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Are you having to deal with aches and strains while you walk? Are your shoes not helping, no matter how expensive? Well, perhaps you should speak with Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, in Kensington Silver Spring, Olney and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD. He provides his patients with orthotics to help treat sore soles.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are prescription medical devices placed inside shoes to correct bio-mechanical foot issues. In other words, this medical device makes life easier when it comes to simple activities, like walking, standing, or running. They also help manage and navigate painful conditions, diabetic feet, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, flat feet, and arthritis.
Types of Orthotics
Rigid orthotics are functional orthotics made of sturdy materials, like plastic or carbon fiber. People insert rigid orthotics in shoes they use for walking, so something like dress shoes (closed toes and low heels). Functional orthotics ease foot aches, strains and pain in legs, thighs, and the lower back.
Soft orthotics are also referred to as accommodative orthotics that are made from soft compression materials. The soft material acts as a cushion to relieve pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. This orthotic is best for people suffering from plantar fasciitis or diabetic foot ulcers.
How are orthotics made?
- The podiatrist takes a cast of the foot, then a three-dimensional imprint of the foot.
- Dr. Goldberg makes a 3D mold of the foot by placing the patient's foot in a foam box to capture an imprint or by using a plaster slipper casting.
- Your podiatrist will correct or align the model and determine which type of orthotic best suits your needs.
- The material is then heated and pressed over the cast to create the orthotic.
- After the material cools down, the orthotic is trimmed down and you can make an appointment to try it out.
Who should you call?
Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, in Kensington Silver Spring, Olney, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, can help treat aching feet by providing custom-made orthotics. Just call him at any of the following locations:
Olney: (301) 924-5044
Camp Springs/Clinton: (301) 868-7670
Silver Spring: (301) 439-0300
Kensington (301) 868-7670
Foot discomfort impacts your well-being with every step you take. If you have a painful deformity called a bunion, your friends at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help. Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy are your bunion experts in the Kensington, Olney, Camp Springs-Clinton and Silver Spring, MD.
A bunion is an acquired deformity located on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe. This bony lump forces the big toe out of alignment, moving it inward toward the second toe. Over time, the big toe may even cross over the second and third toes.
Proper examination and an X-ray screening at one of our offices in Kensington, Olney, Camp Springs-Clinton, or Silver Spring, MD, diagnose bunions and allow your podiatrist to set a treatment plan customized to your foot structure, health history, and lifestyle. Fortunately, many bunions respond to conservative treatments. However, sometimes a bunionectomy, a surgery which removes the excess bone and straightens the big toe, is needed to optimize functionality.
Can bunions be prevented?
Harvard Health says you likely cannot prevent bunions as they tend to run in families. In other words, there is a hereditary component to this common foot problem. However, women, in particular, can minimize the severity of bunions by wearing simple shoes (i.e. no footwear that is narrow-toed or high-heeled). Additionally, you should keep a healthy weight.
If you are on your feet a lot, try to schedule periods of rest. Ice the bunion, and elevate the foot. Your foot doctor at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland also may advise:
- Corn and callus removal
- Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics) to correct problems with your gait
- Moleskin padding or gel-pads to reduce friction
- Cortisone injections
- Stretching exercises and other physical therapy
Don't ignore the pain
Learn how to take care of your bunions. Phone Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland for a consultation with Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Frank or Dr. Lowy today. We have four locations to serve you. For Olney, phone (301) 924-5044. In the Camp Springs-Clinton area, call (301) 868-7670. For Silver Spring, contact us at (301) 439-0300, or call us in Kensington at (301) 868-7670.
You watch your children for health, growth, and development problems, but what about their foot health? This is important, too, as many podiatric issues begin in childhood. Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy provide comprehensive podiatric care for children in Olney, Camp Springs-Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD—read on to learn more.
Pediatric podiatric care
Your child's feet and ankles are subject to all kinds of stresses stemming from rapid growth/development, sports, changing shoe sizes, and congenital deformities. It takes an examination at one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs-Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, to filter through your child's symptoms and analyze their nails, bone structure, and function. Also remember: children are not adults. As such, their feet have needs unique to their special stage in life.
