Home Remedy for a Plantar Wart. Because Evidently I’m Gross.

I have a plantar wart on my foot. It came as a shock to discover that I’m a 15 year old boy on a swim team. Here’s the drugstore cure I used to get rid of it. 

Plantar's warts usually appear on the sole of the foot, but in some cases will show up in between toes like this.

I figured it was because of my unparalleled commitment to running; being able to run through the pain of what was obviously some sort of running injury. The kind of injury an elegant, elite marathoner would get.  Or those people who run until they poop in their pants.

The pain between my toes persisted for a few weeks of running, so I finally decided to take a look. I didn’t want to have some serious athletic injury like “Runner’s Bubble Knuckle” and NOT be bragging about it.   

I did have an athletic injury. I had a plantar wart.  Normally only seen on children and people who walk barefoot around wet locker rooms while while trying to hide their tube of Proactiv. 

Dr. Scholl's wart remover kit laid out shows the bandaids, box and small patches of Salicylic Acid.

I’m a disgusting human being with warts.

It’s not a new feeling. I remember being very young, maybe 7 or 8 and  having a plantar wart.  It was on the bottom of my foot and had to be cut out by my doctor. This was back in the day when doctors actually doctored. Mine even knew how to clean out ear wax and give stitches.  Now doctors give out prescriptions and secretly Google for answers while you’re changing back into your clothes.

I wasn’t looking forward to having a doctor dig a hole out of my foot so I tried to dig a hole out of my foot myself.  Not with a knife, but with Salicylic acid, the active ingredient that gets rid of warts by killing the skin. It’s a little more scientific than that but that’s the gist of it.

How to Get Rid of a Plantar Wart at Home

  1. Buy a wart removal kit. They’re all basically the same. My pharmacist recommended the cheapest one on the shelf because it came with a tiny Salicylic pad and bandaids which would work well for the bizarre “between my toes” plantar wart.
  2. Remove the wart pads from the kit and peel one off. Put it directly over your (gross) wart and stick it down.
  3. Cover your Salicylic pad with the provided bandaid. It’ll either be a regular oblong bandaid or a round, soft pad bandaid.
  4. Replace the pad and bandaid every 2 days until your skin has died and comes off naturally. You may need to pull the skin a bit, pulling the root of the plantar wart with it!  Gross.  Yet weirdly satisfying.


Don’t try to just hack away at your plantar wart with a pumice stone, it won’t get rid of it. You have to treat plantar warts, and a kit cure actually works.  Which was shocking to me, I don’t mind telling you.

The telltale sign of a plantar wart is the small indented circle with a black pinhead point in the centre. It's all surrounded by a thick callous that builds up over time.

You can identify a plantar wart by the tiny circle like a pinhead with a minuscule black dot in the centre. It isn’t the wart that causes pain, it’s the callous that builds up around it.

The tiny medicated patch for warts has adhesive on one side so it'll stick to your foot. In this case it's stuck between the 4th and 5th toes.

The Salicylic acid pad placed over the … let’s call it a beauty mark from now on … I just feel better about it that way.

The clear wart bandaid being applied in between toes to secure the pad.

I bought this Dr. Scholl’s kit and the bandaids are perfectly clear, great for wrapping around a toe. Probably not so great for the bottom of your foot.  This kit would be better for that.

There’s also a LOT of talk on the Internet about people wrapping their feet in duct tape to get rid of plantar warts.  I decided I wasn’t so poor that I had to Red Green my way out of a wart. I could spend the $10 on medicine.

The bandaid should stay on for 2 days, but will need to be replaced if it gets wet in the shower.

You just stick the bandaid down and then pull away the wrapping.

A virtually invisible clear bandaid surrounding the 4th toe.

You can’t see it at all. NO one will know you’re treating ….. a beauty mark.

After several days the skin beneath a Salicylic Acid pad will start to die and go white like this.

Just don’t show them what your foot looks like after the pad has been on a few days.  Your skin turns white and eventually just pulls away with your body, the root of the plantar wart attached.  You’re welcome for not including that photo.

What you’re left with is a small hole where the dead skin has pulled out, and some pinkish skin underneath. It all fills in by itself in that magical way skin works.  Because it regenerates itself when we cut ourselves wide open, we forgive skin for also drying, sagging, wrinkling and flapping.

All went well and my plantar wart was gone, until a few weeks later it seemed to come back. I couldn’t really see it but it felt the same as it did when I thought I had that elite runner’s injury. So I put another pad on it and started the treatment over again just in case.

