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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
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
August 06, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrists in Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Olney, MD, can help with bunion pain

A bunion is a large, bony bump which appears on the side of your big toe. Painful bunions can impact your day by making it difficult to put Bunionson shoes, walk around, and even stand still! Fortunately, there are successful ways to treat bunions and get relief from the pain.

With the help of the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, your feet can feel far better. Read on to learn how, and to find treatment, make an appointment with one of our locations in Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, or Olney, MD.


More about Bunions

Bunions are likely to develop in those with preexisting foot deformities and those who regularly wear shoes that are too narrow, especially high heels. In fact, it’s estimated that over 50% of the women in the United States have had a bunion, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

To help prevent bunions, always wear shoes that have plenty of room for your toes. If you do develop a bunion, there are some simple remedies you can try. For small bunions, consider:

  • Placing ice on the bunion several times each day
  • Placing inserts or padding in your shoes
  • Taping your foot to support the bunion
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

Large, painful bunions require the help of your podiatrist. Treatment begins with a thorough examination and foot x-rays to determine the amount of bone involvement. Some common treatments for bunions include:

  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
  • Physical therapy, stretches, and exercises to maintain flexibility
  • Custom-fit orthotics, and night splints to maintain alignment
  • Surgery to remove the bunion and realign your foot

Contact Us!

Bunions can be very painful, but you can get relief. Your podiatrist offers a full range of foot care treatments and solutions to relieve bunion pain. Get some help for your feet by calling the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Olney, MD:

  • 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.
August 06, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Neuromas  

How your podiatrists in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, MD, can help you get relief from neuroma pain

Neuromas are areas of thickened tissue that can come to surround the nerves in your foot. This thickened tissue then puts pressure on the Painnerve, causing acute, sharp pain, as well as a sensation of burning, numbness, or stinging. Fortunately, the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help relieve your neuroma discomfort. With offices in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, MD, read on to learn how they can help you.


More about Neuromas

You are at higher risk of suffering from a neuroma if you wear tight shoes/high heels, or if you participate in high impact activities such as running or basketball. Bunions, flat feet, high arches, or hammertoes can all increase your risk of developing a foot neuroma, as well.

If you are suffering from a foot neuroma, you can try a few simple home remedies, including:

  • Wearing wider, more comfortable, and more supportive shoes
  • Placing ice on the bottom of your foot
  • Taking over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Switching to lower impact activities, such as swimming

For painful neuromas that don’t respond to conservative therapies, your podiatrist can offer several effective treatments. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, your podiatrist may recommend these effective treatments:

  • Custom-fit arch supports and orthotics
  • Inserts, footpads, and other cushioning devices
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Surgical treatment for severe, painful neuromas


Contact Us

A foot neuroma can dramatically affect your life, making it difficult to wear shoes, stand, and participate in the activities that you love. Fortunately, you can find relief from your painful foot neuromas with the help of your local podiatrists.

To learn more about foot neuroma treatment and other foot issues, call the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, Maryland. Call now, and help your feet!

  • Olney, MD—(301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD—(301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD—(301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD—(301) 942-8110
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
July 02, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Flat feet and an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis affect your comfort and ability to be active throughout the day. Is it time for orthoticsorthotics? What kind do you need? To answer these questions, contact Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, or Dr. Adam Lowy, podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney. Customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, are just part of their comprehensive podiatry practice.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are simple devices inserted into shoes. Correcting functional issues, providing better balance and accommodating and protecting weak and sore areas of the foot, orthotics are a conservative, but very effective, way to enjoy healthier feet and a happier you.

In general, there are three kinds of materials your podiatrists in Olney use to craft orthotics. They are:

  • Rigid These carbon or plastic materials correct balance issues and help keep the lumbar spine (lower back) well-aligned.
  • Soft Often fashioned from cotton padding, these orthotics help diabetics and people with arthritis who have substantial deformities, ulcers, pressure points and other areas which need support and protection.
  • Semi-rigid Athletics benefit from these inserts. They provide balance, take pressure off the back, and correct gait problems. Podiatrists like to use them for children who toe-in and toe-out. Semi-rigid orthotics combine soft and rigid materials, placing them for accurate support and balance.


What kind is right for you?

Your foot doctor at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland will tell you if you need custom orthotics (some people can use quality over-the-counter insoles and heel cups). To arrive at a diagnosis, he'll perform a comprehensive podiatric examination, X-ray imaging, gait analysis and more.

If orthotics are part of your treatment plan, the doctor will take plaster or digital impressions to get a precise mold of your foot. From there, your orthotics will be custom-crafted to fit, support, protect, and shape your foot properly. Periodically, your podiatrist will ask you to come into the office for a check on how your feet and feeling and performing--in other words, to assess how well your orthotics are doing their jobs.

Learn more

Orthotics are a conservative but extremely effective tool in optimizing foot health and function. To see if they can help you, call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. There are offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, for your convenience.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
July 02, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Patient education is part of any good podiatric practice. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring, Dr. Goldberg, orthoticDr. Lowy, and Dr. Frank answer many questions about orthotics. These custom-fabricated shoe inserts which correct functional foot problems and accommodate deformities and areas of tenderness and friction. Read answers here to frequently asked questions about one of today's most effective podiatric treatments.

FAQs about orthotics in Silver Spring


What are orthotics?

Orthotics are customized devices fit inside shoes or sneakers. They provide support, correct balance and gait issues, take pressure off the lower back and more. They benefit everyone from toddlers to athletes to people with diabetic ulcers and deformities from arthritis. Plus, they help patients postpone or avoid corrective surgeries or other more invasive treatments and pain medications.


What are they made of?

Rigid orthotics are made from acrylic, resin, or carbon materials. Soft orthotics are crafted from cotton or other durable, but cushiony, materials, and semi-rigid orthotics blend both elements.


How are orthotics made?

It takes several steps: diagnosis and a treatment plan from your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, taking a plaster mold of your feet, choosing the right material, and then letting the orthotic lab technician do the work. Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Lowy, or Dr. Frank ensures the shape, size and materials are accurate and of the highest quality.


Are drugstore or kiosk orthotics any good?

Some are better than others. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that some retail products do help mild podiatric problems. However, if you use them, be sure to replace over the counter orthotics right away when they show signs of wear.


Does it matter what type of shoe I wear with my orthotics?

Your foot doctor will advise you on the type of shoe best for your foot problem and for your activity level. However, in general, a quality shoe is best for your overall podiatric health, balance, and function. Also, the Pedorthic Association of Canada says that your orthotics will last longer and perform better if you put them into well-constructed footwear.


Orthotics cost more than retail inserts. Is the extra expense worth it?

Custom-crafted orthotics precisely fit your feet, your medical condition and level of activity. In general, orthotics from your podiatrists feature the finest materials available; so they last a long time. Plus, because you obtain them from your foot doctor, he will track your progress and make adjustments as needed.


Your best feet and ankles

Custom-made orthotics from Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help you achieve them. Call one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists.

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