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Plantar Warts

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Comment from: qwerty, 55-64 (Patient) Published: October 29

Nineteen years ago, I had a deep, painful wart on my palm close to the index finger for a year. I carefully used Compound W and it got worse. It bled and enlarged. I went to the dermatologist 2 times. The first doctor sprayed liquid nitrogen from 18 inches away from my palm with no results. Next time another doctor held my hand down while he sprayed the nitrogen a millimeter from my palm. It hurt just for a day or so and the wart was gone in 3 days.

Comment from: KB, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 31

My son has two plantar warts. They only became known to me after he started complaining of pain. At first we thought it was a sliver in his foot! I've been using compound W for 2 days but it now looks like a blister that is really painful for him. I feel like a trip to the clinic is in order but maybe this is what it looks like when it's on its way out? I wonder if anyone else experienced this while using compound W.

Comment from: Lekshmi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

My first plantar wart on my forefinger was developed during November 2017. It was so painful and developed to a full size within 3 months. So an incision procedure had to be done on February 2018, with 3 stitches on my forefinger. But unluckily four more warts appeared on the same right hand and one on left hand. But luckily somehow the very small wart on left hand finger and one on the right hand palm disappeared within some days. Other two nearest warts on the other side of the forefinger have developed further from a very small size, with itching. But the most painful one with a large size and to a depth is the on the middle finger. Oh, it's so painful like the old one. Cryosurgery is suggested. But I didn't get time to go for it. I searched for home remedies and natural remedies on the internet all the time. One week back I wrapped my two fingers with a cello tape with plenty of baking soda powder in it for 2 hours just for two days. After that I made pineapple jam with 25 pineapples which I peeled and cut myself (contact with pineapple for an hour and half) and I cut and ate one pineapple each day for the 2 days. But after that day my wart dried up and I removed the dead cells with forceps. Now there is no wart on my fingers. I don't know which worked; pineapple or the baking powder. But of course it is a big relief from the pain physically and mentally.

Comment from: Scb_1919, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I developed my first plantar wart on my left foot about 2 years ago. I tried a few home remedies with no luck but luckily it is not very painful. But now I have another right on the ball of my right foot and this one can be painful at times. Because I'm an avid runner I'm terrified to seek treatment because I've heard so many stories of how the warts became worse after seeing a doctor and also some of the recovery times sound long. As of now if I tape up the wart to keep it dry and somewhat padded. My runs are not too painful but I am worried if I do nothing they may become painful, but if I seek treatment not just running but walking in general may become painful.

Comment from: Milo0902, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I have been suffering with a terrible plantar wart on my right foot, almost on the ball of the foot since 2013. The pain was so unbearable sometimes, it felt like there was a piece of glass stuck inside my foot all the time. At night it was like the foot muscles would spasm around this wart. I had been to my general physician for numerous consultations, where they slice away the dead cells, open it up and place salicylic acid onto the wart and I must keep it covered for 3 days. This did not work. In the meantime I just tried to keep it as soft as possible, tried to walk less, stopped running etc. I even visited an orthotist who suggested I get inner soles made at a ridiculous cost. I did this and it did not help with any pain or discomfort. Finally I went to a ladies pamper party where a stranger advised me to take the pith of a lemon skin and soak it in white vinegar overnight, open up the wart, cut a piece of the soaked pith and place it on the wart, cover it with a plaster and continue daily. I did and it only took 6 weeks and minimal discomfort for the wart to be gone. I only have a small scar but I can have a normal life again.

Comment from: Januel sr, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I wonder if nobody's plantar wart itches like mine do.

Comment from: Sassy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

Plantar warts are very painful, I can't even walk!

Comment from: Leyla, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

The plantar wart happened in my 20s under my foot. For a while I didn't mind but then it visually disturbed me. So I started cutting it weekly as deep as it won't hurt and bleed. After months of consistent cutting, it disappeared by itself. Here I don't suggest anyone adopt this method since it is mentioned that cutting caused staph infection in some people. But it somehow helped me.

