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By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
January 02, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out the best ways to manage your bunion symptoms.

Foot BunionThe sooner you find out that you have a bunion the sooner you can provide your feet with the care and treatment it deserves to prevent this common foot deformity from getting worse. From the office of our Kensington, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, find out the best ways to prevent bunion pain.

Wear the Right Shoes

Did you know that wearing high heels with a 2.5-inch heel can increase how much weight is placed on the forefoot by 75 percent? Imagine what that added pressure can do to your bunion. Needless to say, it’s probably going to cause you pain and discomfort, not to mention make the bunion worse. Play it safe and stay away from high heels whenever possible, opting for more conservative shoes with heels that are less than 2 inches.

Alleviate Pain

If you notice that a day of wearing shoes has left your bunion feeling rather angry and pained then you may be looking for a way to relieve your pain. There are a couple simple measures that could help. Ice is a great option for not just easing pain but also reducing swelling.

Wrap an ice pack in a towel and then apply to the bunion for up to 10 minutes at a time. If the pain is really bothering you and you’re looking for a quick, temporary fix then an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen can eliminate your pain and swelling.

Apply Protective Padding

You’re going to have to put on your shoes at some point, so why not make it feel more comfortable? Sure, you should always be wearing shoes that fit properly and don’t put pressure on the bunion but it’s also a good idea to give your bunion a little added protection. You can do this by applying a non-medicated protective pad over the area. These protective bunion pads may contain gel or be made from soft materials like moleskin. Choose the one that feels best for you.

While a bunion will not go away by itself it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to provide your feet with the proper care it needs to prevent the bunion from getting worse from your podiatrist in Kensington, MD. Of course, it’s important to know whether or not you are even dealing with a bunion. Call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today to schedule a consultation with your podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out how to get your bunion symptoms under control.

Do you have bunions? Are you trying to figure out the best way to ward away pain and other issues so that you don’t need bunion surgery bunionsdown the road? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton, MD, podiatrists are here to provide you with simple and conservative measures you can take to keep bunion pain at bay.

Exercise Those Feet

Exercising your feet is actually simple and easy, and you can do it at any time from the comfort and convenience of your own home. You don’t even need equipment! Maintaining flexibility in the joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues of your feet is important to reduce and even prevent bunion pain and swelling. Ask your Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton foot doctor for specific exercises that can help alleviate symptoms and improve the function of your feet. In the meantime, here are just some exercises to try out!

Sport the Right Shoes

The shoes you wear every day can either give your bunion and the rest of your foot the support and comfort it needs or it could cause serious issues and cause this joint deformity to get worse. Opt for shoes that don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on your foot. Also, avoid high heels or shoes with pointy toes. If shoes are providing enough shock absorption and protection, but they fit properly, then talk to us about whether custom orthotics (shoe inserts) could enhance and improve how your shoes support your feet.

Consider a Toe Stretcher/Separator

When you think of a toe separator you may think about those silly things they put between your toes after a pedicure, but there is actually a toe separator that is designed to help stretch your toes and provide therapeutic relief. These little gems can be a great way to reduce the amount of strain on the joints of your toes and they could even help realign them.

Don’t let bunion pain become your norm. The foot care experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are ready to help you live a pain-free life. We provide comprehensive foot care in Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
October 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Incorporate these simple tips into your daily life to keep bunion pain at bay.bunions

Yikes! Our Clinton, MD, podiatrists just recently told you that that painful bump at the bottom of your big toe wasn’t just minor inflammation but was actually caused by a common foot deformity known as a bunion. After this diagnosis, you may be wondering what steps you can take to ensure that the problem doesn’t get worse. We are here to help provide you with solutions to keep bunion pain at bay.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a deformity that often forms at the joint at the base of the big toe (however, a bunion can form on any of the toes). This hard protrusion juts out at the joint and can even cause the big toe to lean in on the other toes. People with bunions may experience pain and swelling around the affected area.

How can you treat a bunion?

If you are noticing foot pain and swelling, stiffness in the affected toe or a bump at the base of the big toe, then it’s a good time to visit our Clinton, MD, foot doctors for an evaluation. By catching the problem early on we can easily recommend some easy, at-home treatment options to help quell your bunion symptoms.

