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.