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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

When we have something tailored to fit us properly, we are most likely to experience more comfort and support. If you have an abnormal foot function, experience foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, or require more stability, foot orthotics provide extra cushioning and alleviation on surrounding joints and ligaments. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we design custom-made foot orthotics for patients who live near our convenient Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD locations.

Below we've answered some of our patient's frequently asked questions.

What is a Foot Orthotic?

At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we create custom foot orthotics that are designed to fit your foot only. Also known as a shoe insert, these orthotic devices are meant to be worn inside the shoe to correct foot issues and enhance the way you walk, stand, or run. They fit most footwear, and also provide all-day relief from foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis, low back pain, or weakness in the knees.

What are the Benefits of Foot Orthotics?

  • Personalized fit
  • A decrease in muscle fatigue
  • Relief from pain in the lower limbs
  • Reduced stress and strain on the body
  • Increased endurance, strength, and athletic performance

How Can Orthotics Help Me?

Foot orthotics can help you avoid invasive treatment options in the future. If you have flat feet or high arches, foot orthotics can prevent injuries and provide added support to the foot and ankle. If your feet aren't ideally positioned, these devices can correct any abnormalities that are present. Orthotics come in a variety of sizes and materials, but after a foot exam, one of our board-certified podiatrists will determine the best type suitable for your needs.

At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we welcome new patients who live near any of our four convenient locations. If you live in the area and would like to discuss the benefits of foot orthotics, one of our many board-certified podiatrists can customize them just for you and answer your questions.To schedule an appointment, please call the location nearest you. (Olney) (301) 924-5044, (Camp Springs/Clinton) (301) 868-7670, (Silver Spring) (301) 439-0300, or (Kensington) (301) 942-8110.

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 18, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Suffering from heel pain lately? A common problem that happens when your heel is placed under too much stress, heel pain can be caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear, being overweight, or playing sports. Fortunately, here at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn how we can treat your condition!

1. Injections- If you have severe or chronic heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend cortisone injections into the heel. Cortisone injections will normally not be used as a first-line treatment, and you will usually have to have further tests, such as imaging, to confirm your specific diagnosis.

2. Medication- You may wish to take painkillers to help ease the pain. Sometimes, over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or naproxen can be helpful. Topical pain medicines are also available in lotion, cream, and gel form. They're applied to the skin and penetrate inward to relieve pain. Check with your podiatrist before starting any new medication.

3. Night Splints- Your podiatric doctor may recommend that you purchase a night splint to you as you sleep. A night splint is a special device that stretches the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon while you sleep. Night splints are effective for relieving morning pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

4. Shoe Inserts- Your podiatric doctor can prescribe specially-designed foot orthoses (shoe inserts) to cushion your heels, support your feet, and take the strain from your plantar fascia. Shoe inserts are often effective in relieving heel pain. They work best if they are in your shoes all the time.

5. Stretches- There's a lot you can do to ease your pain and speed up the healing process. Your healthcare provider may prescribe stretching exercises to treat your heel pain. Research has shown that stretching eases foot pain and reduces swelling. Stretches are easy to do and should be done every day to keep pain at bay.

Need Relief? Call one of our Offices in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington Today

Don’t let heel pain control you. Take charge of your life today! If you're looking for a podiatrist, call one of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland's offices today to make an appointment:

  • Olney- 301-924-5044
  • Silver Spring- 301-439-0300
  • Camp Springs/Clinton- 301-868-7670
  • Kensington-301-942-8110
By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Are you dealing with reccurent pain in your heel or arch? Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp heel painSprings/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, our board-certified podiatrists can diagnose and explain what might be causing your discomfort. Read on to learn if your podiatric issue could be plantar fasciitis, one of the most common heel pain issues that we deal with.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. When this tissue becomes inflamed due to overpronation or overuse, it causes pain to erupt on the bottom of your foot and along the heel, resulting in a condition called plantar fasciitis. The pain of plantar fasciitis is persistent, but it can be managed with easy remedies, techniques, and our assistance.

Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

A diagnosis is made during a physical examination by one of the podiatrists in the office. At each of our Family Foot and Ankle Associates locations, we are committed to identifying the source of your pain and exploring non-invasive treatment solutions.

Give one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, a call if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Pain in the sole of the foot
  • Tenderness in the arch
  • Sharp pain in the foot or heel

You should never ignore your foot problems. We can help you make it a priority to take care of your feet.

What Are My Treatment Options?

