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Olney, Maryland Podiatrist Dr. Michael Frank Helps Patients Nip Heel Pain in the Bud

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Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland is happy to treat one of the most common foot issues-plantar fasciitis.

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OLNEY, MD, July 24, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- While plantar fasciitis might be one of the most common foot problems, this doesn't mean that one type of treatment works best for everyone. It's normal for patients to respond differently to treatment, which is why the doctors at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland utilize a number of solutions for plantar fasciitis.

One may ask, what is plantar fasciitis? It's commonly refereed to as "heel pain," but the formal name comes from plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. The heel pain is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia, resulting in inflammation.

"We see this issue more often in our older patients because the foot has been under strain for many years. Some people try to ignore the discomfort instead of seeking professional care. That doesn't help. It only hinders a patient's daily routine," explains Dr. Frank, Olney podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland.

If the plantar fascia is weakened and inflamed, it's difficult to walk or stand, especially first thing in the morning. Without proper care, plantar fasciitis can cause heel spurs-a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone.

Dr. Frank has treated a number of plantar fasciitis cases. In Olney, heel pain treatment can start off conservative. The traditional methods include anti-inflammatory medicine, physical therapy and custom-fit orthotics.

Combining these conservative methods helps reduce inflammation, thus, alleviating any discomfort. However, some patients experience persisting heel pain. Dr. Frank may use Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT). For plantar fasciitis, ESWT is intended to accelerate the healing process of the plantar fascia tissue.

Is a heel spur "spurring" more foot issues? If so, please call Dr. Michael Frank at 301-924-5044. Go to www.marylandfeet.com to look into Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland's staff, available treatment and practice philosophy.

Dr. Michael Frank graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Biological Sciences. In 1999, Dr. Frank received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, completing his internship at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. Dr. Frank completed his residency in foot and ankle surgery at the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency in Houston, Texas. He has been practicing since 2002, and he is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS).

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