By Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 22, 2013
When it comes to foot pain, Dr. Marc Goldberg is available to provide you with appropriate treatment plans. In Silver Spring, orthotics offered by Dr. Goldberg are often the best solutions for relieving foot pain. To help you better understand foot pain and orthotics in Silver Spring, Dr. Goldberg offers an inside look.
Generally, foot pain starts in one of three places: the toes, the forefoot, or the hindfoot. Toe pain often occurs because of the pressure that is commonly imposed by improper fitting shoes. Some common foot problems occurring in the toes include corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, bunions, Morton’s neuroma and hammertoe or claw toe.
When it comes to pain occurring in the forefoot, which is the front of the foot, it usually involves the metatarsal or sesamoid bones. The metatarsal bones are five long bones that extend from the front of the arch to the bones in the toe and the sesamoid bones are two small bones that are embedded at the top of the first metatarsal bone, which connects to the big toe. Common problems occurring in the forefoot include metatarsalgia, a stress fracture and Sesamoiditis.
Lastly, the hindfoot is the back of the foot and pain originating here can extend from the heel, across the sole, otherwise known as the plantar surface, to the ball of the foot. The hindfoot is where heel pain (plantar fasciitis) occurs which is one of the most common foot injuries treated by Dr. Marc Goldberg as a podiatrist in Silver Spring.
Custom-Made Orthotics for Relief in Silver Spring
For severe conditions, Dr. Goldberg, a podiatrist in Silver Spring, MD, may prescribe custom-made orthotics to bring relief to your foot pain. Orthotics can be categorized as rigid, soft, or semi-rigid. Rigid orthotics are used to control motion in two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle. They are often used to prevent excessive pronation and are useful for people who are very overweight or have uneven leg lengths.
Soft orthotics are designed to absorb shock, improve balance, and remove pressure from painful areas. They are made from a lightweight material that proves to be beneficial for people with diabetes or arthritis. Soft orthotics need to be replaced periodically and may be bulkier than rigid orthotics, which will require larger shoes. Semi-rigid orthotics are designed to provide balance, particularly in a specific sport and are usually made of multiple layers of various supportive materials.
To determine if orthotics are right for you, visit our Silver Spring office for a thorough evaluation. As a Silver Spring podiatrist, Dr. Marc Goldberg has extensive knowledge in lower extremity biomechanics. With his knowledge, Dr. Goldberg will consider your foot type, analyze your gait and evaluate other factors to determine the exact cause of your pain. Based on a patient’s specific problem or needs, our Silver Spring, MD podiatrist will recommend whether orthotics would help reduce the pain and foot deformity, or if a different treatment would produce better results.
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