- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.
Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.
Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process. Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.
Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain.
Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.
Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.
After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Are you Dealing With Plantar Warts?
Plantar warts are small growths that can develop anywhere on the feet. They develop when the skin is infected by a virus. Typically, the virus is acquired in public places where people go barefoot in, such as locker rooms or swimming pools. Plantar warts are treatable. The goal of treatment is to completely remove the plantar wart. Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, and Dr. Jacob Fassman at Colorado Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs, CO, offers treatments for warts. Read on to learn about treatment options for plantar warts.
Laser Treatment. There are various types of laser treatments for plantar warts. The laser device uses an intense beam of light to destroy the wart tissue. The skin remains intact - which means no bleeding and scarring. Local or general anesthesia may be used, depending on the number of warts to be removed or the size of the area to be treated.
Salicylic Acid. Your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatrist can treat your warts with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps cause the plantar wart to gradually peel off. This medication will generally remove plantar warts within several weeks if applied regularly at home, followed by occasional office visits.
Cantharidin. Your podiatrist may use cantharidin to treat your warts. Cantharidin is a chemical that removes warts by causing blistering underneath the skin. With this treatment, your doctor “paints” the chemical onto your foot warts. If the warts aren't gone after one treatment, your doctor may suggest another treatment.
Surgery. Your doctor may recommend surgery if your warts have not responded to non-surgical treatments. Your doctor cuts away your warts or destroys them by using an electric needle (electrodesiccation and curettage). The skin around the warts will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure. Surgery for plantar warts is usually quick and effective.
Get rid of your plantar warts easily. Call Colorado Foot and Ankle at 719-475-8080 today to schedule an appointment in one of our offices in Colorado Springs, CO. Get back on track by receiving the best treatment available. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Colorado Foot and Ankle!
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
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