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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Definition and Symptoms of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are common viral skin infections that occur on the soles of the feet, caused by the human papillomavirus, abbreviated HPV. These warts often appear as small, rough growths that can be painful when pressure is applied, such as during walking or standing. Characteristically, plantar warts may have tiny black dots on their surface, which are actually small, clotted blood vessels. The skin around the wart may become thickened or callused due to the constant friction and pressure. In some cases, plantar warts can cluster together to form mosaic warts, which can be particularly difficult to treat. Symptoms can include tenderness and discomfort, particularly when the wart is located on a weight-bearing area of the foot. The majority of people experience pain while walking with plantar warts. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and treatment solutions.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 23 June 2024 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

What to Do if Your Child Breaks a Toe

Broken toes in kids are common due to their active lifestyles and frequent participation in sports and play. These fractures often occur from stubbing the toe, dropping heavy objects on the foot, or direct impacts during activities. Symptoms of a broken toe include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. The pain from a broken toe is usually immediate and intense, with visible deformity or misalignment in severe cases. If a child complains of persistent pain and shows signs of swelling or discoloration, a fracture is likely. Treatment for broken toes in children typically involves rest, compression, and elevation to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Immobilizing the toe with a splint or buddy-taping it to an adjacent toe can help maintain alignment and promote healing. Pain relievers may be used to manage discomfort. If you suspect your child has broken a toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Idiopathic Toe Walking in Children

Idiopathic toe walking is a phenomenon where children habitually walk on their toes without any underlying medical condition or known cause. While toe walking is common in toddlers who are learning to walk, persistent toe walking beyond the age of three without any identifiable cause can be a cause for concern. Children with idiopathic toe walking typically walk on their toes with their heels off the ground during most or all of their walking activities. This behavior can affect their balance, coordination, and overall motor development. While the exact cause of idiopathic toe walking remains unclear, it is believed to involve a combination of factors including tightness in the calf muscles, sensory processing issues, or developmental delays. Early intervention is vital in addressing idiopathic toe walking and preventing potential complications such as muscle stiffness or contractions. Treatment may involve specific stretches that can strengthen the calf muscles, orthotic devices to encourage heel contact, and monitoring to track developmental progress and address any underlying issues. If your child has this condition, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate treatment measures.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM of Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Understanding Ankle Sprains and Strains

Ankle sprains and strains are injuries that can significantly impact your mobility and daily activities. A sprain occurs when the ligaments, which are the tough bands of tissue connecting bones at the ankle joint, are abnormally stretched or torn. Conversely, a strain involves similar damage but affects muscles or tendons, which are the tissues that connect muscles to ankle bones. These injuries can result from repetitive motions or a sudden incident, like a twist or fall. Diagnosis by a podiatrist typically involves a medical history review and physical examination, and may include imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. While most sprains and strains heal over time with rest, bracing, and anti-inflammatory medications, more severe cases may require surgery for a full recovery. It is important to manage these injuries properly to prevent chronic pain or instability. If you experience an ankle sprain or strain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide an accurate diagnosis, tailored treatment plan, and guidance on rehabilitation exercises. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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