It does not matter if plantar warts are very common or even harmless; they have the potential to make you uncomfortable and self-conscious.
We all must have got small bumps on our elbows or hand at some point in our lives. But, plantar wart appears on the feet and might make you feel very uncomfortable to wear your favorite shoes or open-toe heels.
So, let’s discuss in detail about what are plantar warts and how to cure this issue?
What are Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are the noncancerous skin growth in the bottom of the foot caused by a viral infection.
Some people have the misconception that plantar warts are infectious. In fact, they are not dangerous or harmful. Most warts go away without any medication or treatment, but some of them can cause pain and minor irritation depending on where is it located.
The warts are more painful if they are present on the heel or below the foot because you put pressure on those areas while walking or running.
How do a Plantar Warts look like?
Usually, most of the plantar warts are small in size, but some of them can go bigger. Plantar warts which grow in clusters are known as mosaic warts.
Some people get confused between corns and plantar wart. If small blood vessels grow in the wart, then little black dot starts appearing and is known as seed warts.
Due to the pressure of the skin, while walking, plantar warts don’t stick much as compared to warts on the hand.
What causes a Plantar Wart?
Plantar warts are caused when the body comes in contact with an HPV (human papillomavirus).
As it is caused by a virus, it can spread from person to person. For example, if you are doing some physical activity barefoot and have a plantar wart, then the virus can transfer to the floor or mat. The next person who is going to exercise at the same place will be at risk of getting infected from the virus, as well.
You can get the HPV virus from anywhere, walking barefoot in the gym, from public pool decks, restrooms, locker rooms, and many more.
It is most common in children and young adults as compared to older people because their immune system isn’t fully developed which makes it difficult to fight against the HPV virus.
How To Get Rid of Plantar Warts?
There are a few medications and home remedies which is very useful to get rid of plantar warts. However, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, some warts can take a long time to vanish completely.
Here are some remedies which can help you to get rid of the uncomfortable plantar wart:
Apple cider vinegar
Many people find apple cider vinegar to be very useful in the removal of warts. Vinegar has anti-infective properties which are helpful in getting rid of plantar warts.
With the help of a cotton ball apply apple cider vinegar to the infected area twice every day.
Duct tape is also highly effective in getting rid of plantar warts. Stick the duct tape to the infected area, and leave it for a few days. If the duct tape gets dirty, you can change it with a fresh tape.
The duct tape gradually peels away the infected wart layers of the skin.
Salicylic Acid removes dead cells and is best for acne treatment. Most of the wart creams and ointments have a higher concentration of salicylic acid.
To get rid of plantar warts apply salicylic acid twice each day on the infected area. It is also advised to clean the infected area with warm water before applying any ointment.
The acid sheds the skin slowly, and it may take several days before warts completely vanish.
Tea Tree oil
It is being used as an antiseptic since ages. It is mostly used for acne, fungal infections, and others. However, it is very effective for plantar warts removal.
To get the best results, apply tea tree oil along with almond oil twice every day in the infected area.
Freezing sprays are liquid nitrogen-containing products which duplicate the effects of cryotherapy.
It creates a blister-like wound to the plantar wart surface, and once the blister heals, the wart also gets cured.
Directly apply the freezing sprays to the infected area for up to 10-15 seconds. If the wart is still there after a few days, repeat the process.
How to Prevent Plantar Wart?
You need to follow some precautions to prevent plantar warts, even if there are some risks of developing them:
- Don’t touch warts with your bare hand.
- Wash your hands if you touch them accidentally.
- Avoid walking barefoot in public places.
- Keep your feet clean.
- Avoid wearing shoes and socks from other people.
Plantar warts usually go away within a few days with the help of some of the home remedies listed above.
However, if warts worsen or keep coming back despite home treatments, visit a doctor to find the appropriate solution.