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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

When we have something tailored to fit us properly, we are most likely to experience more comfort and support. If you have an abnormal foot function, experience foot pain caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, or require more stability, foot orthotics provide extra cushioning and alleviation on surrounding joints and ligaments. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we design custom-made foot orthotics for patients who live near our convenient Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD locations.

Below we've answered some of our patient's frequently asked questions.

What is a Foot Orthotic?

At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we create custom foot orthotics that are designed to fit your foot only. Also known as a shoe insert, these orthotic devices are meant to be worn inside the shoe to correct foot issues and enhance the way you walk, stand, or run. They fit most footwear, and also provide all-day relief from foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis, low back pain, or weakness in the knees.

What are the Benefits of Foot Orthotics?

  • Personalized fit
  • A decrease in muscle fatigue
  • Relief from pain in the lower limbs
  • Reduced stress and strain on the body
  • Increased endurance, strength, and athletic performance

How Can Orthotics Help Me?

Foot orthotics can help you avoid invasive treatment options in the future. If you have flat feet or high arches, foot orthotics can prevent injuries and provide added support to the foot and ankle. If your feet aren't ideally positioned, these devices can correct any abnormalities that are present. Orthotics come in a variety of sizes and materials, but after a foot exam, one of our board-certified podiatrists will determine the best type suitable for your needs.

At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we welcome new patients who live near any of our four convenient locations. If you live in the area and would like to discuss the benefits of foot orthotics, one of our many board-certified podiatrists can customize them just for you and answer your questions.To schedule an appointment, please call the location nearest you. (Olney) (301) 924-5044, (Camp Springs/Clinton) (301) 868-7670, (Silver Spring) (301) 439-0300, or (Kensington) (301) 942-8110.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
July 02, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Flat feet and an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis affect your comfort and ability to be active throughout the day. Is it time for orthoticsorthotics? What kind do you need? To answer these questions, contact Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, or Dr. Adam Lowy, podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney. Customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, are just part of their comprehensive podiatry practice.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are simple devices inserted into shoes. Correcting functional issues, providing better balance and accommodating and protecting weak and sore areas of the foot, orthotics are a conservative, but very effective, way to enjoy healthier feet and a happier you.

In general, there are three kinds of materials your podiatrists in Olney use to craft orthotics. They are:

  • Rigid These carbon or plastic materials correct balance issues and help keep the lumbar spine (lower back) well-aligned.
  • Soft Often fashioned from cotton padding, these orthotics help diabetics and people with arthritis who have substantial deformities, ulcers, pressure points and other areas which need support and protection.
  • Semi-rigid Athletics benefit from these inserts. They provide balance, take pressure off the back, and correct gait problems. Podiatrists like to use them for children who toe-in and toe-out. Semi-rigid orthotics combine soft and rigid materials, placing them for accurate support and balance.


What kind is right for you?

Your foot doctor at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland will tell you if you need custom orthotics (some people can use quality over-the-counter insoles and heel cups). To arrive at a diagnosis, he'll perform a comprehensive podiatric examination, X-ray imaging, gait analysis and more.

If orthotics are part of your treatment plan, the doctor will take plaster or digital impressions to get a precise mold of your foot. From there, your orthotics will be custom-crafted to fit, support, protect, and shape your foot properly. Periodically, your podiatrist will ask you to come into the office for a check on how your feet and feeling and performing--in other words, to assess how well your orthotics are doing their jobs.

Learn more

Orthotics are a conservative but extremely effective tool in optimizing foot health and function. To see if they can help you, call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. There are offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, for your convenience.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
July 02, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Patient education is part of any good podiatric practice. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring, Dr. Goldberg, orthoticDr. Lowy, and Dr. Frank answer many questions about orthotics. These custom-fabricated shoe inserts which correct functional foot problems and accommodate deformities and areas of tenderness and friction. Read answers here to frequently asked questions about one of today's most effective podiatric treatments.

FAQs about orthotics in Silver Spring


What are orthotics?

Orthotics are customized devices fit inside shoes or sneakers. They provide support, correct balance and gait issues, take pressure off the lower back and more. They benefit everyone from toddlers to athletes to people with diabetic ulcers and deformities from arthritis. Plus, they help patients postpone or avoid corrective surgeries or other more invasive treatments and pain medications.


What are they made of?

