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Foot care is important. Plantar warts can not only be unsightly but because of their location, on the bottom of the feet, they can be extremely uncomfortable. Miguel Cunha, DPM and the team of physicians at Gotham Footcare can treat patients at their offices in Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, New York.
A wart is a thickened and elevated small growth of skin that develops when the skin becomes infected by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but typically occur on areas of direct pressure under the foot, such as the ball and the heel. Hard and thick callus can grow over the wart lesions as they grow inward and make them more painful. Clotted blood vessels or as the are commonly called “wart seeds” present as black dots at the base of the lesions.
The human papillomavirus invades the skin by penetrating microscopic breaks, tears, or other vulnerable sites on its surface. This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body and only infects the superficial structures of the skin. HPV thrives in warm, moist environments such as communal bathing facilities and public swimming areas, which can harbor the virus. Warts are often contracted when walking barefoot on dirty surfaces where the virus is lurking specially in children and people who are immunocompromised.
Once the virus enters the skin, symptoms will usually be noticed within several weeks. While most of the warts will not cause any pain and discomfort, the ones that grow on the bottom of your foot (plantar warts) could get very painful upon walking and running. If left untreated, warts can grow to an inch or more in circumference and can spread into clusters of several warts. Warts are spread by touching, scratching, or even by contact with skin shed from another wart.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications contain acids or chemicals that can destroy skin cells and surrounding healthy tissue. Most treatments, including OTC preparations, have a high failure rate. Prescription Salicylic acid, Vitamin A, bleomycin injection and immune therapy can be effective in removing the warts, however, treatment can take up to a year.
At Gotham Footcare we treat plantar warts with a cutting edge, FDA cleared technology called SWIFT® Immunotherapy. SWIFT 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 – addressing the root cause; not the symptom.
The SWIFT treatment typically requires 3-4 treatments which are scheduled four weeks apart. The treatment lasts 5-10 minutes with limited debridement, no breaking of the skin and no bandages. No home treatment is required between treatments and patients are able to resume daily activities immediately post-treatment.
Plantar wart treatment NYC
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