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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
April 25, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear

Depending on the type of work you do, you may be required to wear specific types of shoes. Construction workers might need to wear heavy-duty boots, while nurses need to wear safety shoes to protect themselves from needles and other hazards. And while safety comes first, does that mean you should sacrifice on foot comfort and health?

While most work shoes do have some level of comfort and support built in, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s enough for your feet. This is especially true when your work shoes begin to wear down. 

The following are tips for making sure that your work shoes are working for YOU:

  • Make sure you have enough arch and heel support. This will prevent painful symptoms for people who have flat feet or tend to overpronate. Good heel cups help you keep your feet stable so that the Achilles’ tendon does not have to become strained.
  • Check the level of cushioning. Press down on the inner soles of the shoes every now and then to make sure that you still have cushioning to absorb impact to the bones and joints in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back.
  • Buy anti-slip outer soles. Work shoes should have adequate tread to make sure that you are not at high risk for slipping on clean floors or on wet, slick surfaces. 
  • Get measured each time you buy work shoes. The best time to buy shoes, especially work shoes (which you will spend 35+ hours wearing each week), is in the afternoon, when your feet are a bit swollen from walking or standing during the day. 
  • Avoid shoes that make your feet feel cramped. Shoes with tight toe boxes do not always “break in”. Scrunching your feet into shoes that feel cramped are more likely to leave you with worse symptoms of bunions, blisters, or hammertoes.
  • Look for signs of wearing out or breaking down. If they look or feel like they are worn down, they probably are. If the insole or outer sole is very much reduced from when you first bought the work shoes, it’s a sign that your shoes are not working for you. Additionally, if there are cuts, scrapes, or broken parts of the shoes, it’s definitely time to replace the shoes.
  • Replace shoes approximately every 6 months. Typically, work shoes can go about 3-500 miles before they need to be replaced. Be good to your feet and replace them instead of trying to wear shoes until they are no longer usable.

For some of you, work shoes might mean high heels or flats. The same tips above apply, but the safety features might not be built in.

Everyone who wears work shoes that are not quite fitting properly or comfortably, you may benefit from using orthotic inserts. For those with specific shoe needs, our podiatrist can help you with custom orthotics. Make an appointment by calling our office at (410) 721-4505 to consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry. He can assess your working feet and prescribe the appropriate treatment or orthotic device. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.

By Crofton Podiatry
July 28, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Wear

Crocs have recently been in the media with regards to whether or not they are okay for everyday footwear. They were first designed for boating, with water safe materials and ventilation, but now they are seen everywhere, especially in the summer. People use them to hike, garden, and even just walk their dogs. They are well-loved for being light, grippy, and odor-resistant, but not always for being the best-looking footwear. So what’s all the fuss about?

Below we review some of the good and bad about wearing Crocs. Still, the best way to find out if they are right, especially for you, is to speak to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. He will work with you to assess your podiatric issues and suggest appropriate footwear for the summer.

The good:

  • Comfort – Because they are lightweight and have decent arch support, most find the shoe to be comfortable and convenient shoes.

  • Width – For those with wide feet or problems in the toe area, Crocs are great because they are not very restricting in the toe box area.

  • Shock absorption – The cushioning protects the feet, ankles, and back from impact while walking on hard floors.

  • Of note: Their CrocsRX line is APMA supported and are recommendable for folks who have certain feet problems (e.g. diabetic or post-surgery patients) or for those who stand for long periods of time.

The bad:

  • Width – Those with narrow feet the Crocs may not find that wearing them gives enough support, as the feet can move around in the shoes.

  • Requires more heel support – Many Crocs have open or one strap backs and only have heel support in the heel cup of the shoes. When the heel is not well-supported, it causes the toes to grip harder and can cause issues like tendinitis, ingrown toenails, or corns and calluses.

  • Loose fit – Adults and children alike are more likely to trip and fall. This makes them unsuitable for athletic activities such as running, hiking, or playing sports.

The ugly?

Let’s face it – though the style has improved throughout the years, they are not always the most attractive footwear. It is definitely more of “function over fashion”.

Just keep in mind that if shoes are not supportive or eventually cause you pain, Crocs may not be the shoes for you. If you are suffering from foot or ankle issues due to your footwear, please make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office. Earlier treatment can prevent worse problems later on.

By Crofton Podiatry
June 23, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: workout shoes  


No, we’re not talking about clothing fashion or makeup trends. Instead, we’d like to focus on the best footwear to get the best out of your workout.


Running sneakers – If your workouts primarily deal with running on a treadmill or sprints on AstroTurf, your best bet is to get sneakers that are designed for running. They provide the right support for long distance running and cushion for impact from running or jumping. The front of the sneakers are usually airy with mesh material, but supportive enough to not allow for sliding around. Since there is a lot of forward motion, the toes area should be snug for support, but not too tight to cause chafing.


Weightlifting shoes – These are shoes that come up just under the ankle, and a raised, solid heel. For those who like to “pump iron” as their main gym routine, you should get shoes that provide support and stability to prevent any imbalance from the shoe itself. The instability could cause a wobbling effect, leading to improper form and possibly even injury. The other reason weightlifting shoes have these specific characteristics is to allow for maximum performance by ensuring that the power that goes to the ground is transferred straight back up through the weightlifting motion.


Cross-trainers – The most versatile and multi-functional footwear for gym training is the cross-trainer shoe. For those who train in various types of fitness, like crossfit, martial arts, or calisthenics, you will probably take part in movements that require stability and lateral actions, as well as running or weightlifting. Because of the variety of movements performed, cross-trainers provide a good amount of support, flexibility, and traction through: grip soles, cushioned insoles, flexible but sturdy material, mesh, and heel support.


Flip Flops – Don’t forget to clean your feet and keep them clean! After your workout, you should have a pair of flip flops for the shower since it is a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. While the showers do get cleaned, they may not have enough cleanings in between people, so disease can be carried and transferred. Plus, people may urinate in the shower – gross!


Your choice of shoes for your fitness is an important part of getting the most out of your workout and preventing injury. If you have any questions about proper footwear, especially because of previous or current injuries, contact our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry and he will help you find the best footwear and the best workouts for your situation. Also, if you are dealing with foot disease from bacteria or fungi, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505, today!



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