Stubborn Warts FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics treatment

Firstly, what is a wart?

Warts are a skin infection caused by the Human Papillomavirus. There are numerous different warts which all differ slightly in appearance. However they generally all possess tell-tale signs of being a cauliflower-like appearance and often with little black dots across the surface. FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics are highly trained in identifying and also treating warts with the most up to date treatments available. 

How can I get rid of a Wart?

Well this is the most common question we have received in relation to warts. Across our time as Cairns podiatrists we have learnt of numerous different home remedies, some which can make us laugh, including duct tape, banana skins or even lemon juice application. While some people find improvement, these unfortunately have no scientific backing. The good news is at FNQ Podiatry and Orthotics there are multiple evidence bases treatments readily available.

Evidence- based treatments for fixing warts include using a salicylic acid paste, multi-puncture surgery and the most recent SWIFT Microwave wart treatment.

Of the related treatments they all have differing pro’s and con’s. The salicylic acid application is a repetitive treatment which can take up to 8 sessions to permanently remove the wart. Whilst the Multi-Puncture surgery has a longer healing time due to the invasiveness of the treatment. It can also be  mildly uncomfortable and does require a Local Anesthetic to be administered prior to the treatment.

SWIFT treatment is currently considered the gold standard of treatment. This is due to the short treatment regime and high success rate. Guidelines recommend 2-3 treatments four weeks apart. The SWIFT therapy success rate has been reported at 83%.

How does SWIFT work?

Like previously mentioned it creates a completely safe microwave energy which heats up the viral wart tissue. This then creates heat shock urging the body’s immune system to begin and fight the virus. For more information on SWIFT therapy follow the link provided.

If you have a persistent wart, we recommend booking in with one of our highly trained podiatrists to work out which treatment is best for you! To book an appointment call 4045 5749 or book online today.


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