The common wart can appear on your skin, seemingly out of nowhere, and leave you feeling worried and maybe even insecure. It is important to get warts examined by a doctor though. Most are nothing to worry about, but just in case, a doctor can examine the wart to be sure it is not indicative of a severe problem. The good news, according to the Mayo Clinic, most warts disappear on their own if you do nothing at all. The bad news is it may take a year or two for the warts to go away and new warts may develop around the first wart. If you have warts on your feet, it can make wearing shoes and socks uncomfortable, and even painful. If you run or play sports, it can become unbearable. We don’t want that!
If you google “how to remove warts” you will find all sorts of advice, ranging from rubbing your warts with banana peels to setting your warts on fire. You do not have to be a podiatrist or a firefighter to know that taking a flame to your skin is a terrible idea! Over the counter medications for warts are available, but they often are not as effective as medications we can prescribe. There are a few helpful home solutions with varying rates of success.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, one method that might work is sandpaper and duct tape, but it is also very abrasive and can damage the skin around the wart. We do not recommend this approach, but if you try it, follow the directions carefully and keep the wart covered with duct tape 24 hours a day. If the duct tape comes off, immediately cover it with fresh duct tape. Always keep in mind warts are contagious, so be careful to change your socks often to keep your feet dry and stop the spread to others in your home.
Warts are a situation where we ultimately recommend you visit a podiatrist, depending on where the wart is on your foot. Our office can see how deep the wart is embedded and have tools specific to our field to be able to get to the root of the wart. Other options such as freezing warts with cryotherapy or removing with a laser are also best left to medical professionals. Whatever you do, don’t ask for help from non-medical professionals who are suggesting you take a match or flamethrower to your warts. Trust us, there are no podiatry or wart-related situations where a flamethrower is the optimal medical solution.
We said warts, NOT warthogs. If you have warthogs, you may have an even bigger problem; one where a podiatrist can’t help you out.