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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.
When we have something tailored to fit us properly, we are most likely to experience more comfort and support. If you have an abnormal foot function, experience foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, or require more stability, foot orthotics provide extra cushioning and alleviation on surrounding joints and ligaments. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we design custom-made foot orthotics for patients who live near our convenient Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD locations.
Below we've answered some of our patient's frequently asked questions.
What is a Foot Orthotic?
At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we create custom foot orthotics that are designed to fit your foot only. Also known as a shoe insert, these orthotic devices are meant to be worn inside the shoe to correct foot issues and enhance the way you walk, stand, or run. They fit most footwear, and also provide all-day relief from foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis, low back pain, or weakness in the knees.
What are the Benefits of Foot Orthotics?
- Personalized fit
- A decrease in muscle fatigue
- Relief from pain in the lower limbs
- Reduced stress and strain on the body
- Increased endurance, strength, and athletic performance
How Can Orthotics Help Me?
Foot orthotics can help you avoid invasive treatment options in the future. If you have flat feet or high arches, foot orthotics can prevent injuries and provide added support to the foot and ankle. If your feet aren't ideally positioned, these devices can correct any abnormalities that are present. Orthotics come in a variety of sizes and materials, but after a foot exam, one of our board-certified podiatrists will determine the best type suitable for your needs.
At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we welcome new patients who live near any of our four convenient locations. If you live in the area and would like to discuss the benefits of foot orthotics, one of our many board-certified podiatrists can customize them just for you and answer your questions.To schedule an appointment, please call the location nearest you. (Olney) (301) 924-5044, (Camp Springs/Clinton) (301) 868-7670, (Silver Spring) (301) 439-0300, or (Kensington) (301) 942-8110.
Suffering from heel pain lately? A common problem that happens when your heel is placed under too much stress, heel pain can be caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear, being overweight, or playing sports. Fortunately, here at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn how we can treat your condition!
1. Injections- If you have severe or chronic heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend cortisone injections into the heel. Cortisone injections will normally not be used as a first-line treatment, and you will usually have to have further tests, such as imaging, to confirm your specific diagnosis.
2. Medication- You may wish to take painkillers to help ease the pain. Sometimes, over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or naproxen can be helpful. Topical pain medicines are also available in lotion, cream, and gel form. They're applied to the skin and penetrate inward to relieve pain. Check with your podiatrist before starting any new medication.
3. Night Splints- Your podiatric doctor may recommend that you purchase a night splint to you as you sleep. A night splint is a special device that stretches the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon while you sleep. Night splints are effective for relieving morning pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
4. Shoe Inserts- Your podiatric doctor can prescribe specially-designed foot orthoses (shoe inserts) to cushion your heels, support your feet, and take the strain from your plantar fascia. Shoe inserts are often effective in relieving heel pain. They work best if they are in your shoes all the time.
5. Stretches- There's a lot you can do to ease your pain and speed up the healing process. Your healthcare provider may prescribe stretching exercises to treat your heel pain. Research has shown that stretching eases foot pain and reduces swelling. Stretches are easy to do and should be done every day to keep pain at bay.
Need Relief? Call one of our Offices in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington Today
Don’t let heel pain control you. Take charge of your life today! If you're looking for a podiatrist, call one of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland's offices today to make an appointment:
- Olney- 301-924-5044
- Silver Spring- 301-439-0300
- Camp Springs/Clinton- 301-868-7670
How your podiatrists in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, MD, can help you get relief from neuroma pain
Neuromas are areas of thickened tissue that can come to surround the nerves in your foot. This thickened tissue then puts pressure on the nerve, causing acute, sharp pain, as well as a sensation of burning, numbness, or stinging. Fortunately, the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help relieve your neuroma discomfort. With offices in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, MD, read on to learn how they can help you.
More about Neuromas
You are at higher risk of suffering from a neuroma if you wear tight shoes/high heels, or if you participate in high impact activities such as running or basketball. Bunions, flat feet, high arches, or hammertoes can all increase your risk of developing a foot neuroma, as well.
If you are suffering from a foot neuroma, you can try a few simple home remedies, including:
- Wearing wider, more comfortable, and more supportive shoes
- Placing ice on the bottom of your foot
- Taking over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications
- Switching to lower impact activities, such as swimming
For painful neuromas that don’t respond to conservative therapies, your podiatrist can offer several effective treatments. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, your podiatrist may recommend these effective treatments:
- Custom-fit arch supports and orthotics
- Inserts, footpads, and other cushioning devices
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Surgical treatment for severe, painful neuromas
A foot neuroma can dramatically affect your life, making it difficult to wear shoes, stand, and participate in the activities that you love. Fortunately, you can find relief from your painful foot neuromas with the help of your local podiatrists.
To learn more about foot neuroma treatment and other foot issues, call the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, Maryland. Call now, and help your feet!
- Olney, MD—(301) 924-5044
- Camp Springs/Clinton, MD—(301) 868-7670
- Silver Spring, MD—(301)439-0300
- Kensington, MD—(301) 942-8110