I was originally going to title this post "Mission Accomplished" but then it occurred to me readers might think I was unsuccessful in my endeavor...
Consider this a Public Service Announcement. If I had known what was happening to my foot very early on, when I first noticed it, I could have taken care of it within a week. Instead I fought this thing day in and day out for roughly 9 months.
I am referring to the Plantar Wart that took up residence on the ball of my left foot last February. When I first noticed it I thought it was a callous. It wasn't at all painful and just felt like a small, hard piece of skin. A blister had been in the same spot just a month or two prior, so that just helped me rationalize the idea of a callous. The ironic thing is that it was more than likely the blister that allowed the papilloma virus to enter my foot.
|Young Plantar Warts|
By the time I got around to doing something about mine it was causing me pain after I would get done running. I could flex my toes and feel it immediately. Our resident Dr. froze it a few times and I continued with the freezing kit at home. Eventually when it looked like it was going to surrender I started digging at it with an x-acto type blade. I was able to dig in several millimeters with no pain and no bleeding. Then I would fill the hole with Compound W and cover it with duct tape. I did this everyday for 3 months straight. At this point when I would run it felt like I had a hot coal on the ball of my foot. The pain would come and go so it was difficult to figure out if I was beating it or not but if I let up on the assault it would gather itself up and keep burrowing into my foot.
PW (that was it's public name, privately I referred to it as something else) finally surrendered about two weeks ago and I shaved off the last of it. I wanted to post something sooner but I feared it might not be gone all the way and I would just be pissing it off by writing about it.
A few closing notes and words of advice, I most likely picked this bugger up when I was going to the gym. I now shower with flip flops on. I know a few people that have gotten rid of these in a matter of a week or so because they attacked it right away. Compound W and duct tape will kill the skin and cells around the area, don't be alarmed, just shave away the dead stuff and re-apply, it really works.