THIS time I got no root, and just ended up with a raw toe which probably had thin, sensitive skin after being killed off just a few weeks earlier.  I may have jumped the gun on retreating.

Do I recommend these wart treatments?  I give a cautious YES!  The first run was a success and I was amazed it worked as well as it did.  BUT – I’m not positive that it removed it entirely.  I’m fairly certain it did, but I won’t really know I suppose for a couple of months.

If it’s still there, then I’ll have to go to my Doctor so she can Google my next … beauty treatment. 


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Home Remedy for a Plantar Wart. Because Evidently I\'m Gross.


  1. Sandy says:

    I had plantar warts DUG out on both feet – ready to be finally done after thirty years of messing around with every home remedy mentioned here. Very painful and bloody. Feet healed beautifully, but it wasn’t long before the pain returned. Not sure if it is plantar warts or the callous that has now hit the nerve balls on the base of my feet causing toes to literally go numb and remain numb Cannot be on my feet more than a few hours at a time. Disappointing to say the least. Will not have them dug out again

    Sure wish my pediatrician would have googled the procedure before telling me this would be the end of these nasty things. 😊

  2. Penina says:

    What’s the story with putting a drop of blood inside a cut open “wart”? Two people wrote in about that! Can I use my own blood? One said her aunt did it for her, so I’m really wondering what’s the right way… and yes it does sound gross… but it can’t hurt to try. So please let me know.

  3. Tina Gogo says:

    I wish I had found this article sooner. I would’ve shared my experience with everyone. In the summer of 1978ish(?), I had one on the heal of my foot. I went to the doctor to have it burned out. All went well. The freezing medication wasn’t as painful as I had worked it out in my head. Great, all’s good! I was laying belly down on the exam table(yes they aren’t just for laying on your back with your feet in the stirrups). The doctor placed a sterile paper dressing over my foot, and put some rubber gloves on. He tested and area to see if I was frozen enough, and he proceeded with the operation, minor as it may be. I soon heard the machine and I thought everything was going well, as did he. I told him I could feel some heat, and looked over my shoulder. I saw him spinning around the room with the burning paper dressing stuck to his rubber-gloved hands, as he was heading for the little sink doctors usually have in their exam rooms. Fortunately, he managed to put the fire out and remove the remains of his rubber gloves. I was busting laughing, he was red from dancing his way to the sink and I’m sure embarrassment. He put the charred mass of paper and rubber in the garbage, and asked me if I wanted him to proceed. I said absolutely, I wasn’t going to go through the injections again! He replaced his gloves and dispensed with the paper drape. I’m sure he never used that combination of procedures again in his practice. I stayed his patient until his retirement, about 5 years ago now. Neither one of us ever mentioned it again. Peace

  4. Lindy Williams says:

    Please, no plantar wart shaming! I’ve been plagued with these warts off and on all my life and assumed I had picked them up through my own carelessness through walking on infected carpets or walkways. Not so! I asked my dermatologist about causes and treatment during a visit about another matter. The warts are caused by a virus, and she’s pretty certain that once you have the virus, it lives on in your body and breaks out now and then (like cold sores). She gets them herself, and her husband (who happily walks barefoot everywhere) has never had one.

    Yes, the over the counter treatment works fine, and repeated treatments can be necessary If you have a big wart or a cluster of little ones.

  5. Paula says:

    Thanks for this article, Karen. I have a wart or corn (jury’s still out) in exactly the same place as yours. I’m also a runner. It has been there for over a year, and I largely ignored it, thinking it was a corn. I recently decided to deal with it and have been applying salicylic acid and covering it with black electrical tape. That formula that worked for me 20 years ago when I had a huge plantars wart on my heel. It also worked more recently on a wart my 7 year old son had on the bottom of his foot. In that case, I sprung for the kit but the pads weren’t sticky enough and kept slipping off the site and getting lost in his socks. The electrical tape held in place better. Anyhow, I have been treating my wart for a few days now and have had some success. All the dead skin is peeling away and a little black thing came out the other day. But, I feel like there is something bigger underneath – like an iceberg! Maybe this is what you were talking about with your second wave, the pain that came after your initial success. I’m very curious to see where my wart journey ends up. l’m going to keep attacking the site of the wart and see what happens. Thanks for this post – nice to know I’m not the only one with a wart in this weird place. And – I should mention, when I had my first wart 20 years ago, I tried EVERYTHING – freezing, laser, trying to pull out the roots. It was all very painful and nothing worked. The most effective thing was taping over it with black electrical tape and applying salicylic acid. I also think there was a mental component – yes, this will sound a bit woo woo but when I let go of a thing I was upset about, the very last piece of the wart finally fell out. Thanks again! Paula

