Plantar warts are warts which grow on the soles of your feet. They are most commonly found on the heel and ball of the foot. Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus which is also responsible for warts on various other areas of the body. The warts are quite infectious and Plantar warts are quite easily spread to other areas of your own foot or body, or to other people.
A prime area for picking up the virus is on the tiles or concrete around swimming pools where people with a Plantar wart have stood. The wart is commonly flat, feels quite hard, and has small black dots which are actually dried or clotted blood vessels. The warts are actually harmless and in some cases they will disappear without treatment in a matter of time. Sometimes they can be very painful to walk on since the weight of your body presses the hard wart into your foot. In such a case they can be quite crippling and need to be removed.
You can save a trip to the doctor by removing the warts at home with the hot water treatment. To do this get a roll of ordinary duct tape and a pumice stone or emery board nail file. The only other thing you need is some hot water and a bit of patience.
To start the cure take a small piece of duct tape and stick it over the wart so as to completely cover it. Leave this tape in place, without looking under it, for about a week. Now take the tape off the wart and soak the foot in hot water for about 15-20 minutes. When you have finished this soaking, dry the foot and rub the wart, quite vigorously, with the pumice or emery board to remove all of the dead white skin. When you are down to the pink undamaged skin put on a new piece of duct tape and repeat the process in another weeks time .You may have to keep repeating this procedure for up to two months to completely get rid of the wart.