This common problem has been noted for centuries and seemed almost a badge of honour among us kids at the baths.
A verrucae is really just a wart on the sole of the foot (plantar wart) and the name comes from the Latin. Any wart will disappear eventually as the body finally develops immunity but it can take some time and will cause considerable discomfort in the meantime. It is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which penetrates the skin and causes the cells to multiply out of control resulting in a raised lump. To start with the body cannot deal with this virus so encases the lump which remains highly contagious. The constant pressure of walking causes the lump to harden more and drives the verrucae deeper into the skin and it becomes quite painful. Although not restricted to children they are most commonly transferred at swimming pools (despite the chlorine foot baths) and in school changing rooms. For adults, of course, it can be picked up in the same places, but also gyms, dance studios etc.
Verrucae are an indication that your immune system is weak so it is important to make sure your diet is well balanced and to take a good quality multivitamin with particular reference to vitamin E. With children the same applies but in addition make sure their drinks and sweets do not contain aspartame or ideally no artificial sweeteners at all (so this cuts out diet drinks).
An old fashioned and slightly wacky remedy is to use very ripe banana skin and tape it to the verrucae area. On investigation the ripe banana skin has been found to contain a powerful enzyme which attacks the virus in the verrucae. I guess a similar treatment could be used for warts elsewhere but you may have to be creative how you fix it or alternatively use it on an evening in front of the TV. I have heard of vinegar and duct tape used in the same way, but I wouldn’t recommend it as it is will be rather painful.
There is a remedy by the name of Causticum 6c which is a homeopathic product and will get rid of this problem. (In addition, as a possible bonus, it is also used to prevent bed wetting and bladder incontinence)
Essential oils can offer good results and initially put one drop of Ti-tree ( or Lemon) oil directly onto the Verrucae or Wart, cover with a dry plaster and repeat each day until the problem is destroyed. This may happen as quickly as a week, but sometimes with deep seated verrucae can take up to a month. When it has gone massage rose hip oil into the area to renew the skin and stop scarring. To the rose hip oil you could add a little lavender oil to speed the process.
If you are suffering from a large number of warts then your immune system is low and odourless garlic capsules will help. In addition to boost the immune system a lymphatic massage using Geranium, Juniper and Rosemary and a healing carrier oil such as either rose hip or argan oil.
There are surgical treatments but these while removing the wart/verrucae will not kill the virus and they may re-occur. Similarly cryogenic (freezing) or laser treatment is available but will be quite expensive.
There are proprietary medications that contain salicylic acid but this may take months and make the area quite sore.
One word of caution, be very careful that what you are seeing is in fact a wart, like moles, if it changes shape or bleeds seek medical advice first.
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Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on May 22, 2013:
Thanks for your comment. I hope you find what you want and gives you the desired effect.
kind regards Peter
Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on May 21, 2013:
Very interesting and very informative. I think I will look into a couple of these remedies. :)
Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on October 03, 2012:
Just watch how you walk !!
As silly as it sounds I have reliable evidence to say that it really works.
Kind regards Peter
Jill Spencer from United States on October 03, 2012:
I'm not sure why I read this as I've never had a wart (now I'll be sure to get one!) but I'm glad that I did. The paragraph about bananas and duct tape made me laugh out loud. Enjoyed it! Thanks. --Jill
Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on September 01, 2012:
Thank you very much for your constructive comment.
You are quite right it is far more difficult to pick them up if you always have footwear.
In my days as a pharmaceutical chemist we had campaigns in Africa where we would supply free sandals to avoid all sorts of pretty horrible tropical diseases - it proved to be very effective.
Kind regards Peter
Maude Keating from Tennessee on September 01, 2012:
I had warts for years. I had a very large one on the ball of my big toe. I even had it removed with a laser. It came right back. Then it had babies and three more showed up on that foot and two more on the heel of my other foot. I struggled with them for years. I never had warts anywhere else, just on my feet. How did I get rid of them you ask? I got pneumonia, that virus was stronger than the wart virus and killed it. I have not had any sign of a wart since. I don't suggest using that treatment though. I rarely go barefoot anymore so that might be part of the reason I don't get them now also.
Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on August 04, 2012:
Thank you for comments. I haven't tried banana skin (because I haven't a wart) but there is much anecdotal evidence to say that it works.
Please let me know for my records and I hope it works for you - it certainly should do.
Kind regards Peter
Dianna Mendez on August 04, 2012:
This is great information to have on hand. I do have a planter's wart on the bottom of the foot, and I am going to try the banana peel remedy. I love that you offer the natural remedy as this is my preference. Thanks for the share on this topic. Voted up and shared.
Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on July 27, 2012:
Dear Earthy Mother,
Along with my mainstream work I have studied natural and native remedies for just over 40 years. One thing I have learned is that conventional and natural remedies more often than not have the same origin it's just that some of my colleagues like to scoff at herbs etc as some form of witchcraft.
kind regards peter
Nicole Forman from South East England on July 27, 2012:
Very interesting! I didn't realise that HPV caused warts...and love to hear about natural remedies! Great hub!
Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on June 24, 2012:
Dear topaz blue
Thank you for your comment - yes lemon is a rather underused essential oil very often only used for its fragrance rather than its therapeutic value.
Kind regards Peter
Cynthia Lyerly from Georgia on June 23, 2012:
Thank you! Great info.
Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 23, 2012:
Voted up and interesting. This is great helpful hub as always. Keep them coming, Joyce.
topaz blue on June 23, 2012:
I hadn't realised about lemon.
Peter Geekie (author) from Sittingbourne on June 23, 2012:
Thank you UnamedHarald
Sometimes simple problems need simple answers
kind regards peter
David Hunt from Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 23, 2012:
Very useful information, peter. Thanks for writing this.