Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: October, 2018

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
October 19, 2018
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Warts  

What Causes Warts?

Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.

An HPV Infection

Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.

Breaks in Your Skin

HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.

A Weak Immune System

In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.

If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
October 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Because you move around so much in the course of an average day, you might not notice heel pain until it starts to ache and throb intensely and continuously. At that point, there’s likely an underlying cause that you must resolve with the help of a foot doctor. Learn the causes of heel pain so that you can stop it in its tracks with the help of a podiatrist at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO.

Possible Heel Pain Causes
As often as you may use your feet, it isn’t normal to feel pain in the heels that makes you want to sit down urgently. These are some of the most common causes of heel pain in patients:

  • Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that’s attached to your heel bone).
  • Flat feet (lack of an arch puts a strain on the heel).
  • Heel spurs (usually caused by plantar fasciitis symptoms).
  • Calluses from friction with the back of a shoe.

Treating Heel Pain
Your Denver, CO podiatrist will explore conservative treatments for heel pain including:

  • Physical therapy, foot exercises, and training for proper walking and lifting techniques.
  • NSAID medications for pain and inflammation.
  • Creating a set of custom orthotic devices.
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT).
  • Surgery for persistent cases.

Heel Pain Prevention Tips
Heel pain can be prevented by simply paying more attention to the condition and function of your feet. Notice how your feet land on the ground when you take a step or run. Pay attention to how they feel when you’re wearing certain shoes. If you’re required to spend a long period of time on your feet each day for work, pamper your feet at night with a massage and soak in warm water. Make adjustments to your footwear as needed and wear the orthotics prescribed by your doctor every day.

Make Heel Pain Go Away
Once heel pain starts to become a major distraction in your life, it’s time to seek the assistance of a podiatrist. Call (303) 355-1695 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
October 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.