As we welcome the new year, many feel motivated to take steps towards self-improvement. Some may begin by improving their daily routines, including increased healthy exercise habits. If you start a new fitness routine, be gentle with yourself, be consistent, and start slowly. Occasionally, heel pain can intensify when you begin a new exercise routine. Don’t let heel pain prevent you from moving forward with your 2023 fitness goals!
Heel pain (plantar fasciitis) may be one of the most common issues seen by podiatrists today. It’s a condition in which the band of tissue that stretches from your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed, torn, or otherwise stressed from overuse. It is vital to get a complete exam and proper diagnosis if you experience heel pain.
Our specialists recommend using the following methods to resolve foot pain during the new year
- Follow simple stretches and exercise routines to strengthen the foot.
- Wear proper fitting shoes with arch and ankle support.
- Ice your heel several times a day to reduce uncomfortable inflammation.
- Rest your lower extremities.
- Use custom orthotics to alleviate chronic foot pain.
- Use an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen to help with the pain.
- Call a podiatrist.
Certain people have an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis or foot pain. Those people are:
- Between the ages 40-60
- Carry extra weight
- Have predisposed hereditary conditions
- Have tight Achilles tendons
- Wear non-supportive shoes or high heels
- Have an occupation that causes you to be on your feet for extended periods
The longer you have been experiencing the pain of plantar fasciitis, the longer it may take to help resolve the pain. To better determine the source of your heel pain and the best course of treatment, schedule a comprehensive foot examination with Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center podiatrist, Dr. Jon M. Sherman, at our Montgomery office. To schedule your appointment, please call our office at (301)-825-9697.
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.
Every year, the month of May is recognized to motivate Americans to get up and moving while raising funds for arthritis research, support, and advocacy. Arthritis occurs when joints are swollen or tender and can affect people of all different ages. Arthritis is one of the most widespread health conditions in the United States. The first steps in overcoming the challenges with arthritis are understanding the condition and knowing there are many resources to help. Below you will find fast facts about arthritis, signs and symptoms, prevention tips, and helpful resources.
Astonishing Arthritis Facts
- More than 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with Arthritis.
- There are more than 100 forms of this crippling disease.
- It affects an estimated 53 million adults and 300,000 children.
- Experts believe that the number of people diagnosed with Arthritis will grow as our nation’s population gets older.
- Arthritis is common among people with other chronic conditions including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- The most common types of Arthritis include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
Signs Of Arthritis
Recognizing the symptoms can help you get the correct diagnosis. Arthritis symptoms can include:
- Difficulties with moving and performing daily tasks
- Decreased range of motion
- Get Moving. Walking is a fantastic way for people with Arthritis who live in rural areas to be physically active. For those uncertain about walking, proven programs such as Walk With Ease can help people get started.
- Build Connections. The Arthritis Foundation can help you find and build support for your journey during Arthritis Awareness Month with tips on nationwide events, treatment, and diet.
- Protect Your Joints. Avoid holding one position for too long or holding a position that puts extra stress on joints.
- Manage Your Weight. Maintaining a healthy diet that consists of lots of vegetables, some fruits, and whole grains has been proved to support overall wellbeing.
- Talk With Your Doctor. Advocate for yourself and make sure that you get the care you need.
When To See a Podiatrist
Podiatrists are a part of the care team when joint pain occurs in a patient’s feet or ankles. At Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center, we strive to provide the best care to our patients. 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) 330-5666 or visit our website for more information.
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