How to Treat Plantar Warts
The first thing to do to ease the discomfort of this type of wart is to make sure that your foot is comfortable. Wear cushioned shoes such as sneakers or shoes that have even support on the sole, which will reduce pressure. Avoid wearing shoes that are uncomfortable and try not to stand for too long on the affected foot if you can help it.
Generally speaking, Plantar wart treatment is often not required. You can however treat the wart if it is uncomfortable, unsightly or annoying you in any other way. Some of the treatment options include the following:
Duct tape can help to speed up the healing of warts if there are no complications present. Put a strip of tape over the wart, and then leave it for six days. After that, remove the tape, soak the foot in warm water and gentle debride with a pumice stone or foot file. Be sure to use gentle motions, and repeat the process until the wart goes away. This can take a long time, so be prepared for a wait. Realistically, while this may make you feel as though you are doing something, it is not the most effective treatment.
Medication and Creams
You could get over-the-counter treatments such as creams or medicated ointments, which have a 50 % chance of working. By peeling away the layers of dead skin on the wart, the wart is slowly removed with these creams. Treatment is not overnight usually however, and may not always be effective.
Your podiatrist may choose to freeze the wart off with liquid nitrogen, apply an injection or medicated cream, or remove the growth with laser or perform minor surgery. This should be considered in serious cases or persistent cases, or when any of the severe symptoms listed above appear to warrant medical care.
Some warts may pop up again, even after treatment. For the most part, unless the wart is bothering you, treatment is not needed.
How to Prevent Plantar Warts
Prevention is certainly better than cure, and with this type of wart, prevention can be done by avoiding contact with warts (your own, too), keeping your feet clean and dry, changing shoes and socks daily, wearing sandals or flip flops around swimming pools, gym changing rooms or public showers, not picking at warts to ensure that they don’t spread and keeping separate foot files or pumice stones for wart affected feet and healthy feet. Wash your hands carefully after you touch your warts too, to prevent the risk of spreading.
Last but not least, remember that if you are ever in doubt at how to deal with Plantar warts, always speak to your podiatrist to get professional help, rather than attempting to deal with it yourself.