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Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland help patients understand heel pain and available treatment options.
SILVER SPRING, MD, October 26, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Heel pain is a common condition in which bearing weight on the heel can cause extreme discomfort. Frequently, heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, which refers to heel and arch pain that is traced to inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Additionally, heel pain can be associated with pain caused by heel spur syndrome, which is often treated with conservative measures. To help patients in Silver Spring treat their heel pain, the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are available to offer helpful tips.
Whether a patient's heel pain is a result of plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome, the podiatrists in Silver Spring at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can help eliminate discomfort.
"We spend the majority of our days on our feet and pain may often interfere with our daily activities. Upon the initial onset of pain in your heel, treatment should be sought in addition to preventative measures, in order to avoid further complications. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we work with our patients to help them find relief from their pain," said Dr. Marc Goldberg, Silver Spring podiatrist.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia first becomes irritated, followed by inflammation that causes heel pain. One of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis is a faulty foot structure. People who have problems with their arches, such as those who have flat feet or high arched feet, are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis.
Patients who have plantar fasciitis may describe the pain as worse when getting up in the morning or after sitting for extended periods of time. After a few minutes of walking, the pain may decrease because the walking stretches the fascia, reducing pressure. For other people the pain will subside, but may return after spending long periods of time on their feet.
"If you wear non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces, abnormal strain may be put on your plantar fascia which can also lead to your heel pain. This is mostly seen when someone's job requires him or her to stand for long periods of time, as well as in obesity. We work with each patient to utilize conventional treatments before suggesting other forms of treatment," said Dr. Christopher Farnworth, Silver Spring, MD podiatrist.
To properly treat heel pain, patients must absorb shock, provide cushioning and elevate their heel in order to transfer the pressure off of their heel. Treatment may include various non-surgical techniques such as: Stretching exercises; Avoid going barefoot; Ice; Limit activities; Shoe modifications; and medications.
After several weeks, if a patient continues to exhibit pain in their heel, he or she should visit the podiatrists in Silver Spring, MD at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland for proper diagnosis and treatment options. The Silver Spring podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland will know the best procedures and forms of treatment that would be best to treat heel pain for patients in Silver Spring.
For more information on heel pain and services offered at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, patients can visit the practice website at http://www.marylandfeet.com/.
About Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland: Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland is made up of Drs. Christopher Farnworth, Michael Frank and Marc Goldberg. At their four locations, they offer many services related to sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, bunions and Silver Spring orthotics, among others. Each podiatrist participates in continuing education programs and seminars to ensure that they are offering the most up to date and effective service to their Olney and Silver Spring patients.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland
10801 Lockwood Dr. Suite 260
Silver Spring, MD 20901
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