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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
Many people unknowingly take advantage of walking without pain or other complications every day. However, if you are one of the countless people worldwide who suffer from foot pain, you probably understand just how important this simple everyday task is. Your Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, Maryland podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland can help you beat foot pain and get back to walking normally with the help of custom orthotics.
What is a custom orthotic?
An orthotic is usually an insert which fits inside your shoe to help evenly distribute the body’s weight onto the foot. Orthotics align the foot and ankle into the most beneficial and efficient positions for your gait (the way you walk). Orthotics can be compared to eyeglasses, which reduce the amount of strain necessary for your eyes (or feet, in this case) to do their jobs. Conditions such as bunion, hammertoe, heel or arch pain, or even leg or knee pain benefit from orthotics.
Types of Orthotics in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, Maryland
- Over-the-counter: These orthotics are sold at drug stores. While they may provide some relief from foot pain, they are not custom made and, thus, not as effective as customized orthotics.
- Functional Orthotics: Functional orthotics help support the feet’s abnormalities. Usually, these come in the form of inserts worn inside of the shoes. They can be made from various materials, and usually have a rigid form. Arch supports and heel liners act as shock absorbers for people with irregularities such as flat feet (foot pronation). Functional orthotics treat countless foot deformities.
- Accommodative Orthotics: This is an umbrella term for orthotics which physically align the feet and ankles such as casts, splints, braces and night orthotics. These orthotics help relieve pain and align the bones and tissues in the foot.
Orthotics are especially beneficial to people who are often on their feet, such as nurses or athletes. X-rays and other imaging technology help your doctor see the tissues, bones and muscles inside the feet and, along with a physical examination, are usually enough to diagnose what is causing your foot pain. Your podiatrist can help you determine which line of treatment is best for your situation.
For more information on orthotics and how they can change your life, please contact Dr. Christopher Farnworth, Dr. Michael Frank and Dr. Marc Goldberg at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, Maryland.
How to protect your feet from sports-related injuries
You’re a runner and you wouldn’t give it up for anything. You don’t have to, as long as you protect your most important sports equipment. Your feet! Your feet take a beating, not just from sports, but from everyday wear and tear. You don’t want to be sidelined by a foot injury. Your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, in Silver Spring, want you to know how to protect your feet, especially if you are a runner.
Foot injuries that are common in runners. They include bunions, blisters, heel spurs, sprains, fractures, and plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring, Olney, Kensington, and Clinton, Maryland, want you to know about these easy ways to keep your feet in top shape:
Stretching: 5 to 10 minutes of stretching your feet should be part of any training. Some great exercises for your feet include arch stretches, hamstring stretches, toe grip exercises and calf stretches.
Wear the proper footwear: your shoes should feel good when you put them on. Do not assume that they will be “broken in” at some point. When you buy shoes, remember to:
- Try shoes on at the end of the day or after working out.
- Wiggle your toes in the shoe; you should have plenty of toe room.
- Wear the socks you will wear with the shoes, to ensure a proper fit.
- Walk quickly in the shoes to see how the shoes feel and fit.
Wash and dry your feet: a thorough daily cleansing, drying and lotion application is necessary, especially after running or working out. Application of an antifungal cream is important if you have a tendency to get athletes foot.
Don’t go barefoot: to limit injuries to your feet and prevent plantar fasciitis.
Use supportive wedges or cushions in your shoes to prevent rubbing, irritation, bunions and calluses on your feet.
These are just some of the suggestions to keep your feet in good shape for running or sporting events. The best thing you can do is have your podiatrist be part of your sports team. Call your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Silver Spring, Olney, Kensington, and Clinton, Maryland. They can help you take care of your most important track and field equipment, your feet, so call today!