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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: 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




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