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By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
March 27, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts   Sweaty Feet   Laser Treatment  

Do you still have a wart on your foot despite trying home remedies and over-the-counter products? Warts can be very difficult to treat at home. Luckily, the podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York, NY, offer effective treatments that eliminate painful warts.

Foot WartsWhat kinds of treatments are used for warts?

Wart treatment options include:

  • Freezing (Cryotherapy): Liquid nitrogen freezes and kills the cells in your wart. After cryotherapy, blisters will appear on the surface of the wart, and dead cells will soon begin to fall off.
  • Salicylic Acid: Prescription salicylic acid is applied nightly at home. The acid removes the cells in the wart layer by layer.
  • Electrodesiccation and Curettage: Your New York, NY, foot doctor scrapes off your wart, then uses an electric needle to kill remaining wart cells.
  • Laser Treatment: Laser therapy offers a new option for wart treatment. The Pulsed Dye Laser targets wart cells only and doesn't harm the healthy skin surrounding the wart. In fact, you'll notice little to no scarring after treatment. Laser therapy is an excellent initial treatment for both adults and children and is covered by many health insurance plans.

Your New York, NY, podiatrist will recommend one or more of these treatments after examining your wart.

How can I prevent new warts?

After experiencing one painful wart on your foot, you'll probably never want to see another one. The warts are caused by a highly contagious strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus enters your skin through cuts, scratches, or tiny breaks in your skin.

You can "catch" a wart through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a wart, but may also be exposed to the HPV virus by walking barefoot in public locker rooms, showers, and pool areas. Wearing shoes or sandals in these areas can help you decrease your risk.

Do your feet tend to sweat? Sweaty shoes and socks offer the ideal environment for warts to grow. Minimize your risk by changing your socks if they become sweaty and alternating the shoes you wear.

Are you tired of dealing with a wart on your foot? Call the podiatrists at Kenneth R. Meisler, DPM, & Associates in New York C, NY, at (212) 628-4444 to schedule an appointment today!

By Dr. Kenneth Meisler and Associates
May 17, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Sweaty Feet  

Excessive sweating of the feet can be an embarrassing problem that can also lead to infection. Learn how to deal with sweaty feet through sweaty feetthese tips.

Most people only notice sweating during hot weather or stressful situations. However, some have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which makes them genetically predisposed to sweating more often than the average person. Because the feet have plenty of sweat glands, they are one of the most common areas for hyperhidrosis to occur. With the skin constantly exposed to moisture, the feet are more susceptible to odor and infection.

Controlling this frustrating problem can involve one or more of the following techniques:

Medication

Talking about your sweaty feet may feel uncomfortable, but it's important to discuss your symptoms with a podiatrist to devise the best treatment for you. Many people respond well to prescription­strength antiperspirants. These contain a higher concentration of aluminum chloride than that found in store­bought products.

There is reported success with injections of botulinum toxin to stop the sweat glands' production. These treatments typically last between 3 and 9 months. There is also the possibility of using oral medications, called anticholinergics, but these can produce undesirable side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and visual disturbances with long­term use.

Proper hygiene

People with hyperhidrosis must follow a strict hygiene regimen to combat their condition. Washing daily with antibacterial soap will help control infection and odor. Your feet should be dried thoroughly after bathing and powder such as cornstarch should be applied. Socks should be made of synthetic, breathable materials designed to draw moisture away from your feet. Cotton socks tend to hold moisture in and thus should be avoided.

Other options

The FDA recently approved iontophoresis devices, which submerge the feet in treated water and conduct a very low electrical current through the affected skin. These treatments are usually performed in a physician's office and take approximately an hour. There are also several surgical procedures available, but these are generally avoided unless all other treatments have been exhausted.

Having sweaty feet is a problem that can affect more than just your extremities ­ it can have a profound impact on your self­esteem and social interaction. Your podiatrist is well­equipped to combat this issue; call today for an appointment.