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TuxHucker

My first strategy was to ignore it and hope that it would go away on its own, just because I'm awesome. Apparently, the planter wart thought itself more awesome than I and began to challenge me to a duel. It started as an innocent discoloration about the size of a pinhead. I did not recognize it as a planter wart, until it quickly grew to an annoying little bump with a telltale black dot in the middle. Something so tiny could not possibly get out of control and harm me, right? WRONG! As soon as you identify that thing on your foot is a planter wart, you need to take immediate and continuous action. I wasted the chance to kill it early and paid dearly for it. Since I was in no pain, I did not see the need to treat it harshly or consistently. BIG MISTAKE!

The only reason I started treatment was because I was running and started to feel the bump in my foot as it slammed down onto the pavement. My first treatment was with salicylic acid, on and off, over a period of a few weeks. But, in my ignorance, I did not realize that the toughness and thickness of the planter wart, though small, was already established beyond a level that salicylic acid would resolve. Since my wife likes to abuse me, she added the freeze method to our routine, doing a complete freeze over the top of this thing once a week. In classic Nietzsche fashion, 'that which did not kill the wart only made it stronger.' The combination of the acid and the freezing on a regular basis started to destroy the skin around the wart, which coincidentally, allowed the wart to expand its territory.

We felt the need to up the dose on both the acid and the freezing. After a couple weeks of this, I was beginning to feel the pain regularly. By that, I mean that my foot was in mild pain 24/7 and I stopped running. Because my job requires that I stand in front of a computer for 8-10 hours a day, I noticed that it was getting difficult to concentrate on my work. Around this time, probably 5 to 6 weeks after acid and freezing did nothing, I started apple cider vinegar (ACV). I quit the acid completely, but continued attempting multiple freezes each week. The wart was now the size of a pencil eraser in diameter.

Seriously, I think the people who recommend ACV as having no pain are secretly hoping that we will all try it and then laughing maniacally in the background as they hear our stories unfold with excruciating pain. Honest, ACV brought me to a pain level surpassing the historical record since having double root canals or possibly the removal of two wisdom teeth without any pain medication. The beauty of root canals and wisdom tooth extraction without pain medication is that the pain begins to subside after 24 hours. In contrast, applying ACV is like stepping on the accelerator pedal of pain.

I religiously followed a routine of 20 minutes soaking in ACV each night before bed, then applying a tiny dot of ACV on a small folded square of tissue or part of a cotton ball and duct taping it to the bottom of my foot. I duct taped it very tightly so that it would squeeze the ACV into the planter wart and also prevent any of the ACV from squeezing out around the side. These constant activities of foot baths and duct taping balls of ACV to my foot caused the entire house to smell like a morgue, which was duly noted by the lady of the house.

Well, I figured a little pain was par for the course, but I had no idea. When I went to work each morning, it felt like I was standing on 200 microscopic pieces of broken glass. But, not just any glass: glass that had a vibrating massager underneath it to help dig in really well ... all ... day ... long. I did not sleep for two weeks, tossing and turning, because of the constant pain. Some nights, it was enough to make a grown man cry (I am a grown man). During that two-week period, there were a couple of days and nights that I skipped duct taping the ball on my foot, to get a break from the pain.

The ACV was clearly ripping into the planter wart and I took courage by that. I decided to bring in some precision mechanics to give me a sense of progress. This came in the form of the laboratory dissection kit that I hadn't used since college. The last time the scalpel had been used was either on a frog or a kitty, I can't remember, but I still had fresh sterile blades in sealed packages. Twice a week, after an ACV footbath, I would slice down as much as I could into the top of the wart, gauging how deep to go by how loose the tissue had become. I used a lighter to heat up the blade before and after using it on my foot. I wanted to burn any and all living or dead cell material off of the blade. I made sure not to put the lighter too close, as that would deposit products of combustion onto the blade. In other words, if the blade edge is black, then that would put ash into the wart tissue. Moving the blade very slowly and delicately, just like I was taught in class, I was able to avoid cutting too deeply into the wart or into the skin around the edge of the wart and thus avoiding a major bloodbath. Dragging a pumice stone across the surface of the wart was unbearable torture, while the scalpel, if used correctly, moved tissue off cleanly with no pain. Note: the wife (with nursing school background) specifically recommended against using the scalpel, but I was going on the warpath.

