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General Foot Care FAQs


What types of conditions do podiatrists treat?

To understand the conditions podiatrists treat, it can be helpful to think of a podiatrist as a doctor who specializes in feet. Individuals who practice medical care for foot and ankle issues earn their doctorate of podiatric medicine (DPM) from accredited universities before performing a residency in the field.

Specific categories of foot issues that podiatrists treat include: heel and ankle pain, pediatric foot care, sports injuries, skin and nail conditions, diabetic foot care, and wound care. Many podiatrists are also able to provide surgical services.

We provide treatment for a wide range of foot and ankle issues, but some of the more common conditions that bring patients into our office are plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, ankle sprains, fungal toenails, and bunions.

We can help you with these and many other foot issues here at Southern Tier Podiatry, so be sure to schedule your appointment with us as soon as a problem develops. Remember, foot pain is an indication that something is wrong, and conditions are most successfully treated in the earliest stages. Contact our Vestal, NY office for more information by calling (607) 217-5668 or (607) 217-5689, or by filling out our online form.

Why does my heel hurt in the morning?

Without seeing you at our office for an official diagnosis, it is probable that your heel pain in the morning is a case of plantar fasciitis, especially if it accompanies the first steps of the day. This condition causes sharp, stabbing pain and is a common overuse injury affecting the plantar fascia.

The plantar fascia is a tough, fibrous band of connective tissue extending from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. It helps to support the arch and plays a major role in how bodyweight and forces are distributed across the foot while walking or running. When faced with excessive tension due to repetitive motion, the fascia can develop tiny tears, which then lead to inflammation and the sharp pain experienced after extended periods of rest.

Heel pain in the morning is likely a case of plantar fasciitis, but be sure to schedule your appointment with Southern Tier Podiatry so we can properly diagnose it and create an effective treatment plan for you. Contact our Greater Binghamton office today by calling (607) 217-5668 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.


Southern Tier Podiatry
4104 Old Vestal Rd, Suite 104
Vestal, NY 13850
Phone: 607-284-5465
Fax: 607-821-0255

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