NEW YORK, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- Most people neglect their feet, and especially during winter months. But spring is here, and feet will be on display. Dr. Krista Archer, a Manhattan foot specialist and podiatric surgeon, states that, "Feet are the most neglected body part until there is a painful problem."
Dr. Archer provides 10 tips for foot inspection to prevent common foot problems:
- Toenails (Ingrowns) - Cut nails following the contour of the tip of the toe. A pedicurist should not treat ingrowns. If you have an ingrown toenail do not self-treat, and seek medical attention immediately to avoid an escalated infection.
- Toenails (Fungus) - If nails are discolored and thickened a fungal infection may be present. Fungus can spread to other toenails and surrounding skin.
- Toes - If toes are bent, irritated and painful in shoes then bunions and hammertoes may be present. Bunions and hammertoes are malpositioned joints, which cause excessive rubbing in shoes and eventually corn and/or callus formation.
- Ball of foot (Thinning) - The fat pad that protects the foot bones from the ground slowly thins overtime. This can be especially painful for women who wear heels. Fortunately, this pad can be plumped up with an injectable dermal filler called Sculptra.
- Ball of foot (Calluses and Corns) - Inspect the bottom of feet for hard, callused areas. There are a several types of painful lesions that form on the weightbearing areas. These lesions can be shaved down by a foot doctor, and then offloaded with pads or orthotics. If calluses/corns are caused by fat pad thinning then Sculptra may be indicated.
- Ball Of foot (Warts) - If there is a small callus that suddenly appeared it could be a plantar wart. It is important to treat warts because they are contagious and can spread. Like fungus, the longer they are present the harder they are to get rid of.
- Arches - Know your foot type so you can buy shoes that help, not hurt, your foot. If you have long standing pain in the arch area you may need support from an over-the-counter or custom device (orthotic).
- Heels - Painful heels could be caused by plantar fasciosis/fasciitis. Pain is caused by a biomechanical imbalance and injury to the plantar fascia. Stretching is the cornerstone of therapy and orthotics are usually recommended for biomechanical control.
- Ankles - Pain in the back of the ankle is most usually caused by Achilles tendonitis or spurs of the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciosis are frequently related and treatment regimens can be similar. Heel spurs, depending on size, can be managed with padding or can be addressed surgically.
- Skin - Itchy skin can be caused by fungus or by allergic-type reactions. Also look for new freckles or moles that have a suspicious shape and color and get them checked out immediately. Remember to always apply sunblock to the tops of feet.
For more information please visit www.drkristaarcher.com.
Contact: Molly, [email protected], 6469124456
SOURCE Krista Ammirati Archer, DPM, PC