Plantar Wart Treatment

wartsThree out of four people will develop a wart in their lifetime. Warts are contagious, but they are completely harmless. Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the foot, and they are caused by a virus. These warts are spreadable as well as contagious. Kids are most susceptible to getting plantar warts because their immune systems are immature. Liquid nitrogen is the most common treatment used to get rid of warts because it freezes them off. Blistering agents can also be used to remove plantar warts.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located inHavertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Geathers Breaks Bone in Foot

broken footIndianapolis Colts’ safety, Clayton Geathers, recently broke a bone in his foot and was placed on the non-football injury list. Geathers is expected to miss most, if not all of the preseason. Rookie T.J. Green is scheduled to fill Geather’s spot until he fully recovers. This could be an opportunity for Green to earn an important role on the team. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Daily Foot Care for Older Adults

plantar fasciitis5When it comes to health care, many older adults often overlook taking care of their feet. The elderly are prone to foot problems that can include itching and burning feet due to dry skin, bunions, thickened skin due to calluses and corns, hammertoes, toenail problems, and heel pain. To combat and prevent these issues, older adults should moisturize their feet and apply lotion every day, wear shoes that are roomier and fit the feet better, consider over-the-counter medication to alleviate pain, and use toenail clippers specifically for toenails to prevent ingrown toenails. 

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Effect of High-Heels on the Feet

corns2While high heels are often a popular choice for footwear among women, many foot experts agree that heels can be detrimental to foot health due to various reasons. While wearing heels can make the legs appear longer, a 2012 study has discovered that the shorter strides of heel wearers can cause the leg and feet muscles to tighten or shorten, eventually creating stiffness and weakness. Wearing high heels can also cause pain in areas aside from the legs and feet, such as the lower back and knees. Frequent heel use can also reduce the body’s sense of balance.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Plantar Fasciitis often behind Foot Pain

plantar fasciitis3Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that is often the source behind many cases of foot pain. The condition occurs when the tendon along the bottom of the foot becomes swollen and painful. Plantar fasciitis risk factors can include: being female, being overweight, working in a job profession in which there is a great amount of walking or standing on a hard surface for long periods of time, regularly walking or running long distances, and having tight calf muscles, flat feet or high arches.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield, D.P.M., P.C., of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield will provide quality care for your feet.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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