Many people suffer with chronic heel pain and foot deformities needlessly because of fear, or lack of knowledge and understanding, about corrective foot surgery. Dr. Charles Birk now offers advanced treatments including a twenty-minute non-surgical procedure to alleviate chronic heel pain and new techniques, along with safe anesthesia and effective pain management, to perform bunion removals. 

Heel pain or Plantar Facsiitis results from inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel. Typically pain is the worst with the first few steps in the morning. It is sometimes associated with a heel spur, in which case it is called “heel spur syndrome.” The condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative therapies such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, night splints, cortisone injections and physical therapy. If the condition does not resolve, ESWT or Shockwave Therapy may be considered.

Hallux Valgus often referred to as a Bunion, is a deformity of the big toe. The big toe tilts over towards the smaller toes and a bony lump appears on the inside of the foot. Bunion removal, in most cases, is performed at the same day surgery section of a hospital and with very little exception patients can walk normally with full-weight, the day of surgery. 

Dr. Charles Birk is a Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons as well as certified in Ultrasound Diagnostic Technology, Shockwave Heel Pain Therapy (ESWT) and Board Certified in foot surgery. Dr. Birk has offices in Cape May Court House and in Beesley’s Point. To learn more about Shockwave Therapy or other foot-related problems, go to www.DoctorBirk.com or call 609-465-1644.