Posts for tag: warts
Does your child have a growth on their foot that resembles a callus? Have they been complaining of a pain similar to walking on a small stone? If so, it may be time for them to be seen by a podiatrist. Many times these lesions are not calluses at all - they are warts.
Warts are a virus that can be passed from person to person, or from an infected area to a person. Although some adults may find themselves to be victims of warts, they are more common amongst children. If your family has managed to stay away from warts, here are some tips on how to continue to prevent them:
- Never Go Barefoot - Any common grounds have the risk of being infested by the wart virus, but community showers, pool areas and locker rooms are especially hazardous areas when it comes to warts. Remembering to always have some sort of shoe gear on at all times is crucial in protecting you and your child from the virus.
- Disinfect - Always disinfect any common grounds in your household. Since showers and bathroom floors are damp and warm, the wart virus loves to invade those areas. Be sure to always disinfect those common grounds after each person's use. You will also want to remember to disinfect your family's shoes nightly as this is a popular area for the wart virus to linger. We LOVE to use our Citrace Disinfectant Spray to take care of this job for us. It can purchased from our office for only $14.00+Tax.
- Wash Regularly - Ensuring everyone is washing their hands and skin regularly is a must. By doing so, you are making sure the virus that you cannot see before warts appear has been killed. Using an anti-bacterial soap is ideal.
- Keep Scratches or Cuts Clean - Even the tiniest of cuts and scratches can make a person more vulnerable to warts. If your child or someone else in your household has any open sores, make certain that they wash the area regularly with soap and water since open wounds are more susceptible to contracting warts.
Keep these tips in mind to help prevent you or your family from being wart victims. If you or a loved one are not lucky enough to avoid these pesky growths, call our office at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment to see a podiatrist for an evaluation of this issue.
Taking a stroll down that infamous red carpet is not as easy as it may appear. Millions of people are watching each celeb’s every move through the TV and critiquing their choice of dress, footwear, and hairdo. Hundreds of photographs are snapping away to have these photos reprinted in magazines or displayed on websites for years to come. No one wants to be the one on the “worst dressed” page!
Celebrities will prep for months in advance to get Oscar glamified, and in various forms of extreme:
- Exercising at least 6 weeks in advance to get as toned as possible
- Diets, detox, and near starvation to slim down
- Visits to the dermatologist for laser zapping, tissue tightening, and Botox injections
- Teeth whitening and brightening
- Body treatments such as facials, massages, scrubs, and peels
- Waxing and other forms of body hair removal
- Spray tans to give the body a bronzed glow
- IV drips of B12 and other vitamins for energy
- Having a team of stylists choosing each item to be worn that evening
Let’s not forget about their tootsies! Feet need prepping too. Dry heels will be buffed, and all toenails will be polished to perfection. Shoes must complement their outfit, and most females will forgo comfort for fashion this evening. I wonder how many have considered dermal fillers such as Restylane to add cushion to the balls of the feet? I can assure you that there will not be any signs of fungus,ingrown toenails infections, or warts visible on anyone’s feet this evening. The feet usually are shown off in those stilettos, and any appearance beyond stunning is definitely not acceptable. People still talk about this actress’ poor choice of heels!
What extreme would you go to if you were on the red carpet? Would you find this and exciting or frightening experience? I think in my case… it would be a pretty fun night!
BY: Diana Emini
From summer days at Lemont’s Centennial Pool to glimpsing animals after-hours at Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights, there’s plenty going on during the warm weather.
As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we know this is one of the more popular times of year to get mani-pedis to look good in sandals.
While a mani-pedi is relaxing, we also know it can have a downside – Dr. Diana Emini and I have seen too many patients in our Lemont office with warts, toenail fungus or other infections that were contracted from unsanitary nail salons.
Some of these issues take months to resolve – a fungal toenail takes a year to grow out after treatment.
If you’re planning to visit a nail salon this summer, keep the following tips in mind to protect yourself:
· While most nail salons follow guidelines for cleanliness and disinfection, pay attention to whether there are dirty tools or instruments around the room. Also, don’t be afraid to ask how they clean their tools. Floors and tables should be free of nail clippings and debris. Also, make sure nail clippers, cuticle pushers and other instruments are cleaned between clients with a heating system (or autoclave,) or soaked in Barbicide (blue disinfectant in glass jars), and stored in a closed container.
· Shave your legs post-pedicure. Avoid running a razor below your knees for at least 24 hours before a pedicure. Nicking yourself could put you at risk for an infection during a pedi. Also, postpone a pedicure if you have an open sore or wound, as nail dust could get in and lead to an infection.
· For those who get regular mani-pedis, buy your own nail tools to use at the salon.
· Make sure that pedicure footbaths and filters and cleaned and disinfected between uses. Improper cleaning can leave bacteria and fungus behind. Many higher-end salons have switched to pipeless technology in their pedicure baths that don’t re-circulate the water.
· Don’t wear artificial nails to cover up problems – this could make nail issues worse. Artificial nails aren’t recommended for those prone to fungal infections or those with brittle nails. For those with otherwise healthy nails, artificial nails are usually OK as long as they’re not continuously worn.
If you think you have a wart, fungus or infection from a nail salon, call our office so we can help. We offer laser treatment for fungal nails, and can offer advice on preventing the problem from happening again.
Enjoy getting your toes in the sun or sand this summer, and stay safe while getting your feet groomed!
By Michelle Kim
It's January, and that means many folks around Lemont are likely working on New Year's resolutions that include getting in shape and incorporating exercise into their routines.
This time of year is often busy at gyms and fitness centers, so if you're spending the winter burning calories at the Lemont Park District's CORE fitness facility or at gyms such as Cardinal Fitness or Curves, don't forget to take care of your feet to avoid ending up with something such as a wart.
One way people tend to get warts is by going barefoot in public places such as showers, pools, gyms and locker rooms. A wart is a non-cancerous skin growth caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) that gets into the skin through small cuts, cracks or abrasions.
Over time, warts develop into hard, rough growths on the surface of the skin. They have their own blood supply and nerves, which is why a wart can be painful when there's pressure. The most common warts are those on the bottom of the foot – called a plantar wart – but they can grow on top of the foot as well.
If left untreated, warts can spread to other parts of the feet and hands. They can be hard to treat and can often come back, but fortunately, my partner, Dr. Diana Emini, and I offer a variety of options at DM Foot and Ankle.
Treatment options include:
Topical medication: These attempt to break down the wart by applying strong acid. This treatment may need to be repeated every few weeks until the wart is gone.
Oral medication: Vitamins that boost the immune system can also be recommended as part of treatment.
Laser: We offer a laser in-house to remove stubborn warts. To lessen the pain, a local anesthetic is typically used.
Cryotherapy: This freezes the wart with nitrous dioxide to help destroy wart tissue.
Surgical excision: The wart can be removed surgically under local anesthetic.
To prevent warts from happening in the first place, remember to change your shoes and socks daily, keep your feet clean and dry and disinfect your shoes and shower after each use.
Don't hesitate to seek the help of a podiatrist if you notice any suspicious growths. At DM Foot and Ankle, we can diagnose such problems and get you on the path to health.
By Michelle Kim