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The questions on this Website have been answered by Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists associated with OurHealthNetwork.com. The foot and ankle physicians and surgeons in this group have a combined 100 years of practice experience. The information and opinions expressed below should not be viewed as diagnoses and treatments, but rather as information to help you understand your foot or ankle related problem. All medical problems should be diagnosed and treated by a foot and ankle specialist in your state, or your family doctor.

Subject: Blisters

"My aunt has developed blisters under the skin on her heels. Her podiatrist claims he has never heard of this before. He keeps breaking and draining them. Does this sound right? She is a diabetic. Thanks so much!"
Dr. Kasdan's response: "Blisters are usually a response to trauma, and can be very dangerous for diabetics. Blisters may also be due to bacterial and fungal infections, and other types of dermatological problems. The cause of these blisters must be determined so that the proper treatment can be instituted. If the source is not identified, and they continue to occur, the blisters may eventually become ulcers, which are very difficult to treat in diabetics. I suggest that your aunt discuss this problem with her family doctor, or the doctor treating her diabetes."

Subject: Warts

"I have warts on my feet and I have had people tell me that there are different ways to get rid of them. I'm not sure what to do about it. I don't want to go through any pain; I just want them gone. Please tell me if you have any suggestions. Thank you!"
Dr. Kasdan's response: "Warts are lesions that are caused by a virus. The virus invades the skin, destroys the normal tissue, and produces hard skin lesions with small black dots dispersed through the lesion. They can spread to any skin surface or mucous membrane, and can be very painful. If you notice warts early, when there are only 1 or 2 present, you can usually treat them with over-the-counter wart medications, if you are not a diabetic or have poor circulation. Click here for more information about warts."

Subject: Dry Skin

"I have extremely dry/peeling feet, and have tried lotion, pedicures, and just about every athlete's foot medication, including prescriptions given by my family doctor. One foot is much worse than the other. How can I get them to heel and be smooth?"
Dr. Kasdan's response: "The skin of the feet have no oil glands and must rely on the sweat glands to moisturize the skin. The lack of oil glands makes preventing dry skin difficult; but, if we had oil glands on our feet, we would slip and slide with each step we took. In my 30 years of private practice, I have found that the most effective way to treat dry and cracked skin is to exfoliate, or remove the dry dead skin present, and to moisturize the underlying normal skin. Click here for more information about dry skin, including some easy and effective self-treatments."

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