  6. Audrey Kayline says:

    Dude, that is tiny, I’ve had a big one on the inside of my finger for almost a year now, nothing works, wish me luck. 🍀

  7. Sabrina Funk says:

    I’m disgusting too! I’ve had a planters wart for a long time and finally bought a kit like the one you bought. I am wondering if I can still run while I am treating it…I am finally back to running consistently and don’t want to stop for a damn war.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sabrina! I kept running! But mine wasn’t on the bottom of my foot. As long as it didn’t hurt too much there was no reason not to I figured. Also, I think I decided that what I had was a corn as opposed to a plantar wart, but I’m still actually not sure, lol. Either way, it’s gone and the remedy would be the same. ~ karen!

  8. I never thought about a wart removal kit. My 4-year-old son recently got one of these on his foot. We will need to talk to a doctor to figure out what the best option would be.

  9. Kate B says:

    Duct tape to fix a plantar wart? Yes!! My experience using it for this purpose was positive! When I chatted with my doctor about this wacky (yet ridiculously simple) cure, she agreed there is “something” in duct tape that breaks down the wart. Who knew?!
    So…the money I’d save by trying the duct tape method first, could potentially go toward the purchase of a Rough Linen Proving Cloth…YES!!

  10. Lynne says:

    OK….I just could not resist offering up this bit of magic. Way back in my teenage years, 70’s I got a very painful plantar wart on the sole of my foot. My aunt said, ‘trust me’ and proceeded to carve away (with a razor blade) a huge amount of built up hard callous (no pain). She then made a small X with blade across the centre of wart just to ‘open it up ‘ she said. them she proceeded to prick her finger and drew a drop of blood and placed it on the open skin of the wart and sent me on my way. The huge wart with root attached basically fell out a few days later!!! TRUE story!

  11. Rosiland Ball says:

    I do the same thing!

  12. Marie-Claude says:

    I know I’m a little late in joining the conversation but that’s not a wart, it’s corn. Trust me, I’ve had both, and more than once. The treatment is the same anyhow, just a lot quicker if it’s only corn. Forget about all the home remedies and stick to the little salicylic acid discs that the pharmacist recommended to you

    • Karen says:

      Yep, I plan to use the little pads. :) And I think you’re right! I think it is a corn! Which is even worse. A plantar wart is something kids get, a corn is something the elderly get, lol. I’ve officially entered the realm of the elderly ~ karen!

      • Marie-Claude says:

        LOL! So true about the elderly thing, although I’ve been getting them since high school if it makes you feel any better. My baby toe is turned in slightly so the bone always rubs a little on the inside of the toe next to it, hence the corn. And like you, it gets worse with running (especially in warm weather). So you see, it really is a cool sports injury!

      • Lee Ann says:

        Nope, Karen. I got a corn in the exact same place as you at 16 from I’ll- fitting Nike tennis shoes. I remember vividly because they were $42 and took my entire part time paycheck to pay for them.
        Ah, the memories you have re-kindled.

  13. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    The question is: did the plantar wart go away after Judy’s impaction was dug out?!!

  14. judy says:

    boy oh boy-on the subject of the reality of being an organism with weird adventures in bothersome yuckies. May I provide a heads up re: BMs’. I spent from 8 am till 3 pm in the bathroom trying to give birth to something stuck in my poop chute. Old and now with heart problems I decided that dying on a toilet was more embarrassing than the ER. Evidently bowel impactions rate at the bottom-of emergencies-so at 6:00 pm I finally told the receptionist that if I couldn’t be seen I needed to go home. 20 minutes-exam room-30 minutes later nurse physician who proceeded to drive a truck up my (by this time very sore butt). 15 minutes of pain and she had the plug out and and I found that I was (as some have opined through the years) full of sh*t. It seems that I ignore the need to go and that is very very ill advised. Drink water,eat fruit and go as soon as Mr. Butt runs up the poop flag. I would take just about anything over this nasty experience.