Here are some easy day-to-day measures you can take:

  • Wear custom orthotics, or shoe inserts (which we can create for you). This cushioned insert can be placed into your shoes to provide additional support, stabilization and even shock absorption. It can even help redistribute the weight more evenly when walking or standing.
  • Only wear shoes that provide you with proper support and that won’t put additional pressure on your bunion. A good rule of thumb is to only wear shoes in which your toes can move and wiggle freely and aren’t bunched up together. Also, avoid high heels that are over 2 inches tall.

In most cases, these lifestyle changes are enough to prevent a bunion from getting worse. Only in severe cases is bunion surgery recommended.

The podiatry team at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are here to help should you ever have any questions or concerns about managing your bunion symptoms. We know that a bunion doesn’t have to take over your life. We are happy to provide quality, comprehensive foot care to the Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
June 20, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions, which are deformations of the foot bones just under the big toe, affect people in different ways. Some have no symptoms other bunionsthan a change in the shape of their foot. Others experience pain, especially while wearing shoes. Fortunately, if you do have pain associated with your bunion, there are several treatment options that your Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD podiatrist offers at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. Learn about them in this helpful post.

Proper footwear

One of the first lines of defense against bunion pain is a comfortable, well-fitted pair of shoes. Shoes with square or round toe boxes, low heels and no seams in the toe area provide ample room for the bunion and can prevent it from extending further. This is new territory for many people, so your podiatrist can provide you with recommended brands and places to go for a professional shoe fitting to make sure you're wearing the proper size and width.

Cushioned pads

Once you've picked out roomy shoes, specially-designed bunion pads can provide you with more comfort. These can be purchased at any local drugstore and provide a buffer between the toes and the inside of shoes. Your Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring podiatrist cautions against using medicated pads, as they contain acids that can produce the unwanted effect of skin damage.


These devices, which are typically worn inside the shoes, help to reposition the foot, which can take pressure off of the bunion. For minor bunions, your podiatrist can recommend over-the-counter brands. More severe or persistent bunions may need custom-made orthotics to give you a personalized fit.

If you have a bunion or any other foot-related issue, our podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help you. Our convenient locations in Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD make it easy to schedule an appointment and get back on your feet. Call us today!

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M
December 14, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions cause a lot of pain and discomfort for anyone who has them. Unfortunately, bunions will not go away on their own or with over-bunionsthe-counter remedies. The best way to obtain long-term relief from bunions is to seek medical treatment from an experienced podiatrist. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD podiatrists, offer treatment options for bunions.

What Are Bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump that protrudes on the side of the foot just below the big toe. Bunions develop when the big toe moves out of place. The joint at the base of the big toe becomes inflamed and irritated and ultimately begins to protrude. Footwear often irritates bunions further by rubbing against them and causing friction. Constant irritation can cause bunions to protrude further, leading to even more inflammation and irritation. Consequently, a simple activity like walking can become difficult and painful.

Treatment Options

Bunions will not go away on their own and require treatment by your Silver Spring podiatrist. Bunions can be treated in two ways. First, the pain and pressure caused by the constant rubbing against footwear can be alleviated through a variety of methods. Second, there are various measures that can be taken to prevent the bunion from growing and protruding any further. Treatment options for bunions include:

  • Inserting protective padding inside footwear to reduce friction and rubbing.
  • Wearing footwear with extra room in the bunion area to prevent rubbing.
  • Using orthotics to stabilize the inflamed toe joint and correct the foot’s positioning when walking.
  • Performing foot exercises to improve joint functioning and prevent stiffness.
  • Wearing splints while sleeping to help realign the affected toe and joint.
  • Removing any calluses or corns on the foot.
  • Undergoing a surgical procedure to remove the bunion and correct toe alignment.

Bunions are uncomfortable and can make it extremely difficult to perform routine tasks, such as walking. The best way to treat bunions is to see a podiatrist who can recommend the right treatment for you. To schedule an appointment with an experienced podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD, contact the Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland.