Warts on Feet

A Foot wart is also called a plantar wart. These warts usually appear on the bottom or plantar area of the foot. These types of warts can be very painful due to the friction and pressure that occur with walking or standing. Plantar warts on feet can be treated with over the counter medication, or they can be treated with prescription medications.

Warts on feetWhat to do About Warts on Toes

The bottom of the feet may be the most common place for warts on feet. However, it is possible to get warts on toes. These warts can spread rapidly if the toe warts are touching the other toes. It is possible to end up with a mirror image of the original warts on the adjoining toe. These types of warts are sometimes referred to as ‘kissing warts.’

A plantar wart on toe can be very painful as it rubs against the other toes and against socks and shoes. Over the counter wart medication could work for toe wart removal. However, it can take weeks to months before the warts are completely gone. Since these warts on toes are caused by the HPV virus, there is always a chance the warts will return.

Warts on the Bottom of Feet

Warts on the bottom of feet can be painful. These plantar warts can appear on the heels of the feet or the balls of the feet. These two locations are the areas that experience the most pressure while walking or standing. Plantar warts on feet can become very painful. It is for this reason that wart sufferers will look for a way to treat their foot warts.

Foot wart treatment can start at home. Soaking the feet in a solution of apple cider vinegar and water has been known to provide relief from the pain and itching of foot warts. Vinegar and water soaks can also help get rid of warts on bottom of feet. Vinegar is a mild acid similar to the acid found in over the counter wart treatments. The vinegar can peel away the layers of wart tissue. Over time, consistent soaking can eliminate plantar warts.

Methods for Foot Wart Removal

There are several medical treatments uses to remove warts on feet. The medial treatment your doctor decides to use will depend upon how large the warts are and where they are located on the foot.  You can find more information about plantar warts and plantar wart removal by reading our plantar wart page here

One method the physician may use to treat foot warts it to cut a hole in a thick piece of adhesive tape and place it over the wart. The tape will protect the skin surrounding the wart. A mixture of six parts salicylic acid1and one part trichloroacetic acid is applied to the wart and covered with another piece of tape. This is left in place for several days and then removed. The wart is filed away, and another piece of tape applied again. This process is repeated several times until the wart is gone.

Another method the doctor may use for foot wart removal is called curettage and desiccation. This involves injecting the foot with an anesthetic and then using an electrical device to destroy the wart tissue. This remaining tissue is then removed with a curette. This process will leave behind scars.

Foot warts that are resistant to conventional wart removal therapy may require laser treatments. This treatment uses a high-powered laser beam to burn away the warts. This method is not used very often because it is so expensive.

Warts on feet can be painful, but the good news is they can be treated. The best thing you can do is to try to find ways to build a strong immune system which will help your body get rid of HPV. This will alleviate warts forever.


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