March is National Nutrition Month
At Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center, each year during March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month invites everyone to learn about making informed food choices and provides the basis for developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Having a balanced eating pattern is important since no single food or food group provides all the nutrients needed for good health. A healthy lifestyle benefits your mind and body, but did you know it helps your feet too?
One of the most common causes of heel pain is inflammation. The resulting condition, plantar fasciitis, in combination with other inflammatory conditions like arthritis and painful arches, is aggravated by eating certain foods such as:
- Foods made with white flour like desserts, snacks, and pasta.
- Certain vegetable oils, including corn, soybean, and sunflower oils.
- Foods high in trans-fats and sugar
- Animal protein sources that are high in saturated fats, such as red meat
- Opt for a Healthy Diet to Benefit Foot Health
Celebrate National Nutrition Month throughout the year with these easy additions:
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods.
- Create tasty foods at home.
- Try different fruits and vegetables depending on what time of year it is
- Choose ingredients with different textures and colors for a variety
- Make Physical Activity Part of Your Day
- While exercise may sound intimidating to some people, it doesn’t have to be! Any type and amount of activity are better than none. To “move more and sit less,” it’s helpful to find activities that you find enjoyable. The recommendation for adults is 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain or discomfort in your lower extremities, call our Montgomery office at (301)-825-9697 and schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman or visit our website for more information.
Please note that our office hours are currently Monday, 10am-5:30pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm. For new or current patients who do not want to come into the office, we are also offering Telehealth video visits. To schedule a Telehealth visit, please call our office.
Benefits of Custom Orthotics
We have all heard the saying “one size fits all.” Unfortunately, when it comes to footwear, this does not apply. Sometimes you might notice that one foot feels slightly different from the other. It is due to each person having their own unique feet! At Kentland’s Foot and Ankle Center, patients are examined and treated based on their own unique feet. Our podiatry team recommends using foot orthotics if foot muscles, ligaments, bones, or tendons are not aligned well or the patient is experiencing discomfort. Orthotics are known to redistribute the pressure that your feet endure each day.
Custom Orthotics VS Over-the-counter Orthotics
Over-the-counter foot orthotics are usually found at drugstores. The use of orthotics, in general, can be very helpful in eliminating foot discomfort quickly. For chronic foot pain, we always advise our patients to get fitted for custom foot orthotics. Precise measurements of your foot are documented and sent to a lab where they will make your orthotics. It ensures that you receive all the support your feet need.
Benefits of Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are known to:
- Provide superior comfort allowing you to stand, walk and run comfortably
- Fight off pain in the lower extremities
- Improve balance by allowing your feet the support to maintain a functional position
- Enhance athletic performance
- Lower the risk of injury
Custom orthotics help your feet feel better, but did you know they also help your overall body? Custom orthotics are also known to:
- Reduce ankle and leg pain
- Maintain balance
- Stand or walk for extended periods of pain-free
- Reduce lower back pain
- Lower the risk of calluses, corns, and bunions
- Improve posture
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain or discomfort in your lower extremities, call our Montgomery office at (301-)825-9697 and schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman or visit our website for more information.
Preparing For Your Next Appointment
A doctor visit can be nerve-wracking, especially if this is your first time at a podiatrist’s office. But with some simple preparation, you can limit the anxiety you feel prior to your appointment and make the most out of seeing your specialist. At Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center, we take extra care in making sure your visit is as comfortable and helpful as possible! Below is a useful guide to help you prepare for your next appointment.
