Podiatrist in Sewickley PA Offers New Wart Treatment for Plantar Warts

Sewickley Foot and Ankle, a podiatric clinic in Sewickley, PA, is pleased to announce their new Saorsa Swift wart removal system for plantar warts. This is an advanced microwave therapy device that can be used to direct microwaves to the warts or skin lesions, particularly plantar warts that are found on the heels and other areas of the feet that bear weight. Plantar warts, just like any other wart, is due to the human papillomavirus (HPV). But individuals with plantar warts are likely to be more motivated to have them removed because they are typically painful due to the pressure exerted on the them as a result of their location.

Dr. Matthew G. Martin DPM, MS, AACFAS from Sewickley Foot and Ankle says, “We are certainly proud of our new Saorsa Swift wart removal system, which is highly effective in removing plantar warts. With a special probe, it is capable of directing low dose microwave energy to the the infected tissue, elevating its temperature to stimulate the body’s natural immune response that will destroy the wart.”

The Swift wart removal system takes advantage of the body’s immune system to root out the infection and thus eliminate the wart. There is some pain or discomfort during the procedure but this only happens while the microwaves are being directed at the infected tissue and will decline immediately after the microwave energy has stopped. This pain or discomfort is caused by the rapid elevation of the tissue temperature for about two seconds. After the procedure is completed there is very little pain and all patients have reported that they were able to get back to their daily routine activities right after a Swift wart removal session.

Three to four treatments using the Swift System have to be provided for the treatment to be effective, with a spacing of four weeks between treatments in order to align with the body’s natural immune cycle. Each treatment will last for just 5 to 10 minutes and there will be minimal debridement, and no breaking of the skin nor will bandages be needed. The pain felt would vary from patient to patient, depending on the lesion and the patient. Most patients feel a certain level of discomfort as infected tissue temperatures quickly rise during the two second release of energy. The pain immediately dies down after the energy delivery is stopped.

Those who believe they have a plantar wart and want to get rid of it are advised to visit their podiatrist because the longer the treatment is delayed, the more chances that the wart will persist. Some of the usual symptoms to be on the look out for are: presence of pain when compressing the sides of the wart; feeling of “painful pebbles” in the shoes; yellowed appearance with a crust and the presence of small black dots; presence of a circular flat spot on the skin with a depressed area in the middle; and more.

Dr. Matthew G. Martin DPM, MS, AACFAS is offering podiatry care in Sewickley, ranging from diabetic foot care, nail trimming, and including foot and ankle surgery. He is a native of Western Pennsylvania. His grandfather Dr. J.A. DePalma had served the residents of Sewickley since the 1950s and his uncle, Dr. Daniel DePalma, has been serving the same people since 1987. Dr. Martin has now taken over Dr. Daniel DePalma’s former office and plans to carry on this tradition. He obtained his podiatric medical education from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH. He completed his foot and ankle surgery residency at Heritage Valley Beaver in 2020 and he has gained experience in various surgical methods, ranging from nail surgery to hammertoe correction to total ankle replacement and foot/ ankle reconstructive surgery.

Those who are interested in learning more about the podiatric care services offered at Sewickley Foot and Ankle can check out their website at https://sewickleyfootandankle.org/, or contact them on the phone or through email. They are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Mondays and from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays.


For more information about Sewickley Foot and Ankle, contact the company here:

Sewickley Foot and Ankle
Dr. Matthew G. Martin DPM, MS, AACFAS
1099 Ohio River Boulevard, Sewickley, PA 15143 USA