What's that bump on the side of your foot? If it's near the big toe, and big enough that it's slanting your toes, it's quite likely that you have a bunion. Fortunately, here at Steuben Podiatry & Valley Podiatry in Athens, GA, Bath, NY, and Corning, NY, your podiatrists offer a number of treatments, usually containing simple lifestyle changes and accommodations. With the help of Drs. Joseph Hatef, Andrew Black, and Kathleen Panepinto, you can feel better and stop worrying about that bump!
What causes bunions?
Also known as hallux abducto valgus, bunions results from a number of factors, including:
- Heredity (some foot structures seem more prone to develop bunions than others do)
- The regular wearing of tight, short, or high-heeled shoes
- Age (people who are over 65 develop more bunions, according to Science Daily)
- Overexertion of the feet
Unfortunately, as bunions progress, they often develop debilitating symptoms such as pain, calluses, corns, tingling, redness, and numbness. The big toe even may cross toward or over the second or third toes. Bursitis, arthritis, and a deformity called a hammertoe can all also result from this condition, leading to daily discomfort for bunion patients.
Diagnosis and treatment of bunions
A visual inspection/X-ray screening at one of our offices in Athens, GA, Bath, NY, and Corning, NY, tells our podiatrists the exact nature and extent of your foot deformity. That information, coupled with details on your symptoms, come to inform the creation of your custom bunion treatment.
Much to the relief of most patients, bunionectomy surgery is not the typical treatment. Instead, your foot doctor may advise these interventions as part of your customized care plan:
- Switching your shoes to ones with wider toe boxes and lower heels
- Using shoe padding, such as Moleskin, to cushion your bunion and lessen friction between the foot and the shoe
- Wearing customized orthotics (shoe inserts) to correct gait problems
- Over-the-counter ibuprofen to provide pain relief
- Ice and rest
- Callus and corn removal by your podiatrist
Give us a call!
The professional staff at Steuben Podiatry & Valley Podiatry can resolve your symptoms for a better quality of life and increased mobility. Call one of our three locations today for consultation and treatment: (607) 936-6933 for the Corning, NY, office, (607) 776-2931 for the Bath, NY, office or (570) 888-3688 for the Athens, PA, office.
For the most accurate diagnosis and treatment of your heel pain, see your Corning, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Joseph Hatef, Dr. Andrew Black, and Dr. Kathleen Panepinto at Steuben Podiatry and Valley Podiatry. Through careful examination of your feet and review of your symptoms, they can normalize your foot function and manage or eliminate your pain for good.
The most frequent cause of heel pain
While some people experience heel discomfort from a plantar wart (a bumpy benign growth caused by direct contact with a virus), most heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This very uncomfortable condition causes inflammation, swelling, redness, and pain across the bottom of the foot. The affected structure is the plantar fascia, a wide band of connective tissue stretching across the bottom of the foot from the toes to the heel bone.
Typically, the discomfort of heel pain in Corning, NY, happens after a workout or brisk walk, or patients notice it as they get out of bed in the morning or after sitting for an extended period of time at work or at home watching TV. Most of the discomfort centers on the heel, and sometimes, people have a bony spur projecting off the front of the heel bone.
Getting help for heel pain
The professional team at Steuben Podiatry and Valley Podiatry evaluates scores of people for heel pain. A podiatric examination includes X-rays and other imaging as needed. Most individuals with plantar fasciitis overpronate their feet when they walk, rolling their feet toward the mid-line, and stressing the fascia to the point of pain.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis rarely is complex or surgical. Only persistent symptoms of longer than one year require an operation. Most patients do well with:
- Stretching exercises, particularly for the calf muscles
- Better footwear (quality athletic shoes, for instance)
- Non-prescription analgesics and anti-inflammatories
- Customized shoe orthotics to support the arch and correct overpronation
- Losing weight
- Night splinting
Dr. Hatef, Dr. Black, and Dr. Panepinto urge their patients to manage their plantar fasciitis with a continuing program of care. The goal of individualized care plans is healthy, happy feet which function well.
Are you hurting?
If you have heel pain, don't postpone treatment. Call Steuben Podiatry and Valley Podiatry for the best care around. Call (607) 776-2931 to schedule an appointment at our Bath, NY, office, or (607) 936-6933 to schedule an appointment at our Corning, NY, office, or (570) 888-3668 to schedule an appointment at our Athens, PA, office!
How your podiatrists in Corning, NY, can help your feet
Do your heels hurt? Are you finding it painful and difficult to walk? If so, it’s time to seek out the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Don’t suffer with heel pain, because it can dramatically affect your life and keep you from enjoying your daily activities. The podiatrists at Steuben Podiatry & Valley Podiatry want to help you and your feet feel better. They have convenient office locations in Corning and Bath, NY, and Athens, PA, to help you get back your healthy feet.
