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By Crofton Podiatry
February 14, 2018
Category: Feet Protection

Many wellness experts have said that sitting at your desk all day can have the same effects as smoking and can increase the risk of early death. So are standing desks the answer? Read on to see if they would be right for you!

Pros of Standing Desks:

  • Increased likelihood of movement, more often during the workday. Sitting and standing still for long periods of time can lead to health problems, including varicose veins, decreased circulation, and diabetes. However, if you’re already standing, it is more likely that you will stretch and walk around more often than if you’re complacently sitting.
  • More energy and ability to focus on work. Those who regularly use standing desks have reported that they are better able to focus and stay attentive to work when standing vs. sitting.
  • Reduced back pain – that is, if you can maintain good posture. Many times, when you sit for long periods of time, you tend to conform to poor posture, with your back and shoulders slumped forward and down. When you stand, with good posture (which can be forced by the positioning of the desk, keyboard, and monitor).

Cons of Standing Desks:

  • You may end up standing too still or getting tired and slouching. Often, you can see office workers end up leaning on the desk with one arm. At this point, you should either reset your posture and stretch, or take a break and lower the desk to sitting for a bit. While it may be cumbersome, alternating between sitting and standing can also be a solution for good posture and movement.
  • If you don’t have good posture or stand on your feet for too long, it may not be comfortable for your feet. Because everyone’s feet are different, each person will need different levels of support under his or her feet, which can include a standing mat as well as orthotic cushioning in the shoes. Those with certain overuse conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, bunions or metatarsalgia can experience pain from long-term standing without appropriate support.

Do your best to get up and move around for every 30 minutes that you sit. If you feel that your mobility is limited by foot or ankle problems, or if you need extra support while using a standing desk, make an appointment by calling our office at (410) 721-4505. Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry for an assessment and treatment at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
November 30, 2017
Category: Feet Protection
Tags: fracture   injury   nutrition   physical activity  

Did you know that osteoporosis can affect people as early as 50 years old? Did you know that it tends to affect women more than men? Did you know that it can affect bones in all parts of the body? And did you know that you can do something about it now?

Well now you know.

Depending on diet, exercise, hereditary traits, smoking habits, and hormonal changes, osteoporosis can have different ages of onset. The bones in your body slowly begin to lose more calcium than it absorbs, and at some point, can become so weak and brittle that the smallest injuries can lead to fractures or completely broken bones (think broken hips from a fall). Oftentimes, there are no obvious and easily detectable signs of osteoporosis. That’s why some patients get diagnosed with osteoporosis only after they experience a fracture in their feet from a seemingly harmless activity or injury. Don’t forget, your feet have 26 bones each, and have to carry your whole body around all the time.

While there are treatments available, your risk of fracture and broken bones is still going to be higher than if you hadn’t developed osteoporosis in the first place. That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent weakening bones, sooner rather than later.

It starts with nutrition. Post Thanksgiving feast and before New Year’s celebrations  may be a good time to think about your daily food habits. In particular, are you incorporating enough sources of calcium and getting enough sunshine for vitamin D? You need the vitamin D to absorb calcium into your bones. Additionally, you may want to re-evaluate a diet that is high in salt (including processed foods and TV dinners), soda drinks with phosphoric acid (which replaces the calcium in our bones), and excessive amounts of caffeine.

It’s important to strength train. While you may already know that regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, your bones will benefit even more if you incorporate strength-training exercises. It helps to solidify your bones for higher density (which means it’s less porous, and less likely to crack).

Does osteoporosis run in your family? Are you worried about your foot health? Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to receive a thorough assessment. Our dedicated team is ready to help you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding areas in Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.




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