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Warts are caused by a virus that affects the top layer of the skin. Plantar warts develop on the sole of the foot and grow inward as a result of the pressure that the heel endures while walking and running. Plantar warts are described as small, thick patches of hardened skin, and can have dark spots in the center. Warts are considered to be contagious. The viruses that cause plantar warts live and thrive in warm places. These can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and surrounding areas. When appropriate shoes are worn in these types of places, the risk of getting plantar warts may be decreased. Plantar warts can cause considerable pain and discomfort, and if you are suffering from plantar warts, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this ailment.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contactone of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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When the skin splits on the heel, it can cause pain and discomfort. This condition that is known as cracked heels can happen for several reasons. These can include aging skin, standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, and wearing shoes that have an open back. Additionally, some patients have certain medical conditions that can contribute to the onset of cracked heels, consisting of psoriasis or eczema. Research has indicated that it may be beneficial to incorporate specific vitamins such as zinc and iron into your diet, and that this may help protect the skin on the heels. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer the correct treatment options for you.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The ankle joint can be injured while frequently exercising or participating in sporting activities. It is considered to be a common sports injury and will typically require immediate medical attention. Ankle pain can be a result of a sprain, which is an injury to a ligament. Additionally, if the ankle is fractured, the pain can be severe, and it is often difficult to walk. An open fracture occurs if the skin over the broken bone splits, and an infection may occur inside the fracture. If the fracture is displaced, this generally indicates that the bones have slipped out of alignment. If you have any type of ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat ankle pain as soon as possible.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious.

If you have ankle pain, consult withone of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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As the day progresses, it is common for many people to have achy feet. If there is noticeable pain in the ball of the foot, the medical condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma may be the reason for the discomfort. Additional symptoms of this ailment can include a tingling sensation, and some patients describe a feeling that is similar to having a small stone in the shoe. This condition can develop as a result of a nerve that becomes inflamed or damaged in this part of the foot and can be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. People who are afflicted with Morton’s neuroma may notice their toes are curling and there can be swelling between the third and fourth toes. If you have symptoms of this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you to find relief as quickly as possible.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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