Treatment of plantar warts
Plantar warts are caused by HPV types 1, 2 and 4. The infection typically develops on weight-bearing areas like the ball of the foot, heels and toes. Verruca vulgaris is the most common form, present in 95% of cases. “Mosaic warts” are the easiest to identify but they are more invasive and often more difficult to treat. The virus thrives in extremely moist conditions. Therefore, controlling moisture can make eliminating the condition easier.
A variety of treatments are available depending on the severity of the lesion. There’s a common belief that 50% of warts disappear on their own thanks to the response of our immune system. The reality is quite different. Practice has shown us that we cannot predict whether the condition will disappear on its own, making treatment more difficult.
Treatment of corns and calluses
Corns are patches of thickened skin with a very hard centre that occur on bony prominences of the foot. They can often cause an intense and deep burning sensation that disappears when pressure is removed.
Calluses are very rough and often deep patches of thickened skin that form around bony areas on the sole of the foot. Another name for these is plantar calluses. This condition can cause intense pain when walking. Left untreated, a callus can develop into a wound, a danger for diabetic patients. The associated pain affects gait, often leading to back, hip and knee problems. Reducing the growth provides immediate relief.
Calluses may form as thickened skin caused by constant friction in a single area.
When the growth becomes too thick, it compresses the underlying tissue, causing a sharp or burning pain.
Several causes are possible:
- Inadequate footwear
- Fallen arches
- Flat foot or hollow foot
It’s important to see an expert as soon as initial symptoms arise. We’ll be able to determine the cause of your pain, provide appropriate treatment to relieve your condition and explain the best methods for preventing a recurrence.
Treatment of cracks and fissures
The main cause of this condition is dryness of the feet. Initially, small cracks will form. Left untreated, these cracks can split the skin and cause pain. This condition also exposes you to infection.
After your assessment, we’ll apply appropriate bandaging to the lesions to prevent infections from occurring. We’ll also teach you methods for preventing recurrence.
Treatment of wounds and minor lesions
Left untreated, a lesion or localized injury can lead to complications. It’s important to consult with an expert in order to receive appropriate care.
We have over 25 years of experience helping diabetic and at-risk patients. It’s also important to know that the appearance of bruising around the toenails is often due to fungal infections.
Do you suffer from diabetes, venous insufficiency or arterial insufficiency? Don’t hesitate to contact us.