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By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
April 11, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

The word “orthotics” comes from the Green work meaning to align or straighten. This origin gives you a basic idea of what these devices orthoticsdo for your feet. Orthotics can make a big difference in your comfort and your walking abilities, and Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, and Dr. Adam Lowy, your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, have had great success prescribing orthotics for their patients. Learn about the various types of orthotics in this post.

How can orthotics help me?

Orthotics from your podiatrist are rarely a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Although minor bunions or mild cases of plantar fasciitis can be relieved with over the counter shoe inserts, problems with the anatomy of the foot or balance and gait issues typically require a custom-made device. These specially made appliances provide support or weight redistribution for a foot with structural problems, making it easier to move around. If necessary, orthotics can also restrict movement to help injuries heal faster and more effectively. Regardless of the type of orthotic you need, the main goal is to allow you as much comfortable, normal mobility as possible.

What are the types of orthotics available?

There are several types of orthotics that your podiatrist routinely prescribes; they may be made from flexible or rigid materials. Orthotic devices that are worn on or around the foot are known as foot orthoses. Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are larger and help to compensate for ankle weakness, deformities, or to immobilize the area after an injury. Athletes also wear these to help optimize performance in their sport of choice. Another type of AFO is for people who have foot ulcerations and need something to facilitate healing; these are known as UHO devices (ulcer healing orthoses).

If you're in the Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD area, and you think you might need an orthotic device, Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland is here for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of the members of our podiatry team!

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
December 31, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Foot Pain   Orthotics  

Your feet have been hurting, and you decide to see your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Kensington, MD. orthoticsWhile you're pleased that Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank and Dr. Adam Lowry are board-certified foot and ankle surgeons, you're also relieved that your plantar fasciitis doesn't need surgery. Learn why these custom-made shoes inserts are right for you.

What are orthotics?

You've heard of over-the-counter insoles and heel cups. While they have some benefit for very mild podiatric conditions, these store-bought products lack precision fit and high-quality materials. They just won't serve the needs of diabetics, of people with sports injuries, and of patients who have malformations such as bunions and hammertoes.

A great alternative is a pair of custom-fitted and custom-crafted orthotics from your podiatrist in Kensington, MD. These comfortable inserts are molded for your individual foot shape and gait. They provide proper biomechanical balance, so you place your feet on the ground correctly, relieve pressure and friction and accommodate wounds, sores, and the discomforts associated with arthritis.

The American Podiatric Medical Association says that only your podiatrist can understand fully how your feet and ankles operate in conjunction with your daily activities and your overall health. That's why the foot doctor is your best source for correct diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle issues.

Getting orthotics

After your examination and imaging at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, you found out you have an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Affecting the band of connective tissue which stretches from the calcaneus, or heel bone, to the base of the toes, this inflammatory condition causes considerable pain. However, it responds well to many conservative treatments such as physical therapy, stretching and yes, customized orthotics.

Orthotics generally fall into three categories: rigid, to correct the motion of the foot and ankle, semi-rigid, to balance and support the foot, and soft, to cushion feet which have wounds or arthritic joints. Your foot doctor will tell you which one is right for you.

He'll take molds of your feet to ensure proper construction and fit and adjust your orthotics so they accommodate your problem and help your feet function as they should. Regarding plantar fasciitis, your orthotics will correct any overpronation, or continual movement of the foot toward the midline as you walk, and give you proper arch support.

Have happy feet

Custom-made orthotics from Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help. If you have additional questions about your orthotics or another foot or ankle issue, please call the office. We have 4 offices to serve you: Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
October 23, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Your feet get the most brutal treatment. They need to withstand plenty of wear and tear, and if you don't take care of them, they can undergo severe damage. If you're interested in orthotics, your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, are here to help with your foot care.

More on Orthotics

There are several issues you may suffer from that may be helped with orthotics, including:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Flat Feet
  • Mallet Toes
  • Heel Pain
  • High Arches
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trauma
  • Hammertoe
  • Diabetic Foot

Types of orthotics include:

  • Rigid Orthotics: These are inserts that change your foot's functions by preventing extreme overpronation, evening limbs and reducing pain in lower back and upper legs.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: They reinforce balance and agility making them useful for athletes. They're made of alternating layers of soft and firm material.
  • Soft Orthotics: They absorb shock and reduce pressure in specific spots in the foot and ankle. Soft orthopedic inserts are soft and flexible. They're used to treat plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, and diabetes-related problems.

Advantages of Orthotics:

Custom orthopedic shoes accommodate your specific foot arches, ankles, heels and toes, bony prominences, and pressure points.

Some other benefits include:

  • They accommodate people who suffer from diabetic ulcers, deformed toes, collapsed arches, digital amputation, bunions, calluses, and hammertoes.
  • Kids get quality orthopedic shoes with padded midsoles and wide toe boxes so they have comfortable boots, sneakers and more.
  • Orthotics provide better balance and support.


Feel free to call your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Drs. Michael Frank, Marc Goldberg and Adam Lowy to make an appointment today!

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 Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
April 02, 2015
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Custom Orthotics  

OrthoticsFor your overall foot health, including balance, function, protection and freedom from pain, many podiatrists prescribe shoe inserts called custom orthotics. Whether you are a runner, construction worker, police officer, busy mom or active senior, your choice of orthotics can impact how well and how comfortably you move on your feet through out the day.

Why choose custom orthotics?

While there are many shoe inserts or orthotics sold at the mall, pharmacy or online, the American Podiatric Medical Association states that carefully constructed, quality, custom orthotics are a better choice than anything purchased over the counter. A custom-fabricated shoe insert will last longer and will more accurately address problems associated with:

  • structural problems of the leg, foot and ankle
  • disease processes such as diabetes and arthritis
  • congenital deformities such as flat feet
  • age or injury related issues such as tendonitis and plantar fasciitis

An experienced podiatrist understands how orthotics can benefit the patient, optimizing the positives in his foot structure and protecting and supporting the weaker areas. A foot doctor also know how to precisely create plaster casts or other models of the foot to create the best-fitting orthotics possible.

Additionally, a podiatrist is a real person, concerned about the health of his or her patients. For important, ongoing issues with the foot, ankle and leg, an experienced foot doctor has the knowledge and compassion to understand long-standing problems and arrive at and adjust orthotics and other podiatric treatments as patient needs change.

Types of custom orthotics

Orthotics basically come in 2 types: functional and accommodative.

Functional orthotics adjust abnormal motion of the foot and leg, and also treat inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis and shin splints, the runner's nemesis. Most often made of stiff, highly supportive materials such as graphite or durable plastic, functional orthotics promote good balance and reduce pain.

Accommodative orthotics are individually crafted from softer materials. They are prescribed for people with deformities and medical conditions that create painful spots on the feet. The orthotics help relieve the pressure on the sore areas and support the more useful areas of the foot for a less painful and more therapeutic gait.

People who require orthotics because they compete in sports or do a lot of walking or running sometimes purcahse orthotics that are a combination of rigid and soft materials.

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland

Marc Goldberg DPM and his associates, Christopher Farnsworth DPM and Michael Frank DPM are the Silver Spring, Maryland podiatrists who know custom orthotics and how they can help your feet. For a consultation, contact one of their conveniently located offices today. In Olney, call 301-924-5044. In Silver Spring, call 301-439-0300. In the Clinton area, call 301-868-7670, and in Crofton, call 410-721-2700. They will be happy to help you achieve the healthiest, best functioning feet possible!