PLANTAR WART OF DOOM
November 13, 2012 8:02 AM Subscribe
Ouch-filter: I have a vicious plantar wart that is paining me so much that it's getting difficult to walk. 2 part question about pain management and treatment options inside. Please halp!
I actually have a few plantar warts on both feet (eeeew) - I first noticed them in January, and I'm assuming they were most likely acquired at the gym where I go to swim laps. (I've since become much better about remembering to wear flip-flops on the pool deck and in the locker room.) They haven't been much of a bother till about August, when one in particular, located on my left foot, mid-sole, started noticeably hurting when I would go running. Since then, the pain from that wart has only increased, to the point where it's uncomfortable to walk on it, so I have been limping around a bit. As of this past weekend, the wart now hurts at all times, even when I'm just sitting around not putting pressure on the foot. If I were to rank the pain on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say walking on it is a 9 and just sitting around is about a 4.
Things I have tried so far:
1. Those salicylic acid wart pads from the drug store - after a couple of days the stinging was unbearable and the skin around the wart was crazy tender. I could have probably stuck it out longer but I really felt like the soles of my feet would burn off.
2. Duct tape. I started duct taping this wart (and the other smaller ones on my other foot) shortly after I noticed it was there in January and gave up around July when it didn't seem to have any noticeable results.
3. Soaking the warts with apple cider vinegar. Tried this along with the duct tape therapy.
4. Suffering silently. This is no longer working.
I'm trying to get an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible but it is proving a bit difficult given the upcoming holiday, so I probably won't be able to get this addressed medically till early December. In the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions for me as to how to mitigate the pain? Are there special inserts I could put in my shoes, or should I bandage the wart a certain way to provide shock absorbency?
My second question is, what exactly would a podiatrist do about a wart as severe as this? It's pretty damn big at this point - about an 1/4th of an inch diameter (eeeeeew). I can't imagine freezing would be a terribly effective option at this point (though it might work for the smaller warts I have). Would they dig it out? At this point, I think that's what I would prefer, but IANAD. Has anyone had a plantar wart surgically removed before? How long is the recovery time and how painful is it? I've attempted to Google this and have only really come across a bunch of terrifying YouTube videos that I cannot bring myself to watch.
Any input from medical professionals or fellow plantar wart sufferers welcome.