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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
August 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring MD wants to help you go from limping to walking completely pain-free. Understanding what causes heel pain can help us treat it. We also have offices in the Olney, Camp Springs, and Kensington MD area.

Some of the most common heel pain conditions in Silver Springs are:

  • Bursitis
  • Bumps and bruises
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Inflamed Achilles tendon

Here are some tips to help you continue to have healthy heels.

Maintain a healthy weight

Obesity increases your chances of experiencing foot pain. Gravity pulls the weight down into the shoes, where it has to be balanced. Imbalances in your gait and posture can contribute to heel pain in the future.

Wear shoes that fit well

Shoes that do not rub the back of your foot, slide your foot to the front of the shoe, pinch the heel, or otherwise cause discomfort are recommended.

Opt for cushioning

Footwear that has lots of cushioning will be able to absorb the shock of running, jumping, kicking, and other high impact activities. Many young children experience heel pain in Silver Springs as a result of these movements and may do well with increased support.

Stretch well

Many runners and other athletes in Silver Spring MD may find themselves in a bit of pain at the heel if they have stretched improperly or have not stretched for a sufficient amount of time. Stretching prevents pinched nerves and tears in the ligaments during sports.

Cultivate a healthy lifestyle

Eating well, drinking plenty of water, and get enough rest are a few ways that patients can stave off inflammation. Different lifestyle choices can help us avoid flare-ups of rheumatoid arthritis and gout, which causes pain in the toes and the heels.

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring MD is happy to help answer all of your questions concerning heel pain. Contact us at (301) 439-0300 to schedule a consultation today. For our Olney MD office, call (301) 924-5044. For our Camp Springs MD office, call (301) 868-7670. For our Kensington MD office, call (301) 868-7670.

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Orthotics  

Heel pain can range from annoying to debilitating, depending on its cause. Fortunately, in some cases, orthotics can relieve and prevent heel pain. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam B. Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank are foot care specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD—they specialize in orthotic devices and can treat your heel pain.

What Causes Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a very common issue with a number of causes, including direct injury to the heel or conditions that affect the surrounding tendons. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis: Damage to the tissue that connects the heel to the toes
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs surrounding the heel joint
  • Achilles tendonitis: Damage to the tendon that connects the heel to the calf
  • Stress fractures: Common in athletes or long-distance runners
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome: A trapped nerve at the back of the foot
  • Heel pad bruise: Caused by overuse or injury

How Orthotics Can Help Your Heel Pain

Orthotics can help patients in the following ways:

  • Gain extra support for your feet and ankles
  • Ease the pain of many heel conditions
  • Position your foot correctly
  • Distribute the weight of your body evenly
  • Help alleviate lower back pain when standing

Don’t ignore your heel pain. After all, if you don’t receive treatment, it could cause problems standing or walking. Talk to your podiatrist about how orthotics may help you.

If you live in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, and you would like to find out more about pediatric foot care, contact Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland today:

  • Olney - (301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs/Clinton - (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring - (301) 439-0300
  • Kensington - (301) 942-8110
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.

Need Relief? Give us a Call!

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.