The feet play a significant role in helping us move around daily. They support the weight of our entire body when we are standing, walking, and running. Consequently, the feet can end up enduring a lot of strain over time, which can lead to the development of an injury or a foot condition. If either occurs, it is important to see a podiatrist for treatment right away. See Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy, the experienced podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland serving the greater Washington, DC area, for the treatment of a foot injury or condition.
Types of Foot and Ankle Problems
There are many injuries and conditions that can affect the feet and ankles. Without proper treatment, some injuries or conditions can get progressively worse over time and even lead to chronic pain, discomfort, instability, and other problems. Podiatrists treat all types of foot and ankle concerns, including:
- Sprained ankles
- Fractures and breaks
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Diabetes-related foot problems
- Bunions, corns, and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal infections
Signs You Need to See a Podiatrist
A foot condition or an injury to the feet or ankles can interfere with the ability to readily perform normal daily functions. Left untreated, some injuries and conditions can become progressively worse over time and potentially lead to additional problems. See a podiatrist at our office if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Ongoing pain in the feet or ankle
- The development of blisters on the feet
- Changes in the skin or nails on the feet
- Severe cracking, peeling, or scaling of the skin on the feet, especially the heels
- Foot or ankle problems that have not healed after two weeks of using over-the-counter products, such as non-prescription painkillers
Persistent pain or discomfort in the feet or ankles can be a sign that you may have an injury or foot condition, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. A podiatrist can develop a treatment plan for alleviating the pain and helping you heal from the injury or condition. Other symptoms could be signs of a bacterial infection, which can spread if not treated promptly. Signs of a possible bacterial infection in the feet include:
- Pus or discharge from an area of the foot
- Red streaks that extend from the affected area on the foot
- Increased swelling, tenderness, redness, or pain
- Thickening toenails that are causing discomfort
- Heel pain in combination with numbness, redness, or a fever
- Persistent tingling or pain in the heels even when no weight or pressure is put on them
- The spread of an infection from one area to another, such as from the nails to the surrounding skin
Whether you have an injury, a specific foot condition, or have developed an infection, it is essential that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible to maintain the health of your feet and ankles.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank, Dr. Goldberg, or Dr. Lowy, our skilled podiatrists, call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring at (301) 439-0300. Other locations include Olney, Kensington, and Camp Springs/Clinton.
Know the signs that it might be time to see a podiatrist.
If you’re experiencing a problem with your feet or ankles it’s might not be a bad idea to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. Our Olney, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy can treat a wide range of disorders, injuries, and conditions that affect how your feet and ankles function. It might be time to give us a call if:
You have diabetes
Those with diabetes must have a podiatrist that they can turn to regularly for care. Our Olney, MD, podiatrists can provide tailored treatments and care to help improve the health of diabetic feet and to prevent complications such as ulcers and nerve damage. We can also provide you with tips and advice on how to keep your feet healthy while living with diabetes.
You have toenail fungus
While there are over-the-counter treatments that may be able to get your toenail fungus under control, sometimes these topical medications aren’t effective enough to get rid of your infection. In this case, you may want to turn to a podiatrist that can prescribe either an oral medication to fully kill the fungal infection or laser therapy. If you’re having trouble getting your toenail fungus under control on your own, a podiatrist can help.
You notice numbness, tingling, or a lack of sensation
If you suddenly notice a loss of sensation or numbness in any part of your feet it is important that you see a doctor right away, as these could be signs of everything from fractures and tendinitis to nerve damage. Those with diabetes are particularly susceptible to neuropathy, so if you start to notice numbness or tingling in your feet it’s best to have the problem checked out right away.
You are dealing with persistent pain
If you are dealing with pain that is severe or interferes with your daily routine this is another reason to schedule an appointment with a foot doctor. If pain persists and doesn’t seem to get better with rest and home care, we can help figure out what’s causing you pain and determine the more efficient way to handle it. Don’t ignore your pain, as it could get worse if left untreated.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, to serve you better. If you need to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists please call (301) 924-5044, (301) 868-7670, (301) 439-0300, or (301) 868-7670.
Foot and ankle problems don't just affect adults. Children also suffer from a variety of ailments that make walking and standing painful or difficult. Fortunately, your Camp Springs, Silver Spring, Kensington and Olney, MD, podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy offer pediatric foot care services and treatments.
How foot and ankle problems affect your child
Rapid growth is common during childhood and can increase your child's risk of developing a foot condition. Kid's feet are more flexible than yours which may also be a factor in injuries and foot conditions.
Do your child's toes turn in or out when he or she walks? Although these issues often go away on their own by age two or three, they can pose a problem if they continue much longer in some cases. During a visit to the Olney podiatry office, your child's foot doctor can determine why the problem is occurring and recommend treatment strategies.
