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Dr. Frank Smith

Podiatry
Laurel, MD
30 years experience male

Locations

Northern Virginia Foot & Ankle Associates

Vienna, VA

Address

8221 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 102, Vienna, VA, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Carefirst Inc

Cigna

Aetna

UnitedHealthcare

Medicare

Laurel Foot & Ankle Center LLC

Laurel, MD

About

Bio

Dr. Smith attended the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, .Dr. Smith performed residency training at the Maryland Podiatric Residency Program 2 years . Board Certified ABPS

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Podiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

71 Answers
24 Agrees
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
3 weeks : Most cases of athletes feet when treated correctly are gone in 3 weeks.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Quality : Pt offices will have access to modalities and equipment that you will not have at home and hands on treatment by a pt will be superior to home applied... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Foot injury : You should have an exam of the foot and an x-ray thats the first place to start . In some cases you need a MRI or bone scan . I would see a podiatrist... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Marijuana: There have not been any specific studies re marijuana on plantar fascitis that i know of but in some states its legal to use it for chronic pain and p... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Sweating : I would reduce eating and drinking anything with caffeine . That will help some. Regarding feet you can ask your doctor about rx drysol . There is... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Athletes feet : Athletes feet usually itches more than dead skin.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Burning ankles: You need a evaluation/exam by a podiatrist or orthopedist May just need more mechanical support for your feet and ankles Have them check the joint... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
First joint : You need an x-ray to evaluate that joint what your calling a charlie hourse could be limited range of motion in the big toe joint see a podiatrist the... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Blisters : These can be caused by socks and or shoes. These can also be caused by infections. I would apply a otc antibiotic wound cream and see a podiatrist. Al... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Orthotics : The best orthotics are ones that are formed from a non weight bearing molds . Podiatrist are experts at making orthotics.
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
X-rays : Could be helpful in making a correct diagnosis and giving you an idea how long it will take to heal and stop hurting.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Toe sprain : I would see a podiatrist at this point and get a new x-ray that seems like a long time given that even most fractures heal in 6 weeks. Scar tissue can... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Causes : If you had surgery of the nail you can develope a hematoma in the nail bed tissue when this drys it becomes very hard. I would return to your surgeon ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Usually genetic : Melanonychia striata is a possibility would need a picture also may have just damanged the nail root and could be scar changes that originate at the r... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Broken foot : No i would not use any weight bearing equipment with a broken foot. It takes fractures 6 weeks to heal
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Broke foot : It takes foot bones 6 weeks to heal when they get fractured so you will need it in some type of cast for 6 weeks its painful because its not healed an... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
May have scar tissue: You may have scar tissue that feels like a wart otherwise if the wart has indeed grown back consider having a laser used like a cutera laser it attack... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Swelling : You may have a stress fracture , gout or tendonitis there are many things that can cause swelling this is just a short list of common things we see. ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Call your surgeon: I dont treat knee's but I do perform surgery on feet and ankles. If your having a post operative complication which you may be experiencing you need t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Get an MRI asap : I would get an MRI you want to make sure you do not have a tear.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Edema : Medial malleolus is part of the tibia bone usually its the tibia bone in the front of the leg the " shin area ".
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Mole : One important thing is that if the excision is deep and goes through all the layers of the skin into the fat layer you need to be concerned with painf... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Itch : You can try an otc cortisone cream that treats itching but you may have an infection ( fungal ) that needs a stronger rx cream.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Neuroma : You may have a foot neuroma that is giving you referred pain ive seen cases that can do this see a podiatrist.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Could be many things: Commons problems podiatrist see associated w pain in the feet 1. Plantar fasciitis 2. Tendonitis 3. Stress fractures 4 arthritis 5 neuro... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Warts : You can apply a topical antibiotic cream. Warts are caused by a virus so the cream only helps treat secondary infections. I would see a podiatrist for... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Black Toenail : If it was caused by trauma bleeding under the nail leave the nail in place and allow a new nail to develop. I would have a podiatrist take a look at i... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Standing again : Better to make sure exactly whats damaged before weight bearing on the ankle.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Pull in the foot : You have injured your foot in some way or strained your foot. I would rest it stay off it and apply ice. If the pull doesnt clear up in a few days i w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Neuroma surgery : Swelling can be normal after neuroma excision, sometimes you can develope a hematoma but they are very painful and infection is possible as well and c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Flat feet : Many options are available : the most aggressive is surgery and there are many surgical procedures that can be done by podiatrist or orthpods. I would... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Skin disease: These may or may not be related i would see someone in dermatology for the skin disease and i would get a rheumatologist to exam you.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Either speciality : I would say the athletes feet can be treated by either doctor but the foot swelling i think would be best treated by a podiatrist.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Cramps : Dehydration electrolyte issues ( calcium , magnesium , potasium ) foot strain plantar fascitis most muscles that control the feet are in the le... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Broken foot : If your not sure if its broken and have had an xray and an exam that was negative but you still think its broken get either a bone scan 3 phase or a M... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Bunion : I would see a board certified podiatric surgeon or orthopod. Have xrays and an evaluation. I would try and treat it without surgery first. If its stil... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Foot soreness : There are many possibilities it depends on where its sore. I would see a podiatrist. Gout , infection, fracture, tendonitis, bunion, hammertoe, ne... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Brace : You need at least a surgical shoe or cam walker what type of fracture is it ?
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Lymes : I would get blood work done and also get tested for lymes disease.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Cyst : Your going to need a foot surgeon either a board certified podiatric surgeon or orthopod would be best . You will also need a MRI if its a deep cyst .... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Ticks : Yes i would go see a doctor it may take 1-2 week to show a positive lymes test but you also can have the ticks tested if you still have them do not ta... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Broke foot : Did you get your foot treated and get the fracture healed ? If yes and you still have pain consider gettting evaluated for a foot orthotic . Foot pain... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Petechiae: Who gave you that diagnosis ? If it is inflamed vascular blood vessels can cause this , local trauma , low platelets, i would see a dermatologist or ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
4-6 weeks : If its treated correctly 4-6 weeks usually need a cam walker or a surgical shoe especially if its the " big toe " also get an x-ray.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Delay onset : There can be a delay of the onset the tendon needs to get swollen and inflammed before you feel pain in some cases it sounds like you need an xray it ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Rebuild : I would see a physical therapist that specializes in sports injuries and they will come up with a regimen plan for you to strengthen your ankles , kee... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
IV antibiotics : I assume your working with an infectious disease specialist . Some people can use a peripheral acces point for a week. I would say no dont be mad. But... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Tarsal fracture : If you know you have a fracture it takes 6 weeks to heal in most cases. Some go on to non-unions which can lead to chronic pain. These are best treate... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
Pain all right side : I would see a neurologist you may need a MRI you need to get an examination that may get you closer to finding out whats wrong.
A male asked:
Dr. Frank Smith
Podiatry 30 years experience
42 days : If you have a fracture and its treated with a cast of some type 42 days usually heals fractures in the feet if you have gout than the 42 days doesnt a... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Smith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

PCPM
Graduated 1992MD

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine,
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

BON SECOURS HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Podiatrist, Second Place, Virginia - Summer
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Board of Podiatric Surgery
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