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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Plantar warts grow inward on the sole of the foot as a result of the weight the feet endure from standing and walking throughout the day. A plantar wart is a specific strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and is contagious. It lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, which often include public swimming pools and locker rooms. Patients with a weakened immune system may be more susceptible to getting a plantar wart. This wart appears as a hardened area of the skin on the bottom of the foot and may have small black dots in the center. The warts can cause severe pain and discomfort, and prompt medical attention is often needed for relief. Part of the diagnosis process may consist of cutting away a small area of the wart and sending it to a lab for a biopsy. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is strongly advised that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment options for relief.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. 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 Point Pleasant, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2022 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

A bunion is a bony bump that can develop on the side of the big toe. If a patient does not respond to more conservative treatments to correct this deformity, then a surgical procedure might be recommended in some cases. Following the surgical procedure, your podiatrist may advise that some kind of physical therapy is performed. Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, might be recommended where the intention is to decrease swelling in the affected area. Potential physical therapy options might also include some kind of gait training, where a physical therapist helps you walk normally or correct any limping tendencies. Lastly, proprioceptive balance training might be another form of physical therapy that is meant to improve and increase stability. If you have bunions and want to learn more about physical therapy following a surgical procedure, contact a podiatrist today.


 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector of Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

There are various types of running shoes that are tailored to specific running needs. One of the most important things to look for in a running shoe is a perfect fit. This can be easier to do when the shoes are tried on at the end of the day, when the feet are at their largest. It is necessary to make sure there is adequate room between the toes and the top of the shoe, in addition to choosing the right width. There are three categories of running shoes, and it is beneficial to know what kind of running is most likely to be pursued. An everyday running shoe can handle the type of general running that many people do, and is considered to be the most durable. If faster workouts or running races are preferred, a lightweight shoe may be purchased, and it is made with less cushioning. People who like running on rocky trails or dirt may buy a trail running shoe, which has lugs on the sole that may provide better support than other running shoes. If you have questions about what type of running shoe is best for you, please confer with a podiatrist who can direct you toward choosing the best shoe for you.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dr. Alan J. Spector from Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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

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