I’ve had stubborn Plantar warts on my foot for years. I tried the salicylic acid, duct tape, and even apple cider vinegar but nothing seemed to work except treating the Plantar warts with liquid nitrogen at the doctor’s office.
I live in Canada, so getting my Plantar warts frozen with liquid nitrogen is actually supposed to cost $20 per treatment, but my doctor wasn’t charging me – so really the only reason I’m doing this at home method is because it’s way more convenient.
I can freeze these warts every few days and scale away the blister of dead skin a few days later when I get out of the shower, then immediately freeze them again. Anyway, I hope you find this helpful and educational, and of course it comes with the usual DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME disclaimer. This video is for educational purposes only.
DIY Freeze Plantar Warts At Home Method
You’ll need a large piece of iron or steel, something that holds a lot of thermal mass. Stick that item in the freezer, and leave it overnight. If you’re able to lower the temperature of your freezer, get it as cold as it will go.
In the meantime, prepare your wart area by soaking it in warm water and using a blade or pumice stone to scale away all the dead skin. This will make the freezing more effective as there is less callus material to protect the wart.
Find some foam (I used a styrofoam takeout container) and cut out a small hole the same size as your wart. This will insulate the surrounding skin and protect it from frostbite.
Next, remove the cold metal or iron object from the freezer. Place the masking foam over the wart, with the hole aligned to allow only the wart to show through. Press the metal object on to the wart and hold it until it hurts. Ideally, you will have experience with liquid nitrogen wart freezing treatments and will have a sense for how much it should hurt. I’ve found that I need to hold it for a few minutes, but it might be different depending on what metal object you’re using and how cold it is in the freezer.
Keep in mind that smaller metal items (cutlery for example) probably won’t stay cold enough long enough to effectively freeze the Plantar wart. That’s why I’m using a small sledge hammer.
I freeze my warts every few days or so, sometimes longer, and make sure to scale away the dead skin after I get out of the shower.
Good luck, I hope this method saves you some money and helps you get rid of your Plantar warts once and for all!