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Things I’ve Learned

Don’t get a detached retina.

Don’t tear a groin muscle three times before seeing the doctor.

Don’t get plantar warts — which are warts on the bottom of your foot.  They are different than the warts you get on your hands and toes.  I got them over a year ago.  Two spots that looked like calluses — on the front part of my arch on the bottom of my right foot.  They didn’t hurt, they didn’t grow.  They were just there one day and I didn’t know that they were warts since they don’t look like the more common warts.  I kept my eye on the two spots and a few months ago they started to get bigger.

So I went to the doc, who sent me to the podiatrist, who scraped the calluses away and told me I had three options.

1) treat the area with over-the-counter medication.  It’s an ointment that you put on the area and then cover with duct tape.  The ointment is supposed to kill the wart tissue and the duct tape helps because it forms the most effective seal that also deprives the area of oxygen, helping kill the tissue.  It’s supposed to take a few weeks.

2) apply a blistering agent that is derived from the blister beetle.  This agent causes a blister to form over the affected area, killing and removing the wart tissue with the blister.

3) surgery to dig out the affected tissue.

I went with option #1.  For about two months.  It didn’t kill all of the wart tissue.  Friday morning, we moved on to option #2.  The doc applied the blistering agent first thing Friday.  I’ve barely walked since.  Except when I’ve been able to remain horizontal, the throbbing, burning feeling on the bottom of my foot has just been ridiculous.

After she applied the blistering agent, the doctor told me that after the blister formed it would have to be removed.  I could do it or I could come in and have her do it.  Friday night, I changed the bandage and gauze on my foot.  I had a blood and pus filled pair of blisters that were about two inches long and about an inch wide.  There was no way, between how it looked and how much it hurt, that I was going to be the one removing the blister.

I went in first thing this morning.  She removed the blister and some tissue underneath it that had to go too.  Words can’t describe the pain that followed.  I now have an open wound on the bottom of my foot.  And I never, ever want a plantar wart again.  Neither should you.  Consider this my service to you.  You have been forewarned.


27 responses to “Things I’ve Learned

  1. sknicholls July 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Poor thing. bless your heart. Are you pregnant? I only got them when I was pregnant and then they went away. I have had MRSA before and nearly lost my left leg. No fun. Hope you are better soon. Take another day or two off. 🙂

    • kingmidget July 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Last I checked I wasn’t pregnant, but maybe I should get an over the counter kit??? There was a moment (or two) this morning when I wouldn’t have minded losing my foot.

  2. Jennwith2ns July 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for this public service announcement. I’ll . . . pin it or something. That should help.

  3. John Callaghan July 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Ever since I hit forty things have been growing on my body. I now only see my doctor now to have him asses whether or not something is tumour, and have him, or some other specialist, remove said growth. I have yet to get anything on the bottom of my foot though and do not look forward to such an ordeal.

  4. melissa nacinovich July 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    OUCH! You said that you had a foot thing the other day, but you didn’t say you had a horrendous foot nightmare! It’s got to be almost over though, right? Now that they’re gone?
    I’ve heard of planter worts but didn’t know they were that painful.

  5. Kathy July 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

    You had a picture on FB for a while of someone else’s blister. It was horribe! I think I would opt for surgical intervention. That would take away what you’re going through altogether, right? Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Kathy July 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

    But think about it, they do a little cut, remove the wart, then bandage it up. It would still hurt, but it would most definitely be smaller. Look at how small the cuts can be when they repair broken bones. This would have to be tiny also. Your description has made me cringe. Then seeing that picture, oh my word, that scares me!

    • kingmidget July 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      These aren’t like normal warts that are just one wart sticking out of a toe or a finger. Plantar warts cover a larger area. So, a little cut doesn’t work. Sorry I made you cringed. Sort of.

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