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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!

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 Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
October 23, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Your feet get the most brutal treatment. They need to withstand plenty of wear and tear, and if you don't take care of them, they can undergo severe damage. If you're interested in orthotics, your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, are here to help with your foot care.

More on Orthotics

There are several issues you may suffer from that may be helped with orthotics, including:

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Flat Feet
  • Mallet Toes
  • Heel Pain
  • High Arches
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trauma
  • Hammertoe
  • Diabetic Foot

Types of orthotics include:

  • Rigid Orthotics: These are inserts that change your foot's functions by preventing extreme overpronation, evening limbs and reducing pain in lower back and upper legs.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: They reinforce balance and agility making them useful for athletes. They're made of alternating layers of soft and firm material.
  • Soft Orthotics: They absorb shock and reduce pressure in specific spots in the foot and ankle. Soft orthopedic inserts are soft and flexible. They're used to treat plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, and diabetes-related problems.

Advantages of Orthotics:

Custom orthopedic shoes accommodate your specific foot arches, ankles, heels and toes, bony prominences, and pressure points.

Some other benefits include:

  • They accommodate people who suffer from diabetic ulcers, deformed toes, collapsed arches, digital amputation, bunions, calluses, and hammertoes.
  • Kids get quality orthopedic shoes with padded midsoles and wide toe boxes so they have comfortable boots, sneakers and more.
  • Orthotics provide better balance and support.


Feel free to call your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Drs. Michael Frank, Marc Goldberg and Adam Lowy to make an appointment today!

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
June 27, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics may offer a simple solution if you suffer from foot and ankle pain. Podiatrists Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank and Adam Lowyorthotics prescribe the custom-designed shoe inserts for patients who visit their Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington, MD, offices.

What are orthotics?

Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, orthotics are specially designed to address your particular foot issue. The inserts support and balance your feet while you wear shoes, eliminating pain caused by arch, heel and other foot problems. Depending on your foot condition, your Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington foot doctor may recommend soft, semi-rigid or rigid orthotics.

How can orthotics help you?

Orthotics offer many important benefits, including:

  • Less Back, Ankle, Knee and Hip Pain: The alignment of your entire body can be disrupted if your feet aren't properly aligned. When poor alignment is the cause of pain in your knees, hips or back, orthotics can be very helpful.
  • Improvement of Flatfoot Symptoms: Flatfoot not only causes pain but might also affect your balance and gait. Adding orthotics to your shoes counteracts the effects of the condition.
  • Reduction of Heel Pain: Heel cups, special orthotics that fit in the heel section of your shoe, can help reduce pain caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis and other conditions that affect the heel.
  • Fewer Diabetic Complications: Diabetic ulcers may be more likely to occur due the effects of pressure on your feet. Wearing orthotics reduces pressure, decreasing the risk that you'll develop blisters, sores or ulcers.
  • Advantages for Runners and Walkers: Gait problems or biomechanical foot issues can strain your muscles and tendons, resulting in foot, ankle and leg conditions that may sideline you for weeks. Orthotics keep your feet properly positioned and decrease movement, reducing your risk of several conditions, such as tendinitis, bursitis, shin splints and runner's knee.
  • Less Fatigue at the End of the Day: Do you spend long hours on your feet every day? Adding custom orthotics to your shoes cushions and supports your feet, decreasing pain and fatigue.

Could you benefit from orthotics? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank and Adam Lowy by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney, MD, office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring, MD, office, (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington, MD, office.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
January 11, 2018
Category: Podiatrist
Tags: Orthotics  

Find out if simply wearing custom orthotics could improve the health of your feet.orthotics

Your feet take quite the beating every day, whether you are a high-heel wearer or you are a runner. Isn’t it time that you gave your feet the support and shock absorption they need to prevent issues from occurring? While wearing the proper footwear will certainly go a long way to keeping your feet healthy, our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists are here to tell you whether custom orthotics could also help you.

What are custom orthotics?

Chances are pretty good that when walking down the foot care aisle of your local drugstore or grocery store that you’ve found orthotics or shoe inserts. These cushioned foot-shaped devices are designed to go in your shoes and offer support and comfort for your feet, particularly when you are standing or moving around.

Of course, over-the-counter orthotics offer a one-size-fits-most approach, and because everyone’s biomechanics and foot structures are different sometimes the OTC orthotic can actually do more harm than good. This is why you should turn to our Kensington, MD, foot doctors, who can create a customized shoe insert to fit your specific needs.

What are the different kinds of orthotics?

Orthotics can be either functional or accommodative. As you may be able to tell by the name, functional orthotics are often used to improve the function and mechanics of your feet, while accommodative orthotics are used to offer more cushioning and support for the feet and can be a great option for someone with painful foot conditions (e.g. arthritis; diabetes) that need a little extra TLC.

Orthotics are also made from different kinds of materials, all of which offer their own unique benefits based on the wearer’s needs. Orthotics may be soft, semi-rigid or rigid.

Who can benefit from wearing orthotics?

Most people do not have perfect biomechanics in their feet, which means that you may be prone to injuries or other foot issues down the road. To prevent problems from happening, custom orthotics can provide cushioning, support, stabilization and shock absorption while also redistributing weight more evenly throughout the feet to improve the way your feet function. You may want to consider orthotics if:

  • You are an athlete
  • You deal with foot, leg or back pain
  • You have fallen arches
  • You have diabetes
  • You have arthritis in your feet
  • You have high or low arches
  • You have or are prone to developing plantar fasciitis
  • You have a neuroma

If you are considering the benefits of custom orthotics then it’s time to turn to our foot care experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD.