Posts for: January, 2017
Foot warts can be a real pain, especially when left untreated. However, these pesky little bumps normally get to a point where they become painful and irritating, requiring the help of your podiatrist to find a good treatment plan. Learn more about the types of foot warts and how to deal with them with your doctors at Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA.
Do I have a foot wart?
The main type of wart found on a foot is called a plantar wart. These warts grow on the bottom of the foot and can make walking and standing very painful. As it grows, the pressure from the body’s weight causes the wart to grow inwards, causing a thick layer of skin to grow on top. Most patients describe a plantar wart as feeling as though there is a rock or pebble in their shoe. Periungual warts grow under or around the toenail area and spread quickly.
Preventing Foot Warts
Plantar warts develop due to an infection caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. The strain of HPV which causes plantar warts is not usually easily transmitted and thrives in a warm, dark environment like your feet. To avoid plantar warts, you should avoid walking barefoot in areas such as public pools or locker rooms as the virus enters the foot through tiny cracks or cuts in the skin or while the skin is softened due to being wet. To avoid periungual warts, keep your feet clean and dry.
Foot Wart Treatments in Stafford and Lake Ridge
While you may find many wart treatments over-the-counter at your local drugstore, they may take weeks or months of continued use before you see results. Since a plantar wart is painful and irritating, you may want to quell your symptoms faster. For this, you will require the help of your podiatrist. At your appointment, your doctor will use freezing, peeling or surgical methods to remove your wart.
For more information on foot warts, please contact Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, serving Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA. Call (703) 491-9500 to schedule your appointment at the Lake Ridge location or (540) 720-0700 to schedule your appointment at the Stafford location today!
If left untreated, painful problems with your feet can quickly cause you to feel irritated and annoyed with not being able to perform your daily tasks. However, you can treat most problems, such as hammertoes and the corns associated with them, with help from your podiatrist. Learn more about these conditions and more with your doctors at Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA.
What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe occurs when muscle imbalance in the toe causes it to become curled, resembling the claw side of a hammer. This deformity may come from genetics, which puts you at a higher risk of developing hammertoe, injury to the toe, wearing ill-fitting shoes or arthritis. Hammertoes can cause pain, irritation and swelling of the toe.
What is a corn?
A corn is an area of thickened skin located on the foot or toe. The patch may look like a bump on the skin and may be flaky or dry. The corn may become irritated, painful or tender over time. Corns normally develop in areas of the foot where there is excess pressure or friction due to wearing ill-fitting shoes or from other conditions affecting the foot.
How are hammertoes and corns related?
Hammertoe causes the toe to curl unnaturally, which, in turn, causes it to rub against the top of your shoe. This rubbing action causes a corn to form on the top of the toe where it hits the shoe. This causes a new condition on top of the hammertoe, causing additional pain, swelling or irritation.
Hammertoe and Corn Treatments in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA
If you think you suffer from hammertoes or corns, you should consult with your podiatrist. Your doctor will begin with a physical examination to confirm your condition. If necessary, they may use x-rays or MRIs to draw further conclusions about your hammertoe. After confirming you are suffering from hammertoes, your doctor will begin determining your treatment plan. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy, switching the type of shoes you normally wear or surgery to correct your hammertoe.
For more information on hammertoes and corns, please contact Associated Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, serving both the Lake Ridge, VA and Stafford, VA areas. Call to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!