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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 18, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

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
  • Kensington-301-942-8110
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
May 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrists in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help your feet!

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and today it affects approximately one out of every ten people. Although heel painanyone can develop plantar fasciitis, it is most common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Luckily, the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer diagnostic and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other orthopedic conditions and injuries at their offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD!

Available Heel Pain Treatments

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or small tears to the plantar fascia, which provides shock absorption when you walk, jump, or run. In addition to pain on the bottom of your heel, other signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain kicking in and getting worse after exercise and physical activity
  • Stabbing pain or stiffness when you first wake up or after you've sat for a long period of time

Anyone can develop it, but there are a few risk factors that can increase your chances of getting plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Age
  • Participating in high impact physical activities and sports like distance running or basketball
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a very high arch or flat feet
  • Spending a lot of time on your feet

Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with rest and time. Your podiatrist may also prescribe medication, physical therapy, or supportive devices like orthotics or night splints.

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For more information about prevention and treatment for plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle conditions, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (301) 924-5044 in Olney, (301) 868-7670 in Camp Springs and Clinton, (301) 439-0300 in Silver Spring, and (301) 868-7670 in Kensington.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
March 26, 2019
Category: Foot Injury
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is a common problem and symptom of several foot and ankle problems. Depending on the severity and underlying cause, many Heel-Paininstances of heel pain can be managed and resolved with conservative treatments. However if heel pain persists for more than a few days or is recurring, it can be a sign of an injury. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer diagnostic and treatment options for a number of orthopedic conditions and injuries in the greater Washington, D.C., area including Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD.

Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD

Sometimes the cause of heel pain can be as simple as wearing uncomfortable shoes or spending a long day on your feet. But over time, the strain of working long hours on your feet, participating in certain types of sports or physical activity, wearing the wrong type of shoes, and the design of your arches can increase your risk of heel pain and injuries.

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the long band of tissue that stretches from the ankle to the base of the toes and is responsible for shock absorption when you walk, run, and jump. Strain and small tears to the plantar fascia can result in heel pain.

Other common causes of heel pain include:

  • Stress fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Bone/heel spurs
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tendon ruptures

Conservative treatments are usually the first line of defense for most instances of heel pain. Typical treatments include rest, icing, medication, physical therapy, supportive footwear and/or orthotics, and surgery in rare cases.

Find a Podiatrist in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD

For more information about the causes, treatment options, and prevention tips for heel pain, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists by calling (301) 924-5044 in Olney, (301) 868-7670 in Camp Springs/Clinton, (301) 439-0300 in Silver Spring, or (301) 942-8110 in Kensington.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
December 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

If heel pain is dictating how you live your life, we are here to help.

Heel pain, it really is a nuisance. It makes it difficult just to get around and run errands let alone enjoy your normal workout. Fortunately,heel pain you’ll be happy to hear that heel pain often goes away on its own if you ease off the foot and give it a chance to heal. Of course, in some situations, heel pain doesn’t get better. This is when our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy can help.

What can cause heel pain?

Heel pain is often the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition that results in inflammation of the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel). Plantar fascia is an overuse injury, which means that it often comes about gradually. This can often occur if you suddenly increase the intensity of a run or workout without slowly working up to it.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fracture

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you’ve experienced heel pain before then you probably know how to best treat your symptoms until the problem goes away. Of course, if your symptoms are severe or don’t ease up after a few weeks of care then it’s time to visit our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, foot doctors to find out how to treat your heel pain. Sometimes heel pain can be recurring or chronic, so it’s important to have the issue evaluated as soon as possible.

How is heel pain treated?

There are several ways in which to ease your symptoms until the condition heals itself. Try some of these simple at-home treatments:

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Ice the heel for 15 minutes at a time 3 times a day
  • Rest and avoid certain activities
  • Wear compression or supportive socks to reduce swelling
  • Consider a night splint
  • Wear proper footwear

If at-home care doesn’t help then it’s time to talk to a podiatrist about other more aggressive techniques such as shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to ease symptoms and to promote healing.

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has four locations in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, to ensure that everyone is able to get the proper foot and ankle care they need. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care, give us a call today.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
August 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Don’t let plantar fasciitis have the final say when it comes to your foot health.

Are you a runner who is currently dealing with heel pain? Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner, you may still experience heel pain at heel painsome point during your lifetime. After all, there are many risk factors and situations that can occur that can lead to inflammation and swelling of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet. If you are dealing with heel pain, our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to tell you what might be going on and what your treatment options are.

What is plantar fasciitis?

This foot condition is one of the most common causes of heel pain; fortunately, in some cases, it can be managed with simple at-home care prescribed by our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, foot doctor. This problem leads to microtears and inflammation within the plantar fascia, resulting in heel and even arch pain.

If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice that your heel pain is at its worst when you first wake up in the morning but may subside throughout the day as you continue to move around. You may be tempted to get your jog or run in, particularly if symptoms let up, but you may find that intense pain comes back immediately after working out. This is another warning sign that you might have plantar fasciitis.

How do you treat plantar fasciitis?

The best thing you can do is to provide your foot with the care and rest it needs to heal quickly. Of course, the goal of at-home care is to reduce your symptoms, which can be done by:

  • Avoiding exercise or high-impact activities
  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Resting the foot as much as possible
  • Splinting or bracing the foot, particularly while you sleep
  • Using shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide additional support when walking
  • Stretching the foot and performing therapeutic foot exercises

Sometimes plantar fasciitis can become rather persistent or severe and at-home care just isn’t enough. When this happens you can turn to our foot and ankle specialists for more advanced treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, non-invasive Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy or surgery (in rare cases).

Don’t let heel pain bench you. Get back in the game when you turn to our foot and ankle specialists. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has been providing quality foot care to the Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas for over 40 years. Call us today to find out how we can help you.