The orthopaedic center at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center offers expert foot and ankle care. With diagnosis, treatment plans, pain management and surgery, our podiatrists offer a full range of services to treat your foot and ankle disorders.
Common foot problems include:
- Plantar fasciitis – when the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot (connecting your heel bone to your toes) becomes inflamed and causes a stabbing pain. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain
- Bursitis – painful swelling of a small sac of fluid called a bursa
- Tendinitis – inflammation/irritation of a tendon (a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle)
- Diabetic foot ulcers – open sores or wounds on the foot that occur as a result of diabetes symptoms
- Gout – pain and tenderness at the joint at the base of the big toe
- Pain of the foot, ankle and heel
Our podiatrists and orthopaedic specialists offer a variety of treatment options to care for foot and ankle disorders. Our team collaborates with doctors in a range of specialties to provide the best outcomes for our patients, including wound care, hyperbaric medicine, diabetes, orthopaedics, pain management, rehabilitation and more. These treatment options can include:
- Custom orthotics – specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. They are crafted specifically to match the contours of your feet and the way you move. They can be designed to control abnormal motion, treat foot pain, provide additional cushioning and support, and improve function
- Surgery of the foot and ankle – including surgery on the Achilles tendon (due to a tendon injury or rupture) and open reduction and internal fixation surgery (used to repair fractures that would not heal correctly with splinting or casting along).
- Pain medication plans – your physician may develop a personalized pain management plan to help control your symptoms.
Hear from UM BWMC Podiatrist Lauren Newnam, DPM: