Bathroom Foot Surgery Gone Very Very Wrong

Stop Bathroom surgery, call your Houston podiatristToday was a crazy day in the office....I saw an elderly man who has scratched his legs and feet so badly that he essentially flayed his skin off. I got an MRI back that prompted me to order more tests to see if his previous kidney cancer has metastisized to a bone in his foot. But the biggest shock was a woman who treated a "wart" herself with bathroom surgery and put herself in a very scary situation.

There are many over the counter products to treat plantar warts. Dr. Scholls puts out medicated pads. There are all sorts of topical liquids and creams. There is also a freezing spray for home use. She decided to use all of these. Then, when it still wasn't going away, she took a hot needle and went to town on it. She came into the office and was in tremendous pain. In fact, she went to another podiatrist in Houston last week and was told that there was nothing he could do for her.

As I looked further into the painful area, I realized that the presence or absence of her wart was not the biggest issue at this point. I was more concerned about the gaping hole in her foot. Her bathroom surgery had created a foot ulcer that reaches to the bone. I often see these situations in elderly patients with poor circulation and diabetes, but not in a healthy 30 year old woman!

There was some good news...the x-ray did not show any sign of bone infection. Once I numbed the toe, I was also able to get the wound looking better. She reported that she just finished a course of antibiotics because of the flu. I suspect that she had symptoms of the flu because of a substantial infection in her foot. I believe that her treatment today has put her on the road to recovery.

There are OTC treatments for common foot conditions, such as plantar warts and ingrown toenails. If you don't find quick relief with those products...STOP THERE! Contact your Houston podiatrist to schedule an appointment. I promise you that anything we do will be less painful and more effective than your own bathroom surgery.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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