SWIFT foot treatments in Edinburgh
What are verrucas?
Verruca is the Latin word for wart. There is no difference between a verruca and a wart and the terms are interchangeable usually depending on location. There are approximately 150 different human papilloma viruses (HPV) some rare, others more common, which causes warts on different parts of the body.
HPV have been with us for thousands of years and are highly adapted to human skin and mucosa. Warts/verrucae may have many presentations and can appear on any epidermal surface. They are generally transmitted via direct contact, but may also transmit indirectly.
However, the virus will not affect tissues deeper than the basal (bottom) layer of the epidermis. At Trinity Podiatry our Podiatrists may treat warts/verrucae on the hands and feet.
Swift verruca treatment
Swift verruca treatment uses microwave energy delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue. Microwaves work by generating heat in the wart/verruca, focused under the probe, to a maximum depth of 5mm.
Microwaves love water and when the electric field is applied, local water dipoles (H2O) try to align with field but lag slightly behind causing collision between molecules and therefore generating heat.
Can anyone have Swift verruca treatment?
With a few exceptions, most people with verrucae and warts should be able to have this treatment. Your podiatrist will carry out assessment prior to treatment and advise you accordingly.
Swift is suitable for most people with few exceptions, although the purpose and reason for a consultation prior to treatment is to identify anyone for who it may not be appropriate.
One of our podiatrists will discuss any concerns with you.
Swift treatment precautions
If any of the following apply to you, speak to your Podiatrist before the treatment: