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Investigators say they used footage from 2014 Miss Toyota Grand Prix contest in Longbeach, CA to catch insurance fraud in the act. A 22 year-old beauty contestant was arrested after authorities discovered her featured in an online video competing in the competition, all while allegedly collecting disability from a reported foot injury.  Little did the 22 year old know that the cameras she was so eagerly posing for would be the same cameras capturing the evidence needed to book her on 3 counts of serious insurance fraud.

The contestant was Shawna Palmer, a clerk at a nearby grocery store who had recently filed for workman’s comp after allegedly injuring her toe during work hours. However, within two days after leaving her doctor’s office in crutches, Palmer was seen competing in a beauty contest in little but high heels.  To make matters worse, Palmer was seen competing in high heels in yet another beauty competition, less than a week after telling physicians that she ‘could not place any weight on her foot, move it in any direction, or wear a shoe for any length of time’.  If convicted, she will face a possible a year in prison and repayment of the $24,000 in benefits she has collected on disability leave so far.

However, true cases of workman’s compensation is nothing to joke about.  Unlike this contestant, most of my patients in the Crofton and Gambrills area who see me for far an evaluation want to reduce the amount of work time lost as a result of a foot injury.  This is why I work with all of my patients with work related foot injuries to get them back into regular shoes as quickly yet safely as possible.  If you have any foot pain or injuries that are keeping you from doing what you want to, it is important you seek the consultation of a foot and ankle specialist and if you’re in the area click here to schedule a visit with me at Crofton Podiatry.

 

By Brad Toll.


It’s time for thanksgiving and that means it’s time for a sizeable feast! If you’re looking for ways to burn off some of the extra stuffing consumed during the thanksgiving feast, a walk/run 5k or other outdoor activities are perfect ways to keep your body moving during this holiday rest. Many organizations put together 5k’s just for the holiday season, and they can be a great way to get out and stay active as a family.

While the thanksgiving events may be a bit close, it may not be too late to sign up! If an official event may not be for you, getting the family together for an extra walk or two is a great way to end the 2014 year and kick off a great start to 2015! And don’t forget – there are still plenty of events scheduled throughout December and for January 1st!

While foot and ankle specialists prefer to focus on the health of your feet – we care about your whole body too! Being active, and exercising regularly are the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below are a few running activities still available for the 2014 holiday season:

 

10th Annual Thanksgiving Morning 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit LARS
Laurel, MD

11.27.14

 

8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run
Annapolis, MD

11.27.14

 

Tom's 13th Annual 5K Reindeer Run
Laurel, MD

11.29.14

 

Zombie OUT-Run
Annapolis, MD

11.29.14

 

ROCKING THE ROADS 2014 - Annapolis
Annapolis, MD

11.29.14

 

Jug Bay Post Turkey Trail 5K 2014
Lothian, MD

11.29.14

 

Reindeer 5K Run & Walk
Edgewater, MD

12.06.14

 

2014 Jingle Bell Run 5K/3K Walk
Annapolis, MD

12.07.14

 

Fort Meade Run Series - Reindeer 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk
Fort Meade, MD

12.13.14

 

Annapolis Strider Membership
Annapolis, MD

12.29.14

 

M's Run: Klingons Against Cancer 5K - Annapolis
Annapolis, MD

01.01.15

 

Meet Me On Mas 2015 - Annapolis
Annapolis, MD

01.01.15

 

Commitment Day 5K - Baltimore, MD
Columbia, MD

 

 

The staff at Crofton Podiatry and I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Brad Toll.


By Brad Toll
November 22, 2014
Category: Footwear

Recently Hollywood and the fashion industry has been abuzz with word of the latest fashion crime to appear on celebrities feet; the shower sandal. Made famous by the now infamous Adidas sandals that made their way into most people’s closets as a way to protect feet from locker-room floors over a decade ago, these nostalgic sandals are now making a big comeback in what’s being termed the ‘ugly-pretty’ market. Recently, high fashion shoe wear designers such as Celine and Chloe have revealed versions costing triple digits for the now infamous loungewear, which making its way into numerous celeb Instagrams and even a few red carpets (both with and without socks as well).

While it is our hope that this fad doesn’t make its way anywhere near the Annapolis and Crofton areas of Maryland, this does provide an excellent reminder of when old shoes (and even old styles such as shower sandals) should probably be thrown away and replaced. Old and worn shoes may aid to the development of overuse injuries, particularly those like stress fractures or tendinitis. These can be very painful conditions and may significantly set back your mobility and summer exercise routines, however, they are easily prevented by regular and proactive replacement of your shoe gear.

