Have a Question About Your Foot or Ankle Injury? Find the Answer Here!
Do you have a question about your condition that nobody seems to be able to answer? Our podiatrists have answered many foot and ankle inquiries, and we have listed the answers here to help other patients relieve their pain. Use the search bar to get fast facts from our FAQ page.
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Are there home remedies for warts?
There are home remedies for warts which can help to a certain degree. All of the over-the-counter wart removers have the same percentage of acid which is considered safe by the FDA. You must be very careful, though, with the solutions and topical pads to not expose areas around the wart. You can easily burn the surrounding skin and cause a blister, ulcer, or infection. Because warts are caused by viruses and occur mostly around sweat gland areas on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands, some sort of drying agent or anti-perspirant can be helpful. Taking a multi-vitamin everyday can enhance the body’s immune response and possibly reduce the virus. In children, there are some oral prescription medications that have been effective but these must be coordinated with a physician. Another home treatment that has contradicting results is the use of duct tape, which should be used with caution. In most cases, debridement is the best way to accelerate the elimination of the wart’s viral tissue.
Warts are one of the more common conditions we treat at Podiatry Care Specialists, PC. Call one of our southeastern Pennsylvania locations at (877) 905-5907 and we’ll help you coordinate a treatment plan today.
Are there stretches that can help with my heel pain?
If you are struggling with heel pain, there are stretches that can help. Before you even get out of bed in the morning, you should stretch to help relax your plantar fascia—the thick band of tissues that span the bottom of your foot from heel to toe. While you are sitting in bed, take a bath towel and lasso it around the arch of your foot. Pull the towel towards you, which will pull the arch of the foot towards you, stretching the plantar fascia.
Another stretch that helps is to stand facing a wall with your hands pushing against the wall. Stretch one leg out behind you and press your heel toward the floor. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Do three repetitions on each side, but be sure not to bounce.
The final stretch that will help heel pain is to stand facing the wall again, place the ball of your foot into the wall and lean forward. Hold for 20-30 seconds and switch. Do three sets on each side, and remember—don’t bounce.
For more tips on stretches for heel pain, just give us a call at the Podiatry Care Specialists, PC office nearest you at (877) 905-5907.
Why does my heel hurt in the morning?
Your heel may hurt first thing in the morning because it has been “resting” as you sleep at night and your plantar fascia has tightened. This strong band of tissues connects your toes to your heel. When it’s tight, it can pull on the heel, causing irritation. This is what happens upon getting out of bed and standing up— your body weight places pressure on the plantar fascia and causes pain to the insertion at the heel. Your best bet is to stretch your feet before getting out of bed in the morning to help reduce some of the pain. Grab your toes and gently pull them back toward you until the arch of your foot feels loosened.
Come see our experts at Podiatry Care Specialists, PC for a full diagnosis. We can help determine a treatment plan and get you back to feeling good at the start of your day! Give us a call at (877) 905-5907, visit us online, or stop by one of our southeastern Pennsylvania locations.
How can I prevent cracked heels?
Dry, cracked heels are a common problem, especially during the winter months. Unfortunately, left untreated they can become painful too! There are some steps you can take, however, to prevent cracked heels from causing you discomfort.
You can use a pumice stone with a mild exfoliator to help remove dead skin from your heels. First enjoy a relaxing soak to soften the skin, then dry thoroughly before you start.
After showering, apply a moisturizer to your heels to help soothe and soften skin. You can also try applying petroleum jelly before bedtime, then slipping on some cotton socks to seal in the moisture while you sleep. If your heels are severely dry, we can prescribe a moisturizing cream to help prevent cracked heels from becoming a problem.
Find out more by contacting one of our southeastern Pennsylvania area offices or visiting Podiatry Care Specialists, PC online, or give us a call at (877) 905-5907.