Walking around with plantar warts is like walking with a shoe full of pebbles–it’s painful. The longer you let the wart grow, the more pebbles you walk on. That’s why it’s vital to identify and treat them as early as possible. Read on to find out how to get rid of a plantar wart.
How to tell if it’s really a plantar wart
The easiest way to tell if it’s a plantar wart is to determine if it’s growing on your toes or under neath your feet. They will only grow in these two areas. If the growth is anywhere else, it is not a plantar wart.
You can also further verify with these two simple tests:
- Apply pressure directly on top of the wart. Do you feel any discomfort or pain? If yes, you have something else.
- Apply pressure from the side of the growth. Do you feel any pain? If yes, you have it.
How to treat them
So you have plantar warts…but let’s look on the bright side a little. You can treat them and there’s lots of ways to do it. Your options range from home remedies to over-the-counter treatments. You can even get it surgically removed, but that’s a little extreme for mosy cases. Plus it can be really expensive.
I’ll first go over the two most common treatments. Then I’ll reveal a really effective method that can you probably start on right after reading this article.
The first is cryotherapy. It’s just a fancy name for freezing. You can get this done by your doctor, or buy one of the treatments available over-the-counter. You’re here, so I assume you’re more interested in the OTC options that you can do at home.
Just drop by Amazon, order one, and it’ll arrive on your door step in a couple of days. No need to be embarrassed letting others know you’ve got plantar warts and need to treat them. I recommend the following treatments:
The second is salicylic acid. Often times the OTC options available is sufficient. If they aren’t enough then stronger, more concentrated treatments cam be obtained with a doctor’s prescription. Salicylic acid will help open up the skin pores and then break down the wart.The most common form of salicylic acid comes in a bottle and is applied with a brush. Conveniently adhesive pads treated with salicylic acid are also available. Just put one on and if you can go back do doing whatever.
Duct tape, your other option
Now whether you just want to try a different method, or are looking for an alternative to chemical treatments, you can try this method. What is it? It’s duct tape. Yep, as in your dad’s fix it all duct tape.
Why duct tape you ask? Well for starters, according to a clinical trial, duct tape proved to be just as effective at treating warts as freezing did. Best of all though is the cost involved–which can be as low as free if you already have some lying around. If you don’t, head on over to your local store and grab one for a few bucks.
How to use duct tape to treat your foot warts
It’s really simple. You just cover the wart with a piece of duct tape and change it out on a regular basis, or if needed during the day. You can see some results in as little as two to four weeks. For a more in depth explanation on the duct tape method, check out my previous post on getting rid of warts with duct tape.
Now that you’re aware of plantar warts, how to identify one and know how to treat them, you need to take action. Don’t just ignore it. It’s true that they will eventually go away on its own, but that could be years. I hope you take the steps to set yourself free from the pain.
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