Could flat feet be the reason you’re dealing with sore, achy feet?
Many people who have flat feet may not know it but it’s easy enough to spot. This condition, also known as fallen arches, means that there is either a very low or no arch in the foot. A proper gait requires that the arches be raised ever slightly off the ground, yet for those with flat feet, the entire foot is planted firmly on the ground. While flat feet don’t always cause problems, it often can. Read on to learn when it is necessary to turn to our Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy, about your flat feet.
What problems can flat feet cause?
Those with flat feet most commonly visit our Silver Spring, MD, foot doctor because they are experiencing pain. Sometimes strained ligaments or muscles can bring on this discomfort. As a result, you may also notice pain radiating to the knees, hips, or lower back, as these areas are now taking on more stress then they should. You may also notice stiffness in your feet.
Since your feet do not have normal arches this can affect how weight is distributed throughout your foot. This means that you may be more likely to wear out shoes quickly, which can increase your risk for developing certain foot injuries.
What causes flat feet?
For some people, flat feet are genetics. If your parents have flat feet and you have them too, then chances are good that you can thank your parents for this gene. Sometimes past injuries, certain conditions (e.g. arthritis) or weak arches can also cause flat feet. Those who are overweight, diabetic, or pregnant are also more likely to develop flat feet.
It should also be noted that it’s normal for young children to have flat feet. After all, the arches of their feet haven’t fully developed yet. Feet arches usually develop by the time your child is six years old.
What can I do to prevent flat feet-related issues?
There are certain exercises and stretches that our podiatrists can show you that can prevent symptoms while improving flexibility. Wearing supportive shoes is key to protecting your feet. You can also benefit from getting custom orthotics (i.e. specialized shoe inserts) from your podiatrist. These treatments can reduce shock, improve stability, and provide additional cushioning and support to reduce painful, achy feet.
Give us a call!
Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland offers comprehensive foot and ankle care to the areas of Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD. If you are dealing with symptoms of flat feet or other podiatric issues, call one of our offices today to find out how we can help! Dial (301) 942-8110 for Kensington, (301) 924-5044 for Olney, (301) 439-0300 for Silver Spring, or (301) 868-7670 for Camp Springs/Clinton.
Wondering whether your feet could benefit from wearing custom shoe inserts?
Are you dealing with sore, achy feet? Are you finding that your feet are suddenly protesting every time you go out for your morning jog? Has one of our Kensington, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy, recently told you that you have the beginning stages of a bunion or hammertoe? If so, then you may be wondering what options are out there to promote better foot health and provide your feet with the support they need. This is where custom orthotics come in.
What are custom orthotics?
Orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to provide your feet with additional cushioning, general support, and shock absorption. No matter whether you are on your feet all day for work or you regularly participate in sports, you could likely benefit from getting prescription orthotics from our Kensington office! Wearing orthotics throughout the day can help redistribute force and energy evenly throughout the foot when moving about.
Who can benefit from orthotics?
There are many people who can benefit from orthotics, whether they are looking to manage a chronic foot problem like bunions or they are trying to prevent issues from occurring in the first place. You may want to consider getting custom orthotics from your Kensington, MD, foot doctor if you are dealing with any of these issues,
Injuries or Pain
If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or iliotibial band syndrome, then your podiatrist may recommend orthotics to ease the pain, whether you are dealing with pain in the heels, arches, ankles, knees, or even hips. Many people don’t realize that their knee, hip, or back pain could actually be caused by foot and ankle problems that aren’t being addressed. To reduce your risk for injury and to reduce pain, many people turn to custom orthotics.
Some feet are prone to pain and other issues due to its overall structure. Feet that have high arches, a tendency for pronation, or are flat, all take on more stress and can lead to injuries. Luckily, custom orthotics can cushion and support the arches of your feet to prevent stress injuries and other problems.
Certain Foot Conditions
There are certain conditions that can affect your feet such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic feet, bunions, and hammertoes. While these problems aren’t curable they can be managed with the help of proper footwear and prescription orthotics.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland is proud to offer comprehensive podiatry services to the Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, areas. If you are interested in finding out more about orthotics and how they can improve how your feet function, then call us today: (301) 924-5044 for Olney, (301) 868-7670 for Camp Springs/Clinton, (301) 439-0300 for Silver Spring, or (301) 942-8110 for Kensington.
