Saturday, June 30, 2012

Yep - I've got a virus on my foot!

by Rachel

Ah... nature.

Being one with nature, feeling the breeze on your face, smelling the fresh air...

Hearing the waves crash, feeling sand between your toes, feeling the pain of plantar warts as you take a step...

Um, something here doesn't belong...

Seriously, who wants warts? Anyone? I don't even like saying the word, much less having the dang things on my foot...

Over the last 6 weeks, I have had a small area on my foot which at first I thought was a bruise from running in minimalist shoes on a rocky trail, or some kind of bruise/blister from running barefoot on the beach - but it never went away. So I finally went to the doctor this week and he diagnosed it - plantar warts.

Let me just say that I attribute this 100% to walking and/or running around barefoot. And while I will not stop walking/running barefoot just because of this, I WILL admit that being barefoot does run its risks. People can say all they want that we were meant to be barefoot and running barefoot is more natural; whatever reasons you may have for being outside barefoot, you can't deny that there are risks. I can certainly avoid rocks and glass, but how in the world am I going to avoid walking over a virus??

Like I said, this won't stop me from going barefoot in the future. I am 33 and it's the first time I've had plantar warts - I'd say that's not too shabby, really. I thought about whether to post about this, because - well, it's just kinda gross? But I think it's useful for people to know that being barefoot is not all wonderful, back to nature, awesomeness. 
What do you think - gross? weird? TMI? totally awesome?

1 comment:

  1. I don't think it is weird or gross, just one of those things. Sorry you have to deal with it though. Hope it clears and feels better soon.

    Heather aka itshowyoulive