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By Berkshire Podiatry Center
April 23, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Here are some simple but effective ways to reduce your risk for an ingrown toenail.

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin, causing pain, redness, and swelling. Although ingrown toenails will often go away on their own, if there is an infection or if the ingrown toenail is severe enough, it may require our podiatrists in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, Dr. Schifalacqua, Dr. Alan Weisberg, and Dr. Cassandra Stache, to remove part or all of the nail. Wondering why you keep dealing with ingrown toenails and how to prevent them? Read on to learn more.

Know the Ideal Nail Length

One of the biggest culprits for an ingrown toenail is trimming nails too short. We know that you want to avoid having to trim your nails again so soon but trimming your nails too short can put added pressure on the nails (particularly when wearing shoes).

The nails should be even with the tips of the toes. Make sure that whenever you trim your nails that you are using sterilized nail trimmers. If you have particularly thick nails, you may choose to soften them in a bath for a few minutes before trimming.

Trim Straight Across

While the idea of trimming nails at a curve may look attractive, the problem is that curving the edges of the nails increases the risk for ingrown toenails. That’s why it’s important to trim your nails straight across. If a nail is ragged or uneven, use a nail file to buff out the area and help shape and even out the nail.

Wear Shoes that Fit Properly

Shoes that are too tight and scrunch up your toes are also going to put too much pressure on your toenails. This pressure can increase your risk for ingrown toenails. If you’re looking for new shoes, it’s best to shop at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest (yes, feet swell throughout the day). This will ensure a better fit. You should be able to wiggle your toes around in the shoes you are wearing. If you can’t, they are too tight.

Our podiatrists are here to help

The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, want you to stay healthy and safe during these times. By practicing these simple tips above you can reduce your risk for ingrown toenails. Of course, we also understand the emergency foot and ankle problems can arise at any time. If you are dealing with an urgent situation that requires immediate care, please call our Wyomissing office at (610) 373-4154 or our Morgantown location at (610) 286-6340.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
March 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion  

Here are the more obvious signs that you could have a bunion.

A bunion is a painful and common foot deformity that often causes the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out. A bunion can become very painful and inflamed, making it more difficult to walk or get around. By recognizing the signs of a bunion early on, you can easily take precautionary steps to prevent it from getting worse. With offices in both Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, your podiatrists, Dr. I.E. Schifalacqua, Dr. Alan Weisberg, and Dr. Cassandra Stache, are able to help with this issue—read on to learn some common bunion symptoms, and give one of their offices a call if you are at all concerned about this issue.

A Bump at the Base of Your Big Toe

Take a second to examine your feet. Now, look at the innermost side of the foot near the bottom of the big toe. If there is a bulging bone or bump sticking out, then you could have a bunion. While bunions can form on both feet, most people only develop a bunion on one of their feet. Accordingly, you may notice that one side has a larger bulge than another. This could also give you a clue that you might have a bunion. Bunions develop gradually, often over years, so by catching this problem early on, you can prevent future foot problems.

Swelling, Redness, and Soreness

If the bony protrusion is large enough then you may also notice that it’s a bit swollen or sore from time to time. This may also be more apparent after a day spent in restrictive or inappropriate footwear, or after a physically active day. By wearing the proper shoes you can reduce inflammation, redness, and soreness around the bump. This will mean staying away from high heels, shoes that put pressure on the bunion, and shoes with a pointed toe. If you aren’t sure which type of shoes to wear in order to prevent your bunion from becoming worse, our foot doctors can offer up suggestions.

Persistent Pain

This is a common complaint for those with bunions. In fact, persistent throbbing or aching pain in this area of the foot is often what leads a patient to seek treatment. Of course, by then the bunion is usually rather large. The minute you start to notice pain and discomfort in this region, it’s important that you see a podiatrist. By detecting a bunion early on, we can provide you with simple lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms and prevent the bunion from getting worse.

 

Interested? Call one of our Offices in Either Wyomissing or Morgantown, PA, Today

Dealing with persistent foot pain? Looking for a podiatrist who can treat your bunion? If so, call Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing, PA, today at (610) 373-4154, or contact our Morgantown location by dialing (610) 286-6340.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
January 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: foot pain  

Foot pain is a frustrating problem, especially if you don't know what's causing it. Fortunately, the team of podiatrists here at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, can help diagnose the source of any ongoing foot pain that you might be experiencing. Below, we discuss a few common ailments that affect two different areas of the foot.