Find out who can benefit from getting custom shoe inserts.
Many people come into our office complaining of foot pain, deformities, or pinched nerves. Of course, through a thorough examination our Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy are often able to pinpoint biomechanical issues within the foot that could lead to these problems. While designing your individualized treatment plan we may recommend custom orthotics.
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are inserts that are placed into your shoes that help redistribute weight evenly among the foot to eliminate pain, absorb shock, and provide the arches and heels with cushioning and support. Your podiatrist may recommend getting orthotics if the muscles, tendons, joints, or ligaments in the foot are not functioning properly. By getting custom orthotics early on when symptoms first arise you can prevent them from getting worse.
Which kind of orthotics is right for you?
Patients who are dealing with common problems such as heel pain may find that custom orthotics can provide them with what they need to reduce their pain. Those dealing with specific foot problems such as flat feet or arthritis can also benefit from custom orthotics. It’s worth the investment to get custom orthotics if you are dealing with structural issues, deformities, or chronic conditions, as we can specially craft shoe inserts to address your specific needs.
What can custom orthotics help with?
Custom orthotics could be helpful for you if you are dealing with:
- Foot or ankle pain
- Lower back or leg pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat feet
- Achilles tendinitis
- Shin splints
Athletes and other individuals can even use them to prevent ankle sprains, foot pain, fatigue, and sports-related injuries.
Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland is proud to serve Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, making it easier for patients of all ages to get the foot and ankle care they need. If you want to find out if your feet could benefit from custom orthotics, then give us a call today.
How your podiatrists in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help your feet!
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and today it affects approximately one out of every ten people. Although anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, it is most common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Luckily, the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer diagnostic and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other orthopedic conditions and injuries at their offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD!
Available Heel Pain Treatments
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or small tears to the plantar fascia, which provides shock absorption when you walk, jump, or run. In addition to pain on the bottom of your heel, other signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Pain kicking in and getting worse after exercise and physical activity
- Stabbing pain or stiffness when you first wake up or after you've sat for a long period of time
Anyone can develop it, but there are a few risk factors that can increase your chances of getting plantar fasciitis, including:
- Participating in high impact physical activities and sports like distance running or basketball
- Being overweight or obese
- Having a very high arch or flat feet
- Spending a lot of time on your feet
Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with rest and time. Your podiatrist may also prescribe medication, physical therapy, or supportive devices like orthotics or night splints.
Need Relief? Give us a Call!
For more information about prevention and treatment for plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle conditions, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (301) 924-5044 in Olney, (301) 868-7670 in Camp Springs and Clinton, (301) 439-0300 in Silver Spring, and (301) 868-7670 in Kensington.
The word “orthotics” comes from the Green work meaning to align or straighten. This origin gives you a basic idea of what these devices do for your feet. Orthotics can make a big difference in your comfort and your walking abilities, and Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, and Dr. Adam Lowy, your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, have had great success prescribing orthotics for their patients. Learn about the various types of orthotics in this post.
How can orthotics help me?
Orthotics from your podiatrist are rarely a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Although minor bunions or mild cases of plantar fasciitis can be relieved with over the counter shoe inserts, problems with the anatomy of the foot or balance and gait issues typically require a custom-made device. These specially made appliances provide support or weight redistribution for a foot with structural problems, making it easier to move around. If necessary, orthotics can also restrict movement to help injuries heal faster and more effectively. Regardless of the type of orthotic you need, the main goal is to allow you as much comfortable, normal mobility as possible.
What are the types of orthotics available?
There are several types of orthotics that your podiatrist routinely prescribes; they may be made from flexible or rigid materials. Orthotic devices that are worn on or around the foot are known as foot orthoses. Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are larger and help to compensate for ankle weakness, deformities, or to immobilize the area after an injury. Athletes also wear these to help optimize performance in their sport of choice. Another type of AFO is for people who have foot ulcerations and need something to facilitate healing; these are known as UHO devices (ulcer healing orthoses).
If you're in the Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD area, and you think you might need an orthotic device, Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland is here for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of the members of our podiatry team!
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