Duct Tape That Foot?

Something we see as podiatrists are patients best attempts at home treatment of all sorts of foot and ankle problems. Something that has gained popularity in recent years is the use of duct tape to cure plantar warts. Let’s briefly explore the cause of plantar warts to better understand why duct tape may not be the best approach for ridding your feet of these tough warts.


Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the foot, also known as the plantar aspect, which is where they get their name. The cause of the wart is an infection by the human papillomavirus, which generally appears as a small black speck, or a grouping of multiple specks. Typically this infection is spread in common damp areas, such as pools and gym locker rooms. The body reacts to this infection by building up a hard callus around the infection, which can be painful.


The reason that the duct tape is mostly ineffective at treating plantar warts is the misunderstanding that cutting the wart off from air will somehow “suffocate” the virus. Unfortunately, this theory sort of falls on it’s face here because it fails to cut the virus off from the blood which feeds it. This blood has more than enough oxygen in it to support the virus. Fortunately the majority of plantar warts will be fought off my the bodies immune system and generally persist for two years or less.


Your podiatrist also has several options for getting rid of pesky plantar warts even faster. At Ankle & Foot Associates our friendly podiatrists and staff are happy to help you get rid of those annoying or painful plantar warts. Call your local office to schedule an appointment today.

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