Posts for: May, 2019
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!