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Monday, 09 January 2017 13:24

Avoiding Plantar Warts

fungal toenail2Warts that form on your feet and caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) are known as plantar warts. The virus that causes plantar warts is contagious and thrives in public, wet and warm areas such as pools or locker rooms. If left untreated, plantar warts can progress from cysts with black dots in the center to become painful on the feet. It is suggested to use over-the-counter medication to treat plantar warts after soaking them in warm water. Cryotherapy and duct taping your warts are also considered other forms to treat your plantar warts.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Jason Grossman, DPM of Advanced Feet and Ankle Care. Dr. Grossman will do everything possible to treat your condition.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those 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. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, 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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Old Bridge and Sayreville, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 02 January 2017 23:52

About Rheumatoid Arthritis

fractures1Of all the forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common and is the type more likely to affect females than males. The condition primarily affects small joints in the hands and feet; it can spread to other parts of the body, however, if left untreated to exacerbate. The main symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation in the joints, which can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Occurrences of these symptoms can be constant or can happen in flare-ups; instances vary between patients. Various treatments are available for the condition; if you suspect you have rheumatoid arthritis, consult with your podiatrist for the best treatment.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Jason Grossman, DPM of Advanced Feet and Ankle Care. Dr. Grossman will do everything possible to treat your condition.

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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Old Bridge and Sayreville, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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