Comment from: Tina, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I've had plantar warts and they are a pain! For the longest time I thought I was just experiencing very painful calluses until I did some research. I found that these painful little warts on the bottom of your feet are called verrucas (also known as plantar warts). I must have read through 100 different treatments. I came across this one method called Verruca's Kryptonite, which consisted of only using all natural home remedies to cure warts. I applied the solution and it worked quickly. My wart fell off in 3 days and I was pain-free! I used a combination of apple cider vinegar, banana peels, and nail polish. I was surprised this actually worked and thankful that it did. There are a lot of wart removal treatments out there. Anything that starves your wart of oxygen should work.

Comment from: Alex J., 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 28

Although plantar warts may disappear after treatment, they may not always stay away. It is important to understand that HPV (human papilloma virus) can be quite resistant and may lie dormant in your skin even after treatment. Warts may therefore reappear sometime after treatment. Anyway, do not leave your warts untreated.

Comment from: martha5211, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I have had a plantar wart for many years. I heard of putting duct tape on all over it to totally cover it, and not to let any air. I also heard of putting vitamin E on it and covering the wart; vitamin E with an air tight bandage. I had mine removed a few times with a scalpel and had that cold stuff put on it as well to no avail, it just likes me. The vitamin E worked the best. Hope this helps.

Comment from: Embarassed User, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I had a plantar wart for 6 months and decided to go with homeopathic treatment before going to the doctor (out of fear and embarrassment). I was told to try an apple cider vinegar soak for one hour a day. It was a pain, but I did it before I would go to bed while watching the news and did that for three weeks consecutively. It worked! My wart slowly disappeared. I am glad because I hate doctors and was really scared of getting 'scraped'.

Comment from: Odd story, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I had a plantar wart on my left heel for 26 years. I must have tried every known over-the-counter product and home remedy. I just couldn't brave it to see a doctor to get it surgically removed. I stopped getting professional pedicures because every time I tried a new treatment, the wart just got bigger, more painful, and so embarrassing! Fast forward 23 years and I found myself with a wart on my thumb. Despite my fear of needles, I finally went in to see a 'wart specialist' doctor. He actually gasped at the sight of the wart on my heel and left to get a measuring tape; I so wish I was making this up (1 inch in diameter). In that visit, the doctor only had time to remove the wart on my thumb. He said it would take a number of treatments for my heel. Long story short, I don't know if my foot saw what he did to my thumb, but it is going away on its own now. I've read the stories out there, 'they go away on their own within two years.' No, no they don't. I am totally baffled that immediately after a wart was surgically removed from my thumb, my 26 year wart would just fade away from my heel. It has to be connected, body learned to fight it off.

Comment from: Larry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

I suffered with plantar warts for over 30 years. It started on left foot and spread to the right. Neither repeated freezing nor acid treatments gave lasting results. Now all of them are gone; or in remission due to laser treatment by a qualified podiatrist. Very thankful.

Comment from: alex, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

My brother had a serious case of plantar warts as a kid. The doctor told him to soak it in hot water with betadine soap for 5 minutes. Then, put a jock itch antifungal cream on it, and wrap it. Do it every day for 2 weeks. It works for me. I've used it on my hand, and I now have one on my foot, and it's getting smaller by the day.

Comment from: Dale, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

I had a cluster plus 5 individual plantar warts on the bottom of my foot for more than 30 years. They eventually became painful and this was my treatment; 4 sessions of cryotherapy from my dermatologist over 4 months, 4 more months of daily application of salicylic acid and scraping and finally one last cryotherapy treatment. After 8 months of persistence they are all gone. No scaring at all. The secret is persistence!

Comment from: Beverly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have had plantar wart on the ball of my foot off and on for 10 years! Laser surgery kept it off for a couple of years but it came back last year. I've had 3 laser treatments, 2 freeze treatments and 1 injection of bleomycin! I still have it! I'm going to try oregano essential oil next.

Comment from: Marion, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I have had painful plantar warts for more than 25 years. I tried really everything to get rid of them, but the condition became worse. I got laser therapy, and after a painful healing period the warts returned even more painful. Finally they were removed surgically, and after almost one month of horrible pain they came back again, deeper and larger than before. Today I am almost unable to walk as they hurt awfully. I deeply regret having them treated. If I would have let them alone I would never have been disabled as I am now.

Comment from: Kitty shemear, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

My plantar warts started as a small swelling like a pimple that didn't hurt but as time went on, it started to swell and get hard and a bit painful. I tried cutting it off with a nail cutter but this didn't work, even medication of salicylic acid in a pencil form hasn't helped. Now my toe is more painful than ever, walking or wearing closed shoes is hard. My toe is now turning darker and the skin around is peeling off too.