The ACV/scalpel method looked like I was making progress, because I could reduce the thickness of the wart. However, the root was too well protected and the diameter was not getting smaller. The net result of freezing, acid, and ACV was just a thicker, wider, and angrier wart. In fact, we went from one innocent planter wart to a whole legion of enemy warts. We were definitely in the 'Mosaic' category now and it was the diameter of a dime.

I was limping now everywhere I walked, I could not stand for very long, I tried to avoid going to meetings with my customers, and I had to re-think all of my office work habits to get around the awful pain. Some nights, I slept on the floor with my foot propped up on a chair, because that was the only restful position.
We ran out of the freeze can and I decided to quit that also. I started looking feverishly on the Internet for other holistic methods, such as Thyme oil, tea tree, oregano, and the dreaded 'blister beetle' cantharidin. The results were mixed and I couldn't see any benefit in prolonging the agony after spending so much time with ACV. Walking barefoot on the beach sounded like a really great therapy, except that I live in New Hampshire and the beach is covered in snow and ice and frozen sand, which is very painful to walk on barefoot, not to mention the twist of frostbite.

Well, I had already been using the gray duct tape to secure the ACV onto my foot. If for no other reason, the gray duct tape allowed me to shower and protect the rest of the family from this evil. After my shower, I would dry off my foot and set up new duct tape. This meant I was applying duct tape once in the morning and once in the evening with fresh ACV.

At long last, it was time to try the duct tape method alone. No more foot baths, no more ACV, no more scalpel. Let's get specific: the first gray duct tape was the cheap brand with a picture of a silly duck on the label. Not only did it not stick well to my foot, but also it annoyed the wart. I switched to the real gray duct tape, which is much stickier. This allowed me to go 2-3 days on a single application of duct tape, but it too failed to impress the wart and I stepped it up a notch to the black Scotch 3M duct tape.

I wanted a tape solution that would not allow the wart to catch a breath of air for a week. Medical truth is not formed by consensus of opinion on the Internet, but the 'lack of air' thing sounded intriguing (and was the consensus on the Internet). Still seeing no result at all, other than a mushy foot, I bought a roll of Gorilla brand tape. The gorilla tape is very thick. I cut out a circle of it about an inch and a half in diameter and press that very hard over the wart. Over that I would lay a 4' strap of the black duct tape horizontally and another strap vertically. The straps were also put on with great tension.

The gorilla tape should not have had any different result from the other tapes, except perhaps it more thoroughly prevented the wart from getting any light or air. After five days, I removed the duct tape to find the wart decimated! It was literally crumbling in front of my eyes. Of course, I had to go get the dissection kit and use the tweezers and scalpel to remove as much of the dead tissue as possible. Again, one of the important things is not to create a bloodbath at any point during the process. Then, I covered it in gorilla tape for another five days. The pain was completely gone. After the second week, the entire mass was broken apart and removed. Instead of a giant lump on top of my foot, now there was a giant cavity appearing.

All of my slimy 'friends' were being made naked in front of me and they were cowering in fear. Within the third week of gorilla tape, they all died in large quantity and my normal skin started to rebuild and make the diameter smaller. We were finally back to the one devil who started this ordeal. To assure permanent death, I applied the gorilla tape gleefully for two more weeks, even after seeing no sign of a planter wart. It has been two weeks since the gorilla tape was put away and there are no signs of any regrowth of this monster. I think I'll go for a run in the morning -- praise the LORD!

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Rachel

Thank you for your ideas and details that help describe everything. So helpful, and a sense of humor really helps!

Kristina

OMG! I have never laughed so hard reading a post about wart removal!! Will definitely be picking up some gorilla tape on my way home from work...

Anonymous

This should be submitted to The New Yorker. It's AWESOME!!! Never thought I'd laugh so hard on a plantars wart website.

Holly

Great humorous reporting. Thank you for the information and the laughs!

Marie

I needed a good laugh. Thanks for the info. Gorilla tape here I come.

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