Rigid orthotics are made from acrylic, resin, or carbon materials. Soft orthotics are crafted from cotton or other durable, but cushiony, materials, and semi-rigid orthotics blend both elements.


How are orthotics made?

It takes several steps: diagnosis and a treatment plan from your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, taking a plaster mold of your feet, choosing the right material, and then letting the orthotic lab technician do the work. Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Lowy, or Dr. Frank ensures the shape, size and materials are accurate and of the highest quality.


Are drugstore or kiosk orthotics any good?

Some are better than others. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that some retail products do help mild podiatric problems. However, if you use them, be sure to replace over the counter orthotics right away when they show signs of wear.


Does it matter what type of shoe I wear with my orthotics?

Your foot doctor will advise you on the type of shoe best for your foot problem and for your activity level. However, in general, a quality shoe is best for your overall podiatric health, balance, and function. Also, the Pedorthic Association of Canada says that your orthotics will last longer and perform better if you put them into well-constructed footwear.


Orthotics cost more than retail inserts. Is the extra expense worth it?

Custom-crafted orthotics precisely fit your feet, your medical condition and level of activity. In general, orthotics from your podiatrists feature the finest materials available; so they last a long time. Plus, because you obtain them from your foot doctor, he will track your progress and make adjustments as needed.


Your best feet and ankles

Custom-made orthotics from Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help you achieve them. Call one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly podiatrists.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
May 22, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Find out who can benefit from getting custom shoe inserts.

Many people come into our office complaining of foot pain, deformities, or pinched nerves. Of course, through a thorough examination our orthoticsKensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy are often able to pinpoint biomechanical issues within the foot that could lead to these problems. While designing your individualized treatment plan we may recommend custom orthotics.


What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are inserts that are placed into your shoes that help redistribute weight evenly among the foot to eliminate pain, absorb shock, and provide the arches and heels with cushioning and support. Your podiatrist may recommend getting orthotics if the muscles, tendons, joints, or ligaments in the foot are not functioning properly. By getting custom orthotics early on when symptoms first arise you can prevent them from getting worse.


Which kind of orthotics is right for you?

Patients who are dealing with common problems such as heel pain may find that custom orthotics can provide them with what they need to reduce their pain. Those dealing with specific foot problems such as flat feet or arthritis can also benefit from custom orthotics. It’s worth the investment to get custom orthotics if you are dealing with structural issues, deformities, or chronic conditions, as we can specially craft shoe inserts to address your specific needs.


What can custom orthotics help with?

Custom orthotics could be helpful for you if you are dealing with:

  • Foot or ankle pain
  • Lower back or leg pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat feet
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Shin splints

Athletes and other individuals can even use them to prevent ankle sprains, foot pain, fatigue, and sports-related injuries.

Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland is proud to serve Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, making it easier for patients of all ages to get the foot and ankle care they need. If you want to find out if your feet could benefit from custom orthotics, then give us a call today.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
April 11, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

The word “orthotics” comes from the Green work meaning to align or straighten. This origin gives you a basic idea of what these devices orthoticsdo for your feet. Orthotics can make a big difference in your comfort and your walking abilities, and Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, and Dr. Adam Lowy, your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, have had great success prescribing orthotics for their patients. Learn about the various types of orthotics in this post.

How can orthotics help me?

Orthotics from your podiatrist are rarely a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Although minor bunions or mild cases of plantar fasciitis can be relieved with over the counter shoe inserts, problems with the anatomy of the foot or balance and gait issues typically require a custom-made device. These specially made appliances provide support or weight redistribution for a foot with structural problems, making it easier to move around. If necessary, orthotics can also restrict movement to help injuries heal faster and more effectively. Regardless of the type of orthotic you need, the main goal is to allow you as much comfortable, normal mobility as possible.

What are the types of orthotics available?

There are several types of orthotics that your podiatrist routinely prescribes; they may be made from flexible or rigid materials. Orthotic devices that are worn on or around the foot are known as foot orthoses. Ankle-foot orthoses (AFO) are larger and help to compensate for ankle weakness, deformities, or to immobilize the area after an injury. Athletes also wear these to help optimize performance in their sport of choice. Another type of AFO is for people who have foot ulcerations and need something to facilitate healing; these are known as UHO devices (ulcer healing orthoses).

If you're in the Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD area, and you think you might need an orthotic device, Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland is here for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of the members of our podiatry team!