area, and are typically transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact.

Is it necessary to remove warts, or will they go away on their own?

In many cases, warts may resolve on their own without treatment, especially in children. However, wart removal may be recommended if the warts are painful, spreading, or causing cosmetic concerns. Additionally, certain types of warts, such as genital warts, may require treatment to prevent complications or transmission.

Is wart removal painful?

The level of discomfort during wart removal depends on the treatment method used and individual pain tolerance. Procedures like cryotherapy or surgical excision may cause some discomfort or mild pain, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Can warts come back after removal?

Warts may recur after removal, especially if the virus that caused them is still present in the body. To reduce the risk of recurrence, it's important to follow proper hygiene practices, avoid picking or scratching warts, and consider treatments that target the underlying virus, such as immunotherapy.

How long does it take for warts to heal after removal?

The healing time after wart removal varies depending on the treatment method used and the size and location of the wart. In general, it may take several weeks for the skin to fully heal, and multiple treatments may be necessary for complete removal.

When should I see a healthcare provider for wart removal?

You should consider seeing a healthcare provider for wart removal if you have large, painful, or persistent warts, warts on the face or genital area, or if over-the-counter treatments have been unsuccessful. Additionally, individuals with weakened immune systems or diabetes should seek medical advice for wart treatment.

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