Plantar warts, also known as verrucae planae, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus enters the body through small cuts in the skin. These warts are usually found on pressure points such as the balls, or heels, of the feet. Plantar warts can be painful. Thankfully, there are many homeopathic treatments available to remove plantar warts.
Many homeopathic methods suggest applying a paste directly to the wart. Repeat the application several times a day, for a few weeks or months, until the wart is gone. Paste suggestions include a mixture of baking soda and water. Cashews can be chewed or crushed into paste and then applied to the wart. Onion paste is made by scooping out an onion and dropping in a half a teaspoon of salt. Let the salt sit for a few hours. The salt will have absorbed the onion juice and the resulting paste can be applied to the wart. Ashes, mixed with water, are another paste suggested for the removal of plantar warts.
Direct application of a natural product may also help remove the wart. Some methods suggest bandaging the product over the wart to maintain consistent application. Other methods require repeated treatments throughout the day.
After showering, soak your infected foot in apple cider vinegar. Do not rinse off the vinegar and dry with a clean towel. This should be repeated daily.
Another method using apple cider vinegar suggests that you soak your foot in hot water for 20 min. Apply a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar directly to the wart for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry.
Yet another method suggests taping the pulp side of an unripe banana peel over the wart. Remove only when necessary and then replace with a new peel. This method may take several months to work.
Soak a cotton ball in aloe and tape it over the wart. Replenish the aloe as it dries and change the cotton ball daily. You should notice a difference in a few days but it may take a month, or longer, for the wart to completely disappear.
Rub garlic, or lemon juice, onto the wart. Repeat several times a day.
Fresh pineapple, potato peelings or radishes rubbed directly onto the wart may also help.
Seek a doctor’s advice if the plantar warts do not respond to home treatment. Advice should also be sought if the warts change appearance or become painful.
People with circulatory disease, and those with diabetes, should not attempt home treatment without first consulting a doctor.
To avoid plantar warts, keep feet clean and dry, wear footwear while at public showers or pools and do not share footwear with others.