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14999 Health Center Drive
Suite #112
Bowie, MD 20716

Patient Education

The Individual Approach
Dr. Horowitz strives to treat each patient individually and his or her problem as unique. The doctor accomplishes this by spending the time and having the patience to listen to each patient's particular history.

Our practice offers comprehensive care of foot and foot related disorders. Some of the methods commonly employed by Dr. Horowitz include:

  • Treatment of joint and muscle problems by linking lower extremety function to whole body movement
  • Gait analysis
  • Custom orthotics and bracing
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • New technologies for heel pain treatment, surgical and non-surgical
  • Diabetic, orthopedic and custom-made foot wear
  • Athletic and orthopedic shoe recommendation and guidance
  • Physical therapy for rehabilitation of foot and ankle disorders

Common Conditions Treated

Treatment Philosophy
Dr. Horowitz' treatment approach is two pronged: first to calm the acute symptoms and second, to search for and address the origin of the symptoms which often have been building for years.

This comprehensive care applies to sports medicine as well as more chronic problems — the treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries should address the immediate problem in the context of any historical biomechanical problems. Functional foot orthotics are often employed to help treat a range of foot problems and maintain proper joint alignment and function.

When corrective surgery is indicated, Dr. Horowitz performs the surgical procedure and post surgical care with the goal of reestablishing normal foot function as soon as possible. He thoroughly explores alternatives to surgery but when warranted, has always employed innovative advances in medicine. For example, Dr. Horowitz was among the first at the Bowie Health Center to introduce the use of screw fixation (holding bones together in their corrected position) in the surgical correction of bunions, thereby allowing faster bone healing as well as early joint rehabilitation.

Today, his surgical practice continues to employ advances in technology to refine common forefoot procedures including bunion and hammertoe correction as well as recent innovations in heel pain treatment.

Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains are very common injuries with more than 3 million suffered each year in the US. They occur when the ligaments in the ankle are severely stretched or torn. Medical attention will be necessary to rule out a fracture, as often it is difficult to tell the full extent of the injury.

A bunion is a bone deformity usually occurring at the base of the big toe. This is a progressive condition that is made worse by inward pressure from tight shoes. Bunions can be very painful, and in some instances surgery may be necessary to remove them.

Flat Feet
Flat feet is a condition where the entire, or nearly entire, bottom of the foot meets the ground when standing. Depending on the severity, symptoms of flat feet can range from severe pain to non-existent.

Hammertoe is a characterized by one or more of the toes having a bend in the middle joint. This occurs because of weakening of the muscle due to poorly fitted shoes or a genetically inherited trait.

Diabetes and Your Feet
Diabetes is a systemic illness that can affect many different parts of the body. This is especially true for the feet. Proper foot screening is incredibly important for diabetic patients and any kind of cut or sore should be taken very seriously.

Heel Spurs
A heel spur is a bony protrusion that occurs on the heel. It is often confused with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. When a heel spur is painful it can make it quite difficult to walk.

Corns and calluses are hard layers of skin that usually form due to friction. Generally, they will be in areas of the foot that are bearing weight, or areas that frequently rub against the shoe. Soft corns are typically found between the toes.

Athlete's Foot
Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection that affects countless people around the world. It will manifest itself on the skin of the foot, in many cases in between the toes. Because fungi proliferate in warm, damp environments, keeping the feet clean and dry is of utmost importance in avoiding athlete’s foot.

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