Ever have a wart on your foot?  Or hand, or anywhere on your body, for that matter?  No big deal, right?  Well, one would think that would be the case…

However, sometimes warts can be more than just a small annoyance that are easily treated by at-home over-the counter wart treatments.  A common one is: Dr. Scholl’s Freeze Away, for example.  Sometimes warts can be treated by such over-the-counter treatments, and they ultimately disappear- usually after doing a freezing treatment several times.

Although, other times you may not be that lucky.  At the office of Dr. James Ricketti, we treat people that have not had any success getting rid of their plantar warts on their own.   Plantar warts are caused by the HPV virus (human papilloma), which is the most common viral infection the skin gets afflicted with.  These warts are found on the sole or plantar area of the foot.  Plantar warts can be found anywhere in this area, but we usually see patients complaining of them when they are found in areas of pressure and friction. Many times, our patients come in with a plantar wart on a pressure point on the foot, which has stood the test of time (unfortunately!). They are often frustrated with their failed attempts to get rid of the irritating wart.

A mother recently came in with her eight year old son, who had a large wart on his foot, right where the toe meets the foot.  This poor child was in pain due to the size of the wart and the area where it was positioned.  She informed us that they had tried to freeze the wart themselves numerous times over the past month or two. Her son was complaining that his foot hurt whenever he would put his shoe on.  They tried different shoes, but still the same complaint. As warts are viral infections, they are often difficult to get rid of with over-the counter remedies.

At our convenient Hamilton, NJ location, Dr. James C. Ricketti or Dr. Stephen J. Skokan, and their trained staff of professionals can help end the vicious cycle of person against plantar warts!  Win the wart war once and for all, come see us…. After all, warts are for warthogs!

 

P-U!! Is there a repellent smell coming from your shoe?!  Well, it could mean your feet are not getting the circulation/ventilation they need within your shoes.  Some other causes of foot odor are:

  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Poor hygiene
  • Moist or overly warm feet
  • Sweaty feet
  • Tight/ ill-fitting shoes
  • Stress
  • Drug & alcohol use

If you are suffering from foot odor, one of the first things you can do is change your shoes to larger, more ventilated shoes, made of canvas or leather. Not only do ill-fitting shoes cause odor, they are also the culprit of many other foot problems that are much more serious. 

Here are some other helpful tips that Dr. James Ricketti has come across that have helped his patients with the embarrassing problem of foot odor:

  • First, and foremost, clean your feet! Use a good foot scrub & wash for 5 minutes, afterward, dry & apply a hand sanitizer afterward
  • Soak feet in vinegar & alcohol solution, or apply it on feet
  • Use any talcum powder on feet, and in shoes
  • Apply cornstarch on your feet-will prevent excessive sweating
  • Put baking soda on your feet, and in your shoes & sneakers

And, in the event that you need professional help for your feet or ankle issues, Dr. Ricketti’s convenient Hamilton, NJ location is here to help.  Contact us at: (609) 587-1674 to make an appointment.

fractures1Of all the forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common and is the type more likely to affect females than males. The condition primarily affects small joints in the hands and feet; it can spread to other parts of the body, however, if left untreated to exacerbate. The main symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation in the joints, which can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Occurrences of these symptoms can be constant or can happen in flare-ups; instances vary between patients. Various treatments are available for the condition; if you suspect you have rheumatoid arthritis, consult with your podiatrist for the best treatment.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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fungal toenail2If you are experiencing symptoms such as the thickening and yellowing of your toenails, you may be suffering from toenail fungus. Toenail fungus thrives on dead tissues, dead skin cells, and keratin in our nails. Infections occur when our toenails are subjected to a moist environment, such as sweaty shoes. Toenail fungus often starts in the toenails first, and if left untreated, can spread to your fingernails as well. Treatment can involve antifungal drugs and laser therapy. If you have a case of toenail fungus, be sure to maintain proper foot hygiene and to dry properly after washing.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot pain4Understanding your body is crucial toward treatment and prevention of knee and foot injuries. Knee and foot injuries can occur as a result of any physical activity, such as running or even just walking. The knee joint is a complex joint surrounded by ligaments, allowing us, in conjunction with our feet, to walk and run. Knee injuries can become especially severe if left untreated, potentially leading to very serious foot problems. It’s recommended to seek the advice of your podiatrist and follow up with physical therapy treatment. Surgery is also a potential treatment option depending on the severity of the injury.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, contact Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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