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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
By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Orthotics  

Heel pain can range from annoying to debilitating, depending on its cause. Fortunately, in some cases, orthotics can relieve and prevent heel pain. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam B. Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank are foot care specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD—they specialize in orthotic devices and can treat your heel pain.

What Causes Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a very common issue with a number of causes, including direct injury to the heel or conditions that affect the surrounding tendons. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis: Damage to the tissue that connects the heel to the toes
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs surrounding the heel joint
  • Achilles tendonitis: Damage to the tendon that connects the heel to the calf
  • Stress fractures: Common in athletes or long-distance runners
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome: A trapped nerve at the back of the foot
  • Heel pad bruise: Caused by overuse or injury

How Orthotics Can Help Your Heel Pain

Orthotics can help patients in the following ways:

  • Gain extra support for your feet and ankles
  • Ease the pain of many heel conditions
  • Position your foot correctly
  • Distribute the weight of your body evenly
  • Help alleviate lower back pain when standing

Don’t ignore your heel pain. After all, if you don’t receive treatment, it could cause problems standing or walking. Talk to your podiatrist about how orthotics may help you.

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

  • 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
May 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Child's Foot Care  

Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, provides his patients with podiatric care. He even has tips for parents on how they should take care of their children's feet.

Here are just a few words of advice on pediatric foot care:

Foot Examinations at Home

Inspect your newborn’s feet for anything unusual, for catching problems early enough means treating/correcting abnormalities, like club foot. Make sure that you cover your baby’s feet lightly so your baby can move freely. Leg movement strengthens the muscles and develops legs in preparation to walk. In addition, let your toddler walk around with socks while indoors to strengthen muscles and help develop the grasping action of toes. Another issue to look out for is lingering toe-walking, which is when a child walks exclusively on their toes after age two. If that's the case, then you need to speak with Dr. Goldberg.

Hygienic Pediatric Foot Care

There are hygienic protocols to maintain as well. Cut toenails straight across, like you would do for yourself, to prevent ingrown toenails and infection. Keep feet clean and dry to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. If you think that your child may have some sort of infection, contact your podiatrist for help at any of his office locations: Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD.

Proper Maintenance

Buy well-fitting shoes to prevent blisters, corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. Measure your child's feet every time you buy new shoes because of growth spurts, or rapid growth. Prevent foot injuries and cover cuts. Avoid letting your children walk barefoot outside because that exposes them to contaminated foreign objects injuring them. If they do get hurt, wash the minor cuts, scrapes, and scratches with soap and water, cover them with bandages.

Who Should You Call?

Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help with pediatric foot care.

Just call him at any of the following locations:

  • Olney: (301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs: (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring: (301) 439-0300
  • Kensington: (301) 868-7670