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Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

Treating an Abscess on the Toe

Having an abscess on the toe can be a painful and annoying experience. A toe abscess may be caused by germs or oil in the toe, a hair follicle, or a skin puncture. An abscess is a sign of infection causing the sore to fill with pus and other fluids. Inflammation sets in, and the toe becomes red and painful to the touch. Ignoring a toe abscess can lead to more serious infections within the entire body. Before a podiatrist can treat an abscess, certain information is needed, including how long the abscess has been there and whether the toe was injured. If the abscess is advanced, the podiatrist will proceed to make a small cut to drain it, and then will flush the area with an antiseptic solution. A bandage will be applied to guard against further infection, and pain medication may be prescribed. One way to prevent another toe abscess is to maintain daily foot hygiene habits. For more information on wound care for a toe abscess, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Franklin Harry, DPM from Best Foot Forward. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Causes and Remedies for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, which are often associated with plantar fasciitis, can become painful. They occur when calcium builds up on the bottom of the heel bone. These outgrowths, or spurs, may be caused by foot muscle strains, stretching of the plantar fascia, and a tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone. Heel spurs are common in athletes who perform sports that require a great deal of running and jumping. Other causes can include gait issues that put extra pressure on the heels, running on hard surfaces, and poorly fitting shoes with inadequate arch support. Excess weight and obesity may also contribute to the formation of heel spurs. In some cases, a person may not experience any symptoms from heel spurs. But others may feel intermittent or chronic pain, especially after running or long periods of exercise. Stretching exercises, pain medication, and shoe inserts are helpful treatment options. For more information on methods to deal with heel spurs, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Franklin Harry, DPM from Best Foot Forward. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Why the Bottom of Your Feet May Hurt

If you have pain in the bottom of your feet, you may be wondering why that is. You might be feeling sharp pains or throbbing soreness. Given how complex the feet are and the many bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments they have, there are many reasons this can happen. One possibility is that you are experiencing symptoms of flat feet. This is the foot condition when the entire sole touches the ground. The types of flat feet are flexible and rigid flat feet. Flexible flat foot is the most common and occurs when the foot is only flat when weight is put on it. Rigid flat foot is flat whether weight is put on the foot or not. This latter type of flat feet may be from the tarsal coalition, which is an ailment where bones have grown together. Additionally, congenital conditions or arthritis may lead to having flat feet. The correct treatment depends on the type of flat foot you have. Relief may be found by stretching the foot, strengthening the arch, or wearing orthotics. Surgery may also be a possibility for permanent relief. If you have flat feet and they are causing you pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an evaluation and a proper treatment plan.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Franklin Harry, DPM from Best Foot Forward. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Who Can Get Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are essentially growths that can form on the soles of the feet due to contracting the human papillomavirus. Many patients who are trying to prevent the onset of plantar warts will ask podiatrists who can get plantar warts. The answer is that ultimately anyone can develop a plantar wart. However, certain types of people are more susceptible than others. For example, children attending school may be more susceptible than adults to developing plantar warts. Additionally, individuals living with weakened immune systems could be especially prone to developing plantar warts. This might include people with HIV and those on chemotherapy. If you are living with plantar warts, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for treatment options.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Franklin Harry, DPM from Best Foot Forward. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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


  • Freezing
  • 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Festus and St. Louis, MO and Sauget, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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