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Welcome Dr. Huey!

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We are happy to announce that we added another wonderful podiatric doctor to our staff, Dr. Jonathan Huey. Continue reading to learn more our about new doctor!

Dr. Huey is experienced in diabetic wound care, limb salvage, trauma, pediatric deformity, and performs forefoot, rearfoot surgery including ankle arthroscopy. He has a special interest in nerve surgery including nerve transfers.

Dr. Huey is originally from the Bay Area and always planned to return after he completed his training in Chicago. He is very happy to be back and serving the Bay Area community for all their podiatric needs.

In his free time, Dr. Huey enjoys dragon boating, recreational volleyball and competitive care driving.

We are very excited to have Dr. Huey on our Bay Area Foot & Laser team! Don’t forget to stop by and say hello if you are in area.

What is a Plantar Wart and How to Treat it

Plantar warts sound pretty gruesome, but they’re a fairly common foot ailment that affect about 3 million people per year. They are not considered a serious health concern, although they do cause irritation and pain.

How People Get Plantar Warts

The name “plantar” derives from the anatomical location of the wart, which is the sole of the foot. This type of wart manifests in small growths. Plantar warts are pushed into the skin through the pressure induced by walking or standing, making them even more aggravating.

Plantar warts are caused by an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). This type of viral infection invades the outer skin on the sole of the foot through minor cuts and abrasions. If an individual is infected, the warts may not appear for weeks or months.

This type of foot infection is contagious, and could be picked up in high traffic areas such as:

• Public pools

• Communal bathrooms

• Locker rooms

• Public showers or saunas

• Athletic facilities where people workout barefoot (martial arts or yoga studios)

Who Could Get Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus, so those with higher immune systems are less likely to get infected. Plantar warts are more commonly found on children, whose immune systems are still developing. However, adults with lowered immune systems are also susceptible to plantar warts. Individuals who have contracted plantar warts before could also get them again.

How to Treat Plantar Warts

Plantar warts could cause pain and discomfort for those that have them. There are many ways to go about treating the infection, but some methods are more effective than others.

Home Remedies for Plantar Warts

Plantar warts vary in severity, but home remedies may be worth trying to reduce the size or pain of plantar warts.

Apple cider vinegar is one option, and it is recommended that a soaked cotton ball should be applied to the affected area twice daily.

Tea tree oil is an antiseptic that has many beneficial uses. To try this method, dilute the tea tree oil with olive, coconut, or almond oil and apply to the plantar warts twice daily.

Another home remedy to try would be twice daily applications of iodine to the infected area.

Home remedies may take several weeks or months to show results, if they work at all. If these treatments don’t show improvement, seek medical advice from a podiatrist.

Over the Counter Treatments

There are many over the counter treatments to combat or minimize plantar warts.

Foot pads are applied like bandages to the infected area after soaking in warm water and dried. The adhesive pads are then replaced every 24 or 48 hours.

Liquid wart remover is another over the counter treatment to try. After soaking the plantar warts in warm water, dry the area and apply drops of wart remover once or twice daily.

It is also possible to use a freezing kit to treat plantar warts. These kits can be acquired in most drugstores and could be used on multiple warts.

Over the counter treatments could typically treat plantar warts in about 12 weeks.

Seeing a Podiatrist

The most effective and safe way to deal with plantar warts is by scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist. Foot specialists are able to prescribe in office treatment, clinical strength medication, and medical advice.

If you live in or near Houston, Texas, call (713) 526-0600 to schedule an appointment with Codwell Family Foot Center today. Or if you prefer, make an appointment online via our online appointment request form with Dr. Codwell to treat your plantar warts.  

Flip-Flops: Dangerous for Your Feet?

Now that the weather is starting to improve, you might be thinking about sporting a pair of flip-flops the next time you head outside. While flip-flops are convenient and comfortable, they can actually damage your feet if you wear them too often. Everyday flip-flop use can contribute to the development of conditions like plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and shin splints. Flip-flops that are too small for your feet might give you blisters or leave you susceptible to other infections. On the other hand, flip-flops that are too big can cause you to slip and fall while you walk.

Problems Caused by Flip-Flops

We know that most flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off — they really are the perfect shoe for any summer beach goer. Unfortunately, though, they are also known to cause problems. Long-term flip-flop use can affect your feet by causing the following:

  • Ankle & hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Flip-Flop Related Injuries

Because flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more vulnerable to injuries caused by dropped objects or being stepped on. The nature and style of the shoe also leave your feet more prone to other issues, like cuts or fungal infections.

