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By Berkshire Podiatry Center
April 26, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

Are you struggling with painful bunions? Your Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center offer treatments that can help you manage your symptoms.

Bunion symptoms

The bony bump at the base of your big toe is caused by a misalignment in the bones of your foot. The bunion appears when your big toe tilts toward your other toes. Bunions can make it difficult to find shoes that fit without causing pain, but footwear issues aren't the only problem. Redness, swelling, burning, numbness, and stiffness can occur over and around your bunion.

An inherited foot imbalance may be to blame for your foot condition. When the foot is imbalanced, it's much easier for the bones to become misaligned. Wearing tight shoes or high heels or standing for long hours can worsen the condition.

How to ease your bunion pain

Applying ice or taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, can relieve bunion pain and inflammation. Limit ice pack use to 15 to 20 minutes at a time to prevent frostbite.

Placing adhesive pads on your bunions will reduce pain and pressure, particularly when you wear shoes. Changing the type of shoes you wear is a simple solution that can ease pain and slow the progression of your bunions.

Look for shoes that cushion your foot and offer plenty of room in the toe area. If your big toe overlaps your other toes, make sure the toe box is high enough to prevent rubbing and friction. Stay away from heel heels, tight shoes, and any type of footwear that increases pressure on the front of your foot.

If these measures aren't helpful, it's a good idea to visit your Wyomissing and Morgantown foot doctors. Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics, prescription shoe inserts that cushion and support the foot and help improve its alignment. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce pain and swelling.

Surgery is the only way to remove a bunion and may be recommended if you have severe pain or your bunion interferes with your daily activities. Bunion surgery not only removes the bump but also realigns the bones in your foot, eliminating pain.

Don't let bunion pain keep you off your feet! Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown. Call (610) 373-4154 to reach the Wyomissing office or (610) 286-6340 for the Morgantown office.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
February 16, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: ankle pain  

How your podiatrists in Wyomissing, and Morgantown, PA, can help you and your ankles feel better

Ankle pain is a common problem, and when it affects you, your ability to get around and enjoy your life may be affected too. Your podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist who can treat your ankle pain and get you back on your feet fast.

The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center offer complete foot and ankle care, including treatment of ankle pain. They have two convenient office locations in Wyomissing, and Morgantown, PA, to help you and your ankles feel better.

  • Ankle pain can cause some uncomfortable symptoms, including:
  • Feeling unstable while walking or standing, especially on uneven surfaces
  • Continuous stabbing or aching pain on the outside of your ankle
  • Swelling, stiffness, and tenderness around your ankle

Ankle pain symptoms can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Some common issues that can lead to ankle pain include:

  • Arthritis in your ankle
  • Tendonitis or a torn tendon in your ankle
  • A fractured or broken bone in your ankle
  • A nerve injury in your ankle

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, you should seek out professional treatment to get you back on your feet. Your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Oral steroid medications to reduce swelling
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy and stretches to maintain ankle flexibility and mobility
  • Devices including walking casts or braces to provide support and stability

To read more detailed information about ankle pain and ankle pain treatment, please visit the Ankle Pain section on the website at https://www.berkshirepodiatry.com/ankle-pain.html

To find out more about ankle pain treatment and other podiatry services, call the podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center. You can reach them in Wyomissing, PA, at (610) 373-4154, or at their office in Morgantown, PA, at (610) 286-6340, so call today!

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot near the big toe. Bunions can become painfully inflamed as the interior of the shoes rubs against them throughout the day. Without treatment, bunions can get worse and lead to additional problems. At-home treatments can reduce inflammation and pain, as well as prevent bunions from getting worse. More serious cases might require professional treatment. The skilled podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing can help provide bunion relief through at-home or professional treatments.

Bunions Development of Bunions

Bunions can develop when the metatarsophalangeal toe joint slips out of place or is dislocated. This can happen due to an injury, a faulty foot structure, or a medical condition such as arthritis. The metatarsophalangeal joint connects the big toe to the foot. When it shifts out of place the big toe tends to lean toward the smaller toes, which causes the other end of the dislocated joint to stick out the side of the foot and form a bunion.

Wearing shoes that are too tight or extremely narrow can further aggravate a bunion. The friction produced when the shoes rub against the side of the foot can cause redness, inflammation, soreness, pain, and a burning sensation. Continuing to wear shoes that crowd the toes can even contribute to the bunion getting worse. Wearing roomier footwear can help.

Treating Bunions at Home

Bunions will not get better on their own. Some type of treatment is needed. There are many ways to treat bunions at home that can deliver relief from pain and discomfort and prevent the condition from becoming more serious. At-home methods for treating bunions include:

  • Ice — Applying ice to the bunion several times a day helps reduce inflammation and minimize pain.
  • Padding — Placing pads over the bunion helps reduce friction from footwear, which can reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Activity Modifications — Temporarily reducing or avoiding activities that cause bunion pain, such as standing for extended periods, can prevent inflammation and pain.
  • Medications — Over-the-counter pain relievers can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  • Changing Shoes — Wearing shoes with sufficient room for the toes while avoiding tight footwear can prevent inflammation, redness, and pain by reducing friction.

