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  • For Foot and Ankle Pain, Tailored Treatments Offer the Best of Both Worlds

    Foot pain can sideline even the most active individuals, but before you resign yourself to chronic discomfort, consider the wide variety of treatments available from your local podiatrist. With options ranging from the conservative to the innovative and everything in between, a DPM can restore balance and mobility while managing pain.

    The key is finding the right approach for your specific needs! For this blog, the team at Kentland’s Foot and Ankle Center wants to keep you posted on a few of the most effective ones. Read on to learn more about the options available to you, from exciting newbies to tried-and-true standards.

    Starting Simple: Rest, Therapy, and Orthotics

    The first line of defense is often the simplest.

    You can get the best of both worlds via a combined approach:  A 2023 study published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) found that physical therapy combined with custom orthotics was highly effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with plantar fasciitis.

    • High-tech and low-tech can also complement one another. For example, our team utilizes 3D orthotic scanning technology to create orthotics tailored to your unique foot shape.
    • This ensures a superior fit and function compared to traditional casting methods.

    Stepping Up: Advanced Techniques for Persistent Pain

    If conservative measures don’t provide lasting relief, your podiatrist might recommend more advanced interventions.

    Sometimes, a minimally invasive surgical procedure might be the best approach.

    • Many podiatrists are skilled surgeons, able to perform procedures like bunionectomy or hammertoe correction with minimal scarring and downtime involved.

    Are you interested in learning more? We’re always happy to help! Schedule a comprehensive foot examination with Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman. To make your appointment, please call our office at 301-330-5666.

  • 5 Ways Physical Therapy Makes For Fitter Feet!

    Kentlands Foot & Ankle Center understands the value of conservative treatments and natural remedies; in fact, Dr. Sherman was featured in Business Insider a few months ago discussing just that! It should come as no surprise, then, that our team places such a high value on the power of physical therapy, which can make a difference for a wide range of lower extremity ailments.

    This blog will cover five different conditions and circumstances that PT alleviates, improves, or even prevents. Let’s kick things off!

    1. Plantar Fasciitis:

    This prevalent problem inflicts heel pain due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting your heel to your toes. Physical therapists can design personalized plantar fasciitis stretches with a custom program that improves flexibility, reduces pain, and prevents future flare-ups.

    1. Ankle Sprains:

    Rolled ankles are frequent, painful injuries, stretching or tearing the ligaments that stabilize your joints. Physical therapy can provide an ankle sprain recovery regimen and ankle strengthening exercises to help you regain range of motion, strengthen supporting muscles, and improve proprioception (your body’s awareness of joint position). This, in turn, will reduce pain, swelling, and the risk of future sprains.

    1. Achilles Tendinitis:

    Overuse can inflame the Achilles tendon, causing pain in the back of your heel. Physical therapy focuses on reducing inflammation, improving flexibility, and strengthening the calf muscles to better support the tendon.

    1. Arthritis:

    Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the foot and ankle joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Physical therapists can create an exercise program to maintain joint mobility, strengthening surrounding muscles while improving balance. This helps manage pain, maintain function, and potentially delay the need for surgery.

    1. Post-Surgical Recovery:

    After foot or ankle surgery, physical therapy is crucial for regaining strength, flexibility, and range of motion. A personalized program helps restore proper gait mechanics and function, ensuring a smooth and successful recovery.

    As you can see, physical therapy can do all kinds of good for your feet and ankles, healing them when they’re hurt and maintaining them when they’re fit.

    Interested in learning more? We’re always available and happy to help! Schedule a comprehensive foot examination with Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman. To make your appointment, please call our office at 301-330-5666.

  • Keep Your Feet Flowing: Blood Flow and Circulation in the Lower Extremities

    February is American Heart Month, a timely reminder to prioritize our cardiovascular well-being. However, while most focus remains on the heart itself, its connection to our feet and lower extremities tends to go unnoticed.

    The truth is that healthy blood flow and circulation are crucial for happy, healthy feet. Let the team at Kentlands Foot & Ankle Center delve into this vital relationship for you! Together, we’ll explore how to keep your feet flowing freely.

    Heart Health Basics

    Your heart pumps tirelessly and constantly, sending oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any problems.

