If your ankles are painful, stiff, or swollen, there is a chance that it may be related to one of several types of arthritis. Dysfunction in the body’s immune system causes it to attack healthy tissues, including joints like the ankle. These types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, and even juvenile arthritis, also known as a pediatric rheumatic disease. Gout is a form of arthritis that typically affects the big toe joint; however, it can also occur in the ankle joint. Gout is caused when an excessive amount of uric acid in the body forms sharp crystals that can lodge themselves into joint tissue causing severe pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, occurs when joint cartilage deteriorates and causes underlying bones (such as those in the ankles) to rub against each other. Certain infections can cause an inflammatory response in joints including the ankle. This condition is known as reactive arthritis. Someone with psoriasis of the skin may also develop psoriatic arthritis in their ankles. If you are experiencing any type of pain in your ankles, contact a podiatrist to have your condition properly diagnosed and treated.
About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.
While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.
- Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
- Hard or thick callused spots
- Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
- Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing
- Electric tool removal
- Laser Treatment
- Topical Creams (prescription only)
- Over-the-counter medications
To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.
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