At-home bunion treatments can be extremely effective for reducing inflammation, redness, soreness, and other symptoms. However, professional treatment might be needed to correct a dislocated metatarsophalangeal joint. Some of the methods we use for treating bunions at our podiatry office in Wyomissing include night splints to realign the toe joint and custom orthotics to stabilize it. Our knowledgeable podiatrists can develop an individualized treatment approach for you.

Bunions can be treated at home through several methods, but professional treatment is often needed to realign the toe joint if it has become dislocated. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists to discuss the options for treating your bunions by calling Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing at (610) 373-4154. You can also contact our office in Twin Valley/Morgantown at (610) 286-6340.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
December 10, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain can be persistent, even disabling at times. If you're suffering, contact Berkshire Podiatry Center to understand the reasons why and get the help you deserve. Drs. Schifalacqua, Weisberg, Casey, and Stache are the Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, podiatrists who treat heel pain accurately and effectively. Why not let them help you?

Why do your heels hurt?

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) states that heel pain stems from arthritis, warts, cysts, or most often, an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Irritation of the connective tissue spanning the arch of the foot, plantar fasciitis is frequently called heel spur syndrome because of the small bony growths which may accompany the inflammation.

Your podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing, PA, use visual inspection, X-rays, and other kinds of imaging to diagnose your condition. The doctors wish to rule out other serious problems, such as Achilles tendinitis, before focusing on plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

Also, your foot doctor will review your symptoms. With plantar fasciitis, symptoms may include:

  • Heel and arch pain which is worse in the morning and gets better as the day goes on
  • Swelling of the heel
  • Inability to put weight on the affected foot comfortably
  • Extreme soreness when flexing the foot toward the shin
  • A pronounced burning sensation

Unfortunately, most anyone can develop plantar fasciitis if they are very active, run, or stand on their feet all day for their jobs. Other risk factors include:

  • Age (over 40)
  • Being a woman
  • Excess body weight
  • Naturally high arches

Treating heel pain

Your foot doctor may recommend resting from your usual athletic or work activities, icing your heel, and taking over the counter ibuprofen. Also, a consistent routine of morning stretching, focusing on the arch of the foot and/or calf should help.

For some people, custom-crafted shoe orthotics balance gait issues, such as overpronation. These functional inserts correct neuromuscular imbalances, relieving the strain on the plantar fascia.

Finally, some people require other treatments such as:

  • Injections of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation

If these interventions do not provide substantial relief, your podiatrist may advise surgical intervention.

Contact our office

At Berkshire Podiatry Center, our three podiatrists, Dr. I. E. Schifalacqua, Dr. Alan Weisberg, Dr. Kerry Casey, and Dr. Cassandra Stache help many patients overcome their heel pain. Phone one of our two offices for treatment of yours. In Wyomissing, PA, phone (610) 373-4154, or for the Morgantown, PA, location, call (610) 286-6340.

By Berkshire Podiatry Center
July 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain  

How your podiatrists in Wyomissing, and Morgantown, PA, can help you and your ankles feel better
 

Ankle pain is a common problem, and when it affects you, your ability to get around and enjoy your life may be affected too. Your podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist who can treat your ankle pain and get you back on your feet fast.

The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center offer complete foot and ankle care, including treatment of ankle pain. They have two convenient office locations in Wyomissing, and Morgantown, PA, to help you and your ankles feel better.
 

Ankle pain can cause some uncomfortable symptoms, including:

Feeling unstable while walking or standing, especially on uneven surfaces

Continuous stabbing or aching pain on the outside of your ankle

Swelling, stiffness, and tenderness around your ankle

 

Ankle pain symptoms can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Some common issues that can lead to ankle pain include:

Arthritis in your ankle

Tendonitis or a torn tendon in your ankle

A fractured or broken bone in your ankle

A nerve injury in your ankle
 

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms listed above, you should seek out professional treatment to get you back on your feet. Your podiatrist may recommend:
 

Oral steroid medications to reduce swelling

Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation

Physical therapy and stretches to maintain ankle flexibility and mobility

Devices including walking casts or braces to provide support and stability

 

To read more detailed information about ankle pain and ankle pain treatment, please visit the Ankle Pain section on the website at https://www.berkshirepodiatry.com/ankle-pain.html

To find out more about ankle pain treatment and other podiatry services, call the podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center. You can reach them in Wyomissing, PA, at (610) 373-4154, or at their office in Morgantown, PA, at (610) 286-6340, so call today!





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