Warts

Warts are caused by a virus that generally enters the body through small nicks or abrasions in the skin. When they occur on the soles of the feet, they are known as plantar warts. Due to the amount of pressure that is put on the feet in the course of a day, plantar warts can become quite painful. Teenagers between the ages of 12 – 16 are most commonly infected by warts but they can occur at any age. Warts are often contracted by walking barefoot on dirty surfaces or ground. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments like showers and swimming pools.

If you suspect that your or a family member has a plantar wart, see a podiatrist to get a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatments may include the use of a wart-removal preparation or pulse-dye laser treatment to safely remove the wart.

If you have questions about warts, we have much more information on our website www.nastfootandankle.com. For an appointment please call our office at 305.220.3636 or visit our website for an appointment request. You can also sign up for our newsletter and request my FREE podiatry book.

Jorge F. Nasr, DPM
11760 Bird Road, Suite 610
Miami, FL 33173
305.220.3636
www.nasrfootandankle.com

Wounds and Ulcers

Foot ulcerations or open wounds are a condition where there is a breakdown in many layers of skin and tissue sometimes going all the way to the bone. They can be caused by pressure to a weight bearing point on the foot, but they can also occur on top of the foot or between toes due to pressure from shoes or a bony spur. The risk of ulcer formation is higher in patients with decreased circulation or impaired blood supply to the legs and feet. Diabetics are prone to foot ulcerations, but they can be found in patients with high blood pressure, blood clots, varicose veins, and phlebitis as well.

Treatment for foot ulcerations varies according to the cause of the wound. The goal of treatment is to close the wound from the inside out as quickly as possible. In cases where there is adequate circulation, debridement (removal of dead tissue) may be used around the edges and within the ulcer itself to promote healing. Other treatments include oral medications, compression, and bed rest. New advances have been made in wound care in recent years including the use of a platelet-derived growth factor as a way to promote healing. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat all forms of foot and leg ulceration.

If you have questions about wounds and ulcers, we have much more information on our website www.nastfootandankle.com. For an appointment please call our office at 305.220.3636 or visit our website for an appointment request. You can also sign up for our newsletter and request my FREE podiatry book.

Jorge F. Nasr, DPM
11760 Bird Road, Suite 610
Miami, FL 33173
305.220.3636
www.nasrfootandankle.com

Stress Fractures

An incomplete break in the bone caused by overuse is known as a stress fracture. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and redness. Up to 15% of all sports injuries are stress fractures. A podiatrist needs to perform an examination and look at x-rays of the injury in order to diagnose a stress fracture. Treatments include immobilization of the foot with the use of a cast, medications, and in some cases, orthotic devices to prevent further injury.

If you have questions about stress fractures, we have much more information on our website www.nastfootandankle.com. For an appointment please call our office at 305.220.3636 or visit our website for an appointment request. You can also sign up for our newsletter and request my FREE podiatry book.

Jorge F. Nasr, DPM
11760 Bird Road, Suite 610
Miami, FL 33173
305.220.3636
www.nasrfootandankle.com

Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain occurs by stretching or tearing one or more ligaments on either or both sides of the ankle. Ignoring a sprain won’t help it heal any faster. Ankle injuries that are serious enough to cause disabling pain should be treated by a podiatrist. Further examination may even reveal a torn ligament or bone fracture. Common treatments for sprains include rest, elevation, compression, and ice. More serious sprains may call for crutches or other walking devices.

If you have questions about ankle sprains, we have much more information on our website www.nastfootandankle.com. For an appointment please call our office at 305.220.3636 or visit our website for an appointment request. You can also sign up for our newsletter and request my FREE podiatry book.

Jorge F. Nasr, DPM
11760 Bird Road, Suite 610
Miami, FL 33173
305.220.3636
www.nasrfootandankle.com

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a flexible or rigid contraction usually affecting the second, third, fourth, or fifth toe. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Muscle imbalance leads to a bending or “buckling” of the toe joints. These buckled or contracted positions create any number of problems within and on top of the toe deformity. It is important to treat hammertoes early. As they advance and lose flexibility, the only option for correction may be surgery. Hammertoes can cause complications such as corns or calluses at the point where they come into contact with the shoes. As with many foot problems, one of the causes of hammertoes can be improperly fitted shoes.

Podiatrists have a variety of ways to treat hammertoes, including surgery, better shoes designed with extra room for toes, corn pads, straps, and cushions.

If you have questions about hammertoes, we have much more information on our website www.nastfootandankle.com. For an appointment please call our office at 305.220.3636 or visit our website for an appointment request. You can also sign up for our newsletter and request my FREE podiatry book.

Jorge F. Nasr, DPM
11760 Bird Road, Suite 610
Miami, FL 33173
305.220.3636
www.nasrfootandankle.com

Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is foot pain in the ball of your foot which is the area between your arch and your toes. It gets its name because the pain experienced is located in the metatarsals located in this part of the foot.

In this condition, one or more of the metatarsal joints becomes inflamed and possibly painful. People often develop a callus under the affected joint. There are many causes of metatarsalgia including injuries, arthritis, poorly fitting shoes, and working on very hard surfaces. Sometimes changing your shoes will fix the problem. We may also recommend orthotics or implants.

If you have questions about metatarsalgia, we have much more information on our website www.nastfootandankle.com. For an appointment please call our office at 305.220.3636 or visit our website for an appointment request. You can also sign up for our newsletter and request my FREE podiatry book.

Jorge F. Nasr, DPM
11760 Bird Road, Suite 610
Miami, FL 33173
305.220.3636
www.nasrfootandankle.com

Fungal Nails

Fungal infections of the nail bed, matrix, or nail plate are responsible for about 50% of all cases of thick, discolored toenails. There are four different types of fungal nail infections classified by the part of the nail involved. Fungal nails can be caused by tight footwear, minor trauma caused by exercise, communal showers, and diseases that influence the immune system.

Treatment for fungal nails varies by the nature of the infection and the severity. A podiatrist can detect a fungal infection early and formulate a suitable treatment plan. This can include topical or oral medication, debridement, and in extreme cases, surgery. Trying to solve any nail infection without the help of a podiatrist can lead to more problems.

If you have questions about fungal nails, we have much more information on our website www.nastfootandankle.com. For an appointment please call our office at 305.220.3636 or visit our website for an appointment request. You can also sign up for our newsletter and request my FREE podiatry book.

Jorge F. Nasr, DPM
11760 Bird Road, Suite 610
Miami, FL 33173
305.220.3636
www.nasrfootandankle.com