I have some plantar warts being treated by a doctor, a nickel-size blister
formed and is violently painful to touch. This makes it difficult to wear
socks or shoes. Even sleeping requires special care to prevent it from
touching a blanket or the bed.
Bandaging would not help because touching the outside of the bandage is just
as bad as touching it directly. I need something rigid to shield the
sensitive area so that it cannot be touched directly or indirectly.
Can anyone think of something I can buy somewhere (hardware store,
drugstore, craft store...) that is half dome shape with a wide base -- like
a full brim hard hat shrunk down to about 2-3 inch diameter? It would be
even better if it is transparent so I can center it properly when taping it.
I posted to sci.med but I may not get an answer from that ng. Since people
in this ng are better at improvising, perhaps someone could think of a
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1. It is reasonable to expect a doctor who treats XYZ
to have practical advice about convalescing from XYZ.
2. Corn plasters (sold in drugstores) are rings of
felt, made in various sizes, and you could stack
several together. (They are adhesive on one side.)
3. Some cities still have branches of the Dr. Scholl
chain that specializes in fitting feet and solving foot problems.
I agree that would be a first step.
Disclaimer -- I am NOT a doctor (but I've doctored a lot of cattle.) <g>
My experience w/ blisters that are painful and assuming this treatment
was the liquid nitrogen that made the blister is that the best treatment
is to drain them. W/ the pressure gone, the pain subsides drastically.
Your physician may disagree...
plantar wart as painful as you describe may be infected - they can be
abscessed under the wart. Go to a podiatrist if you have not already -
most MD's are not skilled in treating foot problems - about all they
know about feet is that most people have two of them :o)
Plantar warts. From what I remember, typically a viral thing. treated by
salicylate solution. See your local pharmacist to reccomend treatment. What
the heck is the doctor doing, anyhow?
I took an ingrown toe nail to a podiatrist one time. About three or four
years later, and about $2,000, I did a net search on ingrowns. Found out the
doctor was making it worse, not better. Also, the doctor wasn't doing a very
good job of educating me how to not need doctors. Guess he liked the money.
Now, as to clear domes, others have suggested some good ones. I was t
hinking two layers of corrugated cardboard, with a hole cut in. Tape those
on, and third layer (no hole) over that. When I was in scouts, they used to
reccomend stuff called "moleskin". Not sure where to find that, maybe a
If cardboard isn't flexible enough, maybe the black wrap used on AC suction
lines. Razor knife to cut the hole so the sore spot isn't touched.
Christopher A. Young
(Using backup computer. In a couple
Thanks for the mammaries!
over 50 years ago, while in college here in Red Sox Nation I developed a
silver dollar sized plantar wart on my right foot.
One of my classmates' dad was a GP with an office in his home and I went
over and showed my foot to him.
He laid me back on his exam table, shot some novacain into the sole of
my foot, and the next thing I saw was a bloody piece of skin hanging
from his forceps before he tossed it in the trash.
He cauterized the wound with some chemical, bandaged me up and sent me
on my way. When the novacain wore off the bottom of my foot hurt like
hell and I had to walk on the heel of that foot.
As I was leaving to drive cross country back to Frisco in a couple of
days I picked up a left foot accelerator pedal pusher so I didn't need
to use my right foot at all to drive.
It was similar to this, but a lot simpler design, just a wide U shaped
bent steel rod with a little pedal welded to one end and a couple of
cable clamps screwed to the car's floor:
It took about a month before I could walk normally, but the plantar wart
About a year later I got another plantar wart in just about the same
spot. I asked a different doc about it and he said, "Just go to the drug
store and buy a package of salicylic acid on moleskin, cut pieces the
right size and keep one of them stuck onto the plantar wart until it
He was right y'know, after a week or so of using that moleskin the
plantar wart was gone.
Different strokes from different doc's, 'eh?
Ive had several of these PWs in my life. The first time was on the ball of
my big toe. Went to the doctor and he numbed it and burned it out. I did
get several at different times on my thumb of all places! I actually found
the thing somewhat stress relieving as I would pick at it alot. Finally
the thing would either die or give up and it would pull out in a kinda
Hummm.... Sorry if I grossed anyone out. I think they are caused by a
viral infection of some type that gets in by way of a cut or something.
Hafta google that a bit to be sure.
Dump the doctor and get one that will burn them out. It really doesnt hurt
and will take care of things quickly.
What you re looking for is called a foot "orthotic" or "night splint
Something like that with a hole cut in it so as to not touch the afflicted
AHR is a great place to get advice, but for the OP's problem, I still
lean toward someone with a license in the health fields. An orthotic is
definitely NOT what he needs. Night splints are pretty good for carpal
tunnel, but not of great relief for an acutely painful plantar wart or
whatever is going on down there. The OP sounds like he has an infection
and ought to see the doc yesterday.
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