I advocate for walking barefoot to strengthen those feet; however, some dangers are lurking that we can’t see with the naked eye. A virus called Verruca Vulgaris can invade the skin and give us plantar warts. Plantar warts occur on the bottom of the foot and can be quite painful, not to mention they can spread, and you can spread them to others!
Walking barefoot in public places such as locker rooms, pool decks, gyms, and studios can expose us to this virus. Here are a few ways to identify them. Their identifying characteristics are loss of natural skin lines; they are painful when compressed and often have small visible black dots.
Here are some natural solutions:
- File down with an emery board.
- Apply Oregano Essential Oil . Oregano is a hot oil and can be caustic to the skin. I recommend applying a drop to a q-tip and then to the wart once a day until resolved.
To avoid plantar warts, wear socks or sandals when tempted to go barefoot in public places. Grip socks are a perfect barrier and add anti-skid protection in exercise classes.
* Always consult your Podiatrist if any signs of infection should arise or if warts persist.