Comment from: Limping. Liz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I've been seeing my podiatrist for over a year now for a plantar wart. I had surgery to no avail of being rid of this painful monster. I'm now trying duct tape compound with freezing, my doctor even tried a salve used to treat pediatric cancer. I'm still suffering!

Comment from: Sanith, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

Salicylic acid is a good medicine that can remove plantar warts if you use it properly. I have experience with plantar warts. Use the medicine as described below. Soak your feet in hot water at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying salicylic acid. Apply salicylic acid in the affected area on a daily basis and cover it with a Band-Aid. After one week you can easily remove the wart from your foot. Keep patient and apply the medicine, this is not a dangerous disease but it is a little painful, that's it.

Comment from: Joni, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I presently have 4 plantar warts -- 2 on the bottom of each foot, on the ball area. I started using Dr. Scholl's Clear Away Wart Remover for plantar warts. After 8 days, the worst one came up and I have such relief when walking now! Follow the directions to the letter. This product is a relief.

Comment from: Lady Ga Ga 2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had plantar warts on both balls of my feet when i was 35 years old. They were very painful, plus I had a job that put me on my feet all day. I never walked around in a public shower barefooted, so I do not know how I contracted them. I went to a podiatrist and he cut them off. That was 30 years ago and they never came back.

Comment from: maxine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I have been suffering for at least 10 years. I've tried everything and every type of foot doctor. Nothing works. I have them on both feet. I can no longer wear certain shoes. I'm totally fed up. I'll be sure to try some of the suggestions I've read here.

Comment from: momof4, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 14

I've treated all four of my kids for plantar warts at some point. I placed white vinegar on a bandage and covered the wart with it every night. Over time, painlessly, the wart works its way up until it looks like an ugly wart we're used to seeing on skin and falls out of the foot.

Comment from: pain4years, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I have had plantar warts on the bottoms of both of my feet for 27 years. I've been trying to get rid of them by burning and freezing them. Nothing is working and they are so painful I can hardly walk.

Comment from: Danielle, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I've got a fairly big wart just below my toe and sometimes it hurts so much I can't sleep.

Comment from: patient, (Patient) Published: June 28

I got my first plantar wart about four months ago. It's toward the center of the bottom of my foot, so it hurts when I walk. Medicated pads didn't help, so I tried two sessions of cryotherapy. It turned the wart black, and now I have two more growing under my foot. Ibuprofen helps with the pain, and now I'm trying the salicylic acid and continuing cryotherapy. My PCP says to try salicylic acid and cover with a banana peel. I'm not sure how this will turn out, but I'll give it a try.

Comment from: KC1986, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I have a plantar wart on my heel. It hurts so bad to walk on. I've tried freezing it off with that at home stuff. It's only been a few days and no luck yet. I can't tell if it even worked. It doesn't feel any different.

Comment from: shannong, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 07

My 8yr old son had a fairly large plantar wart on the heel of his foot that we tried treating for a year with medicated salicylic pads. They were not working. I read online about the crazy idea of using nail polish, so we tried this and it seems to have worked. The wart seemed to come more and more to the surface and we kept seeing more and more dots in it - but I could tell there was a difference because they were now at the surface. I wasn't totally sure the nail polish was working, so one night we pumiced the wart down as usual and I added a drop of the liquid salicylic acid. The next day, the wart was very black inside. Over the next few days, we pumiced the black away, and it appears to be totally gone. I think it was the nail polish that made all the difference.

Comment from: pdf6161, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

I and two of my children have had plantar warts which we soaked in apple cider vinegar. After numerous soakings, they turned black and fell out. The vinegar treatment was pain-free and seems to have been effective. The children have not had a recurrence; it's been 6 months to a year; mine fell out this week. My son was 6, my daughter 11.

Comment from: skaiton, 45-54 Female Published: April 28

I have had a cluster of warts on bottom of foot and went today to have frozen off. It was very painful, also small wart on tip of finger also frozen. I hope this works. My sister used medicated bandages from nail salon for her warts on hands. She used them for two weeks. Her wart they became red and fell off, have not come back at all. Maybe I'll try them next!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I had 1 large plantar wart as a teen, had it surgically removed, off my feet for a week, it healed, never to return for approx. 35 years. It's back with a lot more all on that same foot. I had laser surgery, which was the worst mistake in my life. Seven weeks after surgery they were all back, but double the warts. My foot is a mess.

