A couple of weeks ago I was walking around my kitchen and felt like I had a little pebble stuck to my foot. I brushed it off, but it persisted. Why is a pebble stuck to my foot? I wondered. I brushed it again, and again, and the stupid thing wouldn’t come off. This called for a visual inspection. I sat down, lifted my foot and I knew immediately what was going on. A plantar wart.
At first, I blew it off as a minor annoyance. I’ve had many warts over the years on my hands, one on my upper arm (weird!) and then a big one on a toe that took eight months of daily over-the-counter treatment to finally get rid of. This last one was over ten years ago, but none of them was ever more annoying beyond grossing me out a little. Oh, but plantar warts are different, particularly for runners. I learned this first hand, as the minor annoyance became a constant sharp and throbbing pain in my foot. It caused me to walk and probably run weirdly, which caused other things to hurt and – UGH! – right before we were scheduled to travel to Jacksonville!
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