Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA) provides a wide array of podiatry specialities and services. Click or tap on any one of the services and specialties for a brief explanation on how certain conditions are treated.
Featured Services & Treatments
Arthroscopic procedures can be performed either to evaluate or to treat many orthopedic conditions, including torn floating cartilage, torn surface cartilage, and to trim damaged cartilage. During surgery, an arthroscope is inserted into the joint through a small incision. The surgical instruments used are smaller than traditional instruments. Surgeons view the joint area on a video monitor, and can diagnose and repair torn joint tissue, such as ligaments and menisci or cartilage. Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to treat problems in the ankle.
BioMechanics Pedorthics is the science of evaluating, fabricating, and delivering footwear to prevent or improve foot and ankle conditions both congenital and acquired. At FASMA, pedorthists, or “shoe fitting specialists” will use technology to produce high quality orthotics or customize the fit of your shoes. Customizing the fit of the shoe can often solve the foot problem. Orthopedic shoe modification by trained staff can aid in providing you with the help you need. It is a fact that the position of bones in the feet actually changes as we age. Moreover, research shows that many back problems result from foot… Continue Reading
Bunions are a bony prominence on the side of the foot, at the base of the big toe joint. This enlargement of the joint, spurring, bump or lump can be aggravated by sports and tight shoes. In some cases, surgery may be suggested. Our doctors can recommend the best treatment for you.
The Baltimore office is affiliated with Chesapeake Research Group LLC. Dr. Gottlieb was the founder of the clinical research trial site. They perform clinical trials, helping pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers to develop the latest medications and devices. FASMA doctors consult with CRG, and assist in the completion of these clinical trials.
We employ cosmetic surgical techniques to correct unsightly foot deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes. In addition, FASMA doctors are adept at revising unsightly scars caused by previous surgery. Most importantly, feet should be functional and pain-free. ‘Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic’ truly understand patients’ desire for a healthy balance between form and function. Feet can be beautiful, and FASMA doctors help patients to achieve their goals.
The American Diabetes Association reports that about 15.7 million people (5.9% of the U.S. population) have diabetes. Neuropathy, nervous system damage, affects about 60-70% of people with diabetes and is a major complication that may cause diabetics to lose feeling in their feet. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation. If you have diabetes, something small like a wound or blister could potentially cause a lot of damage. This is due to the decreased blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. If a wound is not healing, it’s at risk for rapidly spreading infection…. Continue Reading
The doctor will recommend if you need foot surgery and the best setting based on the surgery you will have, your age, medical history, and health plan. A Look at Common Foot Surgeries Surgery for Bunions Positional bunionectomy: This is a bony growth on the base of the big toe that enlarges the joint. In surgery, the doctor will remove the bump and may release soft tissue that has tightened. Metatarsal head osteotomy: Sometimes bony growths may form, resulting in irritation and swelling. This results in the angle of the first and second toe bones increasing beyond normal and… Continue Reading
In the gait analysis lab, the FScan computer software is teamed with four closed-circuit TV cameras, to provide full-body analysis of your gait from various angles. Paper-thin sensors are placed in the shoes you wear. As you walk, reactive forces between your foot and the shoe are recorded, allowing the evaluation of alignment and biomechanical position.
At the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic we use out expertise in podiatry to study, diagnose, and treat foot & ankle disorders. Feet and ankles are prone to a number of problems at different stages of life. Our doctors are fully prepared and highly trained to care for, diagnose, and treat all of your foot and ankle needs ranging from pediatric to geriatric care.
The main cause of hammertoes is genetics. The middle joint of the toe is affected and results in a bending deformity. Ligaments and tendons of the toe are tightened, which causes the joint to buckle and cock upward instead of lying flat. Causes Hammertoes are largely genetic Wearing too tight of shoes or high heels that crowd the toes Injury Bunions that push the big toe against the other toes Symptoms Joint swelling in the toe that can result in pain A corn or callus can develop on the top of the foot from rubbing Infection A callus can develop… Continue Reading
Laser Therapy is a procedure that uses lasers to penetration infected nails of fungal infections. This painless alternative is an excellent option for patients who do not want to take oral medication. The first clinically proven laser device for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus. Stop suffering the pain and embarrassment of unsightly nail fungus. Laser Therapy is the easy and convenient treatment that helps to turn your discolored or disfigured nails into clearer, healthier-looking nails. Safe and effective, this in-office treatment is pain-free, has no harmful side-effects, and, typically, takes only about… Continue Reading
Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic doctors are highly skilled in pediatric foot and ankle care. There are several types of children’s foot and ankle problems, both congenital and acquired, that FASMA doctors are highly qualified to diagnose and treat. We offer both nonsurgical and surgical options for pediatric care including general care, orthopedics, and foot and ankle surgery.
Understanding Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel to the toe. Heel pain can occur when the plantar fascia become inflamed, are tight, or partially torn. Usually this develops gradually and mostly often affects only one foot at a time. Signs and Symptoms Sharp, knife-like pain in the heel that feels worse when first standing in the morning After standing, pain becomes dull, but may return after sitting for an extended period of time Heel… Continue Reading
Podiatrists have several options for treatments with sports medicine, ranging from nonsurgical to surgical options. Common sports injuries include ankle sprains, fractures, and tendinitis. Podiatrists of Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic treat many types of sports related injuries and athletes from all skill ranges and ages. Custom orthotic shoe inserts are one option that is noninvasive. For tissue injuries, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) can be prescribed. It is a weekly treatment in the office that needs no anesthesia, needles, shots or pills. It’s slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. With ESWT, the soundwaves are applied to help stimulate a new healing… Continue Reading
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a serious circulatory condition where clogged or narrowed arteries cause poor circulation to the arms, legs, brain or kidneys. It occurs most often in the lower extremities, causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet. Just like build-up in the heart, clogged arteries in the lower extremities can cause a stroke or a heart attack. Eight to twelve million Americans have PAD and, if left untreated, it can be fatal. Fortunately, today there is a non-invasive technology that can determine the presence of PAD. PAD-net™ is a PAD test that can be completed in… Continue Reading
Ultrasound imaging allows FASMA doctors to confirm a diagnosis in real time, and therefore prescribe a treatment plan faster than by traditional methods. Ultrasound imaging can be used in the diagnosis of soft tissue problems, such as plantar fasciitis, soft tissue masses, foreign bodies, and neuromas, to name a few common conditions. Ultrasound can also be used to guide injections.
For most people, cuts and scratches are able to heal naturally within days or weeks. Others, such as in the case of diabetics, require specialized care. Doctors of the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic specialize in the care of lower extremity wounds. Using state-of-the-art wound care therapies, and surgery when necessary, FASMA doctors can help you to heal your wound. Ulcer Care An ulcer is a type of venous wound that is a sore which may develop on the feet or legs. Conditions that effect circulation and sensation to the lower extremities, in particular diabetes may put a… Continue Reading
All Specialty Services & Treatments
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Biomechanics & Orthotics
- Bunion Treatments
- Clinical Research Department
- Cosmetic Surgical Services
- Diabetic Foot Care
- Foot Surgery
- Gait Analysis
- General Foot Care/Podiatry
- Hammertoe Treatments
- Laser Therapy
- Pediatric Foot and Ankle Care
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) Treatments
- Sports Medicine
- Testing for Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Ultrasound Diagnostic Imaging
- Wound Care