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By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 21, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Warts  

Although a common wart on your hands or feet is embarrassing, ugly, and in some cases contagious, they are usually not dangerous. However, genital warts in Sterling Heights, MI can lead to serious problems if left untreated. Learn more about the common types of warts today from Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab at Advanced Foot, Ankle, and Wound Care/Advanced Bunion Institute of Michigan.

Types of Common Warts

A wart can appear anywhere on your body, but it usually shows up on your hands, fingers, and toes. Most warts appear grayer than your skin with a raised, rough-looking surface. In some cases, they have a rounded top. Here are the most common warts you'll find on your body:

Flat Warts

Usually found on your face, feet, or thighs, this form of wart is typically small and hardly noticeable. Most of these warts are pink or slightly brownish in color, and in some cases appear yellow.

Plantar Warts

Commonly found on your feet (usually the soles), this wart doesn't grow out of your skin. If you have what looks like a small hole in the bottoms of your feet, it is typically a plantar wart. In some cases, they can make walking uncomfortable.

Filiform Warts and Periungual Warts

This type of wart grows around your nose or mouth or under your chin. Often shaped like a tiny flap, this form of wart is usually similar in color to your skin. Periungual warts grow around your fingernails and toenails and can impact nail growth.

What Causes Warts?

Different strains of the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, are the leading cause of warts (including genital warts). There are over 150 different types of HPV, and everyone has come in contact with a virus in the HPV family at some point. Opening doors, shaking hands, or using the keypad on an ATM can lead to contact with an HPV virus.

What Are Genital Warts?

Found around the skin on a person's genitals, this form of wart usually occurs through sexual interaction. Genital warts are classified as a sexually transmitted disease – but they generally aren't dangerous unless they're left untreated. In some cases, people have developed various types of cancer by leaving their genital warts untreated. Schedule a consultation with our team today if you suspect you've been exposed to genital warts in Sterling Heights, MI.

To learn more about the causes, treatments, and outcomes of warts in Sterling Heights, MI, contact Dr. Sundblad or Dr. Arab and the team at Advanced Foot, Ankle and Wound Care/Advanced Bunion Institute of Michigan by calling (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 19, 2022
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Foot Fracture  
Foot Fracture vs. Broken BoneThe simple answer is that there is no difference between a fracture and a break. From shattered bones to hairline cracks, any damage done to the bones of the feet is considered a fracture. No matter what you want to call it, it’s still important that you visit your podiatrist right away for treatment.
 

What are the types of fractures?

There are different kinds of foot fractures based on the type of bone that’s impacted. Fractures can impact the toes, heel, sesamoid bone, and metatarsal bone, as well as the ankles. Stress fractures are hairline fractures that occur as a result of repeated stress placed on the foot. This is common in athletes.

What are the warning signs of a fractured foot?

There are certain symptoms to be on the lookout for if you suspect that you might have a fractured foot. Some signs of a foot fracture include:
  • Pain that gets worse with movement
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited mobility or restricted range of motion
  • Trouble bearing weight on the injured foot
  • Weakness
  • Deformity or misshapen foot
Foot pain, particularly after an accident or injury, is a telltale sign of a fractured foot that should be addressed by a podiatrist.

How is a fractured foot treated?
 
How your podiatrist treats your foot fracture will depend on the location, severity, and type. This is why it’s important to visit your foot doctor as soon as possible after injury. Some minor fractures can be treated with home care including:
  • Ample rest
  • Elevation
  • Compression
  • Pain relievers to alleviate pain and swelling
  • Icing
More moderate or severe fractures may require more aggressive treatment options to speed up the recovery process. Additional treatment options include,
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Specialized exercises
  • Splinting
  • Protective shoe or boot
  • Casting, crutches, or immobilization (for more severe fractures)
Don’t ignore the warning signs of a fractured foot. If you are having trouble moving around or you are suddenly experiencing foot pain, particularly after an injury, the first call you should make is to your podiatrist. Call a foot and ankle specialist today to get the care you need.
By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
January 18, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

If you have a bunion, you know that it is a bone deformity that occurs at the base of the big toe on the side of your foot. Bunions can occur for a number of reasons. It could be genetic, from wearing ill-fitted shoes, or from arch issues. Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab at Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, can explain how bunions are dealt with and if bunions can disappear on their own.

How to Deal with Bunions

Since bunions can appear randomly, you may be wondering if they can also go away on their own. The short answer is no. Bunions are a bone deformity and the only way to truly get rid of a bunion is with surgery. Surgery is usually only done in severe cases when bunions are causing you consistent pain and they affect your daily life.

