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By Foot First Podiatry
August 10, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Cryotherapy   Plantar Warts   corns   calluses   bunion  

Although foot warts—also known as plantar warts or verrucas—are usually harmless, they’re unsightly, painful, uninvited guests on your feet. They tend to be hard and flat with a rough gray or brown surface, and they can spread in clusters if left untreated.

Causes

Plantar warts are caused by an infection from the HPV virus on the soles of your feet. Because the virus thrives in warm, moist environments, it is often contracted from barefoot walking around locker rooms, public bathrooms, and swimming pools.

While anyone can contract the virus, verrucas most commonly affect:

  • People with weak immune systems
  • People who have previously contracted foot warts
  • People who walk barefoot in public spaces
  • Children and teens

Prevention

In order to prevent the spread of warts, be sure to:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry (warts thrive on moisture).
  • Change your shoes and socks on a daily basis (to prevent the accumulation of sweat and bacteria).
  • Avoid barefoot walking in public spaces (where warts are most commonly contracted).

Because children and teens are especially vulnerable to plantar warts, you should be sure to check their feet throughout the day when you visit the community pool.

Treatments

Warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to reoccur in the same spots on your feet. Because they often destroy surrounding healthy foot tissue, podiatrists typically do not recommend over the counter treatments.

The Foot First Podiatry in New Albany offers cryotherapy, an amazingly quick and effective treatment for warts. Cryotherapy involves the use of a cold substance to essentially freeze off the wart and typically takes less than a minute.

For plantar wart treatments and more helpful information on foot care—including burning feet, bunion prevention, and corns and calluses—schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today! 

Cryotherapy is emerging as a possible therapy solution for those who have health problems. Although cryotherapy is used by doctors today to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and speed up recovery time for injuries, cryotherapy is not a common practice and requires more studies behind its effects. The new treatment employs sub-freezing temperatures, which patients expose themselves to while naked. The cold is said to help improve health conditions by stimulating the functions that regulate the body. Patients who participated in cryotherapy sessions submerge their bodies for 2-3 minutes, which leads to the skin’s temperature dropping by 30 to 50 degrees.   

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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