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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
June 21, 2017
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When you get a big wart on the bottom of your foot it is one of the most discomforting and painful experiences, especially when the wart grows right on the ball of your foot or your heel, where a large portion of your weight lands on the wart every time you take a step, forcing it to grow into your foot and increasing the pain.

Plantar warts symptoms to look for include:

1.     A lump of hard skin usually on your heel that indicates a wart may have grown inward.

2.     Small, grainy and lumpy growth with small black dots in the middle called wart seeds. These are actually clotted blood vessels

3.     Pain and discomfort upon weight bearing right at the location of the bump on the bottom of your foot.

Treatment for plantar warts:

While not usually considered to be a major health issue, these warts can often be treated successfully with home remedies, but severe cases may require surgical removal by your foot doctor.

1.     Abrading the skin with a file and then applying an over-the-counter acid to gradually peel away layers of the wart until it subsides.

2.     Stronger prescription acids are also available through your doctor.

3.     Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen is also an option and may be done in conjunction with acid peels.

4.     A vaccine that treats the human papillomavirus (HPV), a known cause of warts, may also destroy the warts caused by it.

To avoid getting warts it is important to avoid HPV. Always keep your feet clean and dry and wear shower shoes or sandals in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas. If you are suffering with plantar warts make an appointment with your foot specialist.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
June 15, 2017
Category: Proper Footcare
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You hear a lot about distracted driving, but more and more people these days are finding themselves in the doctor’s office—or worse, the morgue—after an incident of distracted walking. Whether it’s from texting, phoning or listening to music, pedestrian accidents are on the rise with some estimates indicating the rate of these accidents has more than doubled in recent years. The Pokemon Go craze hasn’t helped matters.

Distracted walkers are a danger to themselves and to others, but that doesn’t seem to stop people from being distracted by their mobile devices and getting into accidents. They tend to ignore traffic signals, cross at the wrong time, and not look both ways, which increases the chances of:

●Knocking other people over

●Stepping into traffic

●Bumping into walls

●Falling down the stairs or tripping over a curb

●Hilariously tumbling into a fountain

●Walking into lamp posts and road signs

One of the easiest ways to avoid the temptation of checking your mobile device while walking is to place it in a hard-to-reach area such as your briefcase, purse, or backpack and wait until you arrive at your destination before checking for messages.

Since many of these accidents are likely to involve an injury to your feet or ankles, podiatrists in particular are seeing an increase in patients involved in distracted walking incidents. Ankle twists and sprains, and broken feet and toes are among the many injuries seen. If you have suffered an injury to your feet or ankles after a distracted walking accident you should see a foot specialist to get the proper treatment.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
June 08, 2017
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This is a large tendon that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle. You may not realize it until you suffer a severe injury to this tendon, but your Achilles tendon is an essential part of your anatomy that you depend upon practically every time you move your foot. It helps you rise up on your toes when you are walking or exercising, and allows you to push off for each step. So when a sudden injury causes this tendon to tear or break, the effects are usually swift, painful and debilitating. The symptoms usually include:

 

Severe pain and swelling in the heel area

●Can’t rise up on your toes

●Can’t bend your foot down or put weight on it when you try to walk

●A snapping sound is often heard when the tendon breaks

 

Achilles tendon damage frequently occurs after a sudden increase in activity level or an increase in intensity of sporting activities, especially ones involving jumping and running. Accidents such as falling or stepping awkwardly off a curb can also stress and injure your Achilles tendon.

 

Some additional things that could increase your risk of Achilles tendon rupture include:

 

Your age—The majority of people that have this injury are between 30-40.

Steroids—The practice of injecting joints with steroids to relieve pain and inflammation can have the side effect of weakening the tendons.

Antibiotics—such as Cipro and Levaquin are implicated in an increased risk of Achilles tendon problems.

Sex—men are significantly more likely to suffer this injury.

 

If you feel your heel pop or snap and you are unable to walk normally afterward, you should seek medical care as soon as possible and make an appointment with your foot doctor for continuing evaluation and treatment.

 

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.


By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
June 01, 2017
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Pain on the top of the foot is less common than other types of foot pain, but if it is causing you to have trouble walking or merely standing, you will undoubtedly wish to determine what is causing the problem.

Some common reasons for top of the foot pain to develop include the following:

Diseases of the feet—Arthritis and gout can contribute to swelling and tenderness in the joints and among the bones on the top of the foot. Tendonitis and peripheral neuropathy from damage to your nerves can also cause pain in this area.

Improperly fitted shoes—Extra pressure created by tightly fitting shoes can cause swelling and tenderness to the skin and bones on the top of the foot.

FracturesVery delicate bones on the top of the foot are considerably susceptible to injury. Dropping a heavy weight on your foot can cause a lot of damage. Reduced bone density, weakened muscles, and structural abnormalities can also increase the risk of a stress fracture.

Hormone deficiencies—Women may notice increased pain on the top of the foot during pregnancy or menopause as a result of shifts in hormone levels.

Age—The aging process can cause muscles and bones to weaken, leading to pain on top of your foot.

Here are some severe symptoms to watch out for that may require quick medical attention:

●If you can’t walk on your foot, or are unable to put any weight on it.

●Severe pain and swelling that doesn’t improve in a few days.

●A foot wound or ulcer that looks infected.

●Tingling or burning sensation in the foot.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.