Before Your Visit
It might be helpful to make a physical or mental checklist of some important information to make your podiatrist’s questions easier to answer, such as:
- The symptoms you’re experiencing
- Any medication you’re taking
- Relevant lab test results
- Allergies they should know about
- Previous surgeries
- Any questions or concerns you have for your doctor
During Your Visit
- Expect your podiatrist to go over all the information listed above
- Be sure to ask for any clarification if you’re unclear with what your doctor is saying
- Take notes if you find it helpful
- If you’re attending a virtual appointment, be sure you arrive to your appointment on time and check that your technology is working properly
After Your Visit
- Make sure you follow your podiatrists’ recommendations for healing and recovery
- Pick up any medication your doctor may prescribe and take them as instructed
- Schedule a follow up appointment if necessary
- If your doctor has not gotten back to you with test results, give them a call
- Reach out to your podiatrist if you have any follow up concerns or questions
Schedule A Visit
It is recommended that you visit your local podiatrist once a year for an annual checkup. If you’ve been experiencing any foot or ankle pain, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist so they can examine and treat any problem you might be facing. To schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman, at our Montgomery County office, call (301)-825-9697 or visit our website for more information.
UV Safety Awareness Month
Summer is finally here! The great outdoors is beckoning. Many people tend to forget that their feet and ankles are just as vulnerable to harmful UV rays as the rest of their bodies. Sunlight is a potent source of ultraviolet radiation. Overexposure to the sun can cause a host of serious health issues such as skin cancer, heat exhaustion, and melanoma. At Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center, we want all our patients to feel safe and protected while still enjoying their favorite summer activities! Below you will find signs of skin cancer and tips and tricks to protect your feet from damaging UV rays.
Learn to recognize the signs of skin cancer. A helpful way to remember the signs of skin cancer is ABCDE:
- A is for asymmetry. Most moles are symmetrical. If you find a mole that is not symmetrical, bring it to your doctor’s attention.
- B is for borders. Be alert to a new or changed mole with irregular borders.
- C is for color. If you spot a mole with an unusual color, get it checked.
- D is for diameter. Any mole larger than the eraser on the tip of a pencil should be considered suspect.
- E is for evolving. Healthy moles don’t change.
How To Protect Your Feet from Damaging UV Rays
- Always Apply Sunscreen. Most dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This will protect your skin from 97% of the sun’s harmful UV radiation.
- Wear Shoes That Protect Your Feet. Flip-Flops and sandals are a summer favorite. But they are not the best choice for protecting your feet from the elements. Shoes such as Crocs can protect your feet while also allowing your feet to breathe. Plus, they are waterproof!
- Cover Your Skin. Get settled under a tree or canopy. Alternatively, use breathable fabrics to keep you cool and protected from the sun!
- Avoid Peak Sun-Times. In most places, the sun is usually the strongest from 10 am to 4 pm. If you are outside during these times, take precautionary measures and incorporate all our tips.
- Drink Plenty of Water every day. Remembering to stay hydrated is especially important in the summer sun. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake to replenish your body is: About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women. When perspiring, drink even more water.
Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman uses advanced technology and can treat a wide range of patients. To schedule an appointment, please call our Montgomery County office at (301) 825-9697 or visit our website for more information.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and it is also the perfect time to think about how much we count on our feet each day, and how important it is to develop healthy habits to keep them free of pain. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has at least one-foot problem annually. At Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center, our podiatrist, Dr. Jon M. Sherman, is Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Sherman is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, all of which set him apart from other podiatrists.
Fun Facts About Feet
- Each foot is composed of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles and tendons.
- Together both feet contain 1/4 of the bones in the entire body.
- The average person, over their lifetime, will walk approximately the same distance as if they had walked around the earth 4 times.
- 5 times a person’s body weight is transmitted through each foot with every step!
How To Maintain Healthy Feet
- Try foot massages or reflexology.
- Soak your feet in Epsom salt if they are sore.
- Change your socks daily.
- Share footwear
- Wear poor-fitting shoes
- Try “DIY” fixes for your foot problems
When To Visit a Podiatrist
The field of podiatry strives to improve the overall health and well-being of patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the foot and ankle. It is time to see a podiatrist anytime you have foot or ankle discomfort, changes in the appearance of your feet, abnormal growth, an injury, or a medical condition that affects your feet. It is also very important to have an annual check-up with your podiatrist to maintain healthy feet.
To schedule an appointment at our Gaithersburg, MD office, please call (301) 330-5666 or visit our website for more information.