From inflammation and pain to injuries, various kinds of malfunctions and damage could cause foot issues. Aging, overuse, diabetes, and improper footwear are just some of the main contributors to different types of foot problems including ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and bunions, among others.
Here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, our podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy can diagnose your condition in our Olney, Camp Springs, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton, MD, offices, and recommend treatments that will work for your case. Here are just some of the most common foot problems that we treat:
These occur when your toenail begins to grow into your nail groove, causing significant discomfort and pain. If home care doesn’t improve your symptoms or your toenail becomes infected, visit your podiatrist as soon as possible. Depending on the severity and frequency of your condition, you may need antibiotics to get rid of the infection or your podiatrist may have to remove a part of your toenail that’s causing your persistent ingrown toenail.
This is the leading cause of heel pain. It happens when your plantar fascia, which is located at the bottom of your foot, becomes swollen and inflamed. Some individuals could manage plantar fasciitis using home remedies. On the other hand, if your condition doesn’t get better even with consistent home care and lifestyle modifications, you should consult with your podiatrist for more aggressive treatments.
These are basically feet abnormalities that result in a bump to form on your big toe’s joint, causing your big toe to turn inward. Conservative home treatment can typically treat bunion symptoms. However, for more severe cases, those that cause persistent pain and are making the big toe and adjacent toes crowd together, you may need surgery to ease the issue. To determine the extent of your bunion, you can visit one of our locations in Olney, Camp Springs, Kensington, Silver Spring, or Clinton, MD.
Heel spurs are essentially calcium outgrowths that form between the foot’s arch and heel bone. For most people, these don’t cause any symptoms. For others, however, it could be immensely painful due to chronic inflammation. This is why this condition isn’t that easily diagnosed and will require medical imaging tests to accurately diagnose. Treatments usually include ample rest, application of cold compresses, OTC painkillers, injections of anti-inflammatory medications, and custom orthotics from your podiatrist.
Are You Dealing With Foot Problems?
Arrange an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, foot pain, or bunions, we can help. Call our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, office at (301) 868-7670, Olney office at (301) 924-5044, Silver Spring office at (301) 439-0300, and Kensington office at (301) 868-7670 for more details.