About two years ago I started to get an annoying pain on the bottom of my heal. At first it was just a nuisance but after two months I couldn’t bare the pain. It ended up being a planters warts. The worst thing was I am an avid cyclist and use clipless pedals. The pain got to the point where I wasn’t able to ride without the planters warts interfering with my training.
The strange thing about this was you couldn’t actually see anything on the outside of the foot. Perhaps a tiny little interruption in the normal whorls of fingerprints on the sole, but very little else. The cause was a mystery. The pain felt like it was deep down inside my foot, and got to the point where not only could I not ride my bike well, but I even had trouble walking because of the pain.
I had the very common planters wart, and it had taken over 2 years to grow to a size that now incapacitated me.
Disclaimer: What follows is my description of how I cured myself of my plantar wart. It is based on my own reading from the internet, consulting some medical colleagues (including a foot surgeon) and some common sense. It worked for me, but is not guaranteed to work for all. I strongly recommend you see your doctor or a podiatrist before you try my treatment. It was also very painful.
What you will need.
Some salicylic acid gel. This is available as Scholl’s Wart Removal Gel without prescription. Salicylic acid is the active component in aspirin. As a topically applied gel, it disolves keratin, the warty skin build-up. You can also get it as stick-on salicylic acid plasters, but I recommend the gel - it has a higher concentration, and is better value for money.
An emery board, pumice stone or skin file. These are also available in the foot care section of any chemist or drug store. You will use it to file away the coarse skin over the wart. I recommend a purpose-built skin file - it will last longer and you can apply better pressure with it than an emery board.
A padded shoe insole, again from the foot care section of your store.
Banana skins. Yes, you heard right - banana skins. There is some very good medical evidence, and a lot of anecdotal evidence that applying banana skins to the wart area is a very effective way of helping get rid of warts, and plantar warts in particular.
Step 1 - the tailored insole
Cut a small circle out of the insole, exactly where the planters warts is on your foot. Planter warts are problems because the pressure of your foot will force the wart inside your foot. Like an iceberg, the bulk of the wart is deep and inaccessible, so it is extremely hard to get the treatment to where it needs to be. By using a cut-out insole, you will help relieve the pressure on the very area where the planters warts is growing, allowing it to grow out, rather than in, and therefore making it easier to treat. The best way to cut the hole in the right place is to insert the insole into your shoe, colour the wart on your foot with a highlighting pen or Texta and put your foot inside the shoe before the colour marker dries. By doing this, you will transfer some of the colour marker onto the insole, marking the exact spot you will need to cut. I recommend you cut a hole in the insole about twice the diameter of the planters warts. Use this insole in every shoe you use.
Step 2 - the banana!
Every night apply banana peel to the wart. Simply cut a small piece of banana skin, a little bigger than the planters warts, and place it against the wart with the inside of the banana skin against the wart. Secure it to the foot using pieces of duct tape or medical tape. I find using 4 or 5 small strips of tape worked better than one large tape, as it would conform to the shape of the foot better. You will need to keep this banana skin/tape system on all night, every night.
Step 3 - file away
Each morning, remove the banana skin and tape and wash the area to remove the residual banana skin. You will find that the area of skin in contact with the banana skin, including the warty area, will be wet and swollen. Use your emery board or skin file or pumice stone to remove as much of that skin as you can. Do not go overboard - do not grind your foot red raw. You are aiming to simply removing the excess skin and keratin that the wart produces, and allowing more of the deep-seated wart to come to the surface.
Step 4 - use the acid
Once you have filed away the excess skin, wash the area again, dry it thoroughly, and apply the salicylic acid gel to the wart area. Do not let the salicylic acid gel to touch any normal skin, just the area overlying the wart. Allow the gel to dry and cover with a band-aid or more tape.
Repeat each day
You will need to repeat this 4 step process every day. I had a particularly deep-seated wart, and it took over 6 weeks to cure it. You may be more fortunate and be done in less time, but be prepared to be patient. After 2 years of of pain, 6 weeks of treatment was a breeze, given that it completely cured the wart.
A Word of Caution
Warts are caused by a virus, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and as such, they are highly contagious. Never walk around the house in bare feet as the virus could be spread to others in your house. Even more importantly, the skin and keratin that you file off your foot each morning will be loaded with HPV. Make sure you do this somewhere where others will not come in to contact with it. I recommend the shower cubicle, followed by a thorough clean out of that area each time with hot water and detergent. If others will use the same shower, make sure they wear covers over their feet to prevent cross contamination.
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