You want attractive, functional feet, and of course, you want your feet and nails to look their very best. Is a bunion on the side of your foot changing how you feel when you walk or run? Are you embarrassed to remove your shoes poolside or at a martial arts class? You can do something about that sore, bony bump. The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Morgantown and Wyomissing, PA, help scores of people each year with this common foot deformity.
How bunions develop:
A bunion is a change in the joint between the metatarsal bones of the foot and the toes--specifically, the big toe. If severe enough, a bunion:
- Hurts, looks red, or feels warm and inflamed
- Develops calluses and corns underneath the foot
- Turns the toe inward toward the second and even third toe (hallux valgus)
- Contributes to other deformities, such as hammer toes, pain and changes in gait)
- Stiffens the big toe
The American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society states that bunions make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably. Contributing factors include tight and high-heeled shoes, standing for long periods, obesity, hereditary tendency, and simple age. Many people over the age of 60 have some degree of bunion formation due to simple wear and tear. Foot injuries and an uneven gait lead to bunions, too.
What you can do:
Come to Berkshire Podiatry Center for treatment. Dr. I.E. Schifalacqua, Dr. Alan Weisberg, and Dr. Cassandra Stache use simple visual inspection and hands-on examination to determine the severity of your bunion and how to treat it. Depending on the severity, bunions may not require surgery (bunionectomy), but rather, simple interventions work to alleviate the pain, pressure and immobility bunions cause.
Here are some of the treatments the Morgantown and Wyomissing podiatrists use singly or in combination:
- Shoe padding
- Night time splints (typically used for children and adolescents)
- In-office callus and corn removal
- Custom-made shoe orthotics (inserts which correct flat arches and overpronation)
- Ibuprofen for pain
- Wider shoes with more room in the toe box and lower heels (not much than two inches in height)
- Cortisone injections to alleviate inflammation.
Find out more:
Visit your podiatrist at Berkshire Podiatry Center and experience pain-free, healthy feet again. For our Wyomissing location, phone (610) 373-4154 for an appointment. For the Morgantown location, call the office staff at (610) 286-6340.
Walking, climbing stairs, and other daily activities can all be difficult when you are suffering from ankle pain. Ankle pain can be caused by various conditions, such as a sprain or fracture. There are several options available for treating ankle pain due to various causes. A podiatrist can examine your ankle, identify the cause of your pain, and recommend an appropriate treatment option. The doctors at Berkshire Podiatry Center are your podiatrists for treating ankle pain in Morgantown and Wyomissing, PA.
Causes of Ankle Pain
Symptoms such as swelling, tenderness, and stiffness can accompany ankle pain. Another issue associated with ankle pain is instability. Ankle instability can cause you to feel as though your ankle will give out, particularly when walking on rough or uneven surfaces. For women, wearing high heels with ankle pain can further exacerbate the problem of instability, as well as lead to increased ankle pain.
There are many possible causes of ankle pain. For instance, an ankle injury that did not properly heal can lead to chronic ankle pain. Walking, running, jogging, and other related activities can further aggravate ankle pain. Causes of ankle pain include:
- A sprain
- A bone fracture
- A torn tendon
- Nerve damage
- An improperly healed injury
- Tissue and joint inflammation
Treatment Options in Morgantown and Wyomissing
Several non-surgical options are available for treating ankle pain. In some cases, though, surgery is the best option. A podiatrist can recommend the appropriate treatment option for your ankle pain. Treatments for ankle pain in Wyomissing include:
- Physical therapy
- Ankle braces
- Steroid medications
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- A cast or other type of immobilization
- Ankle surgery
There are treatments to help if you are suffering from ankle pain. To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment of ankle pain in Wyomissing, call the Berkshire Podiatry Center at (610) 373-4154, or call (610) 286-6340 for the Morgantown office.
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!
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Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Wyomissing, PA area, we’re excited you are here. With the podiatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
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