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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.
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.