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In the summer – our shoe selection is plentiful.  With everything from sandals on the beach to high heels for high fashion, our feet get a variety of cover during the warmer seasons.  Since the winter chill has rolled in to Maryland, cities like Crofton, Bowie, Annapolis, Odenton, and Gambrills have already reached into the back of their closets for that one trusty pair of boots to forge through the frozen months.  While these boots are great for slushing through the winter precipitation they are prone to moisture from the melting snow on the outside, and the perspiring feet bundled within layers of wool socks on the inside. 

Repeated exposure to an environment with high moisture like the inside of our boots results in skin breakdown.  The same effect happens when you leave your hands in water for too long.  When combined with the rubbing forces from walking, your moistened skin becomes vulnerable to flaking, cracking and tearing; the latter providing an easy route for infection.  This is exactly how the infamous Tinea Pedis (or Athlete’s Foot) we typically experience during the summer occurs. In regards to treating this dry, damaged skin generic moisturizers or petroleum-based jellies simply won’t cut it most of the time. 

The following are a list of clues you may be experiencing winter athlete’s foot:

1.      Intense itching and/or burning sensation in the feet.

2.      Red, or dry patches of skin.  Sometimes it may just look like dry skin.

3.      Cracked, blistering, or peeling skin.  (Make sure to check in between your toes as well.)

4.      Cloudy, yellow, or unusually thick nails.

If you feel like you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, I highly encourage you to make an appointment to come see me for prompt inspection.  Dry, peeling, or itching skin could be a case of ‘Winter tinea’, or signs of something more sinister.  A brief examination from my trained staff and myself at Crofton Podiatry would allow us to answer any of your questions and get you moving forward with the right treatment.  Don’t be a victim to your feet any longer!

By Brad Toll


With the 2014 winter Olympics in full swing; athletes around the globe are preparing for the greatest sporting event of their careers, and are trying their best to stay in top health.  While injuries have plagued the careers of would-be Olympians many years past, it seems the winter Olympics 2014 has seen a rash of potentially career changing ankle injuries – with favored Olympians ranging from America’s Shaun White to China’s Wang Meng pulling out of competitions due to injury.  

While White still competed to defend his title as king of the half-pipe, it is clear that his ankle and shoulder injuries sustained during the 2014 Olympic qualifiers played a role in his decision to abstain from the slopestyle event.

Many winter games such as ice skating, hockey, skiing, and snowboarding require specialty equipment, particularly footwear.  While the risk for ankle injuries is high in many of these sports, many other foot abnormalities can occur such as: athlete’s foot, nail damage, tendon bruising or inflammation, and especially ‘skate bite’.  Skate bite occurs when the laces on your ice skating or hockey boots are too tight, and when worn frequently, can irritate and even break your skin.  One way to help avoid this problem is by alternating the lacing patterns on your boots. Additionally, pressure on the top of your foot from skates can also result in a pinched nerve over time. This is why it is especially important that any gear you wear is fitted for you, not only to best your performance, but to also maximize your safety.

As a podiatrist serving the greater Annapolis area spanning Bowie to the Bay Bridge, Dr. Brad Toll is here to help you prevent anything that may keep you on the bench, and overcome any injuries incurred so far.  Your personal foot health is important, and everything from a sprain to fungus should be evaluated early to make sure it doesn’t become more serious.  If you’re experiencing problems, or just have questions about how to be safe during this winter’s fun & games, call our office at Crofton Podiatry!



While many NFL fans between Bowie and Annapolis may have spent their Monday licking their wounds following the devastating Bronco’s loss to the Seahawk’s overwhelming force at the XLVIII Super Bowl, not everybody from the Seahawk’s camp is in full celebration. Seattle Seahawk’s All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who was a major force behind the defense that stopped the 49’ers in the NFC Championship, and who was also implicit in the complete dismantling of Peyton Manning’s offensive maneuvers with the Denver Broncos Sunday night, suffered two clear ankle sprains during Sunday’s game; the second of which took him out of the fourth quarter with 11:28 left on the clock.

While Sherman was eventually able to celebrate the victory with his teammates (on the sidelines and in a walking boot with crutches), his injury was a clear reminder of the susceptibility of the human foot to damage, even in trained professionals.  Ankle sprains are unfortunately all too common, infamously causing significant pain, discomfort, and limited mobility during the months they may take to properly heal.

In Maryland, winter weather presents an even greater danger for sprains as ice and slick surfaces cause many unsuspecting victims to join Sherman’s crutch-wearing ‘Legion of Boom’ every snow season.  If an overzealous touchdown celebration or a treacherous ice patch has put one of your ankles in pain, don’t wait, we can help.  Schedule an appointment with Crofton Podiatry today.  Our office is conveniently located in Crofton between Bowie and Annapolis, so we can get your recovery started and put you back on your feet and back in the game as soon as possible.

by Brad Toll





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