What is a good way to treat and prevent plantar warts on the trail?Submitted by - Will, Newport, RI
Plantar warts are similar to calluses, physiologically speaking—so you can soak them in water for about 20 minutes and rub them off with the same kind of stone or file you rub calluses off with. If they bother you on the trail, you can deal with them like you would deal with a blister: by building a moleskin donut to take the pressure off the wart.
Plantar warts are prevented by good foot care: wearing good-fitting boots and good wool or synthetic socks, keeping your feet from getting abraded (so don’t spend much time barefoot), and keeping your feet relatively clean. Warts are contracted from other people with warts—so don’t share socks and other items that come in contact with other people’s warts. Be especially careful to avoid touching warts directly on other people. Plantar warts eventually go away, sometimes in months, sometimes in years, so don’t panic and try to be patient. —Buck