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Bruce Willis And The Plantar Warts

Updated on March 12, 2009

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When I thought of writing about plantar warts, Bruce in Die Hard came in to my mind. First, he was walking around bare feet, getting his feet cut left, right an

I am a big Bruce Willis fan. I have watched all the “Die Hard” movies. I still think “Die Hard” the original movie was the best. Probably because I am getting nostalgic and starting to have mild senile dementia, when one tends to remember vividly things that happened twenty years ago and keeps looking for reading glasses sitting on his forehead. When I thought of writing about plantar warts, Bruce in Die Hard came in to my mind. First, he was walking around bare feet, getting his feet cut left, right and center. Second, plantar warts also die hard, like McCain that he portrays.

Now that I have your attention, let’s move on. The real reason that I am writing about plantar warts is to blast my pageviews through the roof. Firstly, many of us have had these some time in our lives. My children used to get these. They in fact gave them as their first self-less gifts to their beloved parents. The same story repeats itself in many households and families. So this will generate universal empathy and be a theme to a great story. Secondly, I happen to still remember what causes them and can share about it, in between my recurrent attacks of amnesia. Thirdly, there are so many quackery websites on treating plantar warts. I might just be able to save you from sore feet, emptied wallets and broken hearts.

Plantar warts are cause by a virus called human papilla-virus (often abbreviated HPV). There are many strains of this virus. One type of these is actually the cause of genital warts and cervical cancer in women. The more common type causes the common warts on hands and feet. The virus gets implanted into the skin from minor trauma. It then stimulates the skin to grow into a hard lump extending from the very surface to the deeper layer. The plantar wart gets pushed into the deepest layer of the skin and hence is the hardest to eradicate.

In case your memory is as poor as mine, these are the three major methods to remember:

  1. The smallest plantar warts can be treated with local applications including salicylic acid preparations.
  2. The medium sized ones can be treated with liquid nitrogen (also called cryotherapy or cryosurgery, if you prefer medical words).
  3. The big ones should be treated with surgical excision (cutting) and cauterization (burning). Unfortunately, this treatment leaves the sufferer a big and deep wound to heal (takes a whole month at times)

If your memory is better than mine (I had to look these up) or if the plantar wart has been resistant to the treatment above. You will need to know about the other methods:

  1. Immunotherapy (your doctor stimulates your body’s production of antibodies against the virus) by injecting a substance into or prescribing a cream onto the wart.
  2. Chemotherapy (your doctor injects a toxin called bleomycin into the wart)
  3. Laser therapy (using a laser to vaporize the wart)


As plantar warts can be difficult to eradicate, avoid direct contact with warts and picking at them. Always keep your feet dry and clean. Don’t walk about bare foot like Bruce Willis in the "Die Hard" movie.


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      Helen achola 6 years ago

      Good news though, the wart dissappeared on its own but i appreciated your advice non the less.

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Helen achola,

      a recurrent plantar wart is unlkely to go away by itself. Go to another doctor and ask for treatment, eg., cryotherapy, surgical removal or local application.

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      Helen achola 7 years ago

      I have a recurrent plantar wart, my doctor says i should just wait for it to go away since my body will form anti-bodies but im scared it'll just keep growing and getting more painful just like the way it did last time. Please advice.

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong


      thanks for the kind words. See you soon.

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong


      thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Just found your hubs, you are really a doctor with a good sense of humour.

      Good advice on wart. You managed to catch my attention alright with "Bruce Willis" in your title.

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      quuenieproac 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for the info, I used to get warts when I was schooling. I love Bruce Willis , hero always comes back , cannot die just like warts hehe, very apt comparison.

      I like your style!

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      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Juliet,

      Thanks for commenting again.

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      Juliet Christie Murray 8 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      Great information I shall remember this to pass on to my children.The thing we call corn that is on the toes that it said to be cause by constant rubbing of tight shoes or sometime too loose a shoe are they treated the same way

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      C. C. Riter 9 years ago

      thaks Benson, I thought it was new

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi CC,

      I've posted a photo for your reference.

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      C. C. Riter 9 years ago

      Benson, what do they look like? I really don't know. Are they painfull?


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