Swift Microwave Therapy for Verrucae

  • By Judith Sullivan
  • 05 Apr, 2017
24 Oct, 2016
Author/blogger Reggie Simpson

Introducing an Exciting New Treatment at Betafeet Podiatry

What is Swift©?

Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of verrucae or warts in Podiatry.  Swift uses microwave energy that is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected area. Betafeet will be one of only a few clinics in the UK to offer this treatment.  

How does it work?

Microwaves work by applying the probe from which heat under the probe is applied to the verruca. The probe is about 7mm in diameter. Usually the largest or most painful verruca is treated first, but multiple ones may be treated at the same time.

Am I eligible for Swift treatment?

 Your podiatrist will make a full assessment and discuss whether Swift treatment can help you and advise whether you are eligible. If you have tried various verruca treatments to no effect, then Swift microwave energy at Betafeet Podiatry might be for you. However, precautions include:

  • The presence of metal in your foot or ankle
  • If you wear a pacemaker
  • If you have poor or limited healing capacity because of neuropathy or peripheral circulation
  • Patients who are immuno suppressed
  • Pregnancy – the effect of verruca/e treatment is reduced during this time


Does it hurt?

Like many treatments for verrucae, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your podiatrist will reduce the verruca/e with a blade so the treatment site is level to receive the probe, which is applied for 5 seconds.  Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 - 3 seconds then quickly subsiding. Paracetamol can help if required.

How many treatments will I need?

This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). Microwave energy treatment is normally conducted over 3-4 treatments. Larger or numerous verrucae may need more. The verruca/e will go dark, but you won’t see much shrinkage or debulking at first. Your Podiatrist will discuss this all with you.

What can I do after treatment?

In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you from undertaking normal daily activities.

I am interested - what do I do next?

If you would like to discuss this further, please call Betafeet Podiatry on 01442 822990 (Tring) or 01442 249080 (Hemel) for an assessment appointment. The podiatrist will be able to assess your feet and advise you if you are suitable for treatment as well as suggesting the treatment plan which is best for you. The podiatrist can also give you an idea on the likelihood of success. This will also give you any opportunities to ask questions about the treatment.

Of course, you are under no obligation to have the treatment and your podiatrist can advise you on other treatments if Swift is not for you. Bear in mind that no verruca treatment can be guaranteed 100% successful and Swift is no exception.

By Judith Sullivan 09 Dec, 2017
By Reggie Simpson
By Judith Sullivan 28 Sep, 2017

We are delighted to announce that prose written by our Practice Business Manager, Reggie Simpson, will be featured in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Rhyme & Reason 2018 diary, now in its 26th year. The theme for this forthcoming year’s diary is ‘Freedom’. All proceeds from sales of the diary go to support this worthwhile charity.

Reggie says: ‘Although my entry wasn't among the top poetry and prize winners, I was chuffed to be selected for the 2018 diary. The theme was quite broad, but my degrees in politics and love of writing invariably drew me to entering the competition. In the end I settled on a focus of freedom in healthcare, no doubt inspired by my current employment at Betafeet Podiatry and the noble work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ( www.renniegrove.org ).

Rennie Grove Hospice Care, formally known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, merged with Grove House, St Albans in 2010 to integrate services in south western Hertfordshire. The ethos and values of the two charities were closely aligned with the principle of allowing patients to lead a good quality of life at home for as long as possible, helping patients and their families avoid the distress of unnecessary hospital visits whenever possible.

The diaries can be ordered from the Rennie Grove website, payment by debit/credit card. It's part of their annual Christmas/holiday promotion. There will also be copies in local Rennie Grove shops. They are £5 each with additional postage if bought online. Shop locations can be found here: http://www.renniegrove.org/support/our-shops/online-shop/page/2/ .

Here is Reggie’s entry (to appear in the month of September 2018): 

‘Do not count the days; make the days count.’

Muhammad Ali. Professional Boxer.  Audacious. Charismatic. A winner in the ring.

But even when you have won it all, life throws you a few more punches.

Yes, his name opened doors and wealth, but the bombastic man of his younger years was humbled in later life, and following retirement, he dedicated himself increasingly to charitable work. Parkinson’s was already taking hold.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest honour the USA can bestow.   He died in June 2016, aged 74.

Now the news is about boxing helping dementia sufferers.

So what does this mean for freedom? Does getting battered around the head spell freedom and choice? One would say yes; a boxer is free to take such risks. When the consequences deal you a fatal blow as a result, when do you lose your freedom? Is it when you have been reduced to a shadow of your former self, a normal human being, and have to rely on others? Muhammad Ali likely had plenty of resources to ensure his final days would help him on his final journey.

We tend to think of freedom in political terms. It is hard to remove freedom in healthcare from politics. Think NHS reform, among others. Freedom in a healthcare environment means more to the individuals and families when they have life-limiting illnesses and need the care of volunteer-run hospices such as Iain Rennie Grove.

The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive, from the different treatment options available. How these are chosen is individual, although for those with life threatening or limiting illnesses this choice will fall on family members. 

I quote the following:

‘In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties’.

Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Philosopher

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.




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