Plantar warts can be uncomfortable and may commonly recur and flare-up even after treatment. Though they aren’t a severe condition, it’s important to treat them so they don’t continue to worsen over time. Natural remedies that dissolve plantar warts and target their underlying cause—the HPV virus—can help stop warts from forming and heal them quickly.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are small, sometimes callus-like growths that develop on the skin around the feet. Usually, plantar warts develop on the heel, the toes pads or in the fleshy section between the toes and ball of the foot. Left untreated, plantar warts can become thick and callus-like as skin hardens around it due to continuous pressure from walking and movement.1
As the skin thickens around plantar warts, it can cause severe pain and even lead to breaks in the skin that cause bleeding. If you live with plantar warts, it can severely affect your quality of life and prevent you from walking or even standing in comfort.1
It’s important to treat plantar warts. Caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), plantar warts form when the virus enters the feet through small tears or lesions in the skin. Because it’s a viral infection, plantar warts spread easily and can quickly grow out of control if they aren’t treated properly.1,2
Plantar warts are also easy to spread between people. An estimated 27% of people who use communal showers or locker rooms have plantar warts. The HPV type that causes plantar warts thrives in warm, moist environments like pools and gyms. If you use communal showers at the pool or gym, be sure to wear shower sandals to prevent contracting plantar warts or giving them to someone else. Warts spread either through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching a surface that’s been contaminated with the virus.2
If you think you have plantar warts, here are some of the signs to look out for:
- Small growths on the soles of the feet
- Growths growing in clusters
- Layers of skin covering the growths and forming calluses
- Black dots forming within the warts (wart seeds)
Some people are more susceptible to developing plantar warts than others. Many people never develop plantar warts in their lives, while others frequently experience breakouts of plantar warts.
Top Natural Remedies for Plantar Warts
Knowing the top natural remedies for plantar warts can help you fight them off at first sign and prevent them from spreading. Here are some natural remedies for plantar warts you can try at home:
Apple Cider Vinegar - With natural antiviral and tonifying health benefits, apple cider vinegar acts as a healing astringent to remove warts.
Garlic - Applying raw garlic to plantar warts can help remove them and kill off the infection.
Banana Peel - Applying raw banana peel to plantar warts can help to dissolve and remove them from your feet.
Castor Oil - Castor oil can be applied to directly to plantar warts to help soften and remove them.