In deciphering the message of the plantar wart, I will explore what a virus is, the difference to ordinary warts, and the meaning of self-limiting; not forgetting that anything related to skin, is also about stretching your boundaries and being on show. I believe if you understand how something is formed, then it is easier to understand what it is trying to tell you.
The plantar wart is telling you that you are under pressure in ways that are subtle, indirect, hinted at, implied or merely suggested and where it sits on your foot gives you a good idea about where that pressure is coming from or what it is connected to.
Why did I come to that conclusion:
Plantar warts are benign epithelial tumors generally caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). They occur under the toes or on the sole of the foot. The virus attacks compromised skin through direct contact, entering any tiny cuts and abrasions in the outer skin layers. Plantar warts are usually self-limiting, but treatment is generally recommended to lessen symptoms of pain and discomfort, decrease duration and reduce transmission.
A general term for a virus, not specific to a wart, is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms. This particular virus is spread by direct and indirect contact from an infected host, possibly in communal change rooms, shower floors or benches. Viruses are invasive. They invade your personal space and they invade your body cells. So, is there anyone who has pushed their way into your life, and you can’t seem to get rid of them? Is there someone who invades your space without being invited? Do you have a few tiny cracks in your armour, your vulnerable points that someone has discovered?
Plantar warts, unlike ordinary warts, are sensitive to pressure, but more specifically, indirect pressure. They tend to be painful when pressure is applied from either side of the lesion, whereas callouses are more painful when pressure or friction is applied directly to the area. Therefore, one has to think about if anyone is applying indirect or subtle pressure in relation to a particular subject or issue. If the plantar wart is on the ball of the foot the indirect pressure could be coming from a partner or a person who is the nurturer. If the plantar wart is on the heel, then the pressure is coming from the group, the family, the culture, religion or the tribe. Plantar warts on the pads of the toes could be understood as someone trying to get into your head and change your ideas or the way you think. Toes are the reflexes of the head.
A self-limiting organism or colony of organisms limits its own growth by its actions. Does a person with a plantar wart/s limit their own growth by their own actions or non-actions? Do they know when too much or too many becomes self-destructive?