Posts for: May, 2019
Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, a pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.
The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.
While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:
- Extremely high arches
- Flat feet
- Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
- Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
- Repeated stress placed on the foot
Treating a Neuroma
A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.
Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.
Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.
Surgery for a Neuroma
Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!
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If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.
Learn more about plantar warts, why you have them and how to treat them.
Are you or someone you know dealing with plantar warts? While these growths are completely harmless they can be annoying and uncomfortable. Of course, our Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, podiatrists Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem understand that you may have questions about this common foot problem. Here are some of your most frequently answered questions regarding plantar warts.
What causes plantar warts?
Plantar warts, and warts in general, are the result of an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different strains of HPV and only a few cause warts to develop. Plantar warts are warts that develop on the soles of the feet.
How do I know that a growth is a wart?
Plantar warts are usually flat growths that may look grainy or tough in texture. If you look closely enough you may even notice little black dots in the center of the wart (this is the wart’s blood supply). A wart may appear alone or in clusters; they may be small or they may become very large. Plantar warts most often appear on the heel or ball of the foot.
How is a plantar wart treated?
Plantar warts, just like any other wart, will go away over time without treatment; however, it can take a year or more for the wart to go away. One issue with plantar warts is that they can be uncomfortable or even painful when wearing shoes or walking. Furthermore, those with diabetes who develop a wart should see their foot doctor in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, right away, as even minor problems can cause more serious complications if left untreated.
If you choose to seek treatment, your podiatrist has several options for removing the wart. Some treatment options include,
- Acid solutions to burn the wart off
- Laser treatment
- Cryotherapy (Freezing the wart)
Is there a way to prevent plantar warts?
Since this infection can be found just about anywhere it can be rather tricky to avoid getting warts. Of course, there are certain things you can do to reduce your chances of developing plantar warts. Some ways to reduce your risk is by,
- Moisturizing your feet and preventing cracks
- Keeping feet clean
- Wearing footwear in public showers, locker rooms, swimming pools and other warm, moist communal environments where HPV often lives
- Keeping any cuts of scrapes clean
- Wearing absorbent socks that wick away sweat, as well as changing socks immediately if they are sweaty
- Avoiding using towels, socks, shoes or other items of someone who is infected with warts
Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists have offices in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, to provide you with the comprehensive foot care you need. If you are dealing with painful plantar warts call (757) 220-3311 today to schedule an appointment!