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Plantar Warts (yeah, I know, "ewww...")(21 posts)

Plantar Warts (yeah, I know, "ewww...")PseuZQ
Feb 14, 2003 11:38 AM
These things suck!! They hurt and they're ugly. I'm using Duofilm (40% salicylic acid) and I'm not seeing great results.

There are two on my right foot (at the top near my third toe), and while they don't bother me *too* much when I ride they bug me enough when I walk that I'm beginning to favor my other foot a little. (And have a nagging pain that's starting to affect my mood.)

What's the best way to get rid of them? Worth having them frozen/cut or will that hurt even more and require time off the bike? I'm about ready to dig them out with a multi-tool, frankly.
Amputation. (nm)onespeed
Feb 14, 2003 11:43 AM
re: Plantar Warts (yeah, I know, "ewww...")KSC
Feb 14, 2003 11:45 AM
I had 'em a number of years ago. I brushed on some kind of ointment, probably the same thing you're using that slowly killed them layer by layer. The stuff worked great for me, but as I recall it took a few weeks before they really disappeared. I'd give it some time if I were you; personally I don't like cutting or lasers when there's an easier way, but that's me.
My experience...Triphop
Feb 14, 2003 11:45 AM
Plantar warts are a raised area with a black spot under the skin right? I had one once on my toe, it hurt really bad. After a couple weeks I couldn't stand it anymore...being in college and hating the doctor I took the knife to it. Opened the skin, grabbed the black root with tweezers and pulled hard. It hurt, ALOT!!! Followed by lots of bleeding. But it worked and never reappeared. If you try this and don't get the entire root out, it will just grow back. Good luck!
LOL! Holy moley...PseuZQ
Feb 14, 2003 12:06 PM
I'm laughing, as I am soooo tempted to try this. I'm at work now so the swearing and bleeding and hopping around probably wouldn't go over too well....
LOL! Holy moley...Triphop
Feb 14, 2003 12:35 PM
I should probably tell you that mine was pretty small (on my toe) and I cut it out pretty soon after I noticed it. So the skin hadn't hardened up too much yet.

Yeah...hahaha...there was quite a bit of grimacing, swearing, bleeding and hopping...I don't think it would go over too well in an office environment. I think I freaked out my roommate when I went through with it. But the pain was so worth it!
re: Plantar Warts (yeah, I know, "ewww...")gybeho
Feb 14, 2003 11:48 AM
Arugh tell me about it! The best stuff I've found is called Medi-Plast, ask the pharmacist. The stuff takes a while, but it does work.
re: Plantar Warts (yeah, I know, "ewww...")daniel_2001
Feb 14, 2003 12:10 PM
My advice to you is- go to a podiatrist. I tried cutting one out myself. They are very deep, and often return.

