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How our podiatrists can resolve your bunion pain
Initially, most people don’t realize that they have a bunion (i.e. a bony deformity that usually forms on the joint at the base of the big toe). This is because the protrusion appears gradually over time, and only really becomes obvious once it has become quite large or has started to cause pain and discomfort. The goal of our Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy, is to provide you with the care and lifestyle modifications that you need to reduce bunion pain and inflammation.
Here are just some of the conservative measures you can follow to control bunion symptoms and prevent the deformity from progressing,
Choose the Right Shoes
It’s important that you wear shoes that allow your toes plenty of space to move around, for if toes are tightly bunched together it could aggravate your bunion. You should avoid high heels for this reason.
Wearing Protective Padding
Sometimes, even the best shoes can rub against a bunion and cause a callus to form. To prevent this friction from happening, you may choose to apply a non-medicated bunion pad over the area prior to putting on shoes.
Consider Shoe Inserts
If you are dealing with a bunion or other biomechanical issues in your feet our Silver Spring, MD, foot doctors can create customized orthotics (shoe inserts) that will redistribute the weight throughout your foot, take pressure off the bunion, and provide your feet with additional cushioning and support to reduce pain and achiness.
Use an Ice Pack
When pain and swelling rear their ugly heads, it’s time to find a strategy to fight back. One way to do this is by applying an ice pack to the inflamed bunion. In as little as 10-15 minutes, you should experience relief. Just remember to never apply ice directly to the skin, as this can cause burns.
In most cases, simple at-home care is all that’s needed to get your bunion symptoms under control and to prevent the deformity from getting worse; however, if your symptoms aren’t responding to these measures, you should turn to a foot specialist who can provide you with more aggressive treatment options.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call!
If you think that you may be dealing with a bunion, schedule an evaluation today with one of the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We provide comprehensive foot and ankle care to the Silver Spring, Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, and Kensington, MD, areas.
No matter whether you are dealing with a minor sports-related foot injury or something more serious, our Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to create the right treatment plan to meet your needs. It’s important that your feet and ankles get the care and treatment they need to prevent further issues or complications down the road.
Here are some of the most common sports-related foot and ankle injuries:
Sprained ankle: This is one of the most common injuries. Ankles are fragile so it should come as no surprise that athletes often deal with ankle injuries at some point during their lifetime. An ankle sprain usually occurs when the foot twists or rolls suddenly.
Plantar fasciitis: This condition happens when the tissue that supports the arches of the foot (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. This occurs most often in runners, and it causes pain and stiffness at the bottom of the heel and sometimes the arches. Heel pain is usually worse in the morning or after long periods of inactivity.
Stress fractures: This injury causes small cracks in the bones of the feet or the ankles, usually as a result of overworked and strained muscles. Overuse is the number one reason athletes deal with stress fractures, while improper or worn-out footwear can also be to blame.
Heel spur: Another common cause of heel pain in athletes, a heel spur is a calcium deposit that causes a bony bump either above or below the heel bone. Many times heel spurs appear along with plantar fasciitis.
Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles tendon is a thick band of muscle that connects the back of the heel to the calf muscles. When this tendon is inflamed it causes heel pain above the heel bone. Just like plantar fasciitis, this is also an overuse injury.
When to See a Podiatrist
While more minor sports injuries may be able to be treated with rest and simple at-home care it’s also important to know when you should visit your foot doctor right away for evaluation or treatment. Here’s when to see a podiatrist:
- Pain and/or swelling is severe
- You are unable to put weight on the foot
- There is a visible deformity in the foot or ankle
- You heard an audible popping sound at the moment of injury
- You experience numbness, weakness or tingling
- If symptoms aren’t improving after a week of at-home care or if symptoms are getting worse
If you have questions or concerns about the health of your feet and ankles do not hesitate to contact the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We are proud to serve Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.
Diabetics must pay close attention to their feet and ankles. Unfortunately, diabetes compromises peripheral circulation and damages the nerves in the lower extremities, reducing sensation and function. Diabetes also increases the chance of infection and drastically slows wound healing. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Adam Lowy, and Dr. Marc Goldberg promote proper diabetic foot care at home and offer the finest in-office diagnoses and treatments in the Camp Springs/Clinton area.
Diabetes and your feet
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 100 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes. This condition affects blood glucose levels and increases the chances of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and a host of other serious health conditions.
