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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.
How your podiatrists in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA can help
Heel pain can strike when you least expect it, causing a sharp, searing pain which can impact your ability to walk or stand. Fortunately, there are effective remedies for heel pain, but the first step is determining what is causing your heel pain. The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center want to help. They have two convenient office locations in Wyomissing and Morgantown, Pennsylvania.
You can get heel pain from every day causes like stepping on sharp objects which can cause a heel bruise. You can also suffer from heel pain due to excess calcium deposits or bone spurs on your heel. One of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, resulting from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across your heel.
Plantar fasciitis is very common in runners, but you don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from plantar fasciitis. It can also be caused by overpronation or rolling your foot when you walk. Being overweight, older, and wearing poorly-supporting shoes can cause plantar fasciitis to be much worse.
No matter what is the cause of your heel pain, there are some helpful tips you can try at home to get relief. Remember to:
- Stretch your arches and Achilles tendon several times during the day
- Always wear supportive shoes and avoid going barefoot
Stubborn, severe heel pain should be treated by your podiatrist. At Berkshire Podiatry Center, they offer several effective treatments including:
- Physical therapy to increase mobility
- Corticosteroid injections to decrease inflammation and pain
- Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide added support
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling
Heel pain doesn’t have to impact your life because there are effective treatments to get you back on your feet. For more information about heel pain treatment options, call the podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center, with offices in Wyomissing and Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Call today!
Heel pain is a common condition that often begins mildly and slowly increases in severity over time. Before you know it, the heel pain that only bothered you every once in a while could keep you from doing the most simple tasks, like walking. Find out more about heel pain and how your foot doctor can help with Berkshire Podiatry Center with locations in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain is a general term for a large variety of conditions. Pain concentrated in the heel area of the foot can come from many different causes, including:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- heel spurs
- stress fracture
Diagnosing Heel Pain
Diagnosing heel pain will begin with a consultation with your podiatrist. The consultation will serve as a time to gather information on your symptoms, experiences, family and medical history, and other investigative information like lifestyle choices or diet. Your doctor may also assess your gait or the way you walk. If necessary, an X-ray may be useful in examining the bones and connective tissues within the foot. A physical examination allows your podiatrist to visually assess your foot and search for any abnormalities or deformities immediately obvious from the outside. If you have heel pain which is very severe, you cannot move or bend your foot, or have a fever or numbness, you should seek immediate medical care.
Heel Pain Treatments in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA
Treating heel pain varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity of the pain, its cause, and any underlying conditions which may contribute to it. Often, your podiatrist may first recommend the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). This helps to encourage the body’s natural healing abilities. However, in some cases, more in-depth treatments may better suit the condition. If more conservative methods fail, your podiatrist may suggest a brace worn on the foot, customized orthotics worn inside the shoe or even surgery.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Berkshire Podiatry Center with locations in Wyomissing, PA, and Morgantown, PA. Call (610) 373-4154 to schedule your appointment in Wyomissing and (610) 286-6340 to schedule your appointment in Morgantown today!