Swift® is the revolutionary new alternative to painful cryotherapy, topical acids and cautery/hyfrecation.
Bookings are now being taken for Swift® Microwave Therapy at footinjuryclinic.
This innovative UK-developed microwave therapy for the treatment of verruca or plantar warts and other skin lesions is a much-needed breakthrough for patients looking for fast and effective treatment.
Consistency – A repeatable treatment with predictable outcomes.
Cleanliness – No smoke, no anaesthetics, no post-procedural dressing and minimal debridement.
Convenience – Potential for much shorter treatment times.
Confidence – Successful treatment protocol based on meticulously collected data backed by research.
Swift® provides patients with an easy, effective and precise way of treating viral plantar warts (verrucae).
The benefits of using Swift® Microwave Verruca Therapy
No anaesthetic required – Patients report that mild discomfort caused by the treatment only lasts two seconds and dissipates instantly once the treatment is over. Patients can return to normal daily activity after undergoing this pioneering therapy for verrucae.
Only minimal lesion reduction necessary – Only a light debridement of the verruca is necessary to ensure a clean surface contact with the Swift® applicator. With other traditional treatments, heavy debridement is often necessary, which can cause discomfort for the patient.
No dressings required – As microwaves do not break the surface of the skin, the requirement for post-procedural padding or dressings is not necessary.
No contra indications – There is no radiation or harmful rays.
Multiple treatments possible – You can choose to treat single or multiple lesions at the same time.
Microwaves are a form of non-ionising radiation, which have the ability to agitate water molecules within skin cells without causing damage to DNA. Water (H2O) is a polar molecule that will attempt to align itself with the electric field of a microwave. The rapid cyclic waveform of a microwave causes H2O molecules to vibrate and collide and this results in friction and generation of thermal energy. Since skin cells have a high water content, the desired temperature is quickly achieved within target cells.
Microwaves sit between radio waves and infrared waves (300MHz-300GHz) in the electro-magnetic spectrum.
Swift® specifically operates at a frequency of 8GHz.
Swift® microwaves will penetrate to a pre-determined depth with no lateral splay of energy. They don’t break the surface of the skin and destroy tissue from the point of application like cryotherapy, salicylic acid or laser ablation. As soon as the treatment begins, microwaves start working within that defined field and no deeper.
Middle-aged female patient with multiple large lesions on the right plantar forefoot and heel for over 10 years.
The pain from walking on the lesions was significantly affecting her daily activities and exercise.
For years she had tried multiple interventions with little success.
After 3 Swift® treatments, all her verruca lesions had resolved within 11 weeks.
Middle-aged male patient presented with two large lesions on the left plantar forefoot and single large lesion on the right foot.
Lesions would regularly build up with overlying hyperkeratosis causing increased pressure.
After suffering for nine years with these irritating plantar warts, all three lesions had resolved with only 3 Swift® treatments.
Swift® is a pioneering new technology that has been developed in the United Kingdom. It has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions which includes verrucae and warts in Dermatology and Podiatry.
Microwave energy is delivered through the special Swift® probe that is applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
As with all treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Your Podiatrist at footinjuryclinic may choose to lightly reduce any overlying callus from the verruca. Although pain levels will vary from person to person, most people undergoing Swift® therapy describe sudden warmth lasting 2-3 seconds which quickly subsides. There is minimal to no discomfort felt after treatment.
Swift® should not limit or prevent you from undertaking normal daily activity after treatment.
Every patient is different; your experience will be dependent on how you respond to treatment. You may need more than one Swift® treatment, which is usually 2-4 weeks after the initial consult, depending on the site and size of the verruca.
Your Podiatrist at footinjuryclinic will be able to discuss this with you. Usually, most patients respond well and, in resistant cases, a third treatment may be required.
Although there are a few exceptions, most adults/children with verrucae would be able to have this treatment. Your Podiatrist at footinjuryclinic will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and will be able to advise you on this.
These need to be applied daily, sometimes twice a day, and have limited penetration. There is no control over how deep or how wide the penetration would be. Spillage to surrounding healthy tissue occurs even when steps on “masking” have been made. The lesion needs to be paired down regularly to enable further penetration. Patience and perseverance are needed since the treatment can take anywhere up to +/- 3 months.
This is rapid freezing of the lesion at temperatures of over-the-counter applicators at -68°F to professional applications at -196°F.
The destruction occurs on the thawing of the cells, causing a blistering of the lesion.
The depth of penetration is not controlled, so multiple sessions of treatments may be needed, which is also dependent on the sight and size of the lesion.
There is some discomfort and/or pain on application and after treatment.
This is a technique that requires a local anaesthetic.
With this procedure, the operator has full control of the depth and width of tissue destruction.
A deep open lesion remains where the wart was, and this requires antiseptic dressings and initial periods of not getting it wet.
The area then takes +/- 7 to 14 days to heal.
All the above techniques are used with consideration to the patient’s age, site of the lesion and size of the lesions (multiple or single).
Russel first started practising Podiatry in 1991 in a multi-disciplinary sports injury clinic. As a cyclist and previous competitor in numerous marathons, triathlons and ultra-distance races, he brings extensive knowledge and experience to running injuries, gait analysis and shoe advice.
Russel has completed research on medial compartment osteoarthritis of the knee joint and its management using a specific type of orthotic worn across all shoes. He has had research published in the reputable Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Russel has been a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and a clinical supervisor at their podiatry teaching clinic. He has been involved with Podiatry for over 26 years and has vast experience in lower limb injuries and nail surgery. Russel is certified as a PinPointe™FootLaser™ provider and has been trained in the use of Orthema digital technology, which is a Swiss system used in orthoses fabrication and scanning.
Russel is a keen athlete who has a passion for CrossFit and keeps fit with his finger on the pulse participating and following various sports. Russel has a daughter who is a professional ballet dancer with the Australian Ballet Company and a son who has played representative cricket and rugby and has a passion for golf. Russel spends a lot of his spare time involved with junior sport.
Russel has been involved in treating athletes from the very highest professional level to enthusiastic amateurs. He is serious about feet and gets immense job satisfaction from seeing clients move and interact pain-free.
Trevor qualified as a Podiatrist in 1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and went into private practice shortly thereafter. As a keen cyclist and an experienced marathon runner, he has a special interest in sports biomechanics. This facilitated his involvement in the Run/Walk for Life program – a medically sound, scientific fitness plan for people of all ages, weight and fitness levels. Another area of specific interest to Trevor is the developing paediatric foot – the importance of recognising and treating both, malformations and gait abnormalities in children.
Trevor is certified as a PinPointe™FootLaser™ provider used for the management of fungal nails, and has been trained in the use of Orthema digital technology to manufacture custom-made orthotics. He gives talks on The Diabetic Foot, The Ageing Foot and The Running Foot. From 1998 to 2002, he served as Chairman of the South African Podiatry Association and lectured final-year podiatry students for 11 years in South Africa. He has also sat as a Councillor to the Australian Podiatry Association. Trevor believes in staying true to his beliefs of being a general podiatrist who also isn’t afraid to treat the ‘tough feet issues’ when the need arises.