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By Crofton Podiatry
March 10, 2020
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: shoes   shoe fit   best shoes  

Are you doing any spring cleaning? If you’re starting with your closet, don’t forget to include your shoes. With spring sports and more outdoor leisure time on the way, it’s time to make some changes. Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry has a few tips to guide the spring cleaning that will leave you with only the best shoes for your feet

What’s on the outside?

Take a look at your shoes. What are they telling you? If you see worn soles or holes, it’s time to let them go. If the heels are too high or have become uneven, this is also a tripping hazard.

Is it time to switch styles?

Fads come and go, but comfort and support will always be in style. If you have shoes in your closet that you rarely wear out of fear of discomfort or pain, let them go. Don’t wear shoes that lead to blisters, pain, corns or calluses. A day of style is not worth future pain.

Spring-like smell or a stinky one?

Stinky shoes shouldn’t be ignored. Putting them back on in the new season won’t make the odor disappear either. Before saying “goodbye,” address the cause of the smell to avoid a repeat. Did you not let your shoes air out? Do you have a fungal toenail? Are you skipping out on socks?

Are your orthotics in good shape?

These custom-devices should be hand-washed and allowed to dry out each night. You depend on orthotics to help with your pain and discomfort, so you want to make sure they’re in the best shape. If you have questions about the health of your orthotics, schedule an appointment; it may be time for a new pair. Custom orthotics typically last longer than over-the-counter orthotics, so continue making this investment.

If you have a new foot or ankle condition this spring and need help with deciding on the proper footwear, call us today at (410) 721-4505 to schedule your appointment. Crofton Podiatry serves patients in Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD. Dr. Brad Toll is a board-certified podiatrist with more than 20 years of experience. 

By Crofton Podiatry
February 07, 2020
Category: Foot Pain

Did you know that undiagnosed foot and ankle problems can lead to excessive weight gain? Think about it! If you spend all day at work and come home to aching feet, the last thing you want to do is start exercising. High-impact cardio workouts trends have made exercising even more uncomfortable. Here’s the truth of the matter: the pain you’re experiencing isn’t normal, and you don’t have to just ‘deal’ with it. Just as importantly - if and when you do exercise, it doesn’t have to be high-impact to benefit you! 

Continuing to follow a high-impact exercise routine, or any routine that is too demanding, can take an already painful situation and make it worse. Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, fallen arches, bunions - these are all only going to become more problematic when they’re left unaddressed by a foot doctor.

Considering that one in three people experience foot or ankle pain in the United States alone, these next steps are important to consider:

  • Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Toll

  • Be upfront and honest about the aches and pains you experience

  • Ask Dr. Toll about what you can do at home for pain-free stretches and exercise

  • Start slow and steady when you do start exercising

  • Let Dr. Toll know about any additional problems

  • Stop activities if it becomes increasingly painful or strenuous

These are all important steps to think about when becoming active, but none are more important than being evaluated by your podiatrist first. Addressing, diagnosing, and treating issues that make it difficult or uncomfortable to be active are important before starting any new routine. Call us today at (410) 721-4505 to schedule your appointment. Crofton Podiatry is happy to serve patients in Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton and Bowie, MD.

By Crofton Podiatry
January 08, 2020
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics   shoe fit  

Let’s make a New Year’s resolution together: find a pair of shoes that are foot-friendly and will accommodate a pair of orthotic insoles inside them. Sound good? Depending on what sort of foot and ankle issues you’ve dealt with throughout your life, this might sound easier said than done.

Wearing footwear that fits appropriately is more important than you might think, however. It could mean the difference between a slight strain and a full-blown injury, especially during this winter season. In addition to this, properly fitting shoes can help reduce the likelihood of developing different foot and ankle related issues - like plantar fasciitis, flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, and so on.

We’ve compiled three of the best things to keep in mind when looking for your next pair of shoes that will blow the old pair out of the water (or closet):

  1. Researching shoes before you buy them is a great way to prepare ahead of time, but don’t buy blind!  It’s easy to just click a few times on your browser but waiting all that time for them to be delivered only to find out that they don’t fit your feet will be a huge bummer.
  2. Know what you need! Just as important as researching your ideal shoe before purchasing is knowing exactly what you want and need out of your shoes.
  3. What problems are you faced with when it comes to your feet and ankles? If you have a history of ankle sprains, are the prospective shoes going to be supportive of your ankle stability?