Comment from: carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I have a plantar wart or warts on the ball of my foot -- it has been treated by my family doctor, a foot care nurse and a podiatrist. The podiatrist has scraped and cut, used acid and laser and the darned thing keeps coming back. This article was helpful I'm going to try some of the solutions suggested -- such as duct tape.

Comment from: Female Published: April 01

When I was around 10 years old I had a plantar wart on my heel. My mother took me to our doctor who put a ring of petroleum jelly around it and dropped acid in the middle and stuck round toothpick in it and twirled it around. It hurt more than childbirth, but the wart went away.

Comment from: Judy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have found using little squares of banana skin (white side down on wart) and taping as if using chemical wart remover is good. Some old relatives told me about this and it works. There seems to be a local anesthetic in the skins because as soon as you start using them the pain seems to ease .I thought it might just have been the taping that did it but have tried other things (including wart lotion)and have not have same effect.

Comment from: plantarh8er, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 21

My son is only 5 and has a plantar wart on the bottom of his little foot. I have tried the duct tape which doesn't stick to his 'busy boy' feet. It is starting to cause him some discomfort. The comments I have read here are helpful, but now I am very scared. I don't want him to have a quarter-sized hole in his foot or pain, he is way too active for that!

Comment from: Motherof4, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had a plantar wart for almost 6 years now. I started with the family doctor and he used salicylic acid and he was digging at it (at least 3 months). Next, I saw a podiatrist who cut on it and treated with stronger salicylic acid every 2 weeks. Said it was gone but came back within a few months. Decided to try a dermatologist and he chose to freeze the thing 4 times over a 3-4 month period. It did go away and he said he cured me! He gave me lotion to apply if it started to come back. Well it did and before I knew it, it was out of control again. I switched family doctors because we moved and he sent me to another podiatrist who used a laser on the wart and then had to laser it again because it came back immediately. It was very deep he said and he had trouble getting it all. The second time it did go away but only for maybe a month and when it came back it is now 3 times bigger. It is about the size of a quarter now on the ball of my foot and very painful! I have spent over $2500 out of pocket in co-pays and medicine now for the plantar wart!! For the past 6-8 weeks I have been scraping the thing off and applying vinegar to a small piece of cotton and putting it on the wart and covering with duct tape. It is very painful when I scrape too much but it is making progress. My sister dug for about an hour last week and it was painful but looking better. I am now soaking it and scraping it and applying tea tree oil to it. I might be able to keep it under control and less painful with this maintenance is what I am thinking at this point. It is cheaper than going to doctor at $30 an appointment. They can't seem to get the job done for me permanently!

Comment from: frustrated, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 11

After reading all the disappointing stories about plantar warts, I am bummed at how nothing is helping any of you with this problem. My 11-year-old has one on her heal, maybe the size of a quarter. Just started with the Compound W and taping it up at with duct tape. Hoping it works for her. I am going to bring her soon to a dermatologist to check it out, treat it and let's hope for the best. Awfully big pain in the you-know-what, never mind her poor foot. FRUSTRATING!!!!

Comment from: Jds, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 15

My son had large clusters of warts on the bottom of one foot. Salicylic acid had no effect. Duct tape wouldn't stick to his sweaty little foot. We went to a podiatrist and he said the best thing was surgical excision. It took weeks for the quarter sized wounds on the bottom of his foot to heal. Later, a dermatologist said they have had success with injecting the warts with yeast to make the body attack the wart and get rid of it. Wish I had known. The scarring from the surgery causes constant discomfort to my son.

Comment from: Robert, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

Mine started with a few warts clustered on the bottom of my heel. My doctor used liquid nitrogen on them and salicylic acid salve. My wife got some of them out with tweezers. Finally doc cut out a patch of skin the size of a quarter and cauterized it. That took two or three months to heal. Soon warts reappeared and formed a big one the size of the quarter. I tried duct tape for six months and had cauterization done again. As soon as it healed and I stopped covering it, warts began appearing.