Many of my patients ask me how they should know when it is time to replace their summer running shoes.  For active runners, the golden rule I tell all my patients at Crofton Podiatry is to replace your shoes around every 500 miles or earlier if you begin feeling pain in your feet, ankles, or knees with wear. For non-strictly running activities such as CrossFit, replacing your athletic shoes at least every 12 months should be adequate depending on how hard you train.

If you’re unsure about the age or use of your shoes, the easiest way to determine their remaining longevity is by looking at the sole of each shoe. Shoes that are near the end of their life will show significant wear in the tread, perhaps even to the point where the bottom of the shoe is no longer flat. If you see any of these signs, or are still unsure on how the wear on your shoes may be affecting your health, it is important you see a knowledgeable shoe specialist to evaluate if your shoes are best for you and your health.

By Brad Toll.


President Obama has found himself a new nagging pain, and this time it isn’t coming from politicians or pundits. At his latest physical health examination, Mr. Obama was reportedly diagnosed with ‘recurrent plantar fasciitis’ something, he has apparently been dealing with for quite some time. 

President Obama now joins the barrage of high-visibility celebrities who have experienced foot injuries this month. Earlier this month Cher had to be rushed to a hospital for foot pain experienced during rehearsals for her ongoing tour. Harrison Ford was also forced to undergo foot surgery following an accident near his character’s long-beloved Millennium Falcon on the set of the new Star Wars movie. 

However, while Cher and Harrison Fords’ injuries may have been more serious than the President’s, that doesn’t make them any less painful. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain I see in my clinic outside of Annapolis, Maryland. It is a result of inflammation and micro-tearing of the protective ligaments that stretch across the bottom of our feet.

Normally, this problem is particularly common in basketball players, runners, and patients that don’t participate in regular exercise. Additionally, many shoes that are currently in vogue (like flats or flip flops) offer very little arch support, exacerbating existing conditions during long periods of walking or standing.

If pain on the bottom of your feet is bringing you down and making work absolutely miserable, there are steps you can take. Visit your local foot care specialist for the most up-to-date answers to your questions and if you’re in Crofton, Bowie or Greenbelt come check us out at Crofton Podiatry. In the meantime, try my best tips below:

Putting your foot down on plantar pain:

  • See your local foot care specialist for tailored Achilles tendon and plantar fascia stretching exercises.
  • Wear shoes that are supportive and well-cushioned.
  • While seated, cross your affected foot on the opposite thigh, grasp your toes to stretch the arch area and give the arch a good massage to ease the severity of the pain.
  • Try to drop some pounds if you’re overweight, to relieve pressure on your feet.
  • Take pain relievers such as ibuprofen (which the president takes) or naproxen as suggested by a podiatric physician consult.

By Brad Toll.


Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in extra time was watched by 17.324 million viewers this past World Cup, marking it the most-watched men’s soccer final ever.  The match also set a new Twitter record, with nearly 618,725 tweets per minute at the final buzzer toll, and totaling over 32.1 million tweets throughout the course of the game. However, since the impressive international soccer feats are complete for the year, it’s time to return our attention to their feet of our own soccer players at home (or any other summer sport player for that matter).

Foot and ankle problems are extremely common in children, and oftentimes may go unnoticed or unreported. Many times this is due to the subtle nature in which these problems present themselves, and other times it simply has to do with the resiliency of a child’s body, and their difficulty in communicating health issues. To combat this, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery has outlined important warning signs parents should watch out for in their children.

1.      Children not keeping up with their peers in activities

2.      Children voluntarily withdrawing from activities they would usually enjoy

3.      Children being nervous about showing their feet

4.      Children who seem overly prone to tripping or falling

5.      Child complaining of any persistent pain in their feet

If you notice that your child seems to fit any of the above 5 characteristics, it is important that they get prompt examination by a foot specialist. Additionally, common problems such as warts, disfigured nails, and shoe-wear advice are routine care for a foot specialist and also warrant proper diagnosis and treatment. As always, for the most up to date and patient specific information regarding you or your child’s foot health contact your local foot specialist for an appointment today. And if you’re in the Bowie or Crofton area, stop by our office at Crofton Podiatry.

By Brad Toll.





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