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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
January 10, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: warts  

How your podiatrists in Gainesville, and Dulles, VA, can help you get rid of foot warts

Foot warts can be ugly and embarrassing. When you have foot warts, you may not want to take off your socks and shoes. Fortunately, they are easily treatable by your podiatrist.

Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center offer a wide variety of foot and ankle services, including treatment of foot warts. They have two convenient office locations in Gainesville, and Dulles, VA, to help you.

Foot warts are caused by a virus, and they can:

  • Look like a callus
  • Appear as rough, scaly bumps
  • Have small black dots in the middle of them
  • Form on your toes, heels, soles, or forefeet
  • Develop into open sores if they are in the ridges and lines in your feet

Children and teenagers are at a higher risk of developing warts, but adults can develop them too. Your risk of developing warts also increases if:

  • You have a compromised immune system
  • You walk barefoot in public areas like showers, locker rooms, or gyms

For small foot warts, over-the-counter wart removal solutions may offer some relief. For stubborn warts that don’t respond to over-the-counter medications, it’s best to visit your podiatrist, who can help you get rid of foot warts permanently.

Professional treatments to remove warts include:

  • Applying topical stronger acid solution to remove the wart layer-by-layer with aggressive debridement
  • Prescription topical medications and compounding ointments
  • Using liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart
  • Using laser therapy to kill the virus and the cells forming the wart
  • Oral medications in children for stubborn warts

Foot warts can be unsightly and uncomfortable, but you don’t have to put up with them. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of warts permanently.

To learn more about the treatment of foot warts, call Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center. You can reach them in the Gainesville, VA, or in the Dulles, VA, offices by calling (703) 753-3338. Call today.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
March 05, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: warts  

If you notice an abnormal-looking callus on your foot it could be the sign of plantar warts, otherwise known as foot warts. Often these warts are mistaken for corns or calluses by the untrained eye. However, if you learn how to identify foot warts you will be better prepared to treat them. In some cases, warts can disappear on their own, but your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta could help you treat them faster and more effectively. Visit Prince William Foot & Ankle Center to treat your foot warts today!

Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which infects the outer layer of your skin. Foot warts specifically have a distinct appearance. They appear flat, unlike other warts which are usually raised. This is because the skin of the foot is thicker than other parts of the body. You may also notice that warts have a rough texture. Plantar warts can also be characterized by the black dots near the center which are its blood supply. If you are still unsure if your wart is a callus or not compare these identifying features.


  • Painful when squeezed on the sides
  • small black dots (blood supply)
  • Interrupts the skin lines


  • Painful when pushed into directly
  • No sign of black dots (no blood supply)
  • Skin line continues through the dead skin

Warts can be painful, especially when a large cluster forms on your sole. It can be difficult to treat these clusters so seek help from your Gainesville, VA, foot doctor at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center. Sent Treatment can involve OTC salicylic acid or cryotherapy. Warts can be contagious with direct contact. They can also become infected if they break the skin. If you want to treat warts right away call Dr. Bhakta for help. He uses multiple methods of treatment with aggressive acid cauterization, prescription medications, laser treatment, alternative methods, and surgical excision as a last resort.

Now that you know what foot warts look like you are prepared to handle them. You don't have to wait for them to go away, ask your podiatrist what treatment options could help you.

If you have foot warts call Dr. Bhakta at (703)753-3338. You can also visit Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, for all your foot-related needs. Schedule an appointment today with our friendly and highly qualified podiatrist!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 06, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

Like every single bone in your body, your ankle is subjected to external influences that could negatively impact its ability to keep you upright and moving as well as its structural integrity. Heel pain, oftentimes bothersome but in some cases disabling, could develop in the bottom, back, or front of your heel.

Here at the Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, your podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, can take a look at your affected heel in our Gainesville VA office and give you proper treatment recommendations to ease your pain.

Common Heel Pain Causes

Various things could cause heel pain. It is, however, generally caused by walking gait irregularities or malfunctioning biomechanics that put excess pressure on the heel bone as well as its attached soft tissues. This pressure might be due to a bruise or injury, excess weight, or wearing ill-fitting or poorly made footwear. Other common heel pain causes include heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, excessive pronation, bursitis, and a bone contusion or bruise. Talking to your Gainesville podiatrist is the best way to figure out what is going on.

Professional Treatment for Heel Pain

If your symptoms—pain, inflammation, heat, swelling, and redness—persist or worsen even with home treatments and ample rest, it’s best to consult with your Gainesville podiatrist.

