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As the summer and spring training months come upon us, my patients are continually tempted to keep running through their painful and swollen feet to meet their fitness goals. All too often I see patients coming into my office with a red swollen toenail saying, “Dr. Toll – you’ve got to cut it off, it just hurts too much!". But before you get to this level of pain as a result of an ingrown toenail, let’s look at the causes and ways to prevent this common runner’s plight.

Ingrown toenails become painful when the side of the nail pushes into the skin. This irritates the skin, and can cause significant redness, swelling, and breakdown. If left untreated, ingrown toenails can break through the skin causing a passageway for bacteria into the body.  Athletes are more prone to ingrown toenails because of their increased activity, heightened pressures inside the toe box, and as a result of wearing sport specific shoes. However, more often than not, the culprit I see the most often is from ill-fitting shoes (something we’ve talked about in previous blogs).

Attempts to heal ingrown toenails at home can be dangerous. Many people will suggest remedies that may simply prolong the symptoms, or increase the ability of bacteria to enter the broken skin. Taking leftover antibiotics are not only dangerous, but are also not likely to resolve the infected toenail. Additionally, it will continue to push into the skin unless removed by someone with the proper training. Most importantly – I suggest to my patients to not to attempt to remove the offending nail portion themselves. This can cause serious trauma to the nail and nail bed if not done properly, increasing the potential for infection.

If you’ve been training to run through the pain, or have just started to notice new swelling, and redness in any of your toes, call us at Crofton Podiatry today at (410) 721-4505 for prompt resolution.  From simple taping procedures, to more permanent nail removal techniques, we will talk about your options and help you find what’s best to get you back on the courts, tracks and fields.

By Brad Toll.


Last week we talked about celebrities having issues with their high heels, and how you can stay safe yet fashionable in your upcoming formal summer events.  But high heels weren’t the only thing showing up on the red carpet this year, another source of foot pain appeared in the form of flats.  Celebs such as Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese, Taylor Swift, and Emma Watson have been seen recently sporting flat shoes everywhere from the grocery store to the most fashionable gatherings.

While flats may be easy to slip on – the damage the can create with repetitive use may not be so easy to shake off.  Shoes with flat and thin soles can cause problems ranging from stubbed toes and cuts, to overuse injuries such as stress fractures and plantar fasciitis.  As a seasoned podiatrist in Bowie and Annapolis, it is not uncommon for me to see at least one patient with a flip-flop related injury daily throughout the summer months.  Generally speaking, people with flatter arches are more susceptible to overuse injuries because they need more support for their bodies. Flats and flip flops simply don’t provide enough support to absorb the forces of walking.

While excessive use of flats and flip-flops can cause many problems, moderate use is typically handled well, especially if only used periodically in combination with other shoe types.  However, if you start to feel problems from your footwear, make an appointment with your local podiatrist. If you’re in the greater Annapolis area, I invite you to drop by my office at Crofton Podiatry. We can talk about the reasons why you’re experiencing issues, and the options available to best relieve your pain.  Remember – the best way to enjoy your upcoming summer is on your feet!

By Brad Toll.





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