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Despite her pregnancy last year, Kim Kardashian was frequently seen sporting high heeled stilettos; her child bearing ankles looking painfully swollen and vulnerable on the red carpet. From Jennifer Lawrence’s trip at this year’s Oscars to Emma Thompson’s high heel toss at the Golden Globes, celebrities are no longer showing the Sarah Jessica Parker level love for their high heels.  We at Crofton Podiatry located in Crofton, Maryland understand the pains involved with high heels, and want to keep you looking great without all the suffering.

While heels may be necessary at times, a prior visit with your podiatrist is essential to your comfort and foot health.  According to an American Podiatric Medical Association survey, 73% of women admitted to a shoe-related foot issue and 42% of women stated they'd wear a shoe even if it gave them discomfort.  Long-term heel use can shorten the Achilles tendon overtime, contributing to changes in toe joints and permanently altering the way we walk.  Because heels cause our feet to slide forward, ingrown nails, corns and calluses are also common as a result of the increased pressure.

Follow these tips to keep your feet pain free at upcoming events.

1.      Make sure you are wearing the right shoe size.  While it may be tempting to slip into that ‘on-clearance’ special, ill-fitting shoes cause discomfort and lasting problems.  Having your feet sized regularly by an expert is important, and buying the right fitting shoe is ALWAYS worth the cost.

2.      Find out your own personal foot type. Size is more than just length; width, arch height and first toe length also play a major role in finding the right shoe.  Your local podiatrist can help you understand your individual shoe needs as they change overtime.

3.      The thicker the heel the better. Our feet absorb high forces as we walk.  Thicker soles protect your joints and tissue by reducing the forces in each step.

4.      Stretch your feet and take periodic breaks. Your feet need breaks when wearing high heels. Sitting or simply stepping out of your shoes temporarily may help to relax any overly tight tissues. 

5.      Shoe inserts really can help. Shoe inserts can transform a commercially produced shoe into a custom fit, increasing comfort and function.  Seeing a podiatrist is the only way to guarantee you are getting the inserts right for your body.

By Brad Toll


Derek Jeter has already announced that 2014 will be his last season with the Yankees, and possibly, his last season with professional baseball altogether.  With Jeter retiring, a new spot opens for the New York team with some rumoring Jose Reyes as a possible replacement.  Although he has already laughed off the possibility, “I've got four years left on my contract, bro” Before the questions as to his replacement begin – most fans are eagerly awaiting the quality of Jeter’s last season following his previous season’s setbacks with a fractured ankle.

Last April, an MRI revealed a new crack in Jeter’s left ankle, a major misfortune following a series of injuries throughout 2012.  Jeter saw multiple appearances on the disabled list throughout the 2013 season.  Ultimately, renewed ankle soreness was cited as the final culprit, forcing his season to end after only 17 games and leaving him with only a .190 batting average.

Famed sports medicine doctor Rock G. Positano, famous for curing Joe Dimaggio’s pain which prematurely ended his career in the 1990’s, is concerned about the effects of Jeter’s previous injuries on his 2014 performance.  "It could affect his ability to hit to the opposite field with precision and power, because less-than-perfect left foot and ankle strength and mechanics could have an effect on balance and strength when driving the ball to right," Positano stated, expressing apprehension over Jeter’s famous ability to accurately hit to either sides of the outfield.

Despite Jeter’s higher risk for additional injuries as a result of his age, Poistano expressed some optimism on Jeter’s ability to recover.  "Knowing the type of care he's gotten, I think he's going to come back very strong," Positano said, emphasizing that quick and frequent physician oversight is the key to functional healing.  Even though Jeter believes ‘In the power of the mind’ as he told ESPN in an interview, the mind isn’t the only part of the equation. If you’re experiencing setbacks to your performance due to previous injuries, come on in and see me, Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry so we can get you back out on the field this 2014 season.


Throughout my many years as a podiatrist, one complaint I hear the most from my patients is unsightly thick toenails. Over the years, many different treatment methods and philosophies have emerged; ranging from creams and gels, intense oral medication regimens, to physically removing the nail. I’ve tried every possibility I felt was safe enough for my patients, but have never found full satisfaction with the results.  This is why I am now suggesting laser therapy for better symptom resolution.

While the term ‘laser therapy’ may sound scary, it is absolutely safe.  Our laser procedure takes about 30 minutes to treat both of your feet, uses only infrared light and is virtually pain free.  The laser light passes through the toenail without damaging the toenail or surrounding skin, but is extremely effective at eliminating the invading organisms.While the toenail will not become instantly clear following treatment, the previously infected portion will grow out over a period of 8 to 10 months.  Depending on the severity of your condition, multiple treatments may be necessary to ensure the desired results.

If you want to finally get rid of your discolored, cracked, thick toenails without the risk of complications from oral medications, come see me at Crofton Podiatry in the heart of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. If you’re still not convinced, click on the link below to watch a great interview from Good Morning America on the safety and effectiveness of laser therapy, then drop by so we can talk about the options that are best for you.

By Brad Toll, DPM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQPTt16YvII#t=7





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