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By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
November 19, 2018
Category: Fungal infections

Plantar warts are large warts that grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot. They usually occur in the heel or ball area and are often hidden by a thick layer of callused skin that hides them from view. Usually the only indication that you have a plantar wart is a small bump in the area that is extremely painful when pressed and that causes severe pain whenever you try to walk or exercise.

Treatments for plantar warts include the following:

  1. Laser treatment—This nearly painless process is utilized to burn off the wart and to cauterize the capillaries that bring blood to the wart, causing the virus to die.
  2. Freezing—Liquid nitrogen freezes the wart so it can be broken off in larger pieces.
  3. Acid treatments—Salicylic acid is applied to the wart to remove it a layer at a time.
  4. Surgical removalSevere cases of embedded warts that are hidden under thick skin may require surgery.

Preventing plantar warts

All warts are caused by the very common human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is extremely prevalent in the environment and can be spread by contact. Don’t scratch your warts, because you will then spread the virus to other areas of your skin or to other people. Limit contact with microbes by protecting your feet with shower shoes or sandals when in public areas like locker rooms and showers. Keep your feet clean and dry to help decrease the type of environment that microbes love.

If you are having problems with painful plantar warts, consult 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!

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The arrival of summer brings all kinds of exciting changes. We trade layers for breezy summer clothes, gray skies for sandy shores, and weather-soaked boots for lighter, more beach-friendly footwear. Amidst all these changes, it’s important to remember the comfort and health of our feet. Here are a few foot care tips to help you keep your ankles, arches, and toes in top shape all summer long! 

 

Don’t forget sunscreen

 

Your feet can burn just as easily as the rest of your skin, so apply ample SPF 50+ sunscreen over your heels, toes, and both the tops and sides of your ankles. After walking along the beach or taking a dip in the waves, use a clean, previously unused towel to remove any water and sand from your feet, and reapply sunscreen. 

 

Stay hydrated

 

Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, at least one cup for every 20 minutes of outdoor activity. Drinking water will not only help you stay cool and refreshed, but diminish the risk of heat-related foot swelling. 

 

Keep your feet moving

 

When you kick up your feet to relax, maintain your body’s healthy circulation with regular foot and ankle stretches. Wiggle your toes, roll your ankles, and flex your arches to keep the blood flowing through your feet. 

 

Limit barefoot walking

 

While it’s tempting to sink our feet into the sand, long stretches of barefoot walking expose our feet to sunburn and injury from sharp rocks, broken glass, or uneven terrain. Outdoor surfaces may contain hazardous bacteria, fungi, and viruses that contribute to Athlete’s Foot or plantar warts. Slip into flip-flops or other waterproof shoes to protect your feet from infection.

 

Choose appropriate footwear 

 

Different vacation activities require a wide variety of footwear. Be sure to bring socks and hiking boots for rocky excursions, water shoes for kayaking or long beachside explorations, and sandals or flip-flops for casual poolside lounging. 

 

Pack wisely

 

In addition to packing shoes that accommodate all of your summertime adventures, it’s a good idea to bring the following on-the-go grooming and safety materials:

 

  • sunscreen and antibiotic cream- for skin protection
  • aloe vera lotion- for soothing burned or irritated skin
  • sterile bandages and blister pads- in case of common foot injuries
  • pain medicine- to ease inflammation
  • toenail clippers, pumice stones, and files- to smooth calluses or broken and ingrown nails

 

If you experience an injury or infection this season, see a foot doctor for professional treatment. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating bunions, heel pain, and other common summer foot issues. 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!

    

Verrucas, or plantar warts, are considered highly contagious viruses, which thrive in moist places such as swimming pool areas. Individuals who often go barefoot in these public areas may find themselves contracting the wart virus. Different treatment options for verrucas, if necessary, include over-the-counter sprays and creams, or freezing therapy through the use of cold liquid nitrogen. Plantar warts can also disappear by themselves. Make sure to protect your feet when venturing out into public areas that have a nearby water source.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, talk to Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best 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 contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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While nearly 60% to 70% of the time plantar warts tend to disappear on their own, some cases of the condition may be harder to get rid of. A podiatrist can help determine what treatment will best work for you. While a podiatrist’s suggestions are the best option, certain natural home remedies may help ease the condition. These include a proper diet, aloe vera, green tea, basil, and pineapple juice, and tea tree oil.     

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best 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 contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

Read more about Plantar Warts

Each year autumn brings with it the start of the new school season and, for many anxious parents, the possibility of their children becoming ill from various bacteria and viruses. Cutaneous warts is one condition that many people do not keep a look out for; plantar warts, or foot warts, on their own affect around 4.5% of the population. Consider these five tips to help reduce the risk of contracting warts: keep the hands and feel clean, cover cuts and scrapes, avoid picking at hangnails, keep existing warts covered, and do not touch or pick at any warts.  

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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