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

Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, provides his patients with podiatric care. He even has tips for parents on how they should take care of their children's feet.

Here are just a few words of advice on pediatric foot care:

Foot Examinations at Home

Inspect your newborn’s feet for anything unusual, for catching problems early enough means treating/correcting abnormalities, like club foot. Make sure that you cover your baby’s feet lightly so your baby can move freely. Leg movement strengthens the muscles and develops legs in preparation to walk. In addition, let your toddler walk around with socks while indoors to strengthen muscles and help develop the grasping action of toes. Another issue to look out for is lingering toe-walking, which is when a child walks exclusively on their toes after age two. If that's the case, then you need to speak with Dr. Goldberg.

Hygienic Pediatric Foot Care

There are hygienic protocols to maintain as well. Cut toenails straight across, like you would do for yourself, to prevent ingrown toenails and infection. Keep feet clean and dry to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. If you think that your child may have some sort of infection, contact your podiatrist for help at any of his office locations: Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD.

Proper Maintenance

Buy well-fitting shoes to prevent blisters, corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. Measure your child's feet every time you buy new shoes because of growth spurts, or rapid growth. Prevent foot injuries and cover cuts. Avoid letting your children walk barefoot outside because that exposes them to contaminated foreign objects injuring them. If they do get hurt, wash the minor cuts, scrapes, and scratches with soap and water, cover them with bandages.

Who Should You Call?

Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help with pediatric foot care.

Just call him at any of the following locations:

  • 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
May 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown toenails  

Are you having to deal with painful ingrown nails? Your podiatrist, Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, provides his patients with the necessary preventative measures and treatment options to cure this invasive condition.

What's an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is when the toenail pierces the skin. This causes pain, redness, and swelling, most likely on the big toe. Some common causes of ingrown toenails are:

  • Trauma, like stubbing your toe
  • Wearing tight shoes
  • Cutting toenails too short
  • Cutting toenails at an angle, instead of straight across

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

  • Trim your toenails straight across
  • Visit your podiatrist if you have a condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet.
  • Keep toenails at a moderate length because long toenails may pierce skin if there's too much pressure caused by shoes.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly to prevent nerve damage to your feet and avoid steel-toed shoes.
  • Check your feet on a regular basis, especially if you have diabetes.

Home Remedies

  • Soak your feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day to reduces swelling.
  • Place cotton under the ingrown edge to help the nail grow above the skin edge.
  • Apply antibiotic cream on the tender area and bandage the toe.
  • Choose comfortable footwear, like open-toe sandals, until your toe heals.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol.

Treatment Options in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD

Your podiatrist may need to perform any of the following if home remedies don't work.

  • Lifting the nail
  • Partially removing the nail
  • Removing the nail and tissue

Need Treatment

Dr. Marc Goldberg of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help treat ingrown toenails. Just call him at any of the following locations:

  • 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
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
April 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

For most people, their feet take a lot beating. Whether you’re just walking around, working out, playing sports, or standing for extended stretches of time, your feet do all the work. Consequently, it isn’t surprising that you will feel pain in your feet from time to time. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to ease painful, tired, and sore feet, including sufficient rest, massages, OTC meds, and orthotics among others.

However, an accurate diagnosis from one of our podiatrists here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Camp Springs/Clinton, Olney, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, is crucial get to the root cause of your pain. If you have yet to schedule your visit with Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy, here are some methods to soothe your feet:

Do Simple Stretches

You could focus on one area of the foot or do stretches that target the entire foot. These can help promote flexibility and strength and prevent cramping.

Do a Foot Bath

A simple foot bath in warm water and Epsom salts can help alleviate foot pain and soreness. Make sure to soak your tired feet in the bath for at least 20 minutes.

Wear Supportive Footwear

Wearing the wrong shoe style, wearing shoes that are already worn out, and the improper shoe size could all affect your feet health. Always wear footwear that’s suitable for the activity that you are doing and those with proper support for your arches.

Wear Orthotics

Wearing orthotics or arch supports could help keep your feet stables when walking or standing, minimizing your pain and discomfort. You could buy OTC orthotics, but you can also have your podiatrist make them for you. You can visit one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, so that our podiatrist can customize your orthotics for you.

Use Topical and Oral Pain Medications

You can apply topical OTC products that offer pain-relieving and cooling sensations to your feet. You can likewise take non-steroidal pain medicines for further relief.

Visit your doctor as soon as possible if:

  • You can’t walk
  • You have severe pain or swollen feet
  • You’re experiencing flu-like symptoms along with foot pain
  • You have a wound that you suspect is infected
  • You feel numbness or tingling on the bottom portion of your feet
  • You feel that you have a fracture in your foot
  • You have pain that persists for more than two weeks even with home treatments

Need Help With Your Foot Pain?

Reach out to us here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy. Whether you need a diagnosis or orthotics, we can help. Call our office in Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 439-0300, Olney, MD, office at (301) 924-5044, Kensington, MD, office at (301) 868-7670, or our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, office at (301) 868-7670 for more information.

By Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland
March 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Condition  

From inflammation and pain to injuries, various kinds of malfunctions and damage could cause foot issues. Aging, overuse, diabetes, and improper footwear are just some of the main contributors to different types of foot problems including ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and bunions, among others.

Here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland, our podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy can diagnose your condition in our Olney, Camp Springs, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton, MD, offices, and recommend treatments that will work for your case. Here are just some of the most common foot problems that we treat:

Ingrown Toenails

These occur when your toenail begins to grow into your nail groove, causing significant discomfort and pain. If home care doesn’t improve your symptoms or your toenail becomes infected, visit your podiatrist as soon as possible. Depending on the severity and frequency of your condition, you may need antibiotics to get rid of the infection or your podiatrist may have to remove a part of your toenail that’s causing your persistent ingrown toenail.

Plantar Fasciitis

This is the leading cause of heel pain. It happens when your plantar fascia, which is located at the bottom of your foot, becomes swollen and inflamed. Some individuals could manage plantar fasciitis using home remedies. On the other hand, if your condition doesn’t get better even with consistent home care and lifestyle modifications, you should consult with your podiatrist for more aggressive treatments.

Bunions

These are basically feet abnormalities that result in a bump to form on your big toe’s joint, causing your big toe to turn inward. Conservative home treatment can typically treat bunion symptoms. However, for more severe cases, those that cause persistent pain and are making the big toe and adjacent toes crowd together, you may need surgery to ease the issue. To determine the extent of your bunion, you can visit one of our locations in Olney, Camp Springs, Kensington, Silver Spring, or Clinton, MD.

Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are essentially calcium outgrowths that form between the foot’s arch and heel bone. For most people, these don’t cause any symptoms. For others, however, it could be immensely painful due to chronic inflammation. This is why this condition isn’t that easily diagnosed and will require medical imaging tests to accurately diagnose. Treatments usually include ample rest, application of cold compresses, OTC painkillers, injections of anti-inflammatory medications, and custom orthotics from your podiatrist.

Are You Dealing With Foot Problems?

Arrange an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy here at the Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, foot pain, or bunions, we can help. Call our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, office at (301) 868-7670, Olney office at (301) 924-5044, Silver Spring office at (301) 439-0300, and Kensington office at (301) 868-7670 for more details.





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