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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 is 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.
How your podiatrists in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help your feet!
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and today it affects approximately one out of every ten people. Although anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, it is most common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Luckily, the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer diagnostic and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other orthopedic conditions and injuries at their offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD!
Available Heel Pain Treatments
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or small tears to the plantar fascia, which provides shock absorption when you walk, jump, or run. In addition to pain on the bottom of your heel, other signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Pain kicking in and getting worse after exercise and physical activity
- Stabbing pain or stiffness when you first wake up or after you've sat for a long period of time
Anyone can develop it, but there are a few risk factors that can increase your chances of getting plantar fasciitis, including:
- Participating in high impact physical activities and sports like distance running or basketball
- Being overweight or obese
- Having a very high arch or flat feet
- Spending a lot of time on your feet
Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with rest and time. Your podiatrist may also prescribe medication, physical therapy, or supportive devices like orthotics or night splints.
Need Relief? Give us a Call!
For more information about prevention and treatment for plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle conditions, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (301) 924-5044 in Olney, (301) 868-7670 in Camp Springs and Clinton, (301) 439-0300 in Silver Spring, and (301) 868-7670 in Kensington.
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.