Man Catches Flesh-Eating Infection After Showering At Gym Barefoot

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When you go to the gym, you expect to see some strange stuff, not least of which is likely to happen in the changing rooms.

There’s always at least one character in the changing rooms who makes you drop your eyes to the floor for whatever reason.

But for the most part, you don’t expect to leave the gym with anything but some aching limbs, a sweat, and perhaps a strange sense of unease at the awkward eye contact you made with that guy as he was using the free weights.

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Yet this one unlucky fella, who remains anonymous, walked out of his gym with a little more than he bargained for, after walking around the changing rooms without any shoes on.

The guy went barefoot while he was in the shower and ended up contracting a flesh-eating infection.

At first, the man didn’t think the growth was anything other than a wart – but then one became five, and the skin in his foot began falling away.

He decided to warn people about the perils of getting your bare feet out at the gym, and speaking to the Rod Ryan Show, as reported by The Buzz, he said he tried everything to get it fixed.

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The unidentified man said:

It started while I was training for my first ever half marathon. Over my lunch break, I would make a point to go to my local gym and run for a bit.

I had never ran such a long distance before, so I wanted to make sure I was ready. Normally, I would make sure that I had all of the necessary supplies in my gym bag for after my run.

There were a few occasions where I left out my flip flops that I would use when I showered, but not wanting to go back to work sweaty and smelly I made the decision to shower barefoot.

Within a fairly short amount of time, I noticed there was a spot on the bottom of my foot that began to itch.

When I touched it, it was a bit harder than the rest of the flesh around it, but I didn’t think anything of it.

I figured I had just stepped on something and it was my body’s response to the foreign object. I quickly found out that I had contracted a plantar wart on the bottom of my foot.

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He tried everything to try and fix the wounds, including banana peels, vinegar, and even duct tape. He waited six months until after his run to seek professional medical advice.

He said:

One wart quickly turned into five. When the treatments no longer worked, I moved to another doctor closer to my house. I went through the same treatments, but at a much higher concentration.

My entire foot would swell and the pain was so bad, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t even put my leg down as the blood rushing to my foot would cause the skin to swell and put me in excruciating pain.

I had surgery [last year] and last week was the first time I was able to put my foot in a shoe. I have not been able to go to the gym, and have been riding around on a knee scooter due to the open wounds on my foot.

I underwent a skin graft trial (grafts made from North Atlantic Cod!) and things are finally starting to close up.

Remind me never take my shoes off. Ever.

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