Since children are often barefoot, they may be more likely to experience foot injuries or develop athlete's feet or plantar warts on the bottoms of the feet. Treating these issues will eliminate your child's pain and make walking much more comfortable.
Injuries may also be a problem if your child plays sports, particularly if he or she doesn't wear supportive shoes when playing or wears shoes that are too small or tight. In addition to treating sports-related injuries, your child's podiatrist can also offer recommendations for shoes.
Orthotics may be helpful if your child is prone to injuries, or has flat feet, high arches, or a structural foot imbalance. The prescription shoe inserts keep your child's feet properly aligned, limit excess foot motion, cushion the foot, and offer arch support.
Podiatrists also treat congenital abnormalities, such as clubfoot, or deformities that affect the feet or ankles.
It's a good idea to make an appointment for your child if:
- You notice any abnormalities, including unusual foot or toe position.
- Your child complains of foot, ankle, or leg pain.
- You notice that your child is limping.
- Your son or daughter has an ingrown toenail or sore that doesn't heal.
- Your child's gait looks abnormal, or he or she has trouble maintaining balance.
- Your child has a wart on the bottom of his or her foot or toenail fungus that doesn't get better after home treatment.
Could pediatric foot care treatments help your son or daughter? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Goldberg, Frank, or Lowy by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney, MD, office, (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office, or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.
While diabetes is an endocrine disorder in the pancreas, your whole body is affected by the resistance to insulin. If you are experiencing symptoms in your feet and are diabetic, the staff at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can assist you. We have convenient locations in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and the Camp Springs/Clinton area.
Taking care of your feet is crucial, and it becomes tantamount when you have diabetes. Your feet carry your body each day, so you need them to be happy and healthy.
What are some of the ways that you can take care of your feet while you have diabetes? Each day it is critical to:
- Inspect your feet for any swelling or discoloration. These are telltale signs that the circulation in your feet may not be the best.
- Wear dry shoes and socks. People with diabetes tend to have more sensitive skin and therefore are more susceptible to infections of the foot.
- Be gentle with your feet. Try to avoid intense scrubbing, cutting of corns, or pulling hangnails. Something that seems innocuous now can lead to infection later if done too harshly.
- Maintain your foot circulation. Exercise, massage, and elevating your feet while you sit are great ways to get your circulation going. Feet with sufficient circulation will retain sensation better, which means you will know if you’ve gotten cuts, sores, or bruises in a more timely fashion.
- Protect your feet from extreme temperatures. Diabetes can sometimes lead to nerve damage, so you may need to take extra precautions walking through snow or hot sand.
Call us today for a consultation, and we hope to see you soon! We offer our combined expertise on diabetic patients at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Kensington (301) 942-8110, Olney (301) 924-5044, Silver Spring 301-439-0300, and Camp Springs/Clinton (301) 868-7670.
How your podiatrists in Kensington, MD can help with an Achilles tendon injury
Your Achilles tendon is important. It helps you move your foot. When you have injured your Achilles tendon, the pain can make it difficult to walk and remain active. Your podiatrist can help with an Achilles tendon injury.
The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer comprehensive foot and ankle care. They have several convenient office locations in Kensington, Clinton, Olney, and Silver Spring, MD.
Achilles tendon injuries can happen suddenly from a sports injury, an accident, or other causes. They can also be a chronic problem, growing worse over a period of time.
These are some of the most common Achilles tendon injuries:
- Achilles Tendonitis, which is inflammation of the Achilles tendon.
- Tennis leg, which results in a severe, sharp pain between your calf and Achilles tendon. The injury often happens from pushing off of one leg.
- An Achilles tendon rupture, which means you have torn part or all of your Achilles tendon. This injury occurs suddenly and usually has a popping sound accompanied by severe pain.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent an Achilles tendon injury. Consider:
- Stretching your calf muscles and Achilles tendon before activities to help the tendon deal with the stress of moving.
- Alternate high impact and low impact activities to limit stress to the tendon.
- Try to stay on dry, even surfaces to prevent injury.
- Always wear the appropriate footwear for the activity or sport you are doing.
- Increase your activity gradually, as you get into better shape. Try not to suddenly increase your activity level, because you may be at increased risk of an Achilles tendon injury with increased intensity of exercise.
Your podiatrist can help with an Achilles tendon injury. Common professional treatments include:
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
- Cortisone injections into the Achilles tendon
- Ultrasound treatment, physical therapy, ice, and other palliative treatments
- Wearing a walking cast or boot to support or immobilize the tendon while it heals
- Surgical repair of the tendon
You can get help for an Achilles tendon injury. To find out more about Achilles tendon treatment and other foot and ankle services, call the podiatrists of Family Foot and Ankle, in Kensington, MD at (301) 942-8110. For Olney, call (301) 924-5044. For Clinton and Camp Springs, call (301) 868-7670. For Silver Spring, call (301) 439-0300.
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