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WHAT CAUSES PLANTAR WARTS
Introduction: Plantar warts are result of a type of virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into compromised skin areas mostly around the bottom of the heels or balls of the feet. The warts are generally harmless, but they can cause pain and have the potential of spreading to different areas of the feet. The plantar warts are easily diagnosed usually through scrapping of bit of the rough skin or by getting a biopsy.
The warts are most prevalent in teenagers and individuals with weakened immune system. Most warts disappear on their own, but some require medical attention when becoming painful which affects daily activity.
Symptoms: -Callus area to bottom of the foot, usually rough and thick skin -Wart seeds, which look like little black spots as result from small clotted blood vessels -Pain and discomfort with direct pressure mostly when walking or standing
Treatments: -Freezing -Laser treatment -Topical medications or creams -Over-the-counter medication
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Stiff great toe joint
When you have a stiff great toe joint, it is mostly likely due to arthritis. The medical term is called hallux rigidus. The articular cartilage covering the end of the bone erodes due to wear and tear or trauma, which results in stiff and painful motion of the joint. Bone spur can develop on top of the bone preventing full range of motion of the joint when walking.
Hallux rigidus commonly develops in adults between the ages of 30 to 60 years. Risk factors for developing hallux rigidus include history of trauma to the area such as a fracture leading to articular damage. Other risk factors include, history of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout. The symptoms of hallux rigidus include pain with activity especially during push off. People may also experience swelling around the joint, along with a bump that may develop at the top of the joint. Stiffness may develop at the big toe joint, limiting upward and downward motion of the toe.
There are several conserv…