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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Dealing with heel and foot pain? Find out if it could be plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain, so chances are good that if you suddenly noticed foot pain radiating under the heel and even to the arches of your foot then you may be dealing with an unpleasant bout of plantar fasciitis. So, how do you know if it’s plantar fasciitis and does this require a trip to see our podiatrists in Wyomissing, PA and Morgantown, PA.? Let’s find out!
What is plantar fasciitis?
Along the soles of your feet from your toes to your heel is a thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. Not only does it support your heels but also the arches of your feet, as well. Unfortunately, this tissue can become overworked or overstretched, leading to inflammation that results in plantar fasciitis.
What are the warning signs of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis mostly presents with heel or arch pain in one foot. This problem is common among runners, hikers and athletes. The heel pain is typically worse in the morning when first getting out of bed but symptoms may ease us as the muscles and ligaments of the foot warm up. You may also experience swelling or stiffness.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
You’ll be happy to hear that most people will recover from this condition with rest, appropriate and supportive footwear, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Unfortunately, some cases of plantar fasciitis can become chronic if not properly cared for.
It's a good idea to call our foot doctors in Wyomissing, PA and Morgantown, PA, if:
- Symptoms do not improve or get worse after a week of at-home care
- You notice bruising or redness on or around the heel
- Your pain or swelling is severe
- Your heel pain is affecting your ability to walk
What will a podiatrist do to help?
First, we will need to examine the foot to determine if plantar fasciitis is really the root cause of your heel pain or whether something else may be at play here. This is particularly important if you’ve been resting and taking care of your foot and haven’t noticed that symptoms have eased up.
In some cases your foot doctor may recommend:
- Steroid injections
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Special stretches
- Surgery (for persistent heel pain)
Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing, PA and our Twin Valley location in Morgantown, PA is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the comprehensive foot and ankle care they deserve. If heel and foot pain is affecting your day-to-day activities then it’s time to give us a call.