Comment from: mark, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 18

I have been treating my 8 year-old for the last two months with medicated discs from a wart removal system, containing 40% salicylic acid. She didn't like rubbing the pumice stone to get rid of skin, but would let the local doctor cut layers off. We tried freezing and burning and they didn't work. Once pads are on then we place air tight tape over the warts to keep air and light out, this seems to have worked, as we can see a tiny hole where the root was. I'm taking her to the doctor again soon, and I hope it's good news.

Comment from: gin gin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

Plantar warts: I had a large one, which was quite painful. I used the medicated pads faithfully for weeks it finally came out. It was like a cork underneath. The relief was pretty immediate although my foot was sensitive. From then on, I stopped wearing heels and hard-soled shoes and nearly quit wearing non-cotton socks. I've never had another plantar warts and it's been 20 years. Now treating one for my 10-year-old.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I never had a wart in my life, I moved to a colder climate and within the first year I got my first wart. I had to have my warts "cut out" by a podiatrist. It was been 6 years now and the warts will not go away. I am always in pain from my warts, either the pain of having them or the pain of having them removed. I am now seeing a dermatologist who is trying to treat the virus, it has been 8 months, no luck and 2 more have just appeared. I don't know what to try next.

Comment from: moosecat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I've had a large plantar wart on the outer ball of my foot (towards the pinky toe side) for over a year. I have been treating it myself by shaving it with a special shallow shaver made especially for that purpose, but it is still there and may, in fact, be getting bigger. It has become very painful lately, even when I'm reclining, so I'm afraid it may now be infected. I'm going to try the commercial remedies next, as well as (finally) think about seeing a podiatrist. I will add that this article (and its live embedded links) is the most complete and helpful article I've yet found.

Comment from: ouch, Published: June 24

I got my plantar warts when I was about 11 and recently had laser surgery to remove it. It was very painful for about 2 weeks and I could not put pressure on it for about a month. They went very deep and wide, but it was a big wart. It healed and cleared up and I had no pain at all! But within 7-9 months it came back, full force and it seems it is much more sensitive and painful. I am looking into more options. I think if I would not have waited so long to have it done, it would have worked, but I was young and it didn't bother me too much till I became older. Hope whatever you decide works!

Comment from: maga, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

I had an electrodessication procedure for a wart that was very deep. It's been almost two weeks and my foot is still too painful to put weight on it. I can't golf or do yard work. I didn't realize this would be disabling for so long.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

Excellent - simple, well laid out. This provides a bit more information than other sites, but without causing alarm unduly.

Comment from: Jules, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had a plantar wart on my left foot just under the second toe. It got so bad that I could not put my foot down completely to walk. After many types of treatment, the doctor decided that radiation was the only method that would work. The wart had grown so much and spiraled downward that it interfered with my walking, thus the quicker method. After approximately 6 weeks, the wart came out as a cone of flesh and I have never had another problem.

Comment from: flatulance, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 03

I had one when I was around 13 or 14. It was about the size of a pencil eraser about an inch below my big toe on the ball of my foot. Took care of it with ice, lydocane, a dremmel tool, and some needle nose plyers. Drill around it with a circular saw attachment then grab it with the plyers. Sometimes they squeal in protest at this point and there will be a lot of blood. I sold mine to a Chinese merchant who deals them on the black market for use in soup.

Comment from: mullenstu, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 13

Many years ago, as a teenager, I had clusters covering the bottom of my feet and up between the toes. A podiatrist successfully burned them off with an electric needle. About 25 years later, I developed one more. A dermatologist placed a drop of blister beetle extract on it. The skin blistered, raising the wart up with it. When the skin fell off, the wart fell off with it. I've had no warts since.

Comment from: olie, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

My 20 year old son has had this planter wart for 3 years. Probably grown to the size of a 50 cent piece. Has tried freezing, medication, burning and cutting, etc. been referred to a dermatologist. I can't believe it's this difficult to get rid of.

Comment from: bad_pain&burning, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

I have had my wart burned off and a few years later in came back. And now it's much more painful. I can't handle to even stand on it. I cut it out once a week and the pain goes away for a day or two then it's right back but hurts worse than it did before I cut it. I am not sure what I should do now but the damn thing is killing my foot. If anyone has any idea what I should do about it now. Please let me know.

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