Plantar warts are unwanted skin growths that develop on the bottom of the affected person’s foot or toes. Plantar warts are very common affecting 1 in every 9 people.
Children tend to catch this skin problem more often because their immune system isn’t fully developed yet. The medical name for this skin condition is plantar verrucae and unlike common warts they normally have a flat shape and is raised on the skin a little.
The virus called human papillomavirus is what causes plantar warts just like any other type of wart. The strain of HPV that causes plantar warts aren’t very contagious so it doesn’t easily spread from one person to the next.
However, people with cuts or open wounds on their feet are much more vulnerable to developing plantar warts. You can also develop this skin condition by walking barefooted on wet surfaces like locker rooms or around swimming pools, because the virus loves warm and moist environments.
You will know you have plantar warts if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Pain or discomfort when you walk or stand
- Little, flesh colored growths on the sole of your feet or toes
- Tough skin that feels like callus in one specific area on the skin caused by the wart growing inwards
If you go long enough suffering from plantar warts without treatment it can end up changing your posture, the way you walk, and the way you stand. Eventually you can develop major joint or muscle discomfort if you don’t take action.
The best way to treat plantar warts is to prevent it from happening in the first place. If you want to prevent plantar warts you should remember the following:
- Don’t wear other peoples shoes.
- Wear proper footwear that will keep your feet dry when walking around wet areas like showers or swimming pools.
- To keep the warts from spreading to other areas on your body don’t pick them.
- Don’t share things like nail clippers or pumice stones because these items can transfer warts from one person to the next.
- Change your shoes and socks on a daily basis.
This skin problem can take months or even years to go away on it’s own, so it is critical you learn some effective plantar wart removal methods to help. There are many different treatments out there for this problem but natural plantar wart removal methods are usually more effective and cheaper.
One of the first home remedies you can try using to remove your plantar warts is to soak your affected feet in hot water. Using hot water is effective because the plantar warts don’t respond well to heat. This natural removal method may take up to two months to fully remove the wart.
Simply fill up a tub with some hot water that is hot enough to where you can keep your feet submerged in it for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Once you have soaked in the hot water for an hour dry your feet and and use a pumice stone or emery board to get rid of any dead skin.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural plantar wart removal method. The wart causing virus doesn’t like acidic environments and the acidity in vinegar is no exception.
In order to create the acidic environment that the wart can’t survive in you’ll just need to apply some of the vinegar to the affected area. Soak a cotton ball in the ACV and then apply it to the warts on your feet.
Once you have applied the soaked cotton ball use tape to keep it in place. You should tape the soaked cotton ball to the affected area right before you go to bed and then remove it in the morning. After 2 weeks of doing this each night you should begin to see the plantar warts turn black and start to shrink.
Nail polish is not really the first choice for people trying to remove plantar warts naturally. However, nail polish has been proven to be an effective natural removal method.
First you’ll need to wash your feet thoroughly and then dry them completely. Now take a bottle of nail polish and use the attached brush to paint over the wart on your foot. You will need to double check and be sure the wart is fully covered with the nail polish.
Now allow the nail polish to dry completely before you put any socks or shoes on. Let the nail polish remain on your wart for a couple days before removing. The nail polish will begin to starve the warts of oxygen and eventually cause them to fall off.
These 3 home remedies have been proven to work if you use them properly and consistently. Also keep the preventative methods mentioned above to fully protect yourself from experiencing this problem.