Posts for category: Podiatrist
Bunion pain can completely disrupt your life, making walking, exercising and participating in other everyday activities a little challenging. Fortunately, your podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, offer treatments that can improve your mobility and reduce your pain. Their offices are conveniently located in Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD.
What are bunions?
Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of your big toe when the joint becomes enlarged and misaligned. In addition to the bony bump, you may also notice that your big toe leans toward your other toes and may even rub against them.
What causes bunions?
You may be more likely to develop bunions if:
- You wear high heels or narrow or tight shoes often.
- You have rheumatoid arthritis.
- You have a foot deformity or injured your foot.
- You inherited a foot imbalance.
- Other members of your family have bunions.
- One of your legs is longer than the other.
What can I do about bunion pain?
A visit to your Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Silver Spring, or Kensington foot doctor is an important step if you suffer from bunions. Your podiatrist can recommend a variety of treatments and devices that will decrease your pain and slow the progression of your bunion.
Improving the alignment of your foot with night splints, taping and prescription shoe inserts called orthotics can increase your comfort and make walking and standing less painful. Choosing wide, comfortable shoes with ample cushioning and support will also be helpful. Cortisone injections may be recommended if ice and over-the-counter pain medications don't relieve your pain and inflammation.
Although these treatments and strategies can be very helpful, surgery is the only way to remove bunions. During surgery, your podiatrist removes excess bone and inflamed tissue and realigns your joint, eliminating your bunion.
Has bunion pain changed your life? Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, can help you finally find relief from your painful symptoms. Schedule an appointment by calling (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs/Clinton office, (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office, or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.
Find out if simply wearing custom orthotics could improve the health of your feet.
Your feet take quite the beating every day, whether you are a high-heel wearer or you are a runner. Isn’t it time that you gave your feet the support and shock absorption they need to prevent issues from occurring? While wearing the proper footwear will certainly go a long way to keeping your feet healthy, our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists are here to tell you whether custom orthotics could also help you.
What are custom orthotics?
Chances are pretty good that when walking down the foot care aisle of your local drugstore or grocery store that you’ve found orthotics or shoe inserts. These cushioned foot-shaped devices are designed to go in your shoes and offer support and comfort for your feet, particularly when you are standing or moving around.
Of course, over-the-counter orthotics offer a one-size-fits-most approach, and because everyone’s biomechanics and foot structures are different sometimes the OTC orthotic can actually do more harm than good. This is why you should turn to our Kensington, MD, foot doctors, who can create a customized shoe insert to fit your specific needs.
What are the different kinds of orthotics?
Orthotics can be either functional or accommodative. As you may be able to tell by the name, functional orthotics are often used to improve the function and mechanics of your feet, while accommodative orthotics are used to offer more cushioning and support for the feet and can be a great option for someone with painful foot conditions (e.g. arthritis; diabetes) that need a little extra TLC.
Orthotics are also made from different kinds of materials, all of which offer their own unique benefits based on the wearer’s needs. Orthotics may be soft, semi-rigid or rigid.
Who can benefit from wearing orthotics?
Most people do not have perfect biomechanics in their feet, which means that you may be prone to injuries or other foot issues down the road. To prevent problems from happening, custom orthotics can provide cushioning, support, stabilization and shock absorption while also redistributing weight more evenly throughout the feet to improve the way your feet function. You may want to consider orthotics if:
- You are an athlete
- You deal with foot, leg or back pain
- You have fallen arches
- You have diabetes
- You have arthritis in your feet
- You have high or low arches
- You have or are prone to developing plantar fasciitis
- You have a neuroma
If you are considering the benefits of custom orthotics then it’s time to turn to our foot care experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD.
Are you concerned about a purple toenail? Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.; Christopher Farnworth, D.P.M.; Michael Frank, D.P.M.; and Adam Lowy, D.P.M.; your Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD podiatrists explain why your toenail may suddenly look purple.
What causes purple toenails?
Purple toenails can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:
An Injury: Have you recently injured your toe? You may have dropped something heavy on it or bumped it against a wall or other hard object. When you injured your toe, it began to bleed under the nail. As the blood dried, it darkened and turned purple.
Poorly Fitting Shoes: Whether your shoes are too tight or rub against your toes, you can develop purple toenails. The problem is particularly common in runners. Every time you take a step during your run, your shoe puts pressure on your toes. Long distance runners and those who frequently run up and down hills may be more likely to develop the problem.
Fungus: A fungus can also turn your nail purple.