Common pediatric foot problems
At Family Foot and Ankle Associates in Maryland, Drs. Frank, Lowy, and Goldberg see and treat:
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
- Fungal toenails
- Athlete's foot
- Toe walking
- Toeing in
- Flat feet
- Deformities such as club feet
- Sever's Feet, a condition characterized by pain in the growth plate in the heel
- Bunions, an acquired bump on the side of the foot
How parents can help
As you raise your child, be sure to observe how your child's feet look and operate. Also, use and model common sense foot care habits. In particular:
- Watch how your child walks, including how the feet land on the floor and if they toe-in or toe-walk.
- Trim nails straight across with clean clippers to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Keep feet clean and dry, and put clean socks on your child every day.
- Make sure that your child's shoes fit properly, especially because young feet grow and change quickly.
- Avoid plantar warts, cuts, bruises, and abrasions by putting shoes on your child when they are playing outdoors. EverydayHealth says this simple intervention prevents several foot and ankle problems.
At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, our three podiatrists and their caring team want your children to have happy feet. So, please call an office near you for a podiatric exam. In Olney, phone us at (301) 924-5044. In Camp Springs-Clinton, call (301) 868-7670. For the Silver Spring area, contact us at (301) 439-0300. In Kensington, MD, phone (301) 868-7670.
Heel spurs may make it difficult to perform many of the tasks you used to take for granted, from walking your dog to training for your next 10K. Fortunately, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Adam Lowy, and Michael Frank offer heel spur treatments at their offices in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD.
What are heel spurs?
Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bottom of your heel bone. You may be more likely to develop heel spurs if:
- You participate in sports or activities that involve running or jumping, particularly if those activities are conducted on hard surfaces
- You injured your heel
- You are overweight
- You are female
- You wear shoes that don't offer enough cushioning and support
- You are over 50
- You have plantar fasciitis, a condition that occurs when the plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed
- You roll your foot inward (pronation) or outward (supination) when you walk
What are the symptoms of heel pain?
Common symptoms of heel spurs include:
- An ache or stabbing sensation in your heel
- A visible bump under the bottom of your heel
- Warmth and swelling near the front part of your heel
Heel spurs don't always cause pain. In some cases, painful heel symptoms may actually be associated with plantar fasciitis rather than your heel spur.
What can I do about my heel spurs?
Rest, ice packs, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can be helpful in decreasing pain and reducing swelling due to heel spurs. If pain is severe and anti-inflammatories don't help, your podiatrist may recommend corticosteroid injections to ease pain and inflammation.
Selecting footwear that adequately cushions and supports your heel and arch can also be helpful, as can wearing orthotics. Orthotics are shoe inserts custom-designed for your foot by your podiatrist. These inserts add a layer of cushioning and relieve pressure on your heels. Orthotics also stretch your fascia and keep your foot properly aligned, preventing pronation or supination.
Need relief? Give us a call
Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Adam Lowy, and Michael Frank, by contacting one of our offices in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, or Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, today:
- (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington
- (301) 924-5044 for the Olney
- (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring
- (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs/Clinton
Has your life changed since you developed plantar fasciitis? Your Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, can ease your pain and help you get back on your feet again with orthotics and a variety of other treatments designed to relieve your symptoms.
Ways to relieve plantar fasciitis pain
Plantar fasciitis treatment may involve:
- Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) reduce both pain and inflammation. Applying ice packs can also be helpful. If these measures aren't helpful, steroid injections may be recommended.
- Exercises and Physical Therapy: Stretching exercises ease tension in your leg and foot muscles, which can reduce plantar fasciitis symptoms. Your podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, or Kensington can show you a few exercises and may also recommend that you begin physical therapy to stretch and strengthen muscles.
- Night Splints: Night splints provided by your foot doctor hold your ankle in a neutral position while you sleep. Using the splints stretches your calf and foot muscles and helps you avoid morning pain common with plantar fasciitis.
- New Shoes: A shoe shopping trip may be in order, particularly if you run or walk for exercise. The cushioning material in running or walking shoes can become compressed in as little as three months. Although your shoes may appear to be in good condition, they may not adequately support your foot.
- Orthotics: Custom shoe inserts called orthotics may be recommended in addition to new shoes. The inserts, designed for your foot by your podiatrist, improve the alignment of your foot when you wear shoes, offer additional support and cushioning, and absorb shock generated when your foot strikes the ground.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: Shockwave therapy involves applying low energy shockwaves to your foot with a handheld device. The therapy improves blood flow and promotes healing.
- Surgery: Surgery isn't usually needed but may be recommended if other treatments aren't effective.
Are you tired of living with plantar fasciitis pain? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney, MD, office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office, (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs/Clinton office, or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.