Toe Pain

Sometimes the cause of your foot pain is obvious; an ingrown toenail, for example, presents itself with red swollen skin around the big toe and periodically reoccurring bouts of sharp pain. In other cases, however, your podiatric issue may require a professional evaluation from our Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA office to discover the source.

An aching pain near your big toe, particularly if you have a pronounced, bony lump just behind it, is often a result of a bunion. A problem that mainly affects women, bunions are a distortion of the bone often attributed by a combination of genetics and improperly fitted footwear. Arthritis or abnormal growths may also cause pain in one or more of your toes.

Heel Pain

Many people who have heel pain have inflammation within their plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. This pain is typically worse just after rising in the morning or after a long period of inactivity, though it improves with walking over time. A similar type of pain originating on the back of the heel can be due to a problem with the Achilles tendon. In another common instance, heel pain when putting weight on your foot may be the result of a stress fracture. Due to the multitude of possibilities related to the source of your foot pain, this issue warrants a trip to our office.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

For a thorough evaluation of your foot pain, contact Berkshire Podiatry Center iin Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, for an appointment with one of our team of skilled podiatrists. Call us today at (610) 373-4154.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
October 23, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle pain  

Ankle pain can make your life difficult, complicating everyday tasks as simple as standing in line or walking around the office. In fact, ankle pain can make you feel so unstable on your feet to the point where you just want to stay on the couch all day. Fortunately, the podiatrists here at Berkshire Podiatry Center in both Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, offer several effective treatments for ankle pain. Read on to learn more!

Ankle pain: symptoms, causes, and treatment options

If you have ankle pain, you may experience signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Intense, recurring pain on the outside of your ankle
  • Loss of stability while standing
  • Difficulty walking on uneven surfaces
  • Ankle swelling, tenderness, and stiffness

Ankle pain can be acute or chronic, and can be caused by many factors. Some of the common reasons include:

  • Joint inflammation or arthritis
  • Bone fracture
  • Sprained ankle
  • Tendon inflammation or a torn tendon
  • An injury to a nerve passing in your ankle

You can try to relieve ankle pain by placing ice on your ankle several times during the day in combination with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory/pain medications to relieve swelling and discomfort. It may also be helpful to elevate your ankle to avoid putting weight on it.

For chronic moderate-to-severe ankle pain, it’s best to seek out the services of a podiatrist. Here at Berkshire Podiatry Center, treatments for ankle pain include:

  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Physical therapy and stretches to maintain flexibility and mobility
  • Steroid medications to decrease swelling and inflammation
  • Ankle braces or walking casts to increase stability and support

Need relief from ankle or foot pain? Give us a call

To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for ankle or foot pain, call the podiatrists here at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA. Dial (610) 373-4154 for the Wyomissing office, or (610) 286-6340 for the Morgantown location.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
July 25, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

If you have diabetes, this means your body cannot manually produce insulin, and therefore impairs the body's ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. Practicing proper diabetic foot care can prevent severe damage to your heart, eyes, kidney, nerves, and of course, your feet. While there is no cure for diabetes, visiting your podiatrist Berkshire Podiatry Center can help you avoid serious complications and help you enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle.

Healthy Habits For Your Feet

  • Inspect - all areas in between including the top, sides, soles, and heels. If you are physically unable, use a mirror or ask for help.
  • Wash - with mild soap and warm water every day. Diabetic feet are sensitive to temperature, so check the water with your fingers between you dip them in.
  • Dry - and make sure you don't miss a drop. Infections tend to develop in moist areas.
  • Moisturize - with lotion or oil if skin feels dry. Do not use between your toes.

Most people can prevent serious foot problems by following these simple steps. Because diabetes is a disease that affects different parts of the body, successful management requires a team approach between you and our podiatrists in Wyomissing, PA and Morgantown, PA.

Tips for Proper Diabetic Foot Care

  • Schedule routine medical exams - these include foot checks at every visit and testing your A1, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
  • Monitor your blood sugar daily.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Berkshire Podiatry Center can educate you on proper diabetic foot care and teach you the importance of adopting healthy habits and maintaining them daily. That can help detect problems such as minor cuts or blisters, which can lead to ulcers.

If you have diabetes and experience symptoms of nerve damage, circulation problems, or infections in your legs, feet, or ankles, schedule a consultation with Berkshire Podiatry Center, in Wyomissing, PA and Morgantown, PA, to discuss your treatment options. Visit our website to learn more about the services we provide.





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