Plantar warts are so named because they grow in the plantar fascia, which is the wide band of fibrous tissue that spans the bottom of your foot. These warts form in response to pressure and often occur in the heel or ball area where stress is the highest. They also tend to form underneath the thick skin in these areas and the only visible sign is a small bump.
Plantar warts can look like cancerous lesions, so you should always have them evaluated by your podiatrist to get the proper treatment.
Treatment methods for painful plantar warts include the following:
- Freezing—Liquid nitrogen is applied to freeze the wart so that it can be removed in large sections. The cryotherapy treatment can be combined with chemical acid peeling to completely remove the wart.
- Medication to kill the virus that causes warts—The ubiquitous human papillomavirus actually causes all warts, so treating the virus with oral medication can be an excellent way to prevent warts from forming. These medications have possible side effects that you should discuss with your podiatrist.
- Acid peel—Strong salicylic acid is used to peel away the wart in layers. You can try the home treatment kits for this purpose that are available over the counter, but for the best results the stronger prescription acids are preferable.
You can help prevent getting plantar warts by keeping your feet clean and protected to help avoid coming into contact with the virus that causes warts. Always wear protective sandals or shower shoes in public locker rooms and showers.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from plantar warts, consult with our board-certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, Dr. Yakov Haimov, Dr. Matthew Yagudayev and Dr. Kevin Jeong at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Twisting and spraining your ankle is a very common injury. Even a minor sprain can cause swelling and may be very painful due to all the nerves and other sensitive components that make up the feet and ankles. Always rest an ankle after twisting it to allow the symptoms to dissipate. That will give you a more accurate idea of the extent of the damage.
Since individuals who have had a previous ankle sprain that wasn’t treated correctly are more susceptible to having future sprains, always see your foot doctor and follow recommended procedure for a full recovery. An ankle that has had several sprains that were not treated properly can become chronically unstable, leading to poor balance and an increase in falls, especially in the elderly.
Your foot doctor will check for any broken bones, tendon strains, and other ligament and tissue damage. An x-ray can be used to check for breaks and an MRI may be necessary to look for any soft tissue problems.
Treating a sprained ankle properly will include the following procedures:
- The RICE method—This is the universal treatment protocol for many foot and ankle injuries and includes Rest, Icing, Compression, and Elevation.
- Pain treatment—Pain relievers like Tylenol and ibuprofen can be taken in moderation to help reduce discomfort and swelling.
- Don’t walk on the foot—You will have to take the weight off the foot with crutches or even a wheelchair to allow proper healing to commence.
- Immobilizing boot—A properly fitted rigid boot will often be required to keep the ankle joint stable as healing occurs. This boot can be removed while resting.
- Physical therapy—Exercises for the feet and ankles will restore strength, flexibility and stability and will increase range of motion.
Ask your podiatrist about advanced laser therapy for pain relief and more rapid healing. If you have suffered an ankle sprain, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
A severe break to your foot or ankle can happen in a wide variety of situations. It’s no wonder that fractures of the foot and ankle are among the most frequent problems seen in podiatrist’s offices.
While professional athletes are certainly more susceptible to a bone fracture due to the grueling stress and physical demands of their sport, people who perform lower stress routines are susceptible to breaking a bone in the foot or ankle as well. Accidents and falls are one of the major causes of foot and ankle fractures. Fractures can also occur from the stress of being on your feet all day for work or from dropping something heavy on your foot.
The type of fracture that you have experienced depends on the varying degrees of force that affect the bones and by the location and movement of the various pieces of bone that have been displaced.
The five major types of fractures that can affect the feet and ankles include the following:
- Compound—When you see a bone breaking through the skin it is called a compound fracture which is the worst type and requires surgery to repair.
- Comminuted—This is the name of a fracture that is broken into many pieces and extensive reconstruction is needed using screws and braces.
- Oblique—This type of fracture occurs on a diagonal across the foot.
- Transverse—This type of foot fracture includes a horizontal injury.
- Stable—A fracture is stable when the bones are not severely displaced. This is the easiest type to treat.
If you have experienced a traumatic injury to your foot or ankle consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
All the wonderful years of walking, running, working and dancing throughout your life really take a toll on your poor old feet. From toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes to arthritis and gout, your feet and ankles are more likely to experience problems as you get older. However, you can minimize or even prevent many of these effects with proper foot care and regular visits to your podiatrist.
Some common foot and ankle problems that are likely to occur with age include:
- Joint diseases—Arthritis tends to worsen as you get older and often affects the toe and ankle joints, causing stiffness, pain and discomfort.
- Your feet expand—Because of the effects of gravity and pressure throughout your life, the tendons and ligaments in your feet and ankles will gradually expand and weaken. The length and width of your feet will increase as much as a full size, so always have your feet properly measured each time you buy shoes. Talk with your foot doctor about custom orthotic inserts to treat a variety of foot and ankle problems.
- Brittle and thicker toenails—Toenail growth decreases with aging and blood circulation difficulties can cause the toenails to become thicker and more brittle. These changes can make them harder to trim properly. The chances of ingrown toenails developing are also higher.
- Fungal and bacterial infections—Since the immune system tends to get weaker with age, fungal toenail and bacterial infections become more common and harder to ward off.
- Excessive skin dryness—Your skin tends to be dryer as you age, so always stay properly hydrated by drinking healthy fluids throughout the day. Corns, calluses and heel fissures are more common as well.
For help with age-related foot and ankle problems, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Many people have the wrong ideas when it comes to what should be done about a broken toe. A major myth regarding broken toes is that if you can walk on it, then it must not be broken. But a minor break may not be extremely painful and walking on the foot will just cause more damage.
A toe that has a minor break or a small stress fracture may not cause severe pain. For these less traumatic toe injuries, resting, icing, and elevation will reduce swelling. Taping the toe to the next one, known as “buddy taping,” may be enough to allow the toe to heal. If swelling and pain last for more than a day or two, you need to see your foot doctor for proper treatment.
The correct treatment of a broken toe is essential to preventing future problems such as chronic pain, stiffness and complications from arthritis. In fact, if a broken toe is allowed to heal in a bent position you may actually need toe surgery to have it broken again by your foot doctor in order to properly straighten out the toe.
Treatments for a broken or severely injured toe may include the following:
- Splints and bracing—These custom made orthotic inserts and devices can help to isolate and cushion the toe so healing may occur more rapidly without causing further injury.
- Immobilizing the foot with a stiff boot—A rigid boot can be worn to prevent unnecessary movement of the foot and to protect the injured toe while it heals.
- Taping toes together—A toe with a stress fracture or a severely sprained toe can be immobilized by taping it to the toe that is next to it, thereby limiting movement.
If you think you may have broken a toe, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We highly recommend that you consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
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