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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: plantar warts  

After a nice long swim at the pool you decide that it’s time to go and shower off in the locker rooms. You walk barefooted from the pool house straight to the locker room and begin to wash up after finding a spare shower stall.  You feel great, your work out is complete and you are ready to meet the world. While you walk all over the locker room happy and barefooted, your feet are suffering underneath you.

A month later you are taking off your shoes in the same exact locker room. You are preparing to go for another swim and realize there is a wart on your foot. You don’t remember getting it, but it is very obvious now. How did it get there? When did it get there? Are they going to spread all over your foot and arch? You should have worn a pair of water shoes into that public shower at the gym last month, and now you are paying the price. You have a plantar wart.

Plantar warts can appear all over the foot, but typically appear on the bottom of the plantar arch.  At first, they might seem to be a callus forming because the skin thickens and starts to rise. Slowly the skin builds up and begins to poke out even more against the foot. The wart is in full effect and you have no idea how to get rid of it. 

These warts are caused by a virus. Usually they are transmitted by direct contact from the virus to the skin. People who walk barefoot in public areas are more likely to get warts. A pool, locker room, and public shower are all havens for the plantar wart virus.

Plantar warts come in intervals. They can appear one day then go away for a while and come back all over again. They can also come as a single wart or in a group of warts.

Treatment

 A podiatrist can remove the wart by excision, freezing, burning, strong acids or lasers. Most of these types of treatments are done under local anesthesia so that the patient does not feel any pain. 

After treatment, be sure to pay close attention to your feet as plantar warts have a high reoccurrence rate.

Have a wart on your foot? Not sure what kind it is and how to get rid of it? Call Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can examine, diagnose and treat your warts. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 23, 2017

Children’s Feet  should not hurt and many conditions can be corrected at an early age and still allow normal development.  The first step is to bring them in for an evaluation to see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen and let him do a complete foot evaluation on your child.

If your child is not participating in sports like they used to or are complaining about foot pain they could have flat feet among other things.  Or perhaps they are falling and not keeping up with the rest of their classmates which could also present some concerns.

Common Pediatric Children’s Foot Issues are often referred to as Podopediatrics and with a little education we can

 look for these signs:

  • Problems may appear at birth or shortly after once they are walking
  • Abnormal walking is the first sign that something may be wrong
  • Adolescents may develop foot or ankle issues also and should not be ignored
  • Limping (if not caused by injury) can be a sign in teenage or middle school ages
  • Pediatric heel pain may trigger some issues due to an abnormality in bone growth

Did you know that children can develop the following conditions as easily, if not more than adults?

  • Bunions ~ not just an elderly problem ~ many children develop bunions secondary to foot deformity
  • Flat feet ~ can become an issue as your child’s feet are growing and arches are developing
  • Ingrown toenails ~ children’s nails should be clipped properly (straight across) from a young age
  • Plantar warts ~ these are most common in children due to the virus they are exposed to in gym class and other public areas
  • In-toeing and Out-toeing ~ also known as walking “pigeon toed” ~ feet pointing inward or outward more than normal causing more falls or stumbles

At Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center we focus on foot and ankle health for everyone.  Strong feet and  healthy ankles start at birth so contact us at 989-790-8009 to make an appointment for your child and get them on the right path for a healthy and active life style.  Our kids may have little footprints but they should be able to take big steps!

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
May 23, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Care   plantar warts   HPV virus  

Plantar warts are a contagious skin infection caused by the HPV virus, which thrives in environments that are warm and moist, such as public pools or locker rooms. Plantar warts affect the soles of your feet and can spread quickly throughout your body. Solutions for treating plantar warts involve surgical removal, liquid nitrogen freezing or cryotherapy, and CO2 laser. Protect your feet from plantar warts by wearing footwear in public areas with open sources of water, keeping your feet clean and dry, and refrain from picking at your warts if you have contracted them.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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

  • Legions 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, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best 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 feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
October 05, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   plantar warts   Cryotherapy  

In the past, plantar wart removal involved freezing the wart by dabbing it with liquid nitrogen with a medical-grade Q-Tip. New developments in cold therapy now include the popular cryotherapy, which aside from conditions like plantar warts and skin tags, is now being used to treat certain cancers, inflammation, and joint pain. Cryotherapy can also reportedly increase athletic performance and decrease targeted fat areas such as “muffin tops” and love handles. While different methods of cryotherapy exist, all use extremely cold temperatures to achieve the desired result.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
March 19, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

plantar wartsMany households adopt a no-shoe policy, citing that it could possibly serve hygienic benefits. Professor of epidemiology Stephen S. Morse from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University states that mud, dirt, bacteria, and viruses like E.coli and influenza can be distributed throughout the house through the sole of your shoe.

 However, carpets and wet surfaces harbor fungi and viruses as well, with fungi the most responsible for causing athlete’s foot while viruses are guilty for causing plantar warts.

Additionally, Morse believes the risk of catching anything is actually very low; and enforcing a shoe-free policy is not worth the hassle. He states the opposite, that dirt can be very good for you, “The Hygiene Hypothesis says that one of the reasons why we see asthma and allergies is because the immune system isn't being kept busy with fighting off the bad guys.”

Plantar warts can cause excessive pain and be a gateway to bigger conditions. If you have plantar warts, schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of the Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan. Dr. Cohen can treat your plantar warts as well as other foot and ankle conditions you may be experiencing.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly on the heels or balls of the feet. Some symptoms include:

-Some pain while standing
-Tenderness in the foot’s sole
-Cosmetic discomfort (embarrassment)

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 a biopsy.

Several methods for treating plantar warts exist. They include:

-Freezing
-Electric tool removal
-Laser Treatment
-Topical Creams (prescription only)
-Over the counter medications
-Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

To avoid plantar warts, refrain from walking barefoot in public areas and avoid direct contact with warts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read more about Plantar Warts.