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By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
June 27, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics may offer a simple solution if you suffer from foot and ankle pain. Podiatrists Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank and Adam Lowyorthotics prescribe the custom-designed shoe inserts for patients who visit their Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington, MD, offices.

What are orthotics?

Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, orthotics are specially designed to address your particular foot issue. The inserts support and balance your feet while you wear shoes, eliminating pain caused by arch, heel and other foot problems. Depending on your foot condition, your Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington foot doctor may recommend soft, semi-rigid or rigid orthotics.

How can orthotics help you?

Orthotics offer many important benefits, including:

  • Less Back, Ankle, Knee and Hip Pain: The alignment of your entire body can be disrupted if your feet aren't properly aligned. When poor alignment is the cause of pain in your knees, hips or back, orthotics can be very helpful.
  • Improvement of Flatfoot Symptoms: Flatfoot not only causes pain but might also affect your balance and gait. Adding orthotics to your shoes counteracts the effects of the condition.
  • Reduction of Heel Pain: Heel cups, special orthotics that fit in the heel section of your shoe, can help reduce pain caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis and other conditions that affect the heel.
  • Fewer Diabetic Complications: Diabetic ulcers may be more likely to occur due the effects of pressure on your feet. Wearing orthotics reduces pressure, decreasing the risk that you'll develop blisters, sores or ulcers.
  • Advantages for Runners and Walkers: Gait problems or biomechanical foot issues can strain your muscles and tendons, resulting in foot, ankle and leg conditions that may sideline you for weeks. Orthotics keep your feet properly positioned and decrease movement, reducing your risk of several conditions, such as tendinitis, bursitis, shin splints and runner's knee.
  • Less Fatigue at the End of the Day: Do you spend long hours on your feet every day? Adding custom orthotics to your shoes cushions and supports your feet, decreasing pain and fatigue.

Could you benefit from orthotics? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank and Adam Lowy by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney, MD, office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring, MD, office, (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington, MD, office.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
June 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

What your podiatrists in Silver Spring, Maryland want you to know

Do you love going barefoot and exposing your toes to the sunshine? Most people do, unless you’re suffering from toenail fungus. Toenail toenail fungusfungus can make your toenails cloudy and your feet unsightly. Fortunately, there are effective ways to get rid of toenail fungus.

Your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland want to share the facts about toenail fungus. They have several convenient office locations in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, and Kensington, Maryland to help you and your feet.

You are at greater risk of developing toenail fungus if you have medical issues like diabetes, circulatory or immune system problems. You are also more prone to toenail fungus if you are older, have a history of athlete’s foot or psoriasis.

The fungus that can infect your toenails thrives in warm, moist environments like public showers, locker rooms and pools. If you wear socks that are damp or sweaty, chances are good you might develop toenail fungus.

In the beginning, you may notice a small white or yellow spot underneath your toenail. The spot gets larger as the fungus burrows further down underneath your toenail. Eventually, you may notice more signs and symptoms of toenail fungus including:

  • Darker, thicker toenails
  • Brittle, crumbling toenails
  • Oddly shaped, distorted toenails
  • Toenails that are separating from their nail beds
  • Your toes hurt or have a foul odor

You can get some relief from toenail fungus by trying some at-home treatments like these:

  • Applying over-the-counter anti-fungal creams around and under your toenails
  • Trimming and thinning your toenails to reduce pressure and pain

For stubborn, painful toenail fungus, it’s best to visit the professionals, your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. They have several effective treatments for toenail fungus including prescription-strength antifungal and anti-inflammatory medications.

For more detailed information about toenail fungus, please visit the Fungal Nails section on the website at

Don’t wait for your toenail fungus to get worse. Call the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, and Kensington, Maryland. Get some help for your feet by calling today!

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
May 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  

Prevent foot pain and other problems by following these simple foot-friendly tips.Foot care

Your feet work hard for you every day; unfortunately, most people don’t realize just how much abuse they put their feet through until problems have occurred. You want to be kind to your feet so that they remain kind to you. If you are wondering what you can do to keep your feet feeling their best, our Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton, MD, podiatrists are here to offer up these helpful tips.

Wash Feet Daily

We know that this advice might seem rather obvious, but it’s still something that you should be doing every day. And we don’t mean standing in the shower and letting the soapy water just run over your feet. You actually need to clean every crevice of your feet with soap and water. This is the only way to ensure that you remove bacteria and fungus that could cause infection.

Drying Your Feet is Essential

Once you step out of the shower, the first thing you do is towel off, right? Do you also dry your feet or do you just let them dry on their own? If you said the latter, you need to start making a point of drying your feet too (especially between toes). Leaving feet wet also leaves them prone to certain fungal infections.


