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By Crofton Podiatry
July 28, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Wear

Crocs have recently been in the media with regards to whether or not they are okay for everyday footwear. They were first designed for boating, with water safe materials and ventilation, but now they are seen everywhere, especially in the summer. People use them to hike, garden, and even just walk their dogs. They are well-loved for being light, grippy, and odor-resistant, but not always for being the best-looking footwear. So what’s all the fuss about?

Below we review some of the good and bad about wearing Crocs. Still, the best way to find out if they are right, especially for you, is to speak to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. He will work with you to assess your podiatric issues and suggest appropriate footwear for the summer.

The good:

  • Comfort – Because they are lightweight and have decent arch support, most find the shoe to be comfortable and convenient shoes.

  • Width – For those with wide feet or problems in the toe area, Crocs are great because they are not very restricting in the toe box area.

  • Shock absorption – The cushioning protects the feet, ankles, and back from impact while walking on hard floors.

  • Of note: Their CrocsRX line is APMA supported and are recommendable for folks who have certain feet problems (e.g. diabetic or post-surgery patients) or for those who stand for long periods of time.

The bad:

  • Width – Those with narrow feet the Crocs may not find that wearing them gives enough support, as the feet can move around in the shoes.

  • Requires more heel support – Many Crocs have open or one strap backs and only have heel support in the heel cup of the shoes. When the heel is not well-supported, it causes the toes to grip harder and can cause issues like tendinitis, ingrown toenails, or corns and calluses.

  • Loose fit – Adults and children alike are more likely to trip and fall. This makes them unsuitable for athletic activities such as running, hiking, or playing sports.

The ugly?

Let’s face it – though the style has improved throughout the years, they are not always the most attractive footwear. It is definitely more of “function over fashion”.

Just keep in mind that if shoes are not supportive or eventually cause you pain, Crocs may not be the shoes for you. If you are suffering from foot or ankle issues due to your footwear, please make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office. Earlier treatment can prevent worse problems later on.


By Crofton Podiatry
July 20, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: heel pain   heel spurs  

You take your first steps out of bed in the morning and your heel hurts. What’s going on? The pain on the bottom of your foot, from the arch to the heel is called plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome. The pain occurs when there is inflammation of the plantar fascia - connective tissue stretching from the toes to the arch, and attached to the heel bone.

Those who have plantar fasciitis usually suffer from pain after exercise and long periods of sitting or sleeping. If left untreated, you may experience severe pain on the heels. The injury of the plantar fascia is due to overuse of the tissue. Many times, the culprit is overpronation, which makes the foot flat. When the foot is flattened and force is put on it, the arch stretches and increases tension on the tissue. Other risk factors include being overweight, and standing for long periods of time. Walking or running long distances for exercise can also cause the problem.

Treatment

There are many treatments available, depending on the severity of your pain. If you experience pain, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Some common treatments to relieve symptoms:

  • Rest – Keep weight off the foot and elevate when possible to prevent further pain.

  • Ice packs – With mild pain, you can do ice treatments for 15-20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications – NSAIDs can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.

  • Orthotic devices – Shoes with padded soles or rubber heel inserts may help with pain and increase stability.

  • Physical Therapy – Physical therapy can help to speed up healing and strengthen to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) – Shockwaves are sent to stimulate healing and possibly to reduce sensitivity and pain.

  • Surgery – This is usually a last resort for those suffering chronic and long-lasting pain.

If you have been suffering from plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients with the latest technology.

 


By Crofton Podiatry
July 13, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Summer is in full swing, and the heat is rising! The thought of wearing socks and any shoes other than flip-flops can make anyone start to sweat. So why not just throw on the pair of flip-flops when running out the door?

Well, the major reason is that flip-flops generally do not have many supportive components. Lacking arch and heel support, you may find your feet becoming tired and your back hurting if you spend a good amount of time walking in flip-flops. It can cause issues such as plantar fasciitis (from straining the tissues to stabilize the feet as you walk), bone problems, hammertoes, and even back issues. Therefore, while flip-flops are great for short distances, such as from the house to the beach or pool, they should not be used for long distance or standing for long periods of time.

At Crofton Podiatry, we recommend the following guidelines for proper summer footwear:

  • Avoid flip-flops, especially if they are cheaply made or give you pain (especially between the toes).

  • If you insist on wearing flip-flops, look for ones with some sort of heel support or heel cup, as well as good cushion.

  • Sandals are the best bet for summer footwear. Find ones that have good support and cushioning. Your feet should not feel cramped or too restricted, and they should not slide around in material that will give you blisters.

  • Children should have shoes that fit them that summer, instead of ones they will “grow into”. It will prevent unnecessary falls or other injuries in the feet or ankles. Water shoes are recommended when going to the beach or waterpark.

Are you suffering from pain or issues from shoes that are not supportive, like flip-flops? Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll and his team will aim to provide the best care for your podiatric needs.


By Crofton Podiatry
July 06, 2016
Tags: heel fissures  

Now that sandal and flip flop season are in full swing, you may be experiencing dry, cracked heels – or worse, dry and cracked skin all around the sole of your foot. This is also known as heel fissures. Unless there is bleeding or infections, there are some home remedies that you can try in order to prevent or reduce them.

If you do experience extreme dryness, pain, bleeding, or infections, you should contact our board-certified podiatrist, Brad Toll, D.P.M. at our office in Crofton, MