If you need some verruca’s treating, look no further than using Swift.

Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.

Below are some case studies of how well it works:

What is a Verruca?

Verrucae are stubborn lesions manifested from the human papilloma virus. A virus by its very nature mimics the body’s cells, so the body protects it, which is why they can often be very hard to get rid of. You may get overlying hard skin over the site of the verruca, and sometimes little black dots can be seen within the verruca, these are the capillary ends from vessels pushed vertically from the virus beneath.


What are my treatment options?

Here at That Footshop we provide a range of scientifically tested treatments to combat the virus. The main objective from treatment is to get the body to combat the virus and get rid of it.

We would normally start by debriding the overlying skin, this is done with a scalpel blade. Podiatrists undergo extensive training and examinations to be able to safety use this instrument. This allows us to effectively deliver treatment directly to the verruca.



Cryo pen X

This treatment is used to deliver a blast of Nitrous Oxide at -87 ºC. This works on the “freeze-thaw” action expanding the water in the cells of the verruca together with flushing the blood out of the area. When the lesion starts to thaw, blood is brought back into the area, waking the body up to inflammation and to combat an injury. Once the body starts to kill the verruca with the antibodies it has developed, the verruca reduces size and goes.


Low-Level Laser

This treatment irradiates the lesion and vibrates the cells within the body to stimulate Mast cell production creating a localised auto immune response to the verruca. This is a pain free treatment and is used either on its own or in combination with other treatments.



This treatment works on Microwave Ablation. Short pulses of microwave increase the temperature up to 42-43 ºC inside the verruca, this produces a shock protein which starts the immune cycle. The treatment is uncomfortable, but if tolerated is highly successful. We tend to use this in combination with the Low-level laser to get the immune system boosted as much as possible.


Silver Nitrate

Silver Nitrate is a mildly corrosive chemical which is used to damage and remove skin cells. It is applied carefully to the verruca, to avoid damage to healthy skin.  It can be used in conjunction with other treatments if necessary.