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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
August 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring MD wants to help you go from limping to walking completely pain-free. Understanding what causes heel pain can help us treat it. We also have offices in the Olney, Camp Springs, and Kensington MD area.

Some of the most common heel pain conditions in Silver Springs are:

  • Bursitis
  • Bumps and bruises
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Inflamed Achilles tendon

Here are some tips to help you continue to have healthy heels.

Maintain a healthy weight

Obesity increases your chances of experiencing foot pain. Gravity pulls the weight down into the shoes, where it has to be balanced. Imbalances in your gait and posture can contribute to heel pain in the future.

Wear shoes that fit well

Shoes that do not rub the back of your foot, slide your foot to the front of the shoe, pinch the heel, or otherwise cause discomfort are recommended.

Opt for cushioning

Footwear that has lots of cushioning will be able to absorb the shock of running, jumping, kicking, and other high impact activities. Many young children experience heel pain in Silver Springs as a result of these movements and may do well with increased support.

Stretch well

Many runners and other athletes in Silver Spring MD may find themselves in a bit of pain at the heel if they have stretched improperly or have not stretched for a sufficient amount of time. Stretching prevents pinched nerves and tears in the ligaments during sports.

Cultivate a healthy lifestyle

Eating well, drinking plenty of water, and get enough rest are a few ways that patients can stave off inflammation. Different lifestyle choices can help us avoid flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis and gout, which causes pain in the toes and the heels.

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring MD is happy to help answer all of your questions concerning heel pain. Contact us at (301) 439-0300 to schedule a consultation today. For our Olney MD office, call (301) 924-5044. For our Camp Springs MD office, call (301) 868-7670. For our Kensington MD office, call (301) 868-7670.

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
August 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Conditions  

While it may be hard to believe, children sometimes need podiatric help too. It is easy for a serious problem to go unnoticed or written off as “growing pains.” Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, MD can help you assess the best course of action for your youth’s podiatric health. They also have offices in Camp Springs, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD.

Some common foot conditions that children experience are:

Toe walking

Many toddlers tend to walk on their toes until they feel more comfortable using their heels. However, some children never learn to use their heels and toes when they walk. If walking using the whole foot does not happen, the tendons of the back of the foot shorten and cause other imbalances in the body. Your podiatrist can help your child learn how to walk using the whole foot.

Overpronation

Because of most children’s flexibility, many children experience rolling of their ankles inward as they walk. This movement is called overpronation. One of the most common remedies for this condition is to use orthotics that support the instep.

Athlete’s Foot

As children mature into adolescents, they may observe changes in sweating, odor, and cracking in between the toes. This condition, also known as tinea pedis, is caused by a fungus and is easily treated with a cream.

Flat Feet

Babies usually have flat feet. However, as children get older, the arches of the feet should elevate. Sometimes this process does not happen, and children develop flat feet instead. Flat feet can alter the way footwear fits and cause pain while walking.

Bunions

Bunions can occur at the base of the first toe or the base of the last toe. They are uncomfortable and make the toes crowd together in the shoe. Bunions can push the material of the shoe out and eventually interfere with walking comfortably.

If your child or adolescent is having challenges walking or with pain, contact Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney MD at (301) 924-5044. Not in Olney? Consider visiting us at one of our other locations in Camp Springs, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD.

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Your foot is the foundation of support for your whole body. Accordingly, to maintain this strong base, good feet and ankle care should begin in childhood and last throughout your life.

Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank are pediatric foot care specialists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD. Read on to learn more about their services and how they can improve the podiatric health of your children.

Common Questions About Pediatric Foot Care

Does my child need orthotics for flat feet?

In some cases, your child may not experience any issues with flat feet. For instance, if they are able to run and play without pain, they do not need to be treated. If, however, your child’s flat feet are causing pain, they could likely benefit from custom orthotics.

Why are custom orthotics better?

Custom orthotics are better than over-the-counter orthotic devices because they are specifically designed for the unique specifications of the patient's feet. This allows the orthotics to hold the feet in their correct positions for an equal distribution of weight and proper foot pain alleviation.

What is club foot?

Club foot is one of the most common birth defects in U.S. children. If your child was born with this condition, you should seek advice from a podiatrist as soon as possible to begin planning treatment.

Does my child have high arches?

If your child has high arches, the condition is usually visible as an abnormal curvature of the midfoot when your child is standing. A high arch may make it difficult for you to find shoes that fit your child comfortably and can also cause heel pain. If you are concerned that your child may have this condition, consult a podiatrist.

If you live in Maryland and you would like to find out more about pediatric foot care, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD:

  • Olney - (301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs/Clinton - (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring - (301) 439-0300
  • Kensington - (301) 942-8110
By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Formation  

Bunions develop very slowly, so it’s important to take care of your feet from early childhood. After all, keeping track of your feet over time can help you notice early warning signs. Additionally, here at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, your podiatrists, Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam B. Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank, can meet with you to discuss your options for bunion treatment if they are to develop—read on to learn more.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a bony swelling that develops at the base of the big toe on the joint. It can be painful because the weight of your body rests on it when you walk. It can also be painful as your shoe rubs against it. Symptoms include swelling, redness, and tenderness at the base of the big toe.

What Causes a Bunion?

The exact cause of a bunion is specific to each individual patient. Contributing factors may include:

  • Deformities that were present from birth
  • An inherited foot type
  • Trauma or injury to the foot
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Some forms of arthritis

How to Prevent Bunions

You can reduce your risk of developing bunions in the following ways:

  • Keep track of the shape of your feet
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and do not compress your toes
  • Do foot and toes exercises to strengthen your feet

If you notice signs of a bunion developing you should talk to a podiatrist about your treatment options. If your bunions are severe, they may require surgery.

We're Here to Help

If you live in Maryland and you would like to find out more about bunion treatment, contact the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD:

  • Olney - (301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs/Clinton - (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring - (301) 439-0300
  • Kensington - (301) 942-8110
By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the strip of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Symptoms include pain around the heel that is often worse during the morning. Orthotic devices may help alleviate the pain of this condition. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank are pediatric foot care specialists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD. They specialize in orthotic devices and can help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis.

What Are Orthotic Devices?

Orthotics are special devices that are worn inside the shoes to adjust the position of the feet and help correct certain foot and heel problems. Orthotics can be purchased from a pharmacy or made be custom made by a podiatrist. They can be used to:

  • Correct foot deformities such as flat foot
  • Support the foot or ankle so that it functions better
  • Help foot or ankle injuries or conditions
  • Reduce the risk of foot or ankle injuries

How Orthotics Can Help Plantar Fasciitis

Many patients have found relief from plantar fasciitis using custom orthotics. This is because orthotic insoles can minimize movement of the plantar fascia when you are standing or walking. Furthermore, orthotic devices that have a deep heel cup act as shock absorbers and protect the soft tissue surrounding your heel as well as your heel bone. This reduces the impact on your heel and your foot as a whole.

If you live in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, and would like to learn more about orthotic devices, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today:

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




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