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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
May 22, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

Are you having to deal with aches and strains while you walk? Are your shoes not helping, no matter how expensive? Well, perhaps you should speak with Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, in Kensington Silver Spring, Olney and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD. He provides his patients with orthotics to help treat sore soles.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are prescription medical devices placed inside shoes to correct bio-mechanical foot issues. In other words, this medical device makes life easier when it comes to simple activities, like walking, standing, or running. They also help manage and navigate painful conditions, diabetic feet, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, flat feet, and arthritis.

Types of Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are functional orthotics made of sturdy materials, like plastic or carbon fiber. People insert rigid orthotics in shoes they use for walking, so something like dress shoes (closed toes and low heels). Functional orthotics ease foot aches, strains and pain in legs, thighs, and the lower back.

Soft orthotics are also referred to as accommodative orthotics that are made from soft compression materials. The soft material acts as a cushion to relieve pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. This orthotic is best for people suffering from plantar fasciitis or diabetic foot ulcers.

How are orthotics made?

  1. The podiatrist takes a cast of the foot, then a three-dimensional imprint of the foot.
  2. Dr. Goldberg makes a 3D mold of the foot by placing the patient's foot in a foam box to capture an imprint or by using a plaster slipper casting.
  3. Your podiatrist will correct or align the model and determine which type of orthotic best suits your needs.
  4. The material is then heated and pressed over the cast to create the orthotic.
  5. After the material cools down, the orthotic is trimmed down and you can make an appointment to try it out.

Who should you call?

Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, in Kensington Silver Spring, Olney, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, can help treat aching feet by providing custom-made orthotics. Just call him at any of the following locations:

Olney: (301) 924-5044

Camp Springs/Clinton: (301) 868-7670

Silver Spring: (301) 439-0300

Kensington (301) 868-7670

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
May 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics treat several foot issues, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on your unique needs.

Do you need orthotics from your podiatrist in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, Dr. Marc Goldberg?

What Are Orthotics?

Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland provide patients with shoe devices to make everyday activities easier. People insert orthotics into shoes to correct abnormal or irregular, walking patterns. Orthotics come in a variety of forms, from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts, to improve a person's ability to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Over-the-counter orthotics help mild symptoms, but custom-made orthotics correct a wider range of symptoms because they fit an individual's unique foot structure.

Types of Orthotics at Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD

  • Rigid Orthotics: Rigid orthotic devices control function and aid in walking shoes or dress shoes. They are made of a firm material, plastic, or carbon fiber to control motion, and improve (or eliminate), strains, and aches and pains in legs, thighs, and lower back.
  • Soft Orthotics: Soft orthotics absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off sore spots. This is best for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet because they're made up of soft, cushioned materials.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Semi-rigid orthotics provide foot balance while walking and playing sports. This orthotic is made of layers of soft material, reinforced with rigid materials, and usually prescribed for children to treat specific issues, like flatfoot, in-toeing or out-toeing disorders.

Do You Need to Consult Your Podiatrist?

Orthotics can make life easier. Don't hesitate to contact Dr. Marc Goldberg for more information about orthotics. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has several office locations: Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD.

  • Olney: (301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs: (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring: (301) 439-0300
  • Kensington: (301) 868-7670
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.