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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Are you dealing with reccurent pain in your heel or arch? Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp heel painSprings/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, our board-certified podiatrists can diagnose and explain what might be causing your discomfort. Read on to learn if your podiatric issue could be plantar fasciitis, one of the most common heel pain issues that we deal with.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. When this tissue becomes inflamed due to overpronation or overuse, it causes pain to erupt on the bottom of your foot and along the heel, resulting in a condition called plantar fasciitis. The pain of plantar fasciitis is persistent, but it can be managed with easy remedies, techniques, and our assistance.

Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

A diagnosis is made during a physical examination by one of the podiatrists in the office. At each of our Family Foot and Ankle Associates locations, we are committed to identifying the source of your pain and exploring non-invasive treatment solutions.

Give one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, a call if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Pain in the sole of the foot
  • Tenderness in the arch
  • Sharp pain in the foot or heel

You should never ignore your foot problems. We can help you make it a priority to take care of your feet.

What Are My Treatment Options?

The good news is that plantar fasciitis is treatable and you can be back on your feet in no time. To relieve aching and pain caused by plantar fasciitis, we may recommend the following to decrease inflammation:

  • Ice packs
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we welcome new patients who live near any of our four convenient locations. If you live in the area and suffer from inflammation and discomfort in your heel(s), one of our many board-certified podiatrists will be delighted to develop a treatment plan for the best possible outcome to alleviate your pain. To learn more about plantar fasciitis and other conditions we treat, visit our website. For questions or concerns, please call your nearest location. (Olney) 301-924-5044, (Camp Springs/Clinton) 301-868-7670, (Silver Spring) 301-439-0300, or (Kensington) 301-942-8110.

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.
June 28, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the first joint of the big toe. Although these deformities are often innocuous, you should seek Bunionstreatment any pain interferes with your daily routine or physical activity. After your doctor evaluates your case, a treatment plan will be developed that is suited to your needs. Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland (which has offices in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD) offers a full range of podiatric services. Here's how a podiatrist can help with bunions.

Medicine. Your podiatrist may recommend an OTC or prescription pain medicine to alleviate your pain. Although anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can often reduce swelling and pain, if the OTC medicines aren't working, your doctor may recommend a prescription medication.

Padding. You can get bunion pads from your doctor. Bunion pads are typically made of felt, mole, skin, or gel and are thin enough to fit comfortably into your shoes. Pads placed over the areas of the bunions will ease painful shoe pressure and friction and allow you to continue an active life. Padding also prevents bunions from getting worse. Bunion pads are reusable, letting you use them over and over again.

Orthotics. Custom-made orthotics can be a valuable treatment for bunions. Orthotic devices are shoe inserts or footbeds that are inserted into shoes to help relieve bunion-related pain. Research has shown that orthotic devices can ease bunion-related pain, improve joint function, and prevent the progression of bunions. Podiatrists can offer different custom-made orthotics to fit your needs.

Steroid Shots. If your bunion pain persists, your doctor may inject cortisone steroid into the tissue to relieve pain and inflammation. Although these steroid shots can alleviate painful symptoms, they sometimes have side effects, especially when used frequently and at high doses.

Surgery. Surgery is most often done on moderate and severe bunions. Generally, if your bunions aren't painful, you don't need surgery. If nonsurgical treatments do not alleviate your pain, however, your healthcare provider may recommend surgery to remove your bunion. The procedure is called bunionectomy, and it is performed in a surgery center or hospital under general or local anesthesia.

 

Need bunion relief? Call one of our offices in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD

For fast relief from bunion pain, call one of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland's offices to make an appointment:

  • Olney, MD—(301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs, MD—(301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD—(301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD—(301) 942-8110
  • Silver Spring, MD—(301) 439-0300
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
May 22, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

Could flat feet be the reason you’re dealing with sore, achy feet?

Many people who have flat feet may not know it but it’s easy enough to spot. This condition, also known as fallen arches, means that there feetis either a very low or no arch in the foot. A proper gait requires that the arches be raised ever slightly off the ground, yet for those with flat feet, the entire foot is planted firmly on the ground. While flat feet don’t always cause problems, it often can. Read on to learn when it is necessary to turn to our Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy, about your flat feet.

 

What problems can flat feet cause?

Those with flat feet most commonly visit our Silver Spring, MD, foot doctor because they are experiencing pain. Sometimes strained ligaments or muscles can bring on this discomfort. As a result, you may also notice pain radiating to the knees, hips, or lower back, as these areas are now taking on more stress then they should. You may also notice stiffness in your feet.

Since your feet do not have normal arches this can affect how weight is distributed throughout your foot. This means that you may be more likely to wear out shoes quickly, which can increase your risk for developing certain foot injuries.

 

What causes flat feet?

For some people, flat feet are genetics. If your parents have flat feet and you have them too, then chances are good that you can thank your parents for this gene. Sometimes past injuries, certain conditions (e.g. arthritis) or weak arches can also cause flat feet. Those who are overweight, diabetic, or pregnant are also more likely to develop flat feet.

It should also be noted that it’s normal for young children to have flat feet. After all, the arches of their feet haven’t fully developed yet. Feet arches usually develop by the time your child is six years old.

 

What can I do to prevent flat feet-related issues?

There are certain exercises and stretches that our podiatrists can show you that can prevent symptoms while improving flexibility. Wearing supportive shoes is key to protecting your feet. You can also benefit from getting custom orthotics (i.e. specialized shoe inserts) from your podiatrist. These treatments can reduce shock, improve stability, and provide additional cushioning and support to reduce painful, achy feet.

 

Give us a call!

Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland offers comprehensive foot and ankle care to the areas of Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD. If you are dealing with symptoms of flat feet or other podiatric issues, call one of our offices today to find out how we can help! Dial (301) 942-8110 for Kensington, (301) 924-5044 for Olney, (301) 439-0300 for Silver Spring, or (301) 868-7670 for Camp Springs/Clinton.