  15. Ei Con says:

    That looks like a corn to me rather than a plantar wart. My mom used to get them back in the 60s from wearing those pointy toe pumps. As I was #1 daughter, my job was to apply some sort if liquid solution, apply the little cushion with the hole it and check it daily. I thought plantar warts only were on the soles of the feet.

  16. Jody says:

    Wow, I just readt\ hrough the comments. Who knew there were so many DYI treatments for so many afflictions. Interesting stuff like Listerine, Lysol, tea tree oil, vinegar………but my favourite was nail clippers on skin tags!

  17. Carla says:

    If your wart comes back, go to the doctor and get a treatment of Cantharone Plus. Doesn’t hurt and works great. We tried the home remedy stuff on my daughter with no luck. 3 treatments of this stuff and gone.

  18. Tom says:

    How about age spot removal?

  19. Gayle M says:

    That might have been a corn between your toes if you didn’t get a root. I got one there once myself. From medicinenet.com:

    Corns: Corns generally occur on the tops and sides of the toes. A hard corn is a small patch of thickened, dead skin with a packed center. A soft corn has a much thinner surface and usually occurs between the 4th and 5th toes. A seed corn is a tiny, discrete callous that can be very tender if it’s on a weight-bearing part of the foot

    • Marie says:

      I was just about to say the same thing. Also, being a runner, I too thought it was a running injury (amazing how painful that little bugger is) but my podiatrist told me it was a corn. He cut it out with a scalpel.

  20. Laura Bee says:

    My daughter had one named Morty the Warty. Her dad used the kit to remove it. I got to deal with lice a few times. They were named Bitey and Jones.
    Kids are gross but they are fun.

  21. Suzanne LH says:

    What young looking feet you have. When I rode everyday for years, I got plantar warts. Dozens of them. My old school Dr told me to use the same cure. It worked. He also told me to spray the inside of all my closed shoes with Lysol. Especially rubber boots & sneakers. The spores live forever otherwise, and the warts will come back. Glad your treatment was a success.

    • Karen says:

      You got plantar warts from horseback riding? I rode for years and that’s one injury never encountered, lol. ~ karen!

      • Marjorie Kramer says:

        I get plantar warts all the time, so, I’m really much more gross than Karen is. I will try the Lysol on my shoes, maybe that’s why they keep coming back. Duh…

  22. Bonnie Harris says:

    “secretly Google for answers while you’re changing back into your clothes.” Oh Karen, you’re so funny and so right. I’ve long suspected that myself. Here’s what I know about our beauty marks…
    For every fact you read about plantar warts, there is an opposite one. For every person who swears by a remedy, there’s another person with a different one. Some disappear on their own fairly quickly, some last 50 years. Some painful removal operations work for some people, not for others. They’re quirky and volatile and doctors don’t really understand them. I say start with the ‘cure’ that causes the least pain (and cross your fingers).

  23. Peggy says:

    A few years ago I had something that looked like what you’re calling a plantar wart. ( or beauty mark). It was actually a little bit of bone growing on the side of my toe bone. The podiatrist made a tiny incision in my toe and stuck a tool that looked a lot like a dremel in the incision and ground off the extra bone material. I watched the whole thing! Local anesthesia wore off and I was good as new. What I thought was a wart was the callus built up over the bone.

  24. Carol says:

    How nice to hear that tea tree oil works on plantar warts AND toe fungus, as I am dealing with the latter. A bit of plantar wart trivia. I had one on my heel as a teenager. Not knowing what it was, I picked at it with tweezers, pulling out individual roots. Yuck, I know! Eventually it became infected and I was unable to put my heel down – had to wear a slipper to my bank teller job that day. When the thing broke, releasing pus, the wart was GONE! I was later told that a plantar wart is a virus and when my body fought the infection I caused, it killed the virus. Thanks for all the info sharing!

  25. Sue Labrie says:

    Thuja ointment also works for plantar warts, my daughter had several of them from dance class. It is the consistency of Vaseline but it is a natural product, can’t remember what is derived from? I would apply it to the “beauty marks” before she went to bed and she would wear socks to help it soak in and not make a mess, worked great!

  26. Sarah says:

    I had a plantar wart, but thought it was just a callus. So I soaked my feet in warm water with one half cup of vinegar and one half cup of Listerine mouth wash daily. First my feet were smoother than usual because I rubbed with Cetaphil thick lotion in a jar and wore socks in bed. Two weeks later while putting on the socks I felt something like the round bandaids and pulled on the callus. A week later I removed a hard bead of skin. No more pain.