The good news is that plantar fasciitis is treatable and you can be back on your feet in no time. To relieve aching and pain caused by plantar fasciitis, we may recommend the following to decrease inflammation:

  • Ice packs
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we welcome new patients who live near any of our four convenient locations. If you live in the area and suffer from inflammation and discomfort in your heel(s), one of our many board-certified podiatrists will be delighted to develop a treatment plan for the best possible outcome to alleviate your pain. To learn more about plantar fasciitis and other conditions we treat, visit our website. For questions or concerns, please call your nearest location. (Olney) 301-924-5044, (Camp Springs/Clinton) 301-868-7670, (Silver Spring) 301-439-0300, or (Kensington) 301-942-8110.

Find out what could be causing your heel pain and when to see a podiatrist.

Heel pain is a common problem that has a variety of causes, including everything from chronic conditions such as arthritis to injuries and Heel-Painacute conditions. Fortunately, our podiatrists in Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy are experts at diagnosing and treating heel pain, so if you are unsure of what's causing your issues, they can help!

When it comes to heel pain, the two most common cause are:


Plantar Fasciitis

If your heel pain is worse in the morning or after long periods of sitting, then you could have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Resulting from the overuse or overstretching of the plantar fascia (i.e. the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the feet from the toes to the heels), this inflammatory condition causes pain that originates under the heel, radiating to the arches.

Runners, people who are on their feet all day for work, and those who are overweight are all prone to developing plantar fasciitis. While rest, avoiding certain activities, icing the heel, and performing daily foot stretches can all provide relief, it can still take weeks for the inflammation to go away.


Achilles Tendonitis

Like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury, although this condition affects the Achilles tendon, the cord of fiber that connects the calf muscles with the heel bone. This results in pain and stiffness at the back of the heel. Both the pain and stiffness may ease up with minimal movement, with running and playing certain sports causing the symptoms to increase.

When it comes to Achilles tendonitis, rest and at-home care may be all you need to treat the condition. Rest your feet, ice your heels, wear compression socks to reduce swelling, and elevate your feet when you are resting. Additionally, you can seek out custom-made orthotics to provide support for your feet.


The Doctor is In

No matter what is causing your heel pain, you should see our foot doctors in Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton if,

  • The heel pain is severe or worsening over time
  • Symptoms don’t improve with home care and rest
  • Your pain interferes with your daily routine and activities

Call us today to schedule an appointment:

  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD — (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD — (301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD — (301) 942-8110
  • Olney, MD — (301) 924-5044
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
October 01, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns and Calluses  

Find out how to quickly get rid of uncomfortable corns and calluses on your feet.

When corns and calluses develop on our feet, it is our body’s way of creating its own Band-Aid in the form of a thick, hardened layer of Cornsskin. Although developed by the body for protection the feet, corns and calluses can create issues of their own. Read on to learn more about these problems, and contact the Silver Spring office of podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy in order to receive specialized care.


What is the difference between corns and calluses?

While corns and calluses are both thick patches of skin that appear as a form of protection for the skin, calluses usually appear on the soles of the feet while corns typically develop on bony areas such as the toes or between toes. Calluses don’t usually cause pain, but corns can.


How do I treat my corns and calluses?

Most healthy individuals can treat minor foot problems such as corns and calluses with home care; however, those with diabetes and/or nerve damage in their feet should immediately turn to their Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist for care. After all, leaving these problems untreated could increase your risk for serious complications.

Otherwise, here are some helpful podiatrist-approved tips for treating corns and calluses,

  • Soak your feet in warm water: Warm soaks for up to 10 minutes can help soften the corn and callus. From there, you may choose to carefully use a pumice stone on the corn or callus to remove the dead skin.
  • Be careful when using a pumice stone: It’s easy to overdo it with a pumice stone, so be conservative when it comes to using a pumice stone on a corn or callus. Use gentle circular motions over the area and be careful not to take off too much skin, as this can cause an infection.
  • Apply a moisturizer: Just as skin anywhere else on the body can get dry, so too can your feet. After you’ve softened the skin and pumiced away the dead skin, apply a moisturizer that contains urea, which can also soften the skin.
  • Wear proper footwear: If you want to prevent corns and calluses from developing or getting worse, you need to take a serious look at the shoes you are regularly wearing. Feet swell throughout the day, so keep this in mind when purchasing new shoes and save that shoe fitting for later in the day.


When should I see a podiatrist?

While most people can treat these minor issues on their own, it’s important to look out for signs of infection such as pain, swelling, and redness around the corn or callus. If corns or calluses are uncomfortable and affecting your daily routine, you should see a doctor as soon as you can.


Concerned? Give us a call

Family Feet and Ankle Associates of Maryland has been providing comprehensive podiatry care to the Washington DC area for four decades. If you are dealing with foot problems call one of our four offices to schedule an appointment:

  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD—(301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD—(301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD—(301) 942-8110
  • Olney, MD—(301) 924-5044

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