Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers!

Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Dr. Stephanie Carollo provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about your foot pain, call Dr. Stephanie Carollo’s office at (586) 298-1585.

Plantar Warts

Q: I think I have a wart on my foot. Will an OTC product from the drugstore work?

A: It may or may not.  Sometimes these can be successful and cause the wart to resolve, but many times the medication in the OTC products is not strong enough to kill the wart.  This is often the case with warts on the bottom of the foot (or “plantar warts”), where the skin is thicker and OTC medications often don’t penetrate enough to work well.  However, some lesions may look like warts but are actually not, and it’s never a good idea to treat something unless you know what it is for sure.  Also, some people are poor candidates for OTC self-treatment, such as some diabetics and those with poor circulation or other conditions that put them at higher risk for foot problems.

Q: What causes pain in the ball of the foot?

A: There are many conditions that can cause pain in the ball of the foot.  These include capsulitis, metatarsalgia, stress fractures, hammertoes, neuromas, loss of fat padding that is supposed to be present in this area, calluses, fractures, or plantar warts.  In addition, people with a high arched foot often have more pressure on the ball of the foot which can lead to pain in this area, and this can also occur in people with feet that are too mobile, or who have with bones that are longer or shorter than the adjacent bones.