Home Remedies for Plantar Warts

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As if corns and bunions weren’t enough, plantar warts can threaten the appearance and comfort of your feet as well. If you want to lessen the amount of time you have to deal with the symptoms that come with this type of wart, it’s suggested to consider home remedies for plantar warts.

What are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are noncancerous growths that develop on the sole (plantar surface), heel, or ball of the foot. Thanks to pressure experienced from standing and walking a lot, the warts grow into deep layers of the skin [1]. However, it is coming in direct contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV) that first jumpstarts the condition.

Causes and Symptoms

There are more than 100 types of HPV with many variations causing warts to appear on your body. The warts that form on and around your feet are called plantar warts. While the virus (on its own) that causes the warts on your feet isn’t highly contagious, it’s when the virus thrives in warm, damp places, such as locker rooms and public swimming areas, that trouble really brews [2]. If you walk barefoot in public places, you could come in contact with the virus.

HPV also passes from person to person. You can transfer a plantar wart to other places by touching or scratching the growth. Blood from a wart or infected pieces of skin can also cause warts. Signs and symptoms that you have plantar warts include:

• Small, fleshy, grainy bumps on the soles of your feet
• Hard, flat growths with a rough surface
• Gray or brown lumps with one or more black pinpoints (small, clotted blood vessels)
• Bumps that interrupt the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your feet
• Pain or tenderness when walking

Plantar Wart Home Remedies

When HPV has attacked your foot or feet, mull over the following home remedies for plantar warts to get rid of the painful lumps, bumps and growths:

a) Duct Tape:

Duct tape has a long reputation for treating warts of all kinds. It is suggested to cover plantar warts in duct tape for six days – followed by a water soak. With an emery board or pumice stone, gently rub warts. This process should be repeated for up to two months or until warts have disappeared.

b) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Some people have paired duct tape therapy with apple cider vinegar. Soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and place directly over the wart to encourage faster healing. Duct tape is then placed over the cotton ball.

c) Ice-Cold Water:

Some people believe that you can remove plantar warts with ice-cold water. Place your foot in a tub filled with freezing cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. The water is said to kill the virus and make warts soft enough for scraping off with a pumice stone.

d) Castor Oil:

Pour a small amount of warm castor oil on a piece of gauze. Rub plantar warts with the oil for 30 minutes – three times per day. Some people have applied warm castor oil to a Band-Aid and left it on their warts. Make sure to change the Band-Aid two times per day. You may also create a healing paste by combining 2 to 3 drops of castor oil with baking soda. Mix together to form a paste, and then apply to plantar warts.

e) Raw Potato:

Rub the raw side of a cut potato onto plantar warts. Some people have even wrapped a refrigerated potato slice around affected skin.

f) Banana:

Scrape of the inner white part of a banana peel and directly apply to your warts. Repeat this home remedy for plantar warts three times per day for one week.

g) Pineapple:

This tropical fruit is filled with plenty of healing components and enzymes. Before going to bed, cut a square of fresh pineapple peel and fasten it to your foot with the inner side of the peel against the plantar wart. In the morning, remove the peel and soak your foot in hot water.

h) Vitamin E:

Before you go to bed, break open a vitamin E capsule and spread the fluid directly across the plantar wart. Cover your foot with a sock to prevent the oil from staining your sheets. Repeat the home remedy in the morning.

i) Vitamin C:

Known as a strong home remedy for plantar warts, dissolve a few 500 mg tablets of vitamin C in just enough water to create a paste. Apply the concoction to your plantar warts until they disappear.

j) Shoes and Sandals:

To make sure you don’t come in contact with the plantar wart virus, make sure to wear shoes or sandals before visiting public swimming pools, locker rooms, or health clubs. The wet floor is a breeding ground for the virus.


[1] http://www.podiatrychannel.com/plantarwarts/index.shtml

[2] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/plantar-warts/DS00509/DSECTION=symptoms