There are a lot of reasons why you might be suffering from heel pain. Stepping on sharp objects can bruise your heel. You may have a bone spur or calcium deposit in your heel. You may also be suffering from the debilitating and painful condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by rolling your feet when you walk, a habit known as overpronation. You can also get plantar fasciitis from walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time. Whatever the cause, plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel. Plantar fasciitis pain can be severe and can keep you on the couch.
You can try some home treatments to ease your heel pain. Remember to:
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Rest, and take the weight off of your feet and heels
Don’t ignore your heel pain hoping it will go away. Instead, call your podiatrist. There are several effective treatments your podiatrist may recommend, including:
- Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
- Stretches and physical therapy
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
- Extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT)
You don’t have to suffer from heel pain. Help is on the way! Just pick up the phone and call the podiatrists at Steuben Podiatry & Valley Podiatry, with offices in Corning and Bath, NY, and Athens, PA. Call today and help your feet feel better!
Has it been weeks or months since you first noticed pain in your ankle? Although optimism is certainly an important trait, assuming that your ankle pain will get better if you just give it more time may actually increase your risk of long-term pain. Athens, PA, and Bath and Corning, NY, podiatrists Drs. Joseph Hatef, Andrew Black, and Kathleen Panepinto offer a variety of effective treatments that ease their patients ankle pain.
What can happen if you ignore ankle pain?
Twisted ankles and other mild injuries usually improve after a week or two of rest and a few ice packs. In most cases, you won't face any lasting effects following your injury. Unfortunately, you may not be so lucky if you have a more severe injury. If you don't receive treatment for your condition, you may develop chronic pain, arthritis, stiffness, or other issues.
When should I visit my Athens, PA, Bath or Corning, NY, podiatrist?
It's a good idea to schedule an appointment in these situations:
- Your ankle still hurts after two weeks: If you've stayed off your ankle as much as possible, but it isn't getting better, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your foot doctor.
- You have trouble walking: Difficulty walking, no matter when it occurs, warrants a visit to the podiatrist. Trouble walking immediately after you injure your ankle can be a symptom of a fracture or severe sprain. Both conditions require prompt treatment.
- You are in severe pain: Severe pain is usually a sign of an equally severe injury and should be investigated immediately.
- Your ankle just doesn't look right: An obvious ankle deformity can be a sign of a fracture and warrants an immediate call to your foot doctor or a trip to the emergency room.
What can my podiatrist do to relieve my pain?
Your treatment plan will vary depending on your injury but may involve a cast, boot or crutches. Using these devices takes the weight off your ankle, allowing it to heal. Physical therapy, heel cups or pain medication may be helpful. Although many conditions can be managed without surgery, it may be the best option in some cases.
Find effective treatment for your ankle pain with a visit to the podiatrist. Schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph Hatef, Andrew Black, and Kathleen Panepinto by calling (607) 936-6933 for the Corning, NY, office, (607) 776-2931 for the Bath, NY, office or (570) 888-3688 for the Athens, PA, office.
How your podiatrist in Corning, Bath, and Athens can help
If you are suffering from heel pain, help is on the way! If you’ve been sidelined on the couch due to heel pain, you can get relief! If you are dealing with heel pain, Dr. Amber Allen at Steuben Podiatry & Valley Podiatry wants to help. She has three convenient office locations in Corning and Bath, NY, and Athens, PA, to help you and your feet.
Heel pain is often caused by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The thick band of tissue which runs across your heel is known as the plantar fascia. This thick band of tissue can become inflamed, resulting in plantar fasciitis and heel pain. You may experience some or all of these symptoms if you have plantar fasciitis:
- Acute, sharp pain on the bottom of your heel
- Aching pain on the side of your foot or arch
- Pain that increases when you stand up
- Pain that increases over a long period of time
You are at greater risk of plantar fasciitis if you:
- Carry excess weight
- Overpronate or roll your foot when you walk
- Walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time
- Participate in high impact sports like running or jogging
The best way to prevent plantar fasciitis is to always wear supportive, comfortable shoes that support your arches. Avoid going barefoot, and if you participate in high impact sports, always make sure you wear the appropriate foot wear for what you are doing. You might consider switching to lower impact activities, like swimming, and try to maintain a healthy weight.
To get relief from plantar fasciitis, you can:
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Do arch stretches several times during the day
- Get some rest and take the weight off of your feet
For stubborn plantar fasciitis and heel pain, it’s best to visit an expert. At Steuben Podiatry & Valley Podiatry your podiatrist may recommend:
- Custom-made orthotics and other devices to support your feet
- Physical therapy and stretching to maintain flexibility
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
- Corticosteroid injections around your heel to reduce inflammation
- Surgical intervention for severe, nonresponsive cases
You don’t have to deal with heel pain when help is just a phone call away. If you are suffering heel pain, it’s time to call Dr. Allen at Steuben Podiatry & Valley Podiatry, with offices in Corning and Bath, NY, and Athens, PA. Call now and get relief from your heel pain!
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