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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
March 08, 2019
Category: Foot health
Tags: Treatment  

Warts are usually a minor issue, except when they form on the soles of your feet. The painful warts make walking even short distances anWart unpleasant experience. Your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, offers treatments that get rid of warts and end your pain.

What causes the warts?

Plantar, or foot, warts are caused by a strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV). You may come in contact with the virus while walking barefoot on a contaminated surface or through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a wart.

The virus enters your skin through tiny breaks in your skin caused by a minor scratch or even dry skin. Once inside, the HPV virus causes skins cells to grow rapidly, eventually forming a raised wart. Although warts on other parts of your body may appear bumpy, plantar warts are often smoother and flatter due to pressure from your feet.

How can I get rid of a foot wart?

Wart removal products can be helpful in some cases, but they may take a long time to work and might damage healthy skin surrounding your wart. Your Gainesville podiatrist offers more effective treatments, including:

  • Prescription Salicylic Acid: The topical product, applied at home, removes the wart layer by layer.
  • Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen. Warts usually fall off about a week after the treatment. Cryotherapy may be combined with salicylic acid treatment.
  • Trichloroacetic Acid: The acid is applied after your podiatrist shaves away a few layers of the wart. It's also used in conjunction with salicylic acid.
  • Immune Therapy: Injecting your wart with a foreign substance tricks your immune system into attacking and destroying the wart.
  • Laser Therapy: If your wart doesn't respond to other treatments, your foot doctor may recommend laser treatment. The laser closes the blood vessels that feed the wart, causing the tissue to die. Several laser therapy treatments may be needed.

Do you suffer from painful, uncomfortable foot warts? Call your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
January 02, 2019
Category: Foot health
Tags: toenail fungus  

Toenail FungusNail fungus can certainly try your patience. In fact, your nail may look unchanged, even though you applied anti-fungal medication every day for months. Laser nail fungus offers a quicker way to treat the stubborn fungus. Your Gainesville and South Riding, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta offers laser nail fungus treatment at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center.

How does laser nail fungus treatment work?

The topical medication you apply to your nail only penetrates the first few layers of your toenail. If you've just developed a fungal infection, or the infection is fairly mild, drugstore products may be helpful. Unfortunately, if you have a more severe infection, an over-the-counter product won't reach the deeper layers of the nail or the skin under the nail where the fungus flourishes, no matter how diligently you apply it.

Laser nail fungus treatment reaches deep under your nail to kill the fungus that grows on the nail bed. Precisely targeted laser beams heat the pigment that gives toenail fungus its unappealing yellow color. Heating the pigment kills the fungus immediately. Although laser light is very effective in destroying the fungus, it won't damage healthy tissues in your toe.

The laser that your Gainesville and South Riding podiatrist uses produces short bursts of laser energy called pulses. Each pulse produces energy that lasts less than a second, ensuring that your toe doesn't become uncomfortably hot during your treatment. Although your toe may feel a little warm and tingly, you will not be in pain during your treatment. Laser treatment doesn't cause any side effects. As soon as your treatment concludes, you can immediately return to your usual activities.

Will my toenail be clear after my laser treatment?

Although the fungus will be dead after your treatment, your nail will still look the same. Over the next several months, it will gradually become clearer as new nail growth emerges from the bottom of the nail.

Treat your nail infection with laser therapy! Call Gainesville and South Riding, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at (703) 753-3338 to schedule your appointment.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 27, 2018
Category: Foot health
Tags: Sever's Disease   Heel Pain  

Severs Disease Heel PainHas your child been complaining of heel pain? Sever's disease may be the reason. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center offers treatment for the disease and other foot and ankle conditions that affect your family's feet in his offices in Gainesville and South Riding, VA.

What is Sever's Disease?

Sever's disease, formally known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a painful inflammation that affects the growth plate in the heel. Growth plates are areas of cartilage found at the ends of the long bones in a child's body. As he or she grows, the cartilage is gradually replaced with bone.

The disease typically affects kids during a puberty-related growth spurt. It's most common in girls between the ages of 8 and 13 and boys between 10 and 15. During this time, it's not unusual for growth to occur very quickly. Sometimes, the heel bone grows faster than the muscles and tendons, which can cause them to tighten and place too much pressure on the bone. Fortunately, symptoms usually go away on their own after a few weeks or months.

What are the symptoms of Sever's disease?

