Plantar Warts: Grainy Growths That Can Cause Pain In Your Heels


Pain in the heels can be caused by different reasons. It could be that you exert too much stress on your heels when you walk for too long, or it could be that you have too much weight, which applies excess pressure on your heels. Another reason might be plantar warts. If you suffer from plantar warts and the former reasons look less likely to be the cause of your heel pain, there is a high chance that plantar warts are the sole reason. Plantar warts are grainy growths that form on the heels or balls of the feet. They have a flat appearance and a hard, thick skin. They don't pose a serious threat to your health but they can be painful at times.

How The Warts Develop On Your Foot

Plantar warts begin to attack your foot when the virus -- human papillovirus (HPV) -- that causes them enters your body through openings or weak spots. Plantar wart is contagious and you can get the HPV virus by coming into contact with an infected person. The virus can also be transmitted via indirect contact. For instance, you can acquire the virus by sharing your sandals with an infected person.

How To Get Rid Of The Warts

Getting rid of the warts is relatively easy and can be achieved with the help of items and products that are easily found in homes. Vinegar, for instance, is one option that you can rely on when it comes to treating plantar warts. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and use an elastic bandage to tape it on the wart. Let the vinegar do its work for two hours every day until the warts are completely gone. You can also use the peel of a banana to heal the warts; every day before you go to bed, rub the inner side of the peel on the warts. Banana peel contains chemicals that are capable of dissolving the warts.

Rubbing an abrasive stone such as a pumice stone on the wart can also help you relieve some of the pain and discomfort that the warts cause; the pain is caused by the hard, thick skin of the wart, so rubbing it off can help alleviate some of the pain. But before you use the stone, first soak your foot or feet in water for around twenty minutes to soften the warts.

Eliminating the warts doesn't just help you with your heel pain problem; it also helps you to eliminate the HPV virus. HPV is a dangerous virus that is also associated with various types of cancer including cervical cancer, throat, and mouth cancer.

If, however, you are not successful in treating the warts or the heel pain, see a podiatrist for further examinations and treatment.


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How a Podiatrist Can Help With Running Injuries

Hi, my name is Steve and I’m a keen runner. I’ve been running for fun for years. I love the buzz I get from a long run and the fact that my hobby helps keeps me fit. Last year, I started to experience problems with my feet and ankles. It started with just a few twinges and soreness but ended up getting so bad that I couldn’t run to my usual schedule any longer. I couldn’t work out what was going wrong, so a friend recommended I see a podiatrist. I was a bit sceptical at first; however, my podiatrist immediately identified some issues with my running gait and shoes that were causing my problems. I started this blog to pass on some of the advice I got for any other runners who are suddenly suffering from unexplained discomfort. Hope it helps keep you on the road!