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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.

 

By Brad Toll, DPM
October 04, 2019
Category: Athlete's Foot
Tags: podiatrist   Athlete's Foot   sports   rash   infection  

Sports are often a big part of our lives whether we watch or participate. This is especially true in the Fall as many children go back to school and play football, basketball, Lacrosse and field hockey among others. With sports also comes the possibility for injury or ailment. One of the major conditions an athlete can suffer from is called Athlete’s foot otherwise known as tinea pedis. What is Athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection (trichophyton) that usually occurs between the toes and thrives in moist conditions.

Causes of Athlete’s foot include:

  • Sweaty feet
  • Sharing towels, shoes and socks
  • Walking barefoot in public places

Symptoms of Athlete’s foot include:

  • Scaly red rash in and around the toes
  • Peeling skin usually between toes but can spread to other areas of the foot
  • Blisters or ulcers near toes
  • Itchiness with dry and flaky skin

If not treated, Athlete’s foot can spread to the groin or hands. While most cases of Athlete’s foot can be treated with over the counter medicines, some have to be diagnosed and treated by your podiatrist. If needed, your podiatrist will treat Athlete’s foot by prescribing:

  • Oral anti-fungal attacks fungus
  • Oral antibiotics to treat infections
  • Topical steroids to treat painful inflammation
  • Topical anti-fungal meds include miconazole, terbinafine

The best treatment for Athlete’s foot is prevention. Suggestions include:

  • Wearing dry footwear and socks
  • Wear sandals or flip-flops in public places like showers, pools or locker rooms
  • Make sure you dry your feet completely after a shower or bath
  • Treat your feet with anti-fungal powder or skin cream
  • Alternate shoes
  • Air your feet
  • Don’t share socks, footwear or towels

If you believe you have Athlete’s foot, or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. He will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments. Call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
September 11, 2019
Category: Orthotics

While many of us can use our shoes and other footwear without support, some need a little extra.  Usually, this calls for something called an orthotic. Known generically as a shoe insert, an orthotic is more specialized and treats specific conditions that an ordinary store-bought item will not.

Conditions orthotics treat include:

  • High arches – supports foot arch to keep from overstretching and/or collapsing
  • Flat feet – strengthens the area, supports the foot, and helps with gait
  • Diabetes – can reduce foot stress to avoid foot ulcers, blisters
  • Plantar fasciitis – support area of the heel usually with cushioning
  • Bursitis – sensitive area of the foot can also be treated with cushioning
  • Arthritis – Usually a flexible orthotic will work best as it has more cushioning
  • Corrects balance and walking issues – help with proper foot placement and gait
  • Bunions – allows for a wider toe area relieving bunion irritation

Other conditions orthotics can treat include hammertoes, heel spurs, injuries to the foot and back pain.

There are two basic types of orthotics. They are:

  • Flexible – Made of a softer material to offer cushioning
  • Rigid – Made of a more solid and stronger material such as carbon fiber or plastic. Offers more support

Depending on the type of condition you are suffering from, an orthotic may only be part of the treatment. The best way to determine what works best is to see your podiatrist. They are professionally trained to diagnose and recognize issues that may or may not require an orthotic.

Your first step to treat many of the conditions above may be to use a store-bought shoe insert but if this doesn’t work, a custom made orthotic may be needed. One issue many people ignore is making sure they have properly fitting shoes before moving to an orthotic. Make sure your footwear fits first. Proper fitting footwear is always important for good foot health.

Among the usual treatment podiatrists employ, Crofton Podiatry also offers the following which you may not know about. They are Cryotherapy, Iontophoresis, Neurolysis, and Extracorporeal Shockwave.

Each has their specific uses and applications, but all, if used as designed, can help alleviate many of the problems podiatric patients suffer from. They are:

  • Cryotherapy – it’s the use of cold to freeze off warts. Some treatments call for immersion in a cold cryotherapy bath while others only apply the freezing temperatures to the face or other affected areas. We use a cotton swab to apply liquid nitrogen to the affected area.
  • Iontophoresis - it is used to treat excessive sweating and employs a machine which passes a mild electrical current through a pan of water in which your feet are submerged. This can also be used for other parts of the body. There are no known long-term side effects and has been found to be very effective.
  • Neurolysis is used to treat neuromas or pinched nerves. Neurolysis requires the application of a chemical to eliminate the affected nerve. Several treatments are recommended.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy uses shockwaves to treat inflamed areas usually in the heel. This treatment is used for the more serious conditions of Plantar Fasciitis which may have not responded to more conservative treatments. Sound waves are applied outside the skin and act to heel the aggravated material within the foot.

While we strive to provide the most effective treatments for foot concerns, doing so requires keeping up on the latest procedures. Each of the above treatments are designed to be applied to specific foot issues and only a trained podiatrist can determine what treatment is best for you. Please know we are dedicated to providing only the best service to our patients.

If you believe you have any of the above maladies or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. He will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments. Call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas. 





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