plantar warts? bad shoes?
On a recent 5 day section hike I woke up to a pain on each foot, centered about an inch below my toes. It seems to be blisters but under neath the blisters are callus type spots that dont hurt when rubbed but hurt very bad when pressure is applied. (This pain is NOT a blister, this is not a blister question really) The pain is similar to when I had plantar warts about 4-5 years ago. The blisters are gone and now the two spots just hurt when I walk. I will be on a 30 day hike in July and its an issue I need to address! Figured I would run it by the folks here!
I wear NB minimus. I run about 35 miles a week in them, day hikes, etc. They fit really great (was measured and fitted at a new balance) so would the lack of rock plate and padding caused this? My pack weight was 25lbs max. I kept my feet dry and covered the spots with blister pad and tape.
To my knowledge plantar warts would be from a virus. Why would they appear (in identical spots on each foot) during a hike? Leads me to believe its a footwear problem, but im not sure.
I realize it wont hurt to see a podiatrist but if someone had a similar experience and solution id love to hear about it. Thanks so much.
If it's the same pattern on both feet, then probably not warts. That would be a weird coincidence.
If they are warts, then one helpful treatment might be duct tape. I've had a few in my life, and they usually take a year to heal. Last year, however, I had one come up on my foot, and I aggressively kept duct tape on it 24/7, and it was gone within a month.
Another possibility is that you have calluses, and blisters beneath the calluses. That happens to me sometimes. They are too deep to drain, and you just have to stay off your feet until they heal. Once healed, treat the calluses-- soak, file, shave, whatever, just get the callus gone and the skin soft. Calluses don't do your feet any favors, because they will sort of lift up and separate from the deeper skin, and the friction there creates much worse blisters than you will see on the surface of your skin.
But you can look at your feet and see if there's a callus there on the surface. I'm just trying to brainstorm possibilities. Good luck.
The blister under callus seems most likely. Oddly enough, today is day 2 after my hike finished and the pain is almost entirely gone and my feet almost look normal. Im now thinking for whatever reason the minimalist footwear just didn't work well for me over rough terrain and a heavy load.
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