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By Berkshire Podiatry Center
July 19, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: heel pain  

Many people living with heel pain may not realize what is causing their pain or how to treat it. If you are experiencing unresolved heel pain, a podiatrist may be able to help! A podiatrist is a foot doctor who has been specially trained and certified to address conditions related to feet and how they affect the body. If you are looking for a podiatrist in Wyomissing or Morgantown, PA, consider Berkshire Podiatry Center, Ltd.

What Is Causing Heel Pain?

Heel pain may have many different causes, and therefore many different solutions to resolve the pain. Your podiatrist in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, will work with you and your specific situation to address your needs. However, one of the most common reasons for heel pain is an overuse injury, which puts additional stress on the foot's connective tissue, causing inflammation and pain. Your podiatrist may recommend treating overuse injuries through ice, wrapping, rest, or adjusting your footwear. If you are training for an athletic event, not giving your feet enough rest, or wearing improper footwear, these can all be contributing factors to overuse injuries and pain, which need to be addressed by a professional to treat and prevent future injury.

Why Treat Heel Pain?

Heel pain can have a major impact on your daily life, including limiting your engagement in the activities you love. Whether you are an athlete unable to participate in your sport or a non-athlete trying to engage in active hobbies or daily errands, your heel pain can negatively impact the things you can do. In addition, if left untreated, over time, this pain may actually become worse as the injury itself becomes worse, leading to further risk for damage. Therefore, if you are experiencing foot pain, don't wait! A podiatrist may not only treat your injury and reduce your pain, but they can also give you tips to help prevent future injury so that you can continue doing the things you love pain-free.

Who To Call For Heel Pain

If you are having foot pain that is impacting your daily life, a podiatrist in Wyomissing or Morgantown, PA, may be able to help. By calling Berkshire Podiatry Center, Ltd, you are taking the first step toward recovery! So give us a call today at (610) 373-4154 for our Wyomissing office or (610) 286-6340 for our 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 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
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.