Struggles with skin lesions like verrucas are common – although medically harmless, they can be uncomfortable and painful, especially if they develop on a weight-bearing part of the foot.
SoGlos caught up with Lorraine Monck from ProPodiatry in Tewkesbury – one of the only foot health clinics in Gloucestershire using Swift microwave technology to help relieve patients of discomfort.
About the expert – Lorraine Monck from ProPodiatry
Lorraine Monck qualified in 1984 from The Birmingham School of Chiropody, initially working for the NHS before going into private practice. Lorraine set up ProPodiatry seven years ago with two colleagues, but is now the sole owner, working with two associates, Liz Brown and Peter McQueen providing foot specialist expertise to those in the county.
For more information, visit propodiatry.co.uk
What is Swift microwave technology?
We invested in the Swift microwave technology so we could offer an alternative to other methods of treating verrucas. The technology works by applying a microwave device to the verruca; this technology is very precise and as research has shown that verrucas infect the skin to a particular depth, this technology accurately treats the virus present.
The technology works by stimulating the immune system to get rid of the infection, rather than focusing on physically destroying the lesion.
Who is this treatment suitable for?
As this treatment is fairly new, we tend to attract patients who have long-standing lesions they have tried treating by other methods. It is often easier to ask who is not suitable for Swift, as the suitability for it is so widespread.
Patients with poorly controlled diabetes, those with vascular impairments, or people with immunosuppression, are likely not to be suitable for Swift. However, this treatment is likely to be suitable for the vast majority of people.
Does it hurt?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Most people liken it to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2-3 seconds.
Can people continue with normal activities after treatment?
Once treated, patients can continue with all normal activities – no dressing is required.
What will the skin look like after treatment?
Skin reverts back to normal after treatment, but during treatment may appear quite dark.
How much does Swift treatment cost?
Swift treatment costs £115 per individual treatment, but a discount is offered if the patient purchases a package of three treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on how you respond to your first treatment. In some cases, you may need follow-up treatment, from 14 days to over a month apart.