- Trauma or injury to the foot, damaging the nerve and resulting in swelling.
- Improper footwear, like shoes that squeeze the foot together. High heels also increase pressure on the vulnerable areas.
- Recurring stress to the feet through repeated physical activities or exercise. This is common with patients who are constantly on their feet due to their job.
- Deformities of the foot, like a high arch or flat foot. These lead to instability throughout the foot.
- Taping and padding: This is a special type of tape and bandages that you place on the bottom of the foot. This helps with your symptoms.
- Orthotics: These are the custom shoes that your podiatrist can create for you.
- Medication: Cortisone injections reduce the pain and inflammation in the foot. Anti-inflammatory drugs also reduce your swelling.
- Surgery is the last resort for treatment. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The injured nerve is removed and recovery takes a few weeks.
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
Plantar warts are tiny growths that typically form on the heels and other portions of the feet that usually bear weight. This pressure might likewise cause warts to form inward under the callus, which is a thick, rough skin layer. HPV causes plantar warts, and it can enter the body via small breaks or cuts on the bottom part of the feet.
That being said, most cases of plantar warts are not serious health issues and often go away with home treatments. However, those who have diabetes, are immuno-compromised or have recurring plantar warts despite diligent home treatments, should visit their podiatrist here at the Colorado Foot and Ankle Clinic.
During a consultation at one of our offices in Briargate Parkway or Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, or Dr. Jacob Fassman, will examine your plantar warts and take into account your specific circumstances to recommend the most suitable treatment options for you.
How Do I Know If I Have Plantar Warts?
Symptoms of plantar warts include the following:
- Tiny, grainy, and rough lesions or growths at the foot’s bottom part, typically on your heel’s forefoot and base of your toes
- Thickened, hard skin covering a defined spot where the plantar warts have formed inward
- Lesions that intrude on the normal ridges and lines on the foot’s bottom part
- Black pinpoints that look like tiny seeds, which are clotted blood vessels
- Tenderness or pain when standing or walking
How Do I Prevent Plantar Wart?
To minimize your risk of developing plantar warts, do the following precautions:
- Keep your feet dry and clean.
- Change your socks daily.
- Avoid contact with warts, even your own, and always wash your hands thoroughly after you’re touched a wart.
- Never scratch or pick at warts.
- Don’t walk barefoot in locker rooms and around swimming pools.
- Never use the same nail clipper, pumice stone, or emery board on your wart-free skin that you use on your warts.
When Should I See My Podiatrist?
Visit your podiatrist in our Briargate Parkway or Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, locations to get your plantar warts examined if:
- Your warts become painful, bleed, or has changed color or appearance
- You have tried wart medications, but your warts recur, multiply, or persist
- Your warts are affecting your daily activities
- You’re not 100% certain whether or not your lesions are plantar warts
- Your feet have reduced sensation
- You’re a diabetic
- You have a compromised immune system due to an immune system disorder like AIDS or are taking immunosuppressants
Need Help With Your Plantar Warts? Call Us
Dial (719) 475-8080 to reach Colorado Foot and Ankle and schedule your appointment with Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, or Dr. Jacob Fassman, in our Pikes Peak Ave or Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, locations.
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