Plantar warts are harmless but can stop you dead in your tracks if you stand on your feet for a living. These are warts on the bottom of your feet which make you feel like there’s a pebble in your shoe all the time. For that reason, it’s a good idea to know some home remedies that usually work for these incredibly annoying but common types of warts.
What are Plantar Warts?
They’re just warts that happen to like growing on the bottoms of feet. This gives the condition a complication: we stand and walk on our feet, so plantar warts get pushed into the skin. When that happens, a callous forms over them, making even tougher to eradicate. They are not a serious health concern, however. The worst thing is the discomfort or pain.
Symptoms of Plantar Warts
- Plantar warts look like warts, of course. That is, it’s a small growth with little grainy spots in them. Those spots are little capillaries that have grown into the wart to keep it alive (!) Some people call them wart seeds.
- Plantar warts are painful or at least tender, so walking and standing will not be enjoyable.
- There will be that callous mentioned earlier, which will be covering a well-defined tiny circle on the skin.
- There might be a lesion on the bottom of your foot.
Causes of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Perhaps the skin on your feet developed a crack from dryness. Or perhaps you got a tiny cut. These are common entry points for HPV and then plantar warts.
Another way for the HPV to enter your foot is for the skin to be wet for a long time. This softens the skin to the point where it becomes fragile enough for anything to enter. So, the following activities should be avoided:
- walking barefoot at a swimming pool
- walking barefoot in a locker room
Grandma’s Home Remedies for Plantar Warts
1. Duct Tape. This home redy sounds incredible but even hospitals recommend it. Tape up your warty foot and keep it covered for six whole days. Then take it off and soak it in water. It should be good and soft by now! Take advantage of the softness by using an emery board to rub the wart(s) and whittle them down as much as you can. Don’t worry if you don’t get it all the first time. Just start the whole process over again and in another six days you might get it all.
2. Freeze it off. This is what doctors call cryotherapy. You can buy nonpresription freezing agents just for this purpose at the drugstore.
3. Peel it off. This is making use of salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in nonprescription wart removing pads and liquids.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar. If you’re using the Duct tape method, you can also use the ACV: soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and use the Duct tape to tape it right over the wart.
5. Dessicated liver pills. This is a little-known home remedy for plantar warts, but used successfully by swim teams who pick it up on locker rooms. Take the pills twice a day…that’s it!