re: Plantar Warts (yeah, I know, "ewww...")PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 14, 2003 12:28 PM
After three visits to the doctor to get one burned out of the ball of my foot I eventually took matters into my own hands and pulled mine out root by root with tweezers.I wouldn't recommend this method to anyone unless you were at wits end like I was.It really wasn't painfull but there is always the chance of infection.Good luck.
Cutting is the only way to goms
Feb 14, 2003 12:56 PM
Whether a doctor does it or you do it yourself (I've done it both ways), you have to cut it out. The thing will not go away permanently by your using Duofilm or other salicylic acid solutions. When I had my last one about six years ago, my foot was a throbbing mess for several weeks until one day, in desperation, I carved it out by myself (the doctor kept telling me to use more solution, etc.) The only problem with surgery, whether you do it or the doctor does it, is that your foot will take a few weeks to heal fully. BTW: there was no difference in my pain level or recovery times between the time a doctor cut one out of my foot and the time that I cut it out myself.
Feb 14, 2003 12:58 PM
This and Ishmaels nether region post take the cake of the gnarly, nasty and ugly funny threads. After reading this stuff I think I'll inspect my feet daily til the day I die and hope something really special I don't get one. Good luck!
Just for you, then....PseuZQ
Feb 14, 2003 4:22 PM
If I wind up digging them out myself I promise to post pics. ;-)
Liquid nitrogen and a scalpel wielding Doctor is best...Quack
Feb 14, 2003 1:06 PM
I would recommend the burning/slicing of plantar warts over any of the pharmaceuticals and especially the leatherman recommendation. It'll hurt like hell for a while but at least it will be semi-sterile and not lead to further complications.
Ask a podiatrist, or your regular doctorgeeker
Feb 14, 2003 1:11 PM
I had two, and showed them to my doctor. He said that the immune system will get rid of the warts, if you can keep the growth down and the inside exposed to air. As an alternative to cutting/removal, he suggested a routine of filing off the dead skin with an emery board, and then treating with a salicylic acid solution. This worked for me, but it was a long process (twice a day through 1 winter). YMMV, best to check with a dr.
ViceGrips and a shot of Jack nmSpoiler
Feb 14, 2003 3:19 PM
I'm dealing with one now...biknben
Feb 14, 2003 3:28 PM
I'm not sure what it is. It doesn't have the black dot you guys are describing. I was at a Podiatrist months ago who told me to just do it myself with OTC stuff. Well, months later, applying stuff and carving with clippers regularly has not finished it off yet. Ironically the doc said it was small and not a big deal. I'm about ready to go back to him and tell him to finish it off.
I'm surprised this hasn't come up beforemickey-mac
Feb 14, 2003 3:29 PM
I've had them on an off since I was about 14 (26 years). When I first had them at 14, they came out of nowhere and hurt like hell. My parents took me to the same family doctor who delivered me and just about every other kids born in the family from WWII until 1980. Old Dr. Valentini jabbed a big needle full of some kind of painkiller into my toes, broke out what looked like a small acetyline welding torch, and started burning. Everything was groovy until about 15 minutes after I left his office and the medication wore off. After that I felt like someone had taken a small caliber pistol to my toes and the balls of my foot.

Whenever they recurred after that, I broke out some rubbing alcohol, a razor blade, and any other small sharp objects I could find and took matters into my own hands. Recently, I have a very tenacious plantar wart on the tip of one of my toes. I can feel it when riding, especially when going hard. I've been sucking it up for now, but may have to return in the hope that medical science has improved over the past 26 years. If nothing else, I take some comfort in knowing that Carlo Valentini, M.D. is no longer practicing. He was a hell of nice guy, but definitely "old world" in his treatment methods.
Very Stubbornpeter in NVA
Feb 14, 2003 6:49 PM
I had a large region under a deep callous near the ball of my foot years ago. My dermatologist had to freeze it 3 separate times, and then I used some kind of of acid for about two months. Because I told him I was a cyclist, he was cautious removing the callous completely so I could continue cycling.

He said they are highly contagious,so I would be leary about poking at it myself - I think the "black roots" are the blood vessels that the virus hosts on -egh!
leatherman "crunch" has locking pliers and serrated blade. --nm-Tacos Jalisco
Feb 15, 2003 8:36 AM
Thanks for the tipmickey-mac
Feb 15, 2003 11:28 AM
That sounds perfect for plantar warts and will also come in handy if anyone in the family ever has a burst appendix or if the kids need their tonsils out.
re: Plantar Warts (yeah, I know, "ewww...")/Try this?RTC
Feb 16, 2003 12:24 PM
I fought the da*# things for a long time and after the 3rd time of having to get them cut out. Let out a big cuss word in the Dr's office and had the whole office run in to see what happened. Right in the Bible Belt of Ky. too!!

Put baking soda in your shoes for 2 weeks. I think I used around 2 tsps 2X a day. Feels good and got rid of the virus that caused the warts to exist. Try and do it to your tennis shoes as much as possible. The baking soda will fill in any slight crack in your dress shoes and will look funny on the outside of the shoe at first.

This worked for me, but not knowing what yours are like it's worth a shot. Feels good and sure is much better than anything else out there.