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By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the strip of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Symptoms include pain around the heel that is often worse during the morning. Orthotic devices may help alleviate the pain of this condition. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank are pediatric foot care specialists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD. They specialize in orthotic devices and can help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis.

What Are Orthotic Devices?

Orthotics are special devices that are worn inside the shoes to adjust the position of the feet and help correct certain foot and heel problems. Orthotics can be purchased from a pharmacy or made be custom made by a podiatrist. They can be used to:

  • Correct foot deformities such as flat foot
  • Support the foot or ankle so that it functions better
  • Help foot or ankle injuries or conditions
  • Reduce the risk of foot or ankle injuries

How Orthotics Can Help Plantar Fasciitis

Many patients have found relief from plantar fasciitis using custom orthotics. This is because orthotic insoles can minimize movement of the plantar fascia when you are standing or walking. Furthermore, orthotic devices that have a deep heel cup act as shock absorbers and protect the soft tissue surrounding your heel as well as your heel bone. This reduces the impact on your heel and your foot as a whole.

If you live in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, and would like to learn more about orthotic devices, contact Family Foot and 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
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
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.