As high blood sugars diminish micro-circulation in the feet, cause tingling, reduce sensations (neuropathy), and lower the immune system, diabetics have special foot care needs. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Clinton podiatrists promote a sensible, ordered care plan to keep diabetics free of:
- Impaired sensation and functionality
- Limb loss
In addition, they ask their patients to have routine diabetic foot checks at the office. Professional vigilance catches problems the patient may not perceive and starts treatment as soon as possible to keep them from progressing.
An at-home care plan
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons recommends these straightforward ways to help diabetics to keep their feet healthy. They include:
- Daily inspection of the feet for bruising, redness, cuts, or sores
- Daily washing of feet with warm water and mild soap
- Moisturizing to reduce dryness and cracking
- Clipping toenails straight across with clean clippers (to avoid infection and ingrown toenails)
- Smoking cessation (tobacco compromises micro-circulation)
- Wearing supportive footwear (even indoors)
- Changing socks daily or whenever they are sweaty
- Alternating pairs of shoes
- Getting regular podiatric examinations
- Controlling blood sugar levels
- Reporting any problems or concerns to your foot doctor right away
- Never removing corns or calluses at home
- Daily exercise (simple walking or swimming works well)
Healthy feet for all
Whether you have diabetes or no serious systemic health issue, get routine podiatric examinations at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We have 4 offices to serve you in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.
Find out the best ways to manage your bunion symptoms.
The sooner you find out that you have a bunion the sooner you can provide your feet with the care and treatment it deserves to prevent this common foot deformity from getting worse. From the office of our Kensington, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, find out the best ways to prevent bunion pain.
Wear the Right Shoes
Did you know that wearing high heels with a 2.5-inch heel can increase how much weight is placed on the forefoot by 75 percent? Imagine what that added pressure can do to your bunion. Needless to say, it’s probably going to cause you pain and discomfort, not to mention make the bunion worse. Play it safe and stay away from high heels whenever possible, opting for more conservative shoes with heels that are less than 2 inches.
If you notice that a day of wearing shoes has left your bunion feeling rather angry and pained then you may be looking for a way to relieve your pain. There are a couple simple measures that could help. Ice is a great option for not just easing pain but also reducing swelling.
Wrap an ice pack in a towel and then apply to the bunion for up to 10 minutes at a time. If the pain is really bothering you and you’re looking for a quick, temporary fix then an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen can eliminate your pain and swelling.
Apply Protective Padding
You’re going to have to put on your shoes at some point, so why not make it feel more comfortable? Sure, you should always be wearing shoes that fit properly and don’t put pressure on the bunion but it’s also a good idea to give your bunion a little added protection. You can do this by applying a non-medicated protective pad over the area. These protective bunion pads may contain gel or be made from soft materials like moleskin. Choose the one that feels best for you.
While a bunion will not go away by itself it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to provide your feet with the proper care it needs to prevent the bunion from getting worse from your podiatrist in Kensington, MD. Of course, it’s important to know whether or not you are even dealing with a bunion. Call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today to schedule a consultation with your podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD.
If heel pain is dictating how you live your life, we are here to help.
Heel pain, it really is a nuisance. It makes it difficult just to get around and run errands let alone enjoy your normal workout. Fortunately, you’ll be happy to hear that heel pain often goes away on its own if you ease off the foot and give it a chance to heal. Of course, in some situations, heel pain doesn’t get better. This is when our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy can help.
What can cause heel pain?
Heel pain is often the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition that results in inflammation of the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel). Plantar fascia is an overuse injury, which means that it often comes about gradually. This can often occur if you suddenly increase the intensity of a run or workout without slowly working up to it.
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spurs
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fracture
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you’ve experienced heel pain before then you probably know how to best treat your symptoms until the problem goes away. Of course, if your symptoms are severe or don’t ease up after a few weeks of care then it’s time to visit our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, foot doctors to find out how to treat your heel pain. Sometimes heel pain can be recurring or chronic, so it’s important to have the issue evaluated as soon as possible.
How is heel pain treated?
There are several ways in which to ease your symptoms until the condition heals itself. Try some of these simple at-home treatments:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
- Ice the heel for 15 minutes at a time 3 times a day
- Rest and avoid certain activities
- Wear compression or supportive socks to reduce swelling
- Consider a night splint
- Wear proper footwear
If at-home care doesn’t help then it’s time to talk to a podiatrist about other more aggressive techniques such as shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to ease symptoms and to promote healing.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has four locations in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, to ensure that everyone is able to get the proper foot and ankle care they need. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care, give us a call today.