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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
January 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Has your life changed since you developed plantar fasciitis? Your Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists, Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank, and Adam Lowy, can ease your pain and help you get back on your feet again with orthotics and a variety of other treatments designed to relieve your symptoms.

Ways to relieve plantar fasciitis pain

Plantar fasciitis treatment may involve:

  • Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) reduce both pain and inflammation. Applying ice packs can also be helpful. If these measures aren't helpful, steroid injections may be recommended.
  • Exercises and Physical Therapy: Stretching exercises ease tension in your leg and foot muscles, which can reduce plantar fasciitis symptoms. Your podiatrist in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, or Kensington can show you a few exercises and may also recommend that you begin physical therapy to stretch and strengthen muscles.
  • Night Splints: Night splints provided by your foot doctor hold your ankle in a neutral position while you sleep. Using the splints stretches your calf and foot muscles and helps you avoid morning pain common with plantar fasciitis.
  • New Shoes: A shoe shopping trip may be in order, particularly if you run or walk for exercise. The cushioning material in running or walking shoes can become compressed in as little as three months. Although your shoes may appear to be in good condition, they may not adequately support your foot.
  • Orthotics: Custom shoe inserts called orthotics may be recommended in addition to new shoes. The inserts, designed for your foot by your podiatrist, improve the alignment of your foot when you wear shoes, offer additional support and cushioning, and absorb shock generated when your foot strikes the ground.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: Shockwave therapy involves applying low energy shockwaves to your foot with a handheld device. The therapy improves blood flow and promotes healing.
  • Surgery: Surgery isn't usually needed but may be recommended if other treatments aren't effective.

Are you tired of living with plantar fasciitis pain? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney, MD, office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office, (301) 868-7670 for the Camp Springs/Clinton office, or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Are you dealing with reccurent pain in your heel or arch? Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp heel painSprings/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, our board-certified podiatrists can diagnose and explain what might be causing your discomfort. Read on to learn if your podiatric issue could be plantar fasciitis, one of the most common heel pain issues that we deal with.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. When this tissue becomes inflamed due to overpronation or overuse, it causes pain to erupt on the bottom of your foot and along the heel, resulting in a condition called plantar fasciitis. The pain of plantar fasciitis is persistent, but it can be managed with easy remedies, techniques, and our assistance.

Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

A diagnosis is made during a physical examination by one of the podiatrists in the office. At each of our Family Foot and Ankle Associates locations, we are committed to identifying the source of your pain and exploring non-invasive treatment solutions.

Give one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, a call if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Pain in the sole of the foot
  • Tenderness in the arch
  • Sharp pain in the foot or heel

You should never ignore your foot problems. We can help you make it a priority to take care of your feet.

What Are My Treatment Options?

The good news is that plantar fasciitis is treatable and you can be back on your feet in no time. To relieve aching and pain caused by plantar fasciitis, we may recommend the following to decrease inflammation:

  • Ice packs
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

Here 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 suffer from inflammation and discomfort in your heel(s), one of our many board-certified podiatrists will be delighted to develop a treatment plan for the best possible outcome to alleviate your pain. To learn more about plantar fasciitis and other conditions we treat, visit our website. For questions or concerns, please call your nearest location. (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.
February 26, 2019
Category: Foot Care

No matter whether you are dealing with a minor sports-related foot injury or something more serious, our Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Sports InjurySprings/Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to create the right treatment plan to meet your needs. It’s important that your feet and ankles get the care and treatment they need to prevent further issues or complications down the road.

Here are some of the most common sports-related foot and ankle injuries:

Sprained ankle: This is one of the most common injuries. Ankles are fragile so it should come as no surprise that athletes often deal with ankle injuries at some point during their lifetime. An ankle sprain usually occurs when the foot twists or rolls suddenly.

Plantar fasciitis: This condition happens when the tissue that supports the arches of the foot (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. This occurs most often in runners, and it causes pain and stiffness at the bottom of the heel and sometimes the arches. Heel pain is usually worse in the morning or after long periods of inactivity.

Stress fractures: This injury causes small cracks in the bones of the feet or the ankles, usually as a result of overworked and strained muscles. Overuse is the number one reason athletes deal with stress fractures, while improper or worn-out footwear can also be to blame.

Heel spur: Another common cause of heel pain in athletes, a heel spur is a calcium deposit that causes a bony bump either above or below the heel bone. Many times heel spurs appear along with plantar fasciitis.

Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles tendon is a thick band of muscle that connects the back of the heel to the calf muscles. When this tendon is inflamed it causes heel pain above the heel bone. Just like plantar fasciitis, this is also an overuse injury.

When to See a Podiatrist

While more minor sports injuries may be able to be treated with rest and simple at-home care it’s also important to know when you should visit your foot doctor right away for evaluation or treatment. Here’s when to see a podiatrist:

  • Pain and/or swelling is severe
  • You are unable to put weight on the foot
  • There is a visible deformity in the foot or ankle
  • You heard an audible popping sound at the moment of injury
  • You experience numbness, weakness or tingling
  • If symptoms aren’t improving after a week of at-home care or if symptoms are getting worse

If you have questions or concerns about the health of your feet and ankles do not hesitate to contact the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We are proud to serve Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.

By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
January 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Dealing with heel pain? You could just have plantar fasciitis.plantar fasciitis

If you are dealing with sudden heel pain, our Clinton, MD, podiatrists are here to tell you what might be going on and what they can do to relieve your pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

There is a thick band of tissue that runs under the soles of your feet from the heel bone to the toes. This band of tissue is known as the plantar fascia. This ligament can become inflamed if it’s been overworked or strained, which often happens in you suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your workout regimen. When the ligament develops microtears and becomes inflamed this is known as plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. In fact, this condition is the number one cause of heel pain. The pain may even radiate to the arches of your feet. Often times, plantar fasciitis-related heel pain will be worse in the morning or after periods of rest.

You may find that the pain dissipates throughout the day and you may not even notice discomfort during physical activity but the moment you take a break this is when the pain sets in. Along with foot pain, you may notice that the heel is tender, swollen or stiff.

How do you treat plantar fasciitis?

Luckily, this condition can often be treated with simple at-home measures. As our Clinton, MD, foot doctors will tell you, one of the most important things you can do is rest and be kind to your feet. Sure, we know that it can be difficult to take time to rest (particularly if you are on vacation and wanting to sightsee) but it’s important to prop those feet up often throughout the day and give them a break.

When you do have to move around it’s crucial that you wear shoes that provide proper support, stability and shock absorption, particularly around the arches and heel. In some cases, we can also make a prescription orthotic to place inside the shoes to offer additional support and cushioning while your foot heals. Some people also find relief from their symptoms by just bracing or splinting the foot.

We can also show you a variety of foot exercises that you can perform multiple times a day to ease symptoms, prevent flare-ups and to strengthen and stretch out the muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues of the feet.

Don’t let foot pain ruin your day-to-day life. If you are having trouble getting your foot pain under control then it’s time to turn to the foot care specialists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We offer comprehensive podiatric services throughout the Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas.