Are You at Risk for Plantar Warts?

The first step in preventing any toenail or skin condition is understanding how and why it develops. It’s not any different when it comes to preventing a wart, so today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding various risk factors for plantar warts.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to how a wart develops. The myth that frogs cause warts likely stems from the fact that certain toads have bumps that look similar to warts found on humans.

So if warts don’t come from frogs or toads, where do they come from?

Simply put, plantar warts are caused by a few different strains of a widespread virus known as HPV. Interestingly enough, not every person responds to those strains in the same manner, meaning that a strain that produces warts in one person might not do the same thing for someone else.

It only takes a minor cut, abrasion, or scrape to provide a way for one of these tiny organisms to enter your body, and when it does, you will begin to notice one of the unsightly growths.

Considering that, a noticeable risk factor for plantar warts is having any type of skin damage that provides entry for the virus. Technically, anyone can get plantar warts, but those who are at higher risk include:

  • Teenagers and children;
  • People who have had plantar warts before;
  • Individuals who have a compromised immune system;
  • Individuals who walk barefoot in places where they are exposed to a wart-causing virus.

The virus – much like bacteria and fungus – is often found in damp, warm environments where it thrives such as gym locker rooms, indoor pool decks, and communal showering areas. The good news is that you can lower your risk factor for developing a plantar wart by wearing clean shower shoes or sandals in these places.

Almost everyone develops a wart at some point, so it’s tricky to completely prevent this from happening. If you already have a plantar wart on your foot, or you get one in the future, the best course of action is to visit us for safe removal. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Protect Your Feet On The Beach!

Sun, sand, and sea are key elements for an enjoyable summer holiday, but they can also be a formula for disaster for your foot health. Even the most stunning beaches can be hiding foot-health hazards. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding some of the dangers and how you can protect your feet.

Don’t let sand burn the soles of your feet. When there is a strip of golden sand in front of you, it’s tempting to run barefoot onto the beach, but that sand can be scalding. Bare feet are easily burned, causing redness, blistering, and pain, so keep your footwear on at least until you’ve checked the temperature of the sand.

Protect feet from the sun. It’s not only sand than can burn your feet – the sun’s rays can be just as damaging. However, many people don’t apply sunscreen on their toes, the tops of their feet and their soles. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that sandals will protect your feet from sunburn – they need shade and sunscreen, just like the rest of the body.

Wear supportive shoes during sports events. If you’re looking forward to summer sports, you’ll need to wear supportive sports shoes – ideally trainers – while at the beach. Sand is so uneven and soft that without proper support, you may end up with ankle and foot pain or injuries because existing problems, such as plantar fasciitis, could be aggravated. To maximize the support of your footwear, give custom made orthotics a try.

Remove all of the sand from your feet. After you’ve taken your shoes off, remove all traces of sand from your feet and make sure there isn’t any hiding in your shoes before putting them back on. Particles of sand trapped between your footwear and feet can rub against your skin, which is not only uncomfortable but can also lead to blisters and sores.

Don’t paddle while unprotected. If you go paddling in the sea, it can be difficult to spot hazards lurking by your feet. Bottle tops, glass shards, coral, and sharp stones can easily pierce the skin. Sturdy water shoes, which are designed to prevent grazes and cuts, are invaluable.

Avoid sea creatures. Stay away from sea creatures that may sting and get lodged in your feet. They can cause considerable pain and many other unpleasant symptoms. Sea creature stings require urgent medical assistance from someone with first aid training or, in severe cases, paramedics.

If you’re planning a beach holiday or you experience a beach-related foot condition, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Diabetic Shoes: What’s So Special About Them?

It’s common knowledge that walking is very beneficial to our health. It’s also quite useful for controlling blood sugar levels. But it may come with the risk of injury for people who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy. Luckily, most of these foot injuries can be avoided by paying proper attention to foot care, and by investing in some diabetic shoes. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists explains some reasons why you might want to consider diabetic shoes.

What Are The Special Features Of Diabetic Shoes?

These shoes are custom-designed and are intended to protect diabetic feet, while reducing the risk of skin breakdown, mainly in cases of poor circulation, foot deformities and neuropathy. Following are some of their very special features.

Non-Binding Uppers: The upper portion is soft with no overlays to eliminate pressure points.

Protecting Interior:  The inside of a diabetic shoe is constructed with soft material and no protruding stitching. In some cases, even the smallest bump can irritate and result in skin breakdown in diabetic feet.

Deeper Toe-Box: The tip of the diabetic shoe is higher, so it provides extra room for the toes.

Orthotic Support: Another one of the special features of diabetic shoes is special insoles that support the arch. This will reduce pressure on the bottom of the foot, and conform to the contours of the foot.

Stretchy Uppers: When extra protection is required, we recommend shoes with stretchy uppers. This will shape themselves to the contours of the deformed foot and help provide relief to pressure points.

Multiple Width Options: Diabetic shoes come in a range of widths to improve protection and fit.

Extra-Depth: Diabetic shoes are designed with extra depth to accommodate orthotics or diabetic insoles and provide a loose, pressure-free fit.

Functional Soles: Another special feature of diabetic shoes is the lightweight soles that are specially designed to aid mobility.

If you have diabetes and have any questions about our diabetic shoe program and how it can help you, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.