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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.

Find out what could be causing your heel pain and when to see a podiatrist.

Heel pain is a common problem that has a variety of causes, including everything from chronic conditions such as arthritis to injuries and Heel-Painacute conditions. Fortunately, our podiatrists in Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy are experts at diagnosing and treating heel pain, so if you are unsure of what's causing your issues, they can help!

When it comes to heel pain, the two most common cause are:


Plantar Fasciitis

If your heel pain is worse in the morning or after long periods of sitting, then you could have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Resulting from the overuse or overstretching of the plantar fascia (i.e. the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the feet from the toes to the heels), this inflammatory condition causes pain that originates under the heel, radiating to the arches.

Runners, people who are on their feet all day for work, and those who are overweight are all prone to developing plantar fasciitis. While rest, avoiding certain activities, icing the heel, and performing daily foot stretches can all provide relief, it can still take weeks for the inflammation to go away.


Achilles Tendonitis

Like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury, although this condition affects the Achilles tendon, the cord of fiber that connects the calf muscles with the heel bone. This results in pain and stiffness at the back of the heel. Both the pain and stiffness may ease up with minimal movement, with running and playing certain sports causing the symptoms to increase.

When it comes to Achilles tendonitis, rest and at-home care may be all you need to treat the condition. Rest your feet, ice your heels, wear compression socks to reduce swelling, and elevate your feet when you are resting. Additionally, you can seek out custom-made orthotics to provide support for your feet.


The Doctor is In

No matter what is causing your heel pain, you should see our foot doctors in Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton if,

  • The heel pain is severe or worsening over time
  • Symptoms don’t improve with home care and rest
  • Your pain interferes with your daily routine and activities

Call us today to schedule an appointment:

  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD — (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD — (301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD — (301) 942-8110
  • Olney, MD — (301) 924-5044
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
October 01, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns and Calluses  

Find out how to quickly get rid of uncomfortable corns and calluses on your feet.

When corns and calluses develop on our feet, it is our body’s way of creating its own Band-Aid in the form of a thick, hardened layer of Cornsskin. Although developed by the body for protection the feet, corns and calluses can create issues of their own. Read on to learn more about these problems, and contact the Silver Spring office of podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy in order to receive specialized care.


What is the difference between corns and calluses?

While corns and calluses are both thick patches of skin that appear as a form of protection for the skin, calluses usually appear on the soles of the feet while corns typically develop on bony areas such as the toes or between toes. Calluses don’t usually cause pain, but corns can.


How do I treat my corns and calluses?

Most healthy individuals can treat minor foot problems such as corns and calluses with home care; however, those with diabetes and/or nerve damage in their feet should immediately turn to their Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist for care. After all, leaving these problems untreated could increase your risk for serious complications.

Otherwise, here are some helpful podiatrist-approved tips for treating corns and calluses,

  • Soak your feet in warm water: Warm soaks for up to 10 minutes can help soften the corn and callus. From there, you may choose to carefully use a pumice stone on the corn or callus to remove the dead skin.
  • Be careful when using a pumice stone: It’s easy to overdo it with a pumice stone, so be conservative when it comes to using a pumice stone on a corn or callus. Use gentle circular motions over the area and be careful not to take off too much skin, as this can cause an infection.
  • Apply a moisturizer: Just as skin anywhere else on the body can get dry, so too can your feet. After you’ve softened the skin and pumiced away the dead skin, apply a moisturizer that contains urea, which can also soften the skin.
  • Wear proper footwear: If you want to prevent corns and calluses from developing or getting worse, you need to take a serious look at the shoes you are regularly wearing. Feet swell throughout the day, so keep this in mind when purchasing new shoes and save that shoe fitting for later in the day.


When should I see a podiatrist?

While most people can treat these minor issues on their own, it’s important to look out for signs of infection such as pain, swelling, and redness around the corn or callus. If corns or calluses are uncomfortable and affecting your daily routine, you should see a doctor as soon as you can.


Concerned? Give us a call

Family Feet and Ankle Associates of Maryland has been providing comprehensive podiatry care to the Washington DC area for four decades. If you are dealing with foot problems call one of our four offices to schedule an appointment:

  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD—(301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD—(301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD—(301) 942-8110
  • Olney, MD—(301) 924-5044
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
August 06, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

How your podiatrists in Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Olney, MD, can help with bunion pain

A bunion is a large, bony bump which appears on the side of your big toe. Painful bunions can impact your day by making it difficult to put Bunionson shoes, walk around, and even stand still! Fortunately, there are successful ways to treat bunions and get relief from the pain.

With the help of the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, your feet can feel far better. Read on to learn how, and to find treatment, make an appointment with one of our locations in Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, or Olney, MD.


More about Bunions

Bunions are likely to develop in those with preexisting foot deformities and those who regularly wear shoes that are too narrow, especially high heels. In fact, it’s estimated that over 50% of the women in the United States have had a bunion, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

To help prevent bunions, always wear shoes that have plenty of room for your toes. If you do develop a bunion, there are some simple remedies you can try. For small bunions, consider:

  • Placing ice on the bunion several times each day
  • Placing inserts or padding in your shoes
  • Taping your foot to support the bunion
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

Large, painful bunions require the help of your podiatrist. Treatment begins with a thorough examination and foot x-rays to determine the amount of bone involvement. Some common treatments for bunions include:

  • Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
  • Physical therapy, stretches, and exercises to maintain flexibility
  • Custom-fit orthotics, and night splints to maintain alignment
  • Surgery to remove the bunion and realign your foot

Contact Us!

Bunions can be very painful, but you can get relief. Your podiatrist offers a full range of foot care treatments and solutions to relieve bunion pain. Get some help for your feet by calling the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Olney, MD:

  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD—(301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD—(301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD—(301) 942-8110
  • Olney, MD—(301) 924-5044
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
August 06, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Neuromas  

How your podiatrists in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, MD, can help you get relief from neuroma pain

Neuromas are areas of thickened tissue that can come to surround the nerves in your foot. This thickened tissue then puts pressure on the Painnerve, causing acute, sharp pain, as well as a sensation of burning, numbness, or stinging. Fortunately, the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help relieve your neuroma discomfort. With offices in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, MD, read on to learn how they can help you.


More about Neuromas

You are at higher risk of suffering from a neuroma if you wear tight shoes/high heels, or if you participate in high impact activities such as running or basketball. Bunions, flat feet, high arches, or hammertoes can all increase your risk of developing a foot neuroma, as well.

If you are suffering from a foot neuroma, you can try a few simple home remedies, including:

  • Wearing wider, more comfortable, and more supportive shoes
  • Placing ice on the bottom of your foot
  • Taking over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Switching to lower impact activities, such as swimming

For painful neuromas that don’t respond to conservative therapies, your podiatrist can offer several effective treatments. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, your podiatrist may recommend these effective treatments:

  • Custom-fit arch supports and orthotics
  • Inserts, footpads, and other cushioning devices
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Surgical treatment for severe, painful neuromas


Contact Us

A foot neuroma can dramatically affect your life, making it difficult to wear shoes, stand, and participate in the activities that you love. Fortunately, you can find relief from your painful foot neuromas with the help of your local podiatrists.

To learn more about foot neuroma treatment and other foot issues, call the podiatrists here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Kensington, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Olney, Maryland. Call now, and help your feet!

  • Olney, MD—(301) 924-5044
  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD—(301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD—(301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD—(301) 942-8110

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