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A new report from the daily mail reports that famous James Bond actor Roger Moore has removed all alcoholic cocktails from his diet following a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Moore, who starred as James Bond in seven iconic flicks, was diagnosed with diabetes last year at age 85 after collapsing at his home in Monaco. Moore was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed his chronic high blood sugars had evolved into full-fledged diabetes.

The martini cocktail, famously ordered by Sean Connery in the movie ‘Goldfinger’ and iconically ordered as ‘shaken not stirred’, is made from a combination of gin and vermouth. These ingredients are both high in sugar, and make it very difficult for patients with diabetes to control their blood glucose levels. In an interview, Sir Roger Moore stated, “I make a very good dry martini but I’m not allowed to drink them anymore. No more sugar, no alcohol…I enjoy it much more”. 

Following his diagnosis Moore will have to adventure into a whole new world of personal– as diabetes will affect not only his martini intake, but also his overall health. Severe diabetics can develop peripheral neuropathy which can even lead to amputations in some cases. At Crofton Podiatry we see a multitude of patients whose foot health has been directly affected by their diabetic control.

We cannot stress the importance of diet, regular exercise, and overall health monitoring in protecting the quality of your feet. Proper diabetic foot care and protection may include custom extra depth shoes and proper nail care which may be done by your podiatrist every nine weeks or so. In a world where the phrase, ‘You only live twice’ isn’t even true for James Bond, it is ever important that we remain vigilant about our health! 

By Brad Toll.


By Brad Toll
February 27, 2015
Category: Ankle Sprain

The 2015 Grammy’s occurred this weekend with notable mentions to all sorts of stars. This year’s event featured performances from Katy Perry, Madonna, and a collaboration between Paul McCartney, Rhianna, and Kanye West.  While many were happy to see Sam Smith, Pharrell, and Beck take home some of the most notable Grammy wins, most people were just glad to see little mention of Justin Beiber.  However, the Grammy-nominated Beiber has other ways of making headlines. Just today the news media is saying that Justin has been unable to complete his court mandated community service due to what he is calling a ‘high ankle sprain’.

While this may seems like a joke to the judicial process, many of my patients in Crofton and around the Gambrills and Annapolis area know just how serious ankle sprains can be! Patients that suffer from frequent, debilitating ankle sprains may suffer from chronic ankle stability. This is a lifelong condition that may require a brace or custom shoe gear to maintain ambulation. Oftentimes, these strategies are only partially effective, and surgery may become the best option for definitive resolution. There are over 20 different surgeries for ankle instability or following significant ankle sprains, ranging from tendon repair and transfers, ligamentous repair, or bone work. Therefore, it is important to talk to a local specialist about which treatment may be right for you and if you’re in the area, I invite you to give us a call at Crofton Podiatry.

Like many things with our health, delays in treating injuries may only make them worse! If you have an ankle sprain which has not reduced in swelling, redness, or pain after a week it is important you see a local foot and ankle specialist for proper diagnosis. They can talk to you the severity of damage to your ankle, and through all of the available treatment options. Even if your sprain doesn’t require surgery or other more definitive interventions, be sure to ask your local practitioner about ways to prevent suture sprains. Don’t be like Beiber – get your ankle sprain treated today so you can get back to your life the way you want it!

By Brad Toll.


At Crofton Podiatry we spend a lot of our time talking with our patients about the damage that can result from decades of wearing high heels. However, what we spend less time talking about is how shoes without any raised arches can also hurt our feet. These shoes more colloquially known as ‘flats’, have found their way into every woman’s wardrobe across the nation, and are expected to make a big comeback in spring 2015. 

Wearing these shoes for extended lengths of time can put significant strain on our body’s natural anatomic arch and cause tearing of the fibrous bands which support these arches. This tearing can be extremely painful, and is the primary cause for what we call plantar fasciitis.

If you absolutely cannot imagine a life without regular use of your flats, there may be a way you can wear them without experiencing regular pain of plantar fasciitis. While there are many stretching, icing, and other inflammation reducing exercises that may temporarily relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis, these will not address the underlying cause of the problem. The best way to relieve the arch or heel pain associated with flat shoe use is to wear orthotic inserts. Orthotics will help support the arch in your feet, and reduce the forces which cause the fibrous bands in your feet from tearing.

If you or someone you know is having persistent pain in the bottoms of their feet after wearing flats, there is no need to prolong the suffering. A visit with your local foot and ankle specialist will help you understand the nature of your pain and what can be done to prevent it in the future. If you’re in the Crofton, Gambrills or Bowie area, consider giving us a call and one of my staff members will get you set up. There we can discuss what type of treatment may be best to resolve your symptoms and get you out of the flat shoe blues and back to pain free living!

By Brad Toll.


‘Tunnel vision’ seems to have set-in again for the potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie. New Jersey Governor Christie is once again considering a plan to increase commuter access between New Jersey and Manhattan by expanding tunnel access across the Hudson River. To the residents of New Jersey this on-going saga couldn’t seem like more of a pain, however, tunnels of a different sort are causing very real pain and misery all over the U.S. These tunnels, such as the infamous carpal tunnel in our hand or the tarsal tunnel just behind our ankles, act as small passages for nerves, arteries and tendons into our periphery, and when trapped can cause significant pain to the extremity.

 

For those unfamiliar with the tarsal tunnel, it is a small passage behind the inside of our ankles. This particular tunnel holds the posterior tibial nerve, a nerve primarily responsible for the muscle control and sensation to parts of our feet. Ankle injuries, systemic disease, biomechanical problems, and many problems can all cause this tunnel to become compressed, placing excessive pressure on the nerves and vessels which pass through. This entrapment is what causes the numbness, tingling, and sometimes even shooting pain in our feet.

 

If you ever feel these symptoms in your feet, it is imperative that you see a local foot specialist immediately, as a compressed tarsal tunnel may cause irreversible nerve damage. Following examination and diagnosis, your local physician may try a multitude of options to reduce this compression, orthotic shoe devices, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and custom footwear.  In severe situations, ankle surgery may even be required.

 

While tunnel issues may be a pain in the necks of citizens of New Jersey, don’t let tarsal tunnel pains become a problem in your feet! No matter where you live in the Crofton, Gambrills, or Annapolis area of Maryland, pain in your ankles or feet is not normal and should be checked by a local specialist before any permanent damage can set in and if you’re in the area don’t hesitate to call Crofton Podiatry for an appointment.

 

By Brad Toll.


By Brad Toll
February 20, 2015
Category: Bunion

Even though February is here New Year’s is still fresh, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make this 2015 the best year yet!  First on most people’s list for their 2015 resolution is improving their personal health. However, accomplishing these goals may be impossible when you’re hindered by bunion pain. We see many patients in the Crofton, Gambrills and greater Annapolis area who have let their bunion pain bother them for years before coming into our office to get it fixed. 

Bunions are not only cosmetically embarrassing, and painful, but can also increase your risk of trips falls, and other injuries. Delaying treatment is only delaying your return to a healthy life!  Surgical management of your bunion is often simple, and definitive. Oftentimes your local podiatrist can offer a multitude of surgical and non-surgical options which can resolve your bunion deformity, remove your foot pain, and kick your 2015 off to a great start in a matter of months.

Ignoring your bunion won’t make it go away! If your feet are causing your pain and are keeping you from accomplishing your resolution for a healthier 2015, find a local foot specialist to talk about getting your pain resolved, and putting your best foot forward in the New Year! If you’re around the greater Annapolis area, feel free to give us a call here at Crofton Podiatry at 410-721-4505 or schedule online here!

By Brad Toll.





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