    When the Flow Filters

    Disruptions to your circulation tend to translate into problems for your feet.

    • Conditions like peripheral artery disease (PAD) – which affects nearly 34 million Americans – narrow arteries, restricting blood flow to the lower extremities.
    • This can lead to symptoms such as pain, numbness, and even tissue damage in severe cases.

    Circulation Education

    Fortunately, several measures can promote healthy blood flow and circulation in your feet:

    • Regular exercise, including walking, improves circulation throughout your body, including your lower extremities.
    • Avoid tight shoes that constrict blood vessels in your feet.
    • If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, work with your doctor to manage these conditions effectively.
    • Consult a podiatrist promptly for any concerns like pain, numbness, or changes in skin color or texture.

    When in doubt, it never hurts to consult a DPM with a proven reputation for knowing how to handle all kinds of foot and ankle complications!

    Schedule a comprehensive foot examination with Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman. To make your appointment, please call our office at 301-330-5666.

  • An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure with Diabetes

    When it comes to the diabetes epidemic, podiatrists are on the front lines. That’s why an expert DPM knows better than most that diabetes can seriously harm your feet. Recent statistics paint a troubling picture: The CDC asserts that nearly 39 million people, or 11.6 percent of the US population, currently have diabetes, with almost 9 million of those as yet undiagnosed. Millions more are pre-diabetic, and that number only becomes grimmer as people age.

    Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing foot complications like neuropathy, poor circulation, and foot ulcers. From there, problems can get even worse. That’s why podiatric care is essential for anyone managing this disease. Check out a few of the helpful tips below, courtesy of Kentlands Foot & Ankle Center. 

    If you’re a diabetic, see a podiatrist regularly!

     Check your feet twice a day!

    • Look for the unusual – cuts, redness, anything.
    • If you see something, contact us right away.
    • Don’t try to handle the problem yourself; you might risk infection or further complications.

     DON’T GO BAREFOOT!

    • As a diabetic, you always want to protect your feet.
    • Wound healing is a dangerous issue, and even minor cuts can harm you more than you think.
    • Wear shoes at all times!

    Don’t let your diabetic foot care problems get out of hand. It’s important to take action right away if you notice anything amiss. We encourage residents of Montgomery County to consult Dr. Sherman sooner rather than later for a complete examination and assessment of diabetic foot health complications. Call 301-330-5666. or contact us online for an appointment at our Gaithersburg podiatry office. We look forward to getting you back on your feet and keeping you there!

  • What Is a Podiatrist?

    Around the world, podiatrists pursue the advancement of the Podiatry field for everyone’s benefit, and, to better serve those who suffer from ankle and foot conditions. Your feet are vital to your everyday life. They permit you to walk 150,000 miles in your lifetime, which is equal to walking around the world six times! Foot issues can be debilitating; therefore, it is important to take care of your feet.

    People may wonder why there is a branch of medicine that deals strictly with feet. It’s because foot problems are very common. A few of the most common issues people have with their feet include:

    • Bunions
    • Athlete’s foot
    • Ingrown toenails
    • Diabetic neuropathy
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Corns
    • Heel spurs
    • Blisters

    Education and Awareness

    Our team of experts at Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center strive to elevate awareness about the importance of proper foot health. That is one of the reasons we wanted our patients to be able to access reliable and accessible information that pertains to the lower extremities. If you would like to get involved, you can help spread the word about podiatry and important foot health tips! When you’ve learned more about proper foot health, you can begin spreading the word and educating others. Start here:

    • Read up on health conditions related to the feet, including information on keeping your feet healthy.
    • Proper daily foot care involves activities like caring for your toenails and wearing the right shoes.
    • Learn to maintain good foot health
    • Have an in-person conversation or by using social media to discuss podiatry and foot health.

    When To See a Podiatrist

    Anytime you experience foot or ankle discomfort, changes in the appearance of your feet, abnormal growth(s), or have an underlying medical condition that affects your feet or ability to function. Symptoms are not always obvious and may even continue unnoticed. If you or anyone you know is experiencing one or more symptoms, it is time to see a podiatrist.

    Schedule An Appointment

    If you are experiencing chronic foot pain or discomfort in your lower extremities, call our Montgomery office at 301-330-5666 and schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman or visit our website for more information.