Early treatment typically involves injectable or oral anti-inflammatory medicines, proper footwear recommendations, exercises, physical therapy, orthotics, as well as strapping or taping. Strapping or taping helps support the affected help, putting stressed tendons and muscles in a restful state.

Your podiatrist may likewise recommend the use of a functional orthotic appliance to control excessive pronation, fix biomechanical imbalances, and support the tendons and ligaments attached to your affected heel bone. In some individuals, wearing the proper orthotic device can resolve heel pain without resorting to surgery. Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy may also be recommended by your Gainesville podiatrist to improve blood flow and hasten the healing of the affected heel.

It’s also crucial to point out that surgery and other advanced procedures are reserved for heel pain cases that can’t be corrected with more conservative pain treatments. In case, surgery is needed, it might entail removal of a soft tissue growth like a neuroma, bursa removal, spur removal, or plantar fascia release.

For Concerns or Questions About Heel Pain, Contact Us

Arrange a visit with your podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, by calling our Gainesville VA office at (703) 753-3338.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
November 12, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunion  

Find out how to get your bunions under control without resorting to surgery.

Is a bunion affecting your ability to get around? Our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta can help create the ideal treatment plan Bunionsfor you based on the severity of your bunion, your lifestyle and activity level to make sure that your bunion gets the care it needs without changing your routine.

Here are some ways to get your bunion symptoms under control.

Change your footwear: Any shoes that have high heels taller than 2 inches, or shoes that bunch up toes or have pointed toes are a no-no for people with bunions. Opt for shoes with a wide toe box that give your toes plenty of room to wiggle and move around.

Taping or padding the foot: Applying a protective pad to the bunion before wearing shoes can alleviate additional pressure placed on the area when standing or walking. Furthermore, taping or splinting the foot can also properly realign the foot and joint to reduce pain.

Wear custom orthotics: Our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts, which redistribute weight evenly throughout the foot to prevent the bunion from getting worse. Orthotics can reduce shock absorption while also providing the foot with the support it needs while in motion.

Medication: On days when your bunion just won’t quit, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen may be able to at least alleviate your discomfort. If you are dealing with severe bunion pain that over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t strong enough to handle, then Dr. Bhakta may recommend steroid injections to treat severe swelling and pain.

Icing: Icing is another easy and simple way to reduce swelling and pain, and may also provide you with relief from your symptoms when you would rather not resort to over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice can dull the pain and reduce inflammation. Ice the bunion for 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you aren’t sure if you are dealing with a bunion then it’s time to turn to a foot and ankle doctor who can diagnose your condition. After all, there are many reasons someone may experience foot pain. If your symptoms aren’t responding to at-home care then Dr. Bhakta would be happy to create a more effective treatment plan to get your symptoms under control.

Whether you have questions about treating your bunion or you are experiencing symptoms of a bunion, turn to the experts at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville and South Riding, VA, for the treatment you need.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
September 11, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Corns  

Corns are calluses form around irritated portions of toes as a bodily defense mechanism. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, wartsknows about corns and calluses all too well.

More about Corns and Calluses:

Corns and calluses are thickened skin that develop due to skin irritation on toes. They aren't contagious but may become painful if left untreated, according to American Podiatric Medical Association. People with certain foot deformities, such as hammer toes, are more prone to corns and calluses.

What are the causes of corns and calluses?

Corns appear when the toe rubs against the interior of a shoe, or because of excessive pressure at the balls of the feet, which is more common among women who wear high heels regularly.


Corns and calluses typically have:

  • a rough, dull appearance
  • raised or rounded
  • hard to differentiate from warts
  • cause pain


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this is how you can treat corns and calluses:

  1. Soak the corn or callus in warm water for about five to 10 minutes or until the skin softens.
  2. Dip a pumice stone in warm water, then use the stone to gently file the corn or callus in a circular or sideways motion to remove dead skin.
  3. Don't take off too much skin while filing the corn because that may cause bleeding and infection.
  4. Apply moisturizing lotion or cream to the area daily containing salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, or urea that gradually soften hard corns and calluses.
  5. Use padding to protect calluses from further irritation by placing a piece of moleskin in your shoe to prevent the corn from rubbing against your shoe.
  6. Wear shoes that properly fit or feet may be slightly swollen.
  7. Keep toenails trimmed to prevent toes from pushing up against your shoe.
  8. There are special over-the-counter as well.
  9. Your Gainesville podiatrist may also surgically remove the corns.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding corns and calluses, be sure to contact your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist today!