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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

A growth on the heel of the foot is often known as a plantar wart. This type of wart generally causes pain and discomfort. A plantar wart grows inward from the constant pressure the heels endure from walking and standing all day. The walking style, or gait may be affected with an existing plantar wart, as the body tries to compensate for the pain it can cause. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is found in warm and moist environments. These types of places include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. It is advised while in these areas that appropriate shoes are worn, such as flip flops or water shoes. The fungus can enter the body through small cuts in the skin, and these types of shoes may prevent a wart from occurring. Plantar warts can be extremely painful, and if you have developed one or more of these types of growths, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose it and offer removal options.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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

  • Lesions 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, can 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 our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, PAD, is a circulatory condition that results from the buildup of fatty deposits that collect in the blood vessels. While some people with PAD do not experience symptoms, others feel pain when they walk that recedes when they rest. Other symptoms include loss of hair on the legs and feet, numbness in the legs, and brittle slow-growing toenails. In addition, people with peripheral artery disease may have sores on the feet and ankles that do not heal, and changes of color on the skin. PAD commonly affects people who smoke or have diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These conditions all cause or contribute to the narrowing of the blood vessels that serve the feet. Exercising and giving up smoking are the top two ways to decrease the effects of peripheral artery disease. Medication and in some cases surgery may be prescribed. If you believe you have PAD, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for help in determining the best treatment plan for you.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Almost everyone is familiar with the pain that can result from stubbing one’s toe. For example, when an individual suddenly jams their toe into a hard surface, such as the leg of a table or a door frame, they might experience sharp sudden pain. Severe cases of stubbed toes can result in further injuries, such as a broken toe. In these cases, the bones in the toes will break. There are several ways to identify a broken toe. You might notice swelling at the toe, discoloration, difficulty moving the toe, and even numbness. Although a broken toe might not sound serious to some people, it is nothing to take lightly. If you have stubbed your toe and begin to notice these symptoms, it is wise to contact a podiatrist immediately. This foot specialist will help you identify and treat the problem in your feet.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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