Posts for: August, 2015

Plantar Warts - Parkway Podiatry

Plantar warts are caused by a viral infection. It appears as a small, hard, grainy skin growth. In some cases, a plantar wart can grow more than an inch in diameter. Plantar warts are often mistaken for corns and calluses. Until it develops in size or spread in clusters. Some warts appear with little black dots. This is an indication of blood vessels that have surfaced up into the wart.  

Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Warts

  • Small, hard, thick skin growth with little black dots indicating blood vessels surfacing up to the wart.
  • Smooth skin surfaces often gray or brown in color
  • Pain in thick areas on the soles
  • Small, skin growths on the heel and ball of the foot
  • Plantar warts can also form clusters (mosaic warts)

Preventing Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are caused by a virus and enters the feet through cuts, wounds or blisters. It can be acquired through direct contact with the virus or wet surfaces containing infected skin.

  • Check your feet regularly for any unusual skin changes such as discolored skin surfaces or abnormal skin growth
  • The skin provides a strong physical barrier against germs and viruses. Treat wounds, cuts and blisters immediately to prevent the entry of viruses
  • Wear slippers and sandals in wet public surfaces. Public showers and lockers have wet surfaces where are commonly found
  • Wash hands regularly and never share items such as shoes or socks. Infection can be spread through direct contact with an infected person’s feet or skin.

Treating Plantar Warts

Acid – over the counter treatments for plantar warts are available. This includes the use of acids which has been proven to be one of the simplest and most effective options for plantar wart treatment. Treatment can take anywhere up to a few weeks.

Laser Treatment – intense heat from a laser emitting device is used to destroy the wart. It can be performed in the doctor’s clinic and can be performed in under an hour.

Curettage and desiccation – the area is first injected with anesthesia. The doctor then surgically removes the plantar wart which can also cause scarring. 

At Parkway Podiatry  located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot conditions.  To schedule an appointment call 718-236-5253.

Taking the Fight Out of Athlete’s Foot - Parkway Podiatry

Athlete’s foot like the term implies is a common foot condition among athletes. But this does not excuse anyone from being infected. Good thing about athlete’s foot is that it is not as resilient as its hosts. Treatments are available and it does not cost much and some could even be conveniently found in your kitchen.

But before we go exploring into the different way of treating Athlete’s foot we must first learn how to identify its signs and symptoms. Below are possible signs of Athlete’s foot.

  • Itchy and burning sensations on the feet and between the toes
  • Dry, scaly and flaky skin areas on the foot
  • Pain due to cracked skin exposing raw tissue underneath
  • Toes become thick and discolored

Just because you could easily tuck your feet inside a pair of nice looking shoes doesn’t mean that it is a medical condition that you could easily sweep aside. Athlete’s foot when left untreated can lead to complications. Touching the infection makes it easier to spread. Any type of foot infection can be serious for diabetics. For any sign of foot infection consult a podiatrist. The doctors at Parkway Podiatry specialize in foot care and treating foot disorders.

Treating Athlete’s Foot

Anti-fungal ointments are readily available. If Athlete’s foot is treated immediately, this could be done in as little as a day or a week. But if left untreated and allowed to progress, symptoms may last for month or years. If symptoms persist for more than two week consult a podiatrist.

  • Soak the feet for 5 to 10 minutes in half a liter of warm water added with 2 teaspoons of salt
  • Tea contains tannic acid a natural astringent. Soak your feet in a tea bath for half an hour
  • Using yogurt as an ointment can help treat a fungal infection. it contains acidophilus bacteria which checks the growth of fungi
  • Add a few drops of mustard oil into the foot bath. Soak your feet for half an hour.
  • Let your feet breath. Wearing open shoes

Give these home remedies at least a few weeks to work. If Athlete’s Foot remains untreated, it can lead to skin cracks or open wounds that could cause more serious infections to set in. At Parkway Podiatry  located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot conditions.  To schedule an appointment call 718-236-5253.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips - Parkway Podiatry

Around half of the 28 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy or the loss of feeling in the extremities. However, this loss of sensation does not directly cause the development of wounds or sores in the feet. But because we remain unaware of wounds or skin breakages, it can become infected and develop into more serious medical complications.