Common injuries and ailments related to overuse of flip-flops include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

The best way to avoid these injuries is to wear flip-flops that support and protect your feet. In general, foot care experts believe that properly-fitting sneakers are the best option for your feet.

If you do suffer any flip-flop related injuries or conditions this Spring/Summer, set up a consultation with Dr. Mark Wolpa at Bay Area Foot & Laser Podiatry Group. He and his experienced team will help diagnose and treat your flip-flop related injury. You can click here to request an appointment online. You can also call (510) 849-3800 to reach our Berkeley, CA office or (925) 937-2222 for our Walnut Creek, CA office.

5 Ways to Avoid Nail Fungus Infections

Toenail fungus can cause a smelly and yellowish infection under your toenails that will eventually lead to the complete removal of the nail if treatment isn’t started before the infection gets out of control. Fungi thrive in warm, wet environments, which is why they love your warm, sweaty feet. Interestingly, the same fungi that cause athlete’s foot are ones that can spread under the nail, resulting in a thick, brittle, moonlike appearance and that telltale sulfur smell.

Some of the best tips for avoiding nail fungus infections include:

  • Proper nail care: Always cut your nails straight across rather than close to the skin. As an added benefit, this greatly reduces the incidence of ingrown toenails.
  • Cleanliness: Washing your feet regularly will help to avoid spreading the fungi. Always be careful to dry your feet completely before putting on socks and shoes.
  • Breathable footwear: Lighter socks and breathable footwear made with fabrics like GORE-TEX and linen will help keep your feet cooler and therefore much drier.
  • Medicated powders and lotions: Antifungal powder can be used on your feet and inside your footwear. Antifungal creams and lotions will also help heal dry skin problems such as calluses.
  • Foot protection: When using public areas and facilities such as locker rooms, gyms, jujitsu parlors, and swimming areas, remember to wear sandals or shower shoes to avoid coming into contact with fungi and other microorganisms that can cause infections.

If you still develop a toenail fungus infection, Bay Area Foot & Laser Group offers cutting-edge laser nail therapy that can be used to clear up your nails and kill the fungus in a fast, effective procedure that shows great results in just a few sessions with zero time required for recovery.

Dr. Mark Wolpa and his team at Bay Area Foot & Laser Group in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, CA have the experience and technology necessary to treat your toenail fungus. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact one of our offices located in Berkeley, CA and Walnut Creek, CA.

Heel Pain: Types and Treatment

Heel pain is one of the most common problems that we treat here at Bay Area Foot & Laser Podiatry Group.  When you first come to our Berkeley or Walnut Creek, CA offices, our team will work with you to identify the underlying cause of your heel pain so we to put together the most effective treatment plan. That treatment can range from simple foot exercises that you can complete at home, to laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation depending on the condition being treated.

Causes of Heel Pain

In most cases, the main cause of heel pain for most patients is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs when the connective tissue on the underside of your foot that connects the rear-foot to the forefoot — also known as the plantar fascia — becomes inflamed. People with this condition often experience a sharp pain on the bottom of the heel, especially after long periods of rest (like when taking the first steps after waking up).

However, plantar fasciitis is not the only cause of heel pain we treat at Bay Area Foot & Laser Group. If you are experiencing tenderness behind the heel, it could be inflammation caused by Achilles tendonitis or peroneal tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and longest tendon in your body, and it gets a lot of use on a daily basis. That means it’s very susceptible to overuse and overexertion, which often manifests itself as inflammation and ultimately pain in the heel area.

Treatment for Heel Pain

The treatment for your heel pain will depend on the diagnosis. For mild-to-moderate cases of plantar fasciitis or tendonitis, Dr. Mark Wolpa may recommend a simple stretching regimen that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Because heel pain is often related to tightness in the connective tissues, patients can benefit from various stretches that Dr. Wolpa can explain in detail. If those therapies aren’t reducing pain, Dr. Wolpa may also recommend bracing or even steroid injections.

For more serious cases of plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, advanced therapies like MLS Laser therapy may be recommended. This safe, minimally invasive procedure uses a laser light to target pain and reduce inflammation. The laser uses energy to penetrate the skin and target the problem areas to repair soft tissue. Dr. Wolpa performs this procedure in office and has seen great results from patients hoping to reduce heel pain.

If you have heel pain and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wolpa at Bay Area Foot & Laser Group in Berkeley, CA call (510) 849-3800. You can also click here to schedule an appointment online.