When to See a Podiatrist for Foot Pain?
Most people tend to take their feet for granted. But if you’re experiencing foot pain, it could be a sign of a serious underlying condition, especially if you suffer from diabetes. Having a foot examination performed by a podiatrist is a sure way to get to the heart of the problem. Here are some reasons you should visit the foot experts at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA.
- Joint pain in your feet or ankles: One of the most common conditions that can cause this type of pain is arthritis. This disease causes stiffness, inflammation, and swelling in your feet and ankle joints.
- Diabetes: Patients who suffer from diabetes and are experiencing foot pain should visit a podiatrist as soon as possible. The disease makes you increasingly vulnerable to foot issues and if left untreated they can cause a serious infection.
- Heel pain: Often heel pain is caused by a heel spur. This is a bony growth on the back of the heel. It may also be caused by Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon that connects the heel to the calf.
- Ingrown toenail: When the side of a toenail (usually the big toenail) grows into the skin. This is an ingrown toenail. You will need to see a podiatrist if the toe is red, swollen or infected.
- A painful bunion: A bunion is a swelling on the joint at the base of the big toe. As this condition progressed it causes the big toe to twist inwards until is crossed the second toe. A bunion can be very painful and make it difficult to wear shoes or walk. In severe cases, surgery is the only option.
If you live in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA and suffer from foot pain, you can talk to one of the specialists at Berkshire Podiatry Center at (610) 373-4154.
How your podiatrists in Wyomissing and Morgantown PA can help if you have plantar fasciitis
Do your heels hurt, especially when you wake up and try to put weight on them? If so, you might have plantar fasciitis. It’s a painful foot condition that affects runners but others can get it too. The good news is that your Wyomissing podiatrist can help. The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown PA offer a comprehensive selection of foot care services, including effective plantar fasciitis treatment.
Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across your heel. It causes sharp, stabbing pain in your heel and along the side of your foot. The pain often becomes worse when you first wake up in the morning and try to stand.
Plantar fasciitis is common among athletes who stress out their feet with running, jogging, tennis, and other high-impact sports. You can also get plantar fasciitis from overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk, and from standing or walking on hard surfaces for extended periods. You may also be at higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you have flat feet, or you are overweight. Talk to your Wyomissing podiatrist about these risk factors and how they affect you.
For mild symptoms, you can try a few simple remedies at home like these:
- Placing ice on your heel for 15 minutes, several times each day
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Stretching your arches several times each day
- Changing to more supportive shoes
For more severe, persistent symptoms, it’s best to seek out the skills of your Wyomissing podiatrist. At Berkshire Podiatry Center, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises to increase flexibility and mobility
- Wearing custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide better support and cushioning
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling and pain
You don’t have to struggle with painful plantar fasciitis. You can get some relief quickly, but you need to call the podiatrists of Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing PA at (610) 373-4154. For our Morgantown PA office, call (610) 286-6340. Call now and help your feet feel better!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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