Should I treat my plantar wart at-home?

Plantar warts are small bumps on your skin that are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Different strains of HPV cause warts to grow on different parts of the body and they can range from being painless to mildly painful. The most common types of warts are ones that you get on your hands, fingers, or feet. They can range in size from small to large and have a rough texture. 

Plantar Warts are small growths that are on your foot, heel, or ankle. Since they are found on your foot, the weight you put down when you are walking causes the wart to grow inward which creates a thick layer of skin called a callus. Many people deal with warts daily, and sometimes they can disappear on their own without any type of treatment. Even if warts are removed, they may grow back again after disappearing. 

Common Home Remedies:

Over the years, many different techniques have been used for plantar wart removal. While some claim these home-remedies will do the trick, it is important to note that not all of them work. See below from some common at-home remedies suggested when it comes to warts: 

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Duct Tape Occlusion 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • Lemon Juice 
  • Garlic Extract 
  • Clear Nail Polish 
  • Liquid Butane Spray 
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Bee Propolis 
  • Vitamin C
  • Dandelion Weed
  • Vitamin E
  • Aspirin
  • Pineapple 

When You Should See A Podiatrist:

Most people find plantar warts to be an inconvenience, but also can cause feelings of insecurity. This often leads people to try at-home remedies as a quick fix. While some may work at times, the problem becomes that if they don’t, you still need treatment. Rather than going through countless remedies, why not contact a Podiatrist? If you are suffering from a plantar wart(s), and are experiencing the following symptoms, it’s time to see a Podiatrist:  

  • Your wart is bleeding or painful.
  • You’ve tried treating, but it multiplies or keeps coming back.
  • You’re experiencing symptoms, and you’re also a patient who suffers from diabetes.
  • You’re experiencing symptoms and you have a weak immune system.

How Can A Podiatrist Help?

When it comes to wart treatment, seeking out the assistance of a Podiatrist can help get rid of the pesky plantar warts sooner than later. When making an appointment, your podiatrist will likely suggest the following treatment options: 

  • Cryotherapy.
  • Prescribed anti-wart medicine with salicylic acid. 
  • Laser treatment.
  • Immunotherapy. 
  • Surgical removal. 

Great Neck Family Foot Care: 

While the treatments above are extremely common and work well, our team at Great Neck Family Foot Care offers other options when it comes to wart removal with Swift Technology. It is a new and effective way that has been proven successful in the removal of warts. 

Swift uses microwave energy through a probe and targets and treats the affected area. The treatment will eliminate the wart in just two to three treatments. Swift Technology is not painful and can be compared to pain one would feel from an injection. Any small amount of pain a patient would feel should only last momentarily before quickly easing. 

Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, Dr. Alec Hochstein can help alleviate any pain you may be experiencing due to plantar warts. If you’re tired of dealing with pesky plantar warts, take the next step with our very own Dr. Alec Hochstein and make an appointment today!