Although they can’t go away on their own, bunions can be treated with help from your podiatrist in Sterling Heights, MI. There are at-home treatments that you can do that can help you deal with any pain or irritation caused by your bunions. You can place pads on the sides of your feet to stop rubbing and irritation from occurring.

You can also ice your feet if you’re dealing with any pain. Your foot doctor can also recommend exercises that help stretch the foot and relieve any pain you may be dealing with. If your end goal is getting rid of your bunions, there’s only one way and that’s through bunion surgery.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

If your bunions are bothering you, it may be time to talk about removing them. Contact Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Sadegh Arab at Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, to learn more about bunions and how they can be treated. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (586) 731-7873.

By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
December 30, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis  
Arthritis and Your FeetIs the pain and stiffness you’re experiencing in your feet and ankles caused by arthritis? If arthritis is left untreated, it’s possible that your symptoms could become so severe that they could affect your quality of life. Therefore, your podiatrist may recommend seeking medical attention right away to reduce the amount of damage to the joints.

What are the signs and symptoms of arthritic feet?

Wondering if you could be dealing with arthritis in your feet? Some warning signs include,
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Joint swelling
  • Joint warmth and tenderness to the touch
  • Pain with movement
  • Increased pain and swelling after rest
How do podiatrists treat arthritis of the feet?

There are several different treatment options that we have available to handle your arthritis symptoms:

Medication: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and pain. While those with more minor bouts of arthritis can often find relief from these medications, some patients may need a prescription-strength pain reliever to manage more severe symptoms.
 
Steroid injections: A dose of corticosteroids administered directly into the joint can help greatly reduce pain and inflammation. While this can be an effective treatment option, the effects are only temporary.
 
Physical Therapy: There are some exercises you can perform to help increase flexibility and movement while also strengthening your foot and ankle muscles to prevent further problems. Talk to your foot doctor about the different exercises you can perform each day to help improve your foot health and reduce arthritis symptoms.
 
Lifestyle changes: You should minimize certain activities that could cause symptoms to worsen. This includes switching from more high-impact exercises such as running to lower-impact exercises such as swimming, which will take some of the stress and pressure off the feet and ankles. If necessary we may also advise you to lose weight, as well.
 
Customized orthotics: Wearing orthotics made specifically for your feet can help take pressure off certain areas of the feet and help reduce pain while moving. Talk to your podiatrist about custom-made orthotics and whether they could improve your condition.

If these conservative treatments don’t do much to help your condition, then we may need to discuss the possibility of surgery. There are different kinds of surgery that we can perform and a lot will depend on the severity and cause of your arthritis. Those with advanced forms of arthritis may have to consider a total ankle replacement.
By Dr. Kyle Sundblad
December 13, 2021
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Corns  
CornsFrom running miles to wearing shoes that are too loose or too tight, there are many reasons why you may develop a corn. A corn is your skin’s way of protecting itself when there is any friction or pressure placed on the area. While healthy individuals may be able to simply treat corns on their own with home care, those with diabetes or nerve damage should always turn to a podiatrist even for minor injuries such as corns or calluses.

What is a corn?

A corn is a buildup of skin that occurs when there is repeated friction or pressure placed on the skin. This buildup of skin helps to protect the skin underneath. Corns most commonly develop on the side or tops of the toes and can be either hard or soft. Soft corns often appear between the toes while hard corns typically form on the tops of the toes. While both corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin, calluses are often larger and typically develop on the bottoms of the feet.

Who is more at risk for developing corns?

Certain factors can make someone prone to corns and calluses. These include:
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow
  • Having certain foot conditions that alter its structural alignments such as arthritis, bunions, or hammertoes
  • Wearing shoes without socks
  • Being a smoker
How do I treat a corn?

If you are a healthy individual, then simple lifestyle changes and home care can help to improve your corn. Soak the area for 5-10 minutes to soften the area. You may use a pumice stone to gently remove some of the thickened layers of skin. Make sure not to be too aggressive or to remove too much, as this can lead to bleeding and even infection. After pumicing the area, make sure to apply a moisturizer to your feet. If you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, do not try the pumice or remove the corn yourself. A podiatrist can provide you with the proper treatment.

Make sure you are wearing properly fitted shoes at all times. This can cut down on the number of corns or calluses you’ll deal with. Keep nails properly trimmed so they don’t rub against toes and cause corns. If certain areas of your feet are prone to corns, you may wish to apply protective adhesive padding to the area either to protect the corn or to prevent a new one from forming.

If you notice any changes to a corn, including signs of infection, it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist right away for care. While most corns will go away if you avoid any shoes that cause pressure or friction to the area, you should turn to a foot doctor if you have concerns.




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