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By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
December 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

You thought you had a corn or callus on the bottom of your foot. However, this irritating bump may really be a wart. The podiatrists, Drs. wartMichael Frank, Marc Goldberg, and Adam Lowy, at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, can help you if you are dealing with warts. Easily caught and easily treated, warts can be painful, unsightly and a big nuisance if left untreated.

What exactly is a wart

Typically, it's a small raised bump of hardened skin that forms at the site of an abrasion or cut on the feet, hands or face. Some warts have black or brown dots (seed warts), and some grow in tightly-knit groups (mosaic warts).

Caused by HPV, the Human Papillomavirus, warts are very contagious, says the American Academy of Dermatology. They spread by skin to skin contact and quickly form singly or in multiples. If you have one or more on your foot, they are called plantar warts and usually appear on the ball of the foot or heel, causing a fair amount of discomfort.

What you can do

First of all, don't pick at your warts. You'll only irritate them or spread them to others in your household. Also, for diabetics, picking at any skin lesion can lead to infection.

Second, keep your feet clean and dry, and try an over the counter remedy. Most of these contain salicylic acid, which dries the wart and allows it to slough off. Be sure to follow the package directions carefully.

Finally, you can see your podiatrist in Olney if you suspect you have warts. Your foot doctor will examine the area in question and recommend over the counter medications or prescription ointments or creams as needed. If warts are large or numerous, he may advise laser cautery which can be provided as an in-office treatment at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland.

A word of caution

To avoid getting warts, make sure you keep your feet clean. Also, wear shower sandals poolside or in the locker room to avoid contacting the virus which causes warts.

Don't wait

If your wart is really bothering you, or if you have diabetes, please contact one of the convenient locations of Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. One of the highly skilled podiatrists will get your feet feeling fit again fast. Call for an appointment. In Olney, phone (301) 924-5044. In Clinton, call (301) 868-7670. For Silver Spring, phone (301) 439-0300, and in Kensington, phone (301) 942-8110.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
March 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

While warts aren't dangerous, they detract from a person's appearance and, when on the feet or toes, can cause discomfort while wartwearing shoes. At Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, our podiatrists see many patients who want to get rid of their warts. In this entry, we've provided some information about how warts are treated:

What are warts?

Warts are relatively small, round growths that collect on the surface of the skin as a result of a virus. Common warts can develop on the top of the feet or the toes; these are known as common warts. Warts that develop on the bottom of the feet are called plantar warts and are typically about the size of a pencil eraser, although some many grow larger. These are of particular concern for your podiatrist because they can cause intense pain for people who spend a lot of time on their feet.

Why do warts need to be removed?

Many people visit their Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington podiatrist to have warts removed from visible areas for cosmetic reasons. Constant pressure on a wart can also cause significant pain to develop. Because they are caused by a viral infection, warts can also be passed to other people or other parts of your body, so removing them stops the spread of the virus.

How are warts treated?

While some warts disappear spontaneously, this process can take several years, which may not be an option if you're dealing with a painful plantar wart. Your podiatrist typically treats common warts by applying a medication that causes the wart to slough off the skin. Follow-up applications may be necessary. A minor in-office surgical procedure may also be necessary to remove a wart in its entirety. How your wart is treated depends on where it is located and its type.

If you have a wart that needs removed, the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring and Kensington, MD, are waiting to hear from you. Contact one of our offices today!

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
April 06, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Warts  

Ever have the feeling that you have a small stone in your shoe and then find there's nothing there? Upon further examination, you discover a small, raised bump on the bottom of your foot. Could that be causing the minor pain?

That rough little lesion is probably a plantar wart. Non-cancerous and caused by a strain of HPV or human papillomavirus, plantar Warts on Foot warts are the same grainy spots that can appear on the hands. Most often picked up through cracks in the skin, in warm, moist environments such as gymnasiums and swimming pool decks, warts are unsightly and somewhat embarrassing. Fortunately, they are highly treatable at home or by a podiatrist.

What to do if you have warts on your foot

First off, don't panic. Millions of people in the United States get warts annually, and frankly, it would be unusual for an individual not to experience a plantar or palmar (hand) wart at least once in his or her life.

Next, get comfortable. Wear shoes or sandals that take pressure off the sore spot. Also, start wearing sandals or shower shoes in the locker room or around the pool to prevent further infections.

Then, explore some at-home remedies such as:

  1. Salicylic acid preparations. Follow package directions and apply this medication faithfully until the wart falls off. Be patient. It may take more than two weeks.
  2. Put a piece of duct tape over the wart for at least six days. This should soften and shrink it. Then, remove the tape and file the wart with an emery board. Again, this is not an immediate cure.
  3. Check natural supplement suppliers for oral zinc or topical zinc preparations. Many users swear that warts hate zinc.

If you are concerned because the bump is not resolving, or if you are diabetic or have a suppressed immune system because of another health problem or treatment, see your podiatrist. A foot doctor will examine the lesion and possibly send a small sample to a lab for analysis. He or she can also freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) or use laser therapy to eliminate the wart's blood supply.

An ounce of prevention and warts

Common sense hygiene goes a long way to keep warts at bay. Always wear clean, dry shoes and socks. In the summer months, make sure your feet are well ventilated. Around locker rooms and public showers and swim areas, wear sandals to avoid contact with HPV.

Marc Goldberg DPM

At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Doctors Marc Goldberg, Christopher Farnworth and Michael Frank help many individuals with their common and not-so-common foot issues. Treating plantar warts is one of them. If you are struggling with warts or have other concerns related to your feet, legs or ankles, call these friendly and skilled foot doctors today at one of their Silver Spring, Maryland locations. For the office in Olney, call 301-924-5044. For Silver Spring, call 301-439-0300. In Clinton, contact 301-868-7670, and for the Crofton location, call 410-721-2700.

By Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland
December 10, 2014
Category: Podiatry
We certainly put our feet through a lot of stress and abuse. Think about it: how often are you on your feet all day? You don’t have to be an avid athlete or constant gym goer in order to experience foot problems. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans will experience some kind of foot issue at some point in their lives. And when this moment arises, you want to be prepared. That’s why it’s important to have a podiatrist you can turn to. Find out how a podiatrist could help you maintain healthier, happier feet.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is sometimes simply referred to as a foot doctor. We are medical professionals who diagnose and treat problems related to the foot and ankle. We can also specialize in a particular field including surgery, sports medicine or diabetic foot care.

What does a podiatrist treat?

A podiatrist treats a host of different conditions related to the foot and ankle:
If you can think of it, we will most likely treat it. Our treatment plans will change depending on the patient and the foot problem; however, we often focus on a combination of both over-the-counter and prescription medication, physical therapy and other strengthening exercises, ice/heat therapy, custom-made orthotics, and even surgery.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you are experiencing either acute or chronic problems in your foot or ankle, then it’s time to see a foot doctor to diagnose and properly treat the problem. We also value preventive care, so even if you aren’t experiencing any issues you can still see your podiatrist for regular visits.
If you have diabetes, it’s also important that your feet get the proper care they need to make sure you don’t experience foot-related complications, which are often common for those with diabetes. We can give you tips on how to care for your feet to prevent calluses, corns, ingrown toenails and other problems from happening. We can even recommend proper shoes to wear.
If you are experiencing distressing foot problems or even if you just have questions about how you treat your feet, then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist. Call Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment, and take the first step on the road to better foot health.