Posts for: May, 2016
No one wants a wart on their foot, but it's surprisingly easy to contrat this contagious skin condition. Plantar warts are warts that develop on the foot and are caused by a few of the 120 types of the human papillomavirus. They affect the superficial areas of your skin, especially on the pressure points of the foot, such as the heel and the ball. The virus usually enters through small cuts or irritated areas in the skin, as well as through skin that is repetitively exposed to water.
Do I Have a Plantar Wart?
A plantar wart looks like a small, grainy callus-like lesion on the bottom of your foot. There may be one wart or many warts grouped together. The center of the wart will have a tiny red or black dot, which is caused by trapped capillaries.
Plantar warts are common among children and teenagers. Their immune system is not fully developed, and they are also more likely to go barefoot. Warts are also more common in those with weakened immune systems.
How Can I Prevent Plantar Warts?
- Avoid walking barefoot in public places such as showers, changing rooms, swimming pools and saunas.
- Change your socks daily.
- Check your feet daily.
- Do not touch warts on other people.
- Don’t scratch the warts, it can encourage spreading.
- Cover warts with waterproof tape while in swimming pools or shower stalls.
If you've been trying various home remedies for warts for two weeks or more, and the wart still hasn't faded away, contact your podiatrist. Also, if a new growth has occurred, you have a history of skin cancer or you are diabetic, it’s important that you see your podiatrist right away!
Your feet are your main source to get you where you’re going. If you don't choose proper shoes, you and your feet can suffer. If you suffer from pain and agony in your feet while undergoing everyday activities, you might just not be wearing the right shoe! Your podiatrist can help you choose the best shoe for your feet and your daily activity level.
- Don’t Multitask: It’s not recommended to use the same shoe for different activities. Walking shoes can be stiff and running shoes are more flexible. It's always better to have a couple extra pairs of shoes in your car than to try to wear the same shoes to the office in the morning and to go running at night. Would you wear leather loafers for a run at the track? Of course not! Keep this in mind and apply it to all activities throughout your day, such as wearing dress shoes for a long walk on city streets. It might seem like no big deal to feel a little discomfort in a situation like this, but if you do it on a regular basis, your feet will not thank you!
- Get to Know Your Feet: Feet come in many shapes and sizes. Many people have one foot that is larger than the other, or may need shoes wider or narrower than the shoes sold in most big-box clothing stores. Don't be afraid to go a little further afield for a great shoe. Try having your feet measured for a size at a reputable shoe store rather than guessing at what size you should wear. One size does not fit all, after all. You may be surprised to learn that you've been wearing the wrong size for years, and didn't even know it!
- Realize Your Feet Change: Your feet can change at any age and time. As you get older, your feet may change in size and shape. Measuring your foot frequently can help to ensure you are getting the suitable size for your feet. When you go shopping for shoes, it’s best to try the shoes on at the end of the day, because your feet swell as you walk on them. Get shoes that fit when your foot is the biggest, so you don't end up uncomfortable at dinner when you were snug at breakfast.
- Breaking In Shoes: Many people expect shoes to become more comfortable over time, but this is only partially true. While shoes may soften as you wear them, your new shoes should feel comfortable right away. When trying on shoes, you should walk or run around the store to see if they feel good in action. If they don’t, keep searching for the right one.
- Know When to Replace Your Shoes: No shoes are made to last a lifetime, so don’t try to keep them for one! If you're an active person, you'll notice that you go through shoes pretty quickly. In fact, running shoes should be replaced after around 350-400 miles of use. You should be able to tell if you need to shoes just by the look and feel of them. If the sole is worn out, if you can see your foot through a hole or if your shoes just feel less supportive, it’s time to go shopping!
Keep your feet healthy and maintained by choosing the appropriate shoes for you. Not sure what shoes are the right fit? Contact your podiatrist today!