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By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
December 31, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Foot Pain   Orthotics  

Your feet have been hurting, and you decide to see your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Kensington, MD. orthoticsWhile you're pleased that Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank and Dr. Adam Lowry are board-certified foot and ankle surgeons, you're also relieved that your plantar fasciitis doesn't need surgery. Learn why these custom-made shoes inserts are right for you.

What are orthotics?

You've heard of over-the-counter insoles and heel cups. While they have some benefit for very mild podiatric conditions, these store-bought products lack precision fit and high-quality materials. They just won't serve the needs of diabetics, of people with sports injuries, and of patients who have malformations such as bunions and hammertoes.

A great alternative is a pair of custom-fitted and custom-crafted orthotics from your podiatrist in Kensington, MD. These comfortable inserts are molded for your individual foot shape and gait. They provide proper biomechanical balance, so you place your feet on the ground correctly, relieve pressure and friction and accommodate wounds, sores, and the discomforts associated with arthritis.

The American Podiatric Medical Association says that only your podiatrist can understand fully how your feet and ankles operate in conjunction with your daily activities and your overall health. That's why the foot doctor is your best source for correct diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle issues.

Getting orthotics

After your examination and imaging at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, you found out you have an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Affecting the band of connective tissue which stretches from the calcaneus, or heel bone, to the base of the toes, this inflammatory condition causes considerable pain. However, it responds well to many conservative treatments such as physical therapy, stretching and yes, customized orthotics.

Orthotics generally fall into three categories: rigid, to correct the motion of the foot and ankle, semi-rigid, to balance and support the foot, and soft, to cushion feet which have wounds or arthritic joints. Your foot doctor will tell you which one is right for you.

He'll take molds of your feet to ensure proper construction and fit and adjust your orthotics so they accommodate your problem and help your feet function as they should. Regarding plantar fasciitis, your orthotics will correct any overpronation, or continual movement of the foot toward the midline as you walk, and give you proper arch support.

Have happy feet

Custom-made orthotics from Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help. If you have additional questions about your orthotics or another foot or ankle issue, please call the office. We have 4 offices to serve you: Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.

By Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 22, 2013
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Foot Pain   Silver Spring  
Orthotics Silver Spring MDWhen 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.
Are you a patient in Silver Spring searching for orthotics to help relieve your foot pain?  Share your foot pain below for more information on available treatments!