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Posts for: March, 2022

By Dr Lenny Nguyen
March 25, 2022
Category: Foot Care

                                     

With winter almost in the rearview mirror and you’re starting to bring out your open toe shoes to celebrate the warmer weather, don’t forget to check your feet. Have you noticed any new bumps or lesions to your feet? You may have a plantar wart.

What is a plantar wart?

Plantar warts, also known as verruca, are small growth located on the bottom of the feet and sometimes on the toes. Often mistaken as calluses, warts appear as small cauliflower-like lesions and may have small black pinpoint dots. Warts can be painful, grow in size, and may sometimes spread to other parts of the feet.

How do warts start?

Plantar warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), which enters the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin. Though most common in kids, plantar warts can affect anyone of all ages. HPV is often contracted while walking barefoot or using shared bathrooms and showers in gyms or dorms. After initial exposure, the wart may lay dormant for weeks to months and finally appear after stress to the immune system.

How do I get rid of the wart?

If a lesion appears on your feet, it is best to see a podiatrist to ensure it is not something more serious. Treatment of the wart will depend on pain, size, duration, and quantity of the lesions. Treatments include debridement, topical medication, cryotherapy, and possible surgical excision depending on the severity of the wart. Thankfully in the majority of cases, conservative treatment is effective in getting rid of the wart.  

If you suspect a wart or have any other issues with the feet, make sure to call to make an appointment today.


By Dr Heather Leeb
March 21, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Spring Planting  

Spring planting is just around the corner. With all that bending, squatting, and digging can come forefoot aches and pains. In particular, a stubborn nerve irritation. Neuromas, or inflammation of a nerve in the forefoot, can flare up as we pick up those shovels and get to planting. Getting low to the ground while kneeling with the toes flexed under or in a squatting position to garden puts a lot of pressure on the ball of our foot, and can cause the forefoot bones (metatarsals) to press together. The unfortunate nerve caught between those metatarsal bones starts to get pinched. As the nerve rubs between the metatarsal bones, it gets irritated, inflamed and can thicken and enlarge. It almost starts to resemble a tulip bulb, but the outcome is far less pretty than a blossoming flower. 

If you feel like you keep stepping on a pebble in your shoe, it may not be leftover dirt from the garden bed, but rather a sign that a neuroma has developed. Other symptoms may include tingling or numbness in the toes, or sharp, burning pain at the ball of your foot and toes. 

Preventative measures can include wearing supportive sneakers with a cushioning, shock-absorbing sole (and nothing too tight at the forefoot!), and investing in a gardening stool to save yourself from that extra forefoot pressure. But if you find yourself with neuroma-like symptoms, the earlier you see a podiatrist, the better. A podiatrist will be able to identify a neuroma by examining your feet, and may use x-rays, ultrasound or MRI to more closely examine the site of pain. 

There are a variety of treatments that can alleviate your pain and even shrink that nerve back down to size. Some of those treatments include foot pads, shoe inserts or orthotics, anti-inflammatory medicines, corticosteroid injections, sclerosing alcohol injections, and shockwave therapy. In stubborn cases, surgery may be needed. Your podiatrist can help put that spring back in your step in time for planting season, so call and make an appointment today.


By Dr Alison Croughan
March 17, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Untagged
                                            
Warmer weather is on its way and that means more time enjoying the outdoors which is one thing I am very excited about.  It also means for not only myself but my patients more time barefoot or wearing sandals and flip flops.  
 
One of the most common questions from our patients this time of year is how do I get my feet ready for summer?  If you are one of the millions of people suffering from unsightly, painful toenail fungus or think you may have fungus, stop treating your feet at home and start working with one of our physicians today to improve not only how your feet look but feel.
 
Fungus is everywhere - nail salons, gyms, hotel rooms and some of us are more susceptible than others. Fungus will not go away on its own and can be treated with both topical and oral medication.  The most successful method of treatment today is PinPointe Foot Laser. This highly effective technique is safe, pain free and has no side effects. PinPointe Foot Laser utilizes a laser light targeted only at the fungal pathogens and does not harm surrounding skin and tissue. In as little as three months patients can start to see improvement. 
 
If you are concerned that you could have fungus or have failed other treatments, now is the time to contact one of our offices to have your feet evaluated by one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our goal at Advanced Podiatry is to work with our patients and develop a treatment protocol to provide them with the highest quality of care.



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