  27. Tina says:

    Ok, this is embarrassing…I had a tag mole on the inside of one of my thighs. Google said to just use any sort of wart remover, paint the stuff on and cover with a bandaid, do that twice the first day and once a day for a week after. So I did. It wasn’t until the evening of the second day I started feeling red hot PAIN! I decided I could live with the tag so took the bandaid off and washed it. It hurt so much, it felt like the hounds of hell were eating my leg! All I could do was lay with an ice bag between my legs! After taking a couple days off work (I couldn’t wear pants), I was finally able to hobble. I strongly suggest you don’t use that for tag moles!

    • Laura Bee says:

      Apple cider vinegar works for skin tags.

      • Jan in Waterdown says:

        So how do you treat them and what does it do? Dry them up and they fall off or?? I’ve had my doctor hit them with liquid nitrogen but would prefer a diy.

        • Laura Bee says:

          I think I just dabbed it with a cotton ball a few times a day. Didn’t take too long. Dries up and falls off. Google has other info and techniques.

        • Joi Lin Olsen says:

          I’ve taken off my own skin tags with a pair of sterilized nail clippers before. Obviously, this only works with smaller skin tags, and you want sharp nail clippers. But I just dip the clippers in alcohol and then in hydrogen peroxide, and then slide them around the base of the tag and silently go “1, 2, 3…” and then close my eyes and snip!” Yes, it hurts, but no worse than having it frozen. Yes, it bleeds, but only for a second. I put a cotton ball or tissue on it and press until the bleeding stops – usually within a minute. Then I dab it with antibiotic ointment and I’m good to go! Of course, I am not a doctor, and cannot officially recommend anyone else try this method. But to my mind, it sure beats paying someone else a $30+ co-pay (plus travel and time out of my day) to do essentially the same thing!

    • Gayle M says:

      I have weekly AHA abnd BHA facial treatments in my face routine (I alternate weeks), and just applied both at the same time twice a day. They are very drying if used too often, so it finally fried up and fell off. I would think that might be gentler on your leg. This tag was just under the broe on the outside corener of my eye. Until the tag fell off, it just looked like a patchy dry spot. NOTE this also worked on a “liver spot” that developed on my collar bone, but I actually had to rough the spot up daily with a wash cloth to work off the waxy top layer–took a month but it hasn’t come back in a couple years.)

  28. Kmarie says:

    My friend just showed me dr pimple popper ( look her up on insta or YouTube) apparently people go to sleep after watching her videos to de stress! Those same people probably would have liked the omitted photo 😂🤷‍♀️Anyway, memories that were terrible – I had the stupid freezing thing done and I can still see the cool frost swirling in the drs office and feel that one of a kind pain ;( I hope it gets better soon for you 😊💫

    • Alena says:

      People have to de-stress after watching Dr. Pimple Popper? I watch her to de-stress; one of the better series on TLC. I can easily eat while watching her popping the various lipomas or cysts.
      I think it’s very informative and the only thing that pisses me off when her patients report that they had seen a doctor (if not multiple ones) in the past and the doctor(s) just told them “oh it’s just a lipoma, it doesn’t do any harm”. Yeah, maybe it does not cause any harm, but why should someone live with a lipoma or a cyst the size of a tennis ball? Those doctors should not be allowed to practice.

  29. Martina says:

    Well this article brought back memories…I was in grade six and hadn’t missed a day of school in six years and got a planters wart and had to take 1/2 day off school to go to the hospital, get anesthetized and have the wart dug out…ruined my perfect attendance! Not to mention having a bad reaction to the anesthesia…fun times…lol

  30. Alisa says:

    Apple cider vinegar works fantastically for those.

  31. Debra says:

    In case you don’t want to go the salicylic acid route again with the sore leftover skin I wanted to let you know an easier, cheaper, less painful way. My son had an enormous plantar wart on the ball of his foot, so bad he could barely walk. Before I took him to the doctor to get it melonballed out of his foot I tried treating it with my general cure-all, tea tree oil. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try so every day right when he got out of a shower and the skin was still soft I put some tea tree oil on it, straight from the bottle. Kept this up for a week or two (I don’t really remember exactly), but it worked like a charm. Even he was surprised. Any other warts in other places? Banana skin. Plus you get to eat the bananas.

  32. billy sharpstick says:

    What is that nail polish color?

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