Posts for: July, 2017
Plantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet, and are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not everyone will develop plantar warts if they come into contact with the virus. Individuals with weak immune systems or damaged skin on the feet are at a higher risk for plantar warts.
Plantar warts most often develop on the weight-bearing areas of the foot - the heel or the ball of the foot - causing sharp, burning pain. They can appear as a single wart (solitary) or a cluster of warts (mosaic). Common symptoms may include:
- Pain or discomfort when walking or standing
- Thick, scaly skin that often resembles a callus
- Hard, flat growths with well-defined boundaries
- Tiny black specks (clotted blood vessels) that often appear on the surface of the wart
Most warts disappear with home care and do not require medical treatment. You can take steps to prevent and treat plantar warts, which include:
- Changing your shoes and socks daily
- Keeping your feet clean and dry
- Avoid picking at warts as the virus may spread
- Avoid direct contact with an individual who has plantar warts
- Checking your child's feet periodically
- Refrain from walking barefoot, especially in public areas like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms
- Never ignore skin growths or changes in your skin
You should always seek care from a podiatrist when warts interfere with your daily life, aren't responding to home treatments, or if you have circulatory disorders. Contact us if your warts:
- Change color or shape
- Cause unbearable pain and discomfort
- Interfere with activities
- Multiply or reappear
Without treatment, plantar warts can grow, spread and prompt new warts to grow as fast as the old ones disappear. If you can't confidently identify a growth on your foot, visit your podiatrist to ensure a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the risk of the wart spreading and multiplying.
Are you currently dealing with a fractured foot?
Learn more about your condition and how to improve your recovery time.
You are sliding into home base. Adrenaline is pumping and you’re just waiting to hear that you’re safe. So, perhaps you didn’t immediately notice that something just didn’t feel right with your foot. Maybe it wasn’t until you dusted yourself off and started to move around that you knew something was wrong. If our Ocala, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Robert Linn, Jr., recently diagnosed you with a fractured foot, you may want to know more about what could have caused this problem and how to get back on your feet.
What is a stress fracture? What causes it?
Sometimes referred to as a hairline fracture, this musculoskeletal injury results from little cracks in a bone. This happens as a result of overuse or performing repetitive movements, which is why more athletes face this kind of injury.
Of course, a stress fracture can also come about if you suddenly change the intensity or duration of your workout. If in doubt, when changing your workout routine you should talk to our Ocala foot doctor about the best way to increase or alter your workout safely.
Furthermore, if you don’t wear the proper shoes for your sport you may also find yourself at risk for a stress fracture. Wearing worn out shoes or shoes that don’t offer enough stability and support should be a no-go.
Certain conditions that affect the health of your bones (e.g. osteoporosis) can also make someone prone to developing stress fractures. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis it’s important that you are getting the proper treatment you need to keep bones healthy and strong.
How are stress fractures treated?
The most important thing you can if you are diagnosed with a stress fracture is to just relax and take an adequate amount of time away from certain exercises to ensure that your foot has time to fully heal. Continuing to participate in certain high-impact sports could end up leading to more serious complications. Make sure to come in for regular checkups to make sure everything has completely healed before you return to your regular exercise routine.
In most cases, nonsurgical treatment is all that’s needed to help ease your symptoms while the fracture heals. Our podiatrists may also recommend wearing a cast or protective boot. Icing the foot and taking pain relievers can also help ease pain and swelling when they occur.
Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala is here to make sure your feet get the best care possible. Whether you are dealing with bunions or a fractured foot, turn to the foot specialists in Ocala, FL, that you can trust.
Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the long, dense band of connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Repeated strain on the plantar fascia can cause tiny tears in the ligament. As tension and tearing increases, so does inflammation and irritation of the affected area. Risk factors of plantar fasciitis include foot arch problems (flat foot and high arches); excess weight; running; and a tight Achilles tendon.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is gradually developing pain on the bottom of the heel. The pain is usually worst in the morning and after sitting or standing for a long period of time. For some, the pain subsides after walking or stretching.
To reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis:
- Rest. Limit and/or avoid activities that make your heel hurt.
- Ice. Reduce pain and swelling by icing the affected area each day.
- Stretch. Stretch your heel throughout the day, especially when you first wake up in the morning.
- Footwear modifications. Wear shoes that provide good arch support and a cushioned sole. Ask your podiatrist about pads and shoe inserts to relieve your heel pain.
When conservative treatments aren't effective, or your pain persists for more than a few weeks, schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms and treatment options. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs. This may include stretching exercises, shoe padding, orthotic devices, night splints or therapy. Most patients respond to non-surgical treatments, but for pain that won't go away, surgery may be required.
With proper rest and treatment, recovering from plantar fasciitis can take just a few months. Visit us when you first experience pain for a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs.