It's plantar warts, not planters warts. These are warts on the bottom of your foot, where they can cause pain with each step. The ADAM medical encyclopedia has an interesting suggestion for plantar wart self-treatment - duct tape! That's twice in a week I've had experts recommend duct tape on your feet. And here I was, only using it to put up walking event route arrows. They strongly recommend not to try to remove the plantar wart yourself by "burning, cutting, tearing, picking, or any other method." But you can try the duct tape or go see a doctor to have it frozen or burnt off professionally. Drawing of plantar warts.
But hold onto that roll of duct tape! A new study was published just days after I first wrote this post that found that duct tape had no more effect than putting a corn pad over the wart (considered to be the sham or placebo treatment). And, as I suspected, some of the children in the study reported itches and rashes from the duct tape, but not the corn pads. I'd say the jury is still out on using duct tape on warts. I'd far rather use a corn pad - something meant to be used on the foot, rather than something that hasn't been tested for provoking skin reactions. Of course, neither of these may have any effect at all.
- Warts: A plantar wart is just like any other wart, it's just where it is - on the sole of your foot. Our Dermatology Guide has the scoop on warts.
- Wart Basics: Dr. Vince also tells about the duct tape method for wart removal, from our Pediatrics Guide.
- Duct Tape Wart Study I: Focht DR III, et al. "The efficacy of duct tape vs cryotherapy in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (the common wart)." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med October 2002;156:971-4.
- Duct Tape Wart Study II: Marloes de Haen, MD, et. al. "Efficacy of Duct Tape vs Placebo in the Treatment of Verruca Vulgaris (Warts) in Primary School Children." Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. November, 2006;160:1121-1125.