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By Michael Gittleson DPM
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By Michael Gittleson DPM
March 26, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Into every life a little heel pain will come from time to time. As one of the most common foot and ankle complaints and ailments, chances are that you will experience it at some point in time, especially if you are active and participate in high impact sports and exercise likeHeel Pain running or basketball. Although heel pain is typically not serious, ongoing pain and tenderness can be a sign of an injury or condition like plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. Dr. Michael Gittleson, a podiatrist in Chevy Chase, MD, offers diagnostic and treatment services for heel pain and other foot and ankle problems.

Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Chevy Chase, MD

In many cases, heel pain can be as simple as getting a new pair of sneakers. Many people buy shoes according to style rather than function, and this can lead to pain and injuries depending on how much support your foot needs. If you have flat feet/low arches, you will likely need a more supportive shoe or orthotics (supportive shoe inserts) to support your arches and maintain proper alignment. If you are not sure of what type of shoe works best for your foot type, ask the podiatrist, or get a gait analysis before buying your next pair of shoes.

The Most Common Causes of Heel Pain

Here are some of the foot and ankle injuries and conditions that can lead to heel pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Bone/heel spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Diabetic foot (peripheral neuropathy)

Most instances of heel pain can be treated conservatively with rest, icing, medication, and lifestyle modifications depending on the cause and severity of the pain. If you have pain that persists for more than a few days and does not respond to rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis.

Find a Podiatrist in Chevy Chase, MD

If you are experiencing heel pain or other symptoms, contact our office today by calling (301) 986-4900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gittleson today.

By Michael Gittleson DPM
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.