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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:41

PLANTAR WARTS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Do you have hard painful bumps on the bottom of your foot, perhaps on the heel or ball of the foot? For the most part, plantar warts are non-malignant, but they can cause some pain, discomfort, and are often unsightly. We often have patients coming in, asking what are they? Where do they come from? And how can I get rid of them? Here’s everything you need to know…

Is this a wart? Podiatrists are easily able to diagnose plantar warts. They usually scrape off a tiny bit of the rough skin in order to make tiny blood clots visible and show the inside of these warts. However, a biopsy can be done if the doctor is not able to diagnose them from simply looking at them.

Symptoms. Plantar warts can cause some pain while standing, sometimes felt as tenderness on the sole of your foot. Unless the wart has grown into the foot behind a callus, you will be able to see the fleshy wart.

Cause. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and occur when this virus gets into open wounds on the feet. The best way to avoid developing plantar warts is to avoid walking barefoot in public places, especially when you have open sores or cuts on your feet. It is also important to avoid direct contact with any other warts you might have or warts other people might have, as they are highly contagious.

Treatment. For a less invasive treatment option, topical creams can be used through a doctor’s prescription, which may help given enough time and patience. Keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

If you have any questions about plantar warts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 02:37

TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEPING YOUR FEET HAPPY

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Every single day we put a lot of stress on our shins, feet, and ankles. In fact, during your lifetime you will probably walk about 75,000 miles! As you get older, the 26 bones and 30 joints in your body will lose flexibility and elasticity, and your foot’s natural shock absorbers will wear down too. This is why it’s important to take care of your feet! Here are some ways to show them some love…

  1. Exercise. Exercise is a key aspect of foot care, especially when it comes to arthritis. It not only strengthens and stretches the muscles and joints but helps prevent further injury and pain as well. The key is to not overexert yourself, as too much strain can cause problems.

  2. Footwear. Invest in comfortable supportive shoes! Aside from getting good arch support, the shoes need to fit comfortably and properly. A good place to start is by leaving a finger width between the back of the shoe and your foot to gauge proper size. It is also helpful to have a square or rounded toe box in the front to provide even more comfort. Another thing to look for is a rubber sole that can provide a cushion and absorb shock as you walk. This adds flexibility to the ball of your foot when you push off your heel to walk.

  3. Hygiene. Think ‘spa day for your feet’! Soak your feet in warm soapy water for approximately 10 minutes. This helps soften and clean skin and nails. After the foot soaking, gently remove calluses with a pumice stone. Trim toenails straight across rather than in a curved pattern. This helps prevent ingrown toenails, allowing the straight edge of the nail to advance as one unit. Apply cream and moisturizing lotion to the skin and nail margins. A foot message can help relieve tension and tired, aching feet!

If you have any questions about keeping your feet happy and healthy, or have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 604-4948.



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