Plantar warts, if you have ever suffered from one, can be tormenting and embarrassing. Thankfully, there are some home remedies for plantar warts. To properly treat warts on your toes, you first must understand what a plantar wart is and what causes the virus. Use our blog as your guide to the condition.
Understanding what plantar warts are
Plantar warts form when human papillomavirus (HPV) infects the sole of the foot. Anyone can get these warts, but they most often affect children, teenagers, and those with weakened immune systems. The virus causes hard bumps of thickened skin that can sometimes appear flattened. Plantar warts are usually discolored and can have small black dots. Warts can appear individually or in clusters. As the condition worsens, plantar wart pain can interfere with walking.
Selecting home remedies for plantar warts
When it comes to home remedies for plantar warts, you have options! We advise seeing a podiatrist first to diagnose the skin lesion since a corn or callus can easily be mistaken for a plantar wart. However, there are at-home remedies for plantar warts that can be effective. At-home treatments for plantar warts can take up to 2 to 3 months to eradicate. The goal is to eliminate the hardened skin of the wart, which may be possible with the following home remedies.
At-home treatments for plantar warts can take up to 2 to 3 months to eradicate. The goal is to eliminate the hardened skin of the wart, which may be possible with the following home remedies.
1) Before treating your plantar wart, soak it in warm water for up to 5 minutes to soften the skin, then dry thoroughly
2) The best home remedies for plantar warts:
- Salicylic acid — Some studies indicate the salicylic acid method may be the most effective of the home remedies for plantar warts. Salicylic acid is available over the counter as either a liquid solution or self-adhering patches. If using the liquid form, dampen a cotton ball with the solution. Secure the cotton ball with a bandage — or apply the patch — over your wart. Leave it in place for 12 to 24 hours. Repeat this after 48 hours. Keep the solution directly on the plantar wart, avoiding contact with surrounding skin to minimize irritation.
- Apple cider vinegar — While some may use this method, it is not backed by studies. Soak a cotton ball or bandage with the vinegar and apply it. Change the dressing after 12-24 hours.
If any adverse reactions occur or symptoms do not improve, stop these home remedies for plantar warts immediately and contact us Arizona Foot Doctors at (480) 661-7572.
Preventing the spread of the virus
HPV thrives in warm, moist conditions. Keep your feet clean and dry whenever possible. To avoid becoming infected or spreading the virus, do not walk barefoot in public places. This is especially important if you have any cuts or cracks on your skin. Additional tips for individuals on the go:
- Wear water sandals in locker rooms and while swimming or showering in shared facilities.
- Avoid sharing personal items with other people, such as towels, footwear, or pumice stones
- Do not scratch plantar warts and wash your hands thoroughly after treating a plantar wart to prevent transmission.
Getting assistance to fight plantar warts
Since plantar warts can be mistaken for other skin diseases, it is advisable to get a diagnosis and treatment plan from a podiatrist. It is especially not advisable for diabetics or those with circulatory problems to perform at-home treatments for plantar warts. If you have any questions or concerns, the Arizona Foot Doctors are here to help. We have been providing gentle family foot care for over 35 years, and we look forward to assisting with your plantar wart pain.