FAQs - Skin Problems
Can you remove warts?
Yes we can! At The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic we use laser surgery to remove them. Most of the plantar warts we treat are harmless, however they can cause quite a bit of pain. Many people will mistake these thick layers of dead skin for corns or calluses. The truth is, a wart is a viral infection.
The virus enters the skin though small cuts or abrasions. Often, walking barefoot through dirty surfaces is the cause. They appear hard, flat and rough. Warts are extremely resistant to treatment and often will reappear. If you don’t seek treatment the wart will grow or you will start noticing the formation of clusters. In some cases it can be as large as an inch in diameter!
Have you noticed gray or brown bumps on the bottom of your feet? Is there a pinpoint of black in the middle? Chances are, you have a wart. Call Dr. Schaengold and ask about advanced cutting edge treatment options including laser surgery treatment.
How can I prevent blisters?
The way to prevent blisters depends on what is causing them in the first place. If it’s from sunburn, you’ll know to cover up or use a good sunscreen next time. Most blisters on the foot, though, are caused by poor-fitting shoes. Here are some tips to reduce the risk of blisters caused by friction.
First, the shoes: they shouldn’t rub against your skin or let your foot slide about in the shoe. You want to find a Goldilocks fit that is “just right” for your feet. Then, the socks: synthetic materials ward off blisters better than cotton, and wearing a thin pair to wick moisture with a thicker pair to cushion the feet is often a good combination. Finally, the use of talcum powder or neoprene insoles in your shoes may help prevent friction.