Q. My granddaughter is a ballerina and she has problems with warts on the bottoms of her feet. I had seen a remedy in your column but I had no idea I would need it. Please repeat it for my granddaughter’s sake.
A. We have collected dozens of wart remedies over the years. One mother had success treating her daughter’s warts with vinegar and duct tape: “Apply the vinegar on a tiny piece of cotton ball, place it on the wart, cover it with duct tape and leave it on for a few days.” Other people skip the vinegar and just apply duct tape directly to the wart.
Another reader shared this: “I had success making a poultice out of grated ginger and grated raw potato. I applied the mixture to a plantar wart under a bandage overnight. It took several weeks, but it worked.”
Then there is this story: “I had Plantar Warts 50 years ago. In Chicago I went to doctor after doctor looking for help. I had so many different treatments I cannot even remember them all.
“Soon I had the mother wart producing babies near her. One doctor used a needle to puncture each little hole or pin prick type lesion. Others applied acid and other solutions to the warts. Nothing worked and they were spreading.
“We moved to a little town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and I went to the small town podiatrist and he gave me an prescription for Vitamin A acetate. I think that is the correct name for synthetic Vit A. I remember also that they were water soluble Vitamins. After all it has been many many years. In 15 days the warts were gone, never to return.”
You will find more details about other wart remedies here and here and here. Because plantar warts can be painful to walk on, we can only imagine how uncomfortable they must be for a dancer. We hope one of these remedies solves the problem.