These signs and symptoms often occur in children who have Sever's disease:

  • Pain at the back of one or both heels
  • Redness and swelling over the heel
  • Stiffness first thing in the morning
  • Trouble walking (particularly if your child has been very active)

Who get's Sever's disease?

Although any child can develop Sever's disease, it's more common in children who participate in sports that require jumping or running and may also be more likely to occur if your son or daughter is overweight or obese. Other risk factors include rolling the foot inward when walking, arches that are either flat or too high or differences in leg length.

How is Sever's disease treated?

Although convincing your son or daughter to stay off his or her feet for a few weeks may not be so easy, rest is an important part of your child's recovery. Your child's Gainesville or South Riding foot doctor may recommend exercises to stretch the muscles and tendons, heel pads or lifts to cushion the heel and reduce strain, or orthotics for flat feet or high arches. Shoes with plenty of cushioning will help reduce pain.

Does your child have any of the symptoms of Sever's disease? A visit to your Gainesville or South Riding, VA, foot doctor can help relieve his or her pain. Call (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
June 12, 2018
Category: Foot health

Foot FungusAvoiding the fungus that causes athlete's foot is the key to preventing the itchy, uncomfortable fungal infection. Our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, treats athlete's foot, along with many other foot and ankle conditions.

What's the best way to prevent athlete's foot infections?

The fungus responsible for athlete's foot is very contagious. It can survive for weeks on surfaces and is often found around public pools and in public shower and locker rooms. If you swim at a public pool or work out at a Gainesville area gym, you can reduce your risk of developing athlete's foot by wearing sandals or shower shoes at all times.

Other ways to avoid athlete's foot, include:

  • Decreasing Moisture: Sweaty socks and shoes provide the dark, moist environment the fungus needs to thrive. Adding talcum powder to your socks, spraying antiperspirant on your feet, wearing socks that wick away moisture and changing your socks throughout the day will help keep your feet drier.
  • Alternating Footwear: Moisture can become trapped. Materials that breathe, such as canvas or leather, are a better choice than shoes made of synthetic materials.
  • Washing Clothing, Bedding, and Towels in Hot Water: The athlete's foot fungus will survive a trip through the washing machine if you use cold water to clean your clothes. In fact, it only dies if clothing and other items are washed in 140F water. If someone in your home has athlete's foot, prevent the infection from spreading by washing bathmats, washcloths, towels, bedding, and socks on your washer's hottest setting.

How is athlete's foot treated in Gainesville?

An athlete's foot infection won't go away on its own, even if you keep your feet clean and dry as soon as you notice symptoms. Although over-the-counter anti-fungal creams can be helpful, the topical products may not be able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skins. If your infection doesn't go away or worsens, your foot doctor can prescribe topical medications that can reach the fungus deep inside your skin or oral anti-fungal medication if topical treatment isn't helpful.

Are you tired of living with athlete's foot? Call our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
April 25, 2018
Category: Foot health
Tags: ankle sprain  

Ankle sprains are one of the most common podiatry injuries. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a sprainedankle sprain ankle results from strain or injury to the ligaments that help to keep the ankle stable and aligned in the joint. Like most soft tissue injuries, a sprained ankle can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the size, location and extent (partial or full) of the tear. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, a podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, offers a range of diagnostic and treatment options for ankle sprains and other orthopedic injuries and conditions.

Ankle Sprain Diagnosis and Treatment in Gainesville, VA

The ankle is stabilized the lateral and medial ligaments, which are looked on the side and center front of the ankle. Although they are strong and designed to support the ankle's normal range of motion, a forceful twisting motion can create tears in the ligament, or a complete rupture in extreme cases.

The main symptoms of a sprained ankle are:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain or tenderness when you touch it or apply pressure
  • Ankle instability (severe sprains where a ligament has fully torn)

In most cases, a mild ankle sprain will heal on its own with conservative treatment like rest, elevation, icing, and over the counter pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like Advil or Motrin. Moderate to severe sprains may require additional treatment that includes immobilizing the ankle and performing exercises to restore strength and range of motion. The treatment period can range from 2 to 12 weeks depending on the type of strain. Your podiatrist will physically examine the ankle and may order diagnostic imaging tests to determine the extent and severity of the injury.

Find a Podiatrist in Gainesville, VA

If you suspect that you have a sprained ankle but are not sure or are experiencing foot or ankle pain, contact Prince William Foot & Ankle Center by calling 703-753-3338 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhakta today.