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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
January 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Has your life changed since you developed plantar fasciitis? Your Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, can ease your pain and help you get back on your feet again with orthotics and a variety of other treatments designed to relieve your symptoms.

Ways to relieve plantar fasciitis pain

Plantar fasciitis treatment may involve:

  • Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) reduce both pain and inflammation. Applying ice packs can also be helpful. If these measures aren't helpful, steroid injections may be recommended.
  • Exercises and Physical Therapy: Stretching exercises ease tension in your leg and foot muscles, which can reduce plantar fasciitis symptoms. Your podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, or Kensington can show you a few exercises and may also recommend that you begin physical therapy to stretch and strengthen muscles.
  • Night Splints: Night splints provided by your foot doctor hold your ankle in a neutral position while you sleep. Using the splints stretches your calf and foot muscles and helps you avoid morning pain common with plantar fasciitis.
  • New Shoes: A shoe shopping trip may be in order, particularly if you run or walk for exercise. The cushioning material in running or walking shoes can become compressed in as little as three months. Although your shoes may appear to be in good condition, they may not adequately support your foot.
  • Orthotics: Custom shoe inserts called orthotics may be recommended in addition to new shoes. The inserts, designed for your foot by your podiatrist, improve the alignment of your foot when you wear shoes, offer additional support and cushioning, and absorb shock generated when your foot strikes the ground.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: Shockwave therapy involves applying low energy shockwaves to your foot with a handheld device. The therapy improves blood flow and promotes healing.
  • Surgery: Surgery isn't usually needed but may be recommended if other treatments aren't effective.

Are you tired of living with plantar fasciitis pain? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney, MD, office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office, (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs/Clinton office, or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
January 23, 2020
Category: Podiatrist
Tags: Bunions  

Bunion pain can completely disrupt your life, making walking, exercising and participating in other everyday activities a little challenging. BunionsssFortunately, your podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, offer treatments that can improve your mobility and reduce your pain. Their offices are conveniently located in Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD.

 

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of your big toe when the joint becomes enlarged and misaligned. In addition to the bony bump, you may also notice that your big toe leans toward your other toes and may even rub against them.

 

What causes bunions?

You may be more likely to develop bunions if:

  • You wear high heels or narrow or tight shoes often.
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You have a foot deformity or injured your foot.
  • You inherited a foot imbalance.
  • Other members of your family have bunions.
  • One of your legs is longer than the other.

 

What can I do about bunion pain?

A visit to your Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Silver Spring, or Kensington foot doctor is an important step if you suffer from bunions. Your podiatrist can recommend a variety of treatments and devices that will decrease your pain and slow the progression of your bunion.

Improving the alignment of your foot with night splints, taping and prescription shoe inserts called orthotics can increase your comfort and make walking and standing less painful. Choosing wide, comfortable shoes with ample cushioning and support will also be helpful. Cortisone injections may be recommended if ice and over-the-counter pain medications don't relieve your pain and inflammation.

Although these treatments and strategies can be very helpful, surgery is the only way to remove bunions. During surgery, your podiatrist removes excess bone and inflamed tissue and realigns your joint, eliminating your bunion.

Has bunion pain changed your life? Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, can help you finally find relief from your painful symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs/Clinton office, (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office, or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.

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.





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