Diabetes and your Feet

Losing sensation in your feet could develop over time with diabetes. When this happens we are unable to identify if we have been cut by a sharp stone or if a blister has developed. Diabetes can also negatively affect blood flow to the feet. It denies the feet of vital nutrients and antibodies to fight infection.

Proper foot care for diabetics only sets you back a few minutes. But it is a must especially for diabetics who experience:

Physical changes in the feet (shape, color)

Wounds, blisters and skin breakages that don’t heal

Tingling or numbness

The doctors at Parkway Podiatry specialize in diabetic foot care. Consult with a doctor if a wound or blister does not heal after a few days.

Foot Care Tips

Visibly inspect your feet

Check for cuts, wounds or blisters that might have developed over the day. This should be done every time you reach home and remove your shoes. Use a mirror or call the help of a family member to assist you if you are unable to fully inspect your feet.

Use lotions or moisturizes to keep your feet soft

Rubbing on a hard surface such as your socks can cause blisters. Prevent this by applying a moisturizer or lotion. Avoid placing lotion between your toes, this can be an ideal breeding ground for infection.

Trim your nails regularly

This should be done if you are able to see your toes and nails completely. This prevents you from accidentally cutting into the skin and creating a wound.  

Protect your feet by wearing shoes and socks

Wearing shoes and socks prevents direct contact with the ground which may contain small rocks or sharp edges which can cause wounds.

Check for corns and calluses

Never cut corns and calluses. Check with your podiatrists for safe methods to remove excessive skin on your feet.

Proper foot care is essential for diabetics. The loss of sensation in our feet denies us vital feedback mechanism on our feet’s current condition. It takes only a split second for a cut to develop and get infected. At Parkway Podiatry  located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people foot problems related to diabetes.  To schedule an appointment call 718-236-5253.

Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries - Parkway Podiatry

Living an active lifestyle should be part of our health regimen. But this can also place us at greater risk for foot and ankle injuries. Sports activities such as running, basketball or any sport that requires explosive movements are high risk factors for injuries. But this should not stop us from pursuing an active lifestyle. Warming up and other precautionary measures can helps us reap the benefits of living actively without the risk of foot and ankle injuries.

Warm Up

Get your feet and ankles ready by loosening it up with warm up exercises. A few minutes of stretching for example sends nutrients and energy to the bones and muscles.  Stretching is like providing your feet and ankles with lubricants that reduces the pressure on these areas.

Body Conditioning

If you’re ready to move to the next level or planning to do a marathon, conditioning your muscles is a must. Build your strength gradually. Placing too much stress on the foot and ankles too soon can cause injury.  Toning and building your muscles help support the foot and ankle during strenuous activities.

Selecting the Right Pair of Sports Shoes

Shoes are designed to meet the requirements of different sport disciplines. Selecting the right pair of shoes for your sport reduces your risk for feet and ankle injury. This is because the type of sport you engage in has a unique physical requirement. Running and playing basketball are two different sports that require its own type of shoe to support the activity. Consult a podiatrist for any signs of foot or ankle injury. The doctors at Parkway Podiatry are podiatrists that specialize in helping people with foot conditions.

Avoid Running on Uneven or Rough Surfaces

Running on unfamiliar terrain or uneven surfaces increases your risk for injury. Rocky terrain and loose gravel is prone to slips. Choose you terrain carefully. If you have foot problems then choosing a dirt road for its softer surface is preferable to concrete roads.

Provide support for previous injuries

A history or recurring ankle or foot injury require additional support when performing strenuous activities. Place a brace or sports tape around the ankles or foot to prevent injury.

Replace worn our shoes

Our feet and ankles are not meant to last forever and so are our shoes. Worn out shoes may have lost its usefulness when it foot support has worn down. Check your shoes for damage and replace accordingly. Pain is an early indication of a foot or ankle injury. At Parkway Podiatry  located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot injuries.  To schedule an appointment call 718-236-5253.