Just as you need to keep the skin on the rest of your body supple, you also need to keep your feet hydrated. This can be a challenge during the colder winter months, but it’s important that you find a body lotion that can keep feet moisturized. Make sure to moisturize your feet as soon as you dry them off. This is one surefire way to prevent calluses, corns, and those deep, painful cracks in your heels.

Appropriate Footwear is Key

Nothing is more important than the shoes you wear. If you are someone who wears towering high heels, shoes with pointed toes, or flip-flops, you may want to take a cold, hard look at the shoes you are wearing to determine if they are helping or hurting your cause. If you must wear high heels, make sure to sport comfortable, and properly fitted shoes to and from work and only wear those high heels at the office.

Avoiding heels and making sure you are wearing shoes that don’t bunch up your toes is key to good foot health. If you are stumped as to what kinds of shoes are right for your foot structure, don’t hesitate to ask one of our Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton foot doctors for further recommendations.

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland is dedicated to providing patients of all ages within the Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas with comprehensive and trustworthy foot care. If you have questions about custom orthotics or ways to care for your feet, don’t hesitate to call our office.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out how to get your bunion symptoms under control.

Do you have bunions? Are you trying to figure out the best way to ward away pain and other issues so that you don’t need bunion surgery bunionsdown the road? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton, MD, podiatrists are here to provide you with simple and conservative measures you can take to keep bunion pain at bay.

Exercise Those Feet

Exercising your feet is actually simple and easy, and you can do it at any time from the comfort and convenience of your own home. You don’t even need equipment! Maintaining flexibility in the joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues of your feet is important to reduce and even prevent bunion pain and swelling. Ask your Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton foot doctor for specific exercises that can help alleviate symptoms and improve the function of your feet. In the meantime, here are just some exercises to try out!

Sport the Right Shoes

The shoes you wear every day can either give your bunion and the rest of your foot the support and comfort it needs or it could cause serious issues and cause this joint deformity to get worse. Opt for shoes that don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on your foot. Also, avoid high heels or shoes with pointy toes. If shoes are providing enough shock absorption and protection, but they fit properly, then talk to us about whether custom orthotics (shoe inserts) could enhance and improve how your shoes support your feet.

Consider a Toe Stretcher/Separator

When you think of a toe separator you may think about those silly things they put between your toes after a pedicure, but there is actually a toe separator that is designed to help stretch your toes and provide therapeutic relief. These little gems can be a great way to reduce the amount of strain on the joints of your toes and they could even help realign them.

Don’t let bunion pain become your norm. The foot care experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are ready to help you live a pain-free life. We provide comprehensive foot care in Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
April 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of any of the smaller toes. If you have a hammertoe, you should make an hammertoesappointment with a podiatrist. Without prompt treatment, hammertoes get progressively worse. Podiatrists provide a full range of medical care for problems of the lower legs, ankles, and feet. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offers treatments for hammertoes. They have offices in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD. Here's all you need to know about hammertoes.

About Hammertoes

Hammertoes are painful deformities of the toes. Hammertoes often affects the middle three toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. This condition is caused by a muscle and ligament imbalance around the joints which causes the middle joint of the toe to bend and become stuck in this position. A toe that curls rather than buckle -most commonly the baby toe- is also considered a hammertoe.

Causes of Hammertoes

The risk of developing a hammertoe increases with age. Hammertoe is more common in women as they tend to wear high heels and narrower shoes. Arthritis and diabetes might make you more prone to developing hammertoe. Genetics also plays a role in hammertoes. Hammertoes may run in families. Hammertoe can also develop as a result of an injury in which you jam or break a toe.

Symptoms of Hammertoes

Deformity is usually the first symptom of hammertoe. Patients with hammertoes may feel pain in their toes and have difficulty finding comfortable footwear. At the start of the deformity, they may be able to move and straighten the deformed toes. However, with time, the joint becomes rigid or fixed. Patients with hammertoes may also have calluses or corns on the top of the middle joint of the toes or on the tips of the toes.

Hammertoes Treatments

Padding and taping is usually the first step in a treatment plan. Padding and taping the toe relieves the pressure and pain. Your podiatrist in Olney, MD, might recommend that you change to wider, more comfortable shoes and that you wear orthotic ( shoe inserts). Orthotics can reposition the affected toe and relieve pain and pressure. Your podiatrist might suggest exercises to strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. If conservative treatments don't help, your podiatrist might recommend surgery to straighten your toe. 

Focus on your life, not your discomfort. If you have hammertoes, call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland at (301) 924-5044 today to schedule an appointment in Olney, MD. Call (301) 868-7670 to schedule an appointment in Clinton, MD. Call (301) 439-0300 to schedule an appointment in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 942-8110 to schedule an appointment in Kensington, MD. Our hammertoe treatments will relieve your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.

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