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- Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain and swelling
- Ice the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day to also alleviate pain and swelling (conversely, you may choose to soak your bunion in warm water to ease symptoms)
- Consider getting prescription orthotics (shoe inserts) to place within your shoes to take the pressure off the deformed joint and to reduce pain with walking or standing
- Wear a night splint, which will straighten out the big toe while you sleep to reduce morning pain and stiffness
- Only wear shoes that have a wide toe box that doesn’t put pressure on the bunion. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes.
- Perform stretching exercises every day to alleviate stiffness and to improve mobility and range of motion within the feet
- Apply a non-medicated pad over the bunion before putting on shoes to prevent friction and the formation of a callus
Should I consider bunion surgery?
Worried that you might be dealing with a bunion? Experiencing regular bunion pain? If so, a foot and ankle professional can assess the problem and provide you with a customized treatment plan to help you get your bunion pain under control.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
Plantar warts are a very common podiatric skin condition. At Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights, MI, Dr. Samantha Gibson and Dr. Kyle Sundblad can treat these painful, ugly bumps on the soles of patients's feet. Warts can be treated, but also prevented.
Just what is a wart?
It's a circumscribed, rough bump of hardened skin. While warts appear on other areas of the body, such as the hands, plantar warts on the heel and other areas of the sole of the foot happen very frequently, and they can be painful.
Additionally, because they are caused by a virus--HPV, specifically--warts spread by person to person contact and by touching surfaces contaminated by the microbe. Yes, if you go barefoot outside or in a public shower area, you easily can become infected by HPV through a minute break in the skin.
What you can do about warts
As soon as you notice a solitary wart or a group of warts (mosaic warts) beginning to form, contact your podiatrist in Sterling Heights. Dr. Gibson or Dr. Sundblad will examine your feet and determine an appropriate course of treatment.
Common wart treatments may involve:
- In-office freezing (also called cryosurgery)
- Cautery (removing the warts with heat)
- Surgical excision (please, don't try this at home)
- Salicylic acid preparations, such as Compound W
- Laser removal
- Application of duct tape (the University of Michigan calls this tape occlusion)
Prevention, however, always is best. Good hygiene helps, including:
- Regular hand washing to avoid spreading HPV to other areas of your body and to other people
- Wearing sandals in the gym, locker room, and shower
- Wearing shoes outside
- Keeping your feet clean and changing socks daily
- Never sharing personal care items, such as towels or soap, with others, even family members
- Daily moisturizing of your feet to limit cracking
Be wart-free at last
As stubborn as plantar warts are, you can have clear skin again. Please contact Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Care in Sterling Heights. Dr. Sundblad and Dr. Gibson provide expert podiatric care you can trust. Phone us about your warts or any other foot or ankle issue: (586) 731-7873.