A Tumor: Although they're rare, tumors can cause a change in nail color.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you remember injuring your toe, the purple color will gradually grow out as the new area of the nail grows in most cases. Mild injuries usually heal on their own, but if you've hurt your toe and are experiencing significant pain or signs of infection, such as pus or red streaks on your toe, it's time for a visit to your foot doctors in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, or Kensington, MD. He or she may need to remove the nail to determine if the tissues underneath have been damaged. Failing to treat a cut or exposed bone under a nail can cause osteomyelitis, a serious bone infection.
It's particularly important to visit your podiatrist if your nail has turned purple or black, and you don't remember injuring it. In many cases, you may simply need an anti-fungal medication to treat a fungal infection, but it's always a good idea to rule out more serious disease and conditions, such as cancer.
Your podiatrist can diagnose and treat the cause of purple toenails. Call Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.; Christopher Farnworth, D.P.M.; Michael Frank, D.P.M.; and Adam Lowy, D.P.M.; your Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD, podiatrists to schedule an appointment.
Warm weather means long, lazy days at the pool and hours spent outside enjoying the warm weather. Unfortunately, for many people, the beautiful weather also brings a case of athlete's foot. Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.; Christopher Farnworth, D.P.M.; Michael Frank, D.P.M.; and Adam Lowy, D.P.M.; your Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, Kensington, MD podiatrists, shares some information on this common condition and explains how you can prevent it.
What causes athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus that thrives in dark, moist places. The warm weather provides the perfect environment for the growth of the fungus.
Why do I keep getting athlete's foot?
The contagious fungus that causes athlete's foot is commonly found in popular summer spots, such as swimming pools, public showers and locker rooms. If you spend a lot of time at the community pool every summer, you and your fellow swimmers may be sharing more than just the pool.
When your feet remain wet for long periods of time, as they do when you are at the beach or pool, you provide the perfect environment for the fungus. Sweaty feet, a hazard of hot weather, can also increase the risk that you'll develop athlete's foot.
What can I do to prevent athlete's foot?
You can reduce your risk of catching athlete's foot fungus by:
- Wearing flip flops or sandals in common areas at pools and in locker and shower rooms
- Drying your feet thoroughly, including the area between your toes, after you shower or swim
- Changing your shoes every day, since sweaty shoes need more than one night to dry out thoroughly
- Using anti-fungal powder on your feet
- Avoiding sharing towels, shoes or socks with other people
- Choosing socks that are made out of cotton, wool or synthetic materials that wick sweat away from your feet
- Changing your socks throughout the day if they become sweaty
- Wearing open shoes or shoes made of breathable materials, such as canvas.
Contact Your Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, Kensington, MD Podiatrist
When your athlete's foot won't go away no matter what you do, your foot doctor can help. Call Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.; Christopher Farnworth, D.P.M.; Michael Frank, D.P.M.; and Adam Lowy, D.P.M.; your Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, Kensington, MD podiatrists, at (301) 924-5044 to schedule an appointment.
When an ankle becomes sprained, it is painful and it can become impossible to walk properly at your normal speed. Some people unfortunately continue to walk on a sprained ankle, which could only make things worse. It’s important to consult a Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring and Clinton, MD podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland as soon as possible to get help with pain caused by an ankle sprain.
What Causes a Sprained Ankle?
A sprained ankle is almost always caused by some sort of injury that happens during an athletic activity, whether it’s walking, sprinting or jumping. Sometimes, patients who wear very high heels can suffer sprains during falls. However, certain conditions may make a patient more prone to getting a sprain:
- a previous ankle injury
- weak muscles
- lack of conditioning and proper stretching before participating in a high-energy activity
- playing a sport, like tennis or basketball, that requires many sudden twists, turns and jumps
Healing a Sprained Ankle
There are a number of simple and non-invasive treatments for a sprained ankle that your Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring and Clinton podiatrist may discuss with you. They include:
- wearing a foot brace or orthotic insert
- compression bandages (common for athletes)
- ice therapy for swelling
- physical therapy
- ligament surgery in more serious cases
Don't Let It Slow You Down
Don't allow a sprained ankle to slow you down—especially if you play sports. Not only can it interrupt your routine, a sprained ankle could progress to other problems like arthritis or a fracture if it isn't properly and timely treated. Your podiatrist can also help you with prevention techniques, including stretching exercises to reduce the chance of sprains and aid the healing process.
Get Help ASAP
If you have pain in your ankle that may be due to a sprain, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring and Clinton, MD. Call today!