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FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns what is a wart

Many years ago, when we were relatively new in Canada, I developed a painful sore on the sole of my foot. It started out as tenderness, hurting when I walked or stood a certain way, but not too bad otherwise.

I couldn’t see anything and thought I must have sprained my foot. My wife wasn’t convinced and repeatedly asked how one could sprain the sole. The soreness continued and soon, there was a red, throbbing patch. It also looked like there was a pinhead in the centre. It must be a splinter that got embedded while I was helping our neighbour renovate their deck, I assumed.

I tired to pinch it out with no luck. I used a tweezer to try and ‘pluck’ it out, I scrubbed away with a foot file, it made no difference. In fact, it got progressively worse and when I could barely walk, I knew I had to go see the family doctor.

So off I went. The doctor palpitated the spot and said, “It’s a combination of a callous and a...”.

I didn’t catch the last word, it wasn’t too clear.

“A callous and a what?” I asked.

“Yes,” he said.

I tried again. “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get that. A callous and a what?”.

“Yes, a what,” he responded.

At least that’s what it sounded like. There I was, sitting with a throbbing, painful foot and my doctor was playing some nursery-age game with me?

“Doctor, what is wrong with my foot?” I asked in desperation.

The poor man was probably wondering what had gotten into me that morning, making him repeat a simple word.

“Nothing is wrong, it’s a wart,” he reassured me, enunciating slowly and clearly. “It can be treated easily.”And with a prescription in my pocket, I walked out, having learned what is a wart!                                                                                                                  

– Navin Mehta


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