If you keep these three things in mind while looking into your next pair of shoes, you’ll be golden! Don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Brad Toll, DPM at Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505 if you have any further questions about finding the right fit. We proudly serve patients in Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton and Bowie MD. 

By Crofton Podiatry
December 09, 2019
Category: Wide feet
Tags: proper footwear   Wide Feet  

Have you always had trouble finding shoes that really feel comfortable on your feet? You may not have ‘normal’ feet! Shoe sizing alone isn’t enough to match the complexity of the needs of our feet. When it comes to our feet, we all have different arch heights, toe lengths, heel sizes, fat content, foot widths, and so on. While it’s hard to say what’s truly normal for something that can vary so greatly between everyone, one thing we know for sure: wide feet are not considered normal. It’s okay to have wide feet, but with wide feet can come additional struggles to find proper footwear and have a comfortable experience with shoes. Considering the scale of width goes from wide (E) to ultra wide (EEEEEE), wide feet are far from uncommon. It’s what leads us to develop wide feet that can be considered abnormal!

For example: did you know that there are four main factors that can determine whether or not you’re likely to develop wide feet in your lifetime?

Genetics

Take a look at your family! If one or both of your parents have a wide shoe size, it’s pretty likely that you’ll end up developing that too. While it doesn’t always happen, wide feet can develop more easily over time if genetics isn’t the only factor in your life.

Obesity

For those who have been slightly, mildly, or morbidly obese in their life, their chances of developing wide feet due to their feet flattening are much greater. This is especially true for those are obese for long periods of time throughout their lives.

Flat feet

Unlike obesity, flat feet can develop simply due to other factors in your life. You can develop flat feet that lead to having a wider shoe size from genetics, playing high impact sports, and more. This can put you at a higher risk of injuries like sprained ankles.

Shoe habits

When combined with any other factor listed above, shoe habits can contribute greatly to the development of wide feet. This is referring to when we spend a lot of our time going barefoot or when we hold onto an old pair of unsupportive shoes a little too long.

If you think you might have wide feet, flat feet, or just have an uncomfortable experience regardless of what kind of shoes you wear, it’s time to see Dr. Brad Toll, DPM at Crofton Podiatry. Call us today at (410) 721-4505 to schedule your appointment with us in Crofton, Maryland!

By Crofton Podiatry
November 12, 2019
Category: Podiatrist

How can you tell if a podiatrist is a right fit for you? When it comes to finding the right podiatrist to trust with addressing your foot and ankle needs, it can be a trying process. Here are the 5 steps to help you find the right podiatrist for you and your unique needs:

Website

Their website isn’t just information about how to schedule your first appointment. When you visit a potential podiatrists website, it makes a world of difference when there’s a clear effort made to make podiatry care accessible and informational to all patients

Services

They offer a wide range of services. While one patient will likely never need to utilize every single different kind of surgical method or medical treatment a podiatrist offers, it helps to know that they have the capability. Even if they don’t have the capability, a willingness to help you find someone who does is extraordinary.

Doctors

The doctors and their staff listen to you. This seems like a no-brainer, but many practices can come off feeling disconnected from their patient population. Your health and well-being impacts your quality of life - it’s safe to say that your quality of life should be a top priority to your chosen medical professionals.

Facility 

Their facility is clean and accommodating. A doctor’s office shouldn’t be anything less than the best. Whether they go for a cozy aesthetic or seek out a modern look to their lobby area, one thing should remain the same about their exam rooms: they should be clearly putting patient safety and health front and center.

Staff

Last but not least: they should have a friendly staff that’s happy to help you work through your questions and concerns if anything should arise. If this is everything you’ve been looking for, look no further. At Crofton Podiatry, our patients are our top priority. Call us today at (410) 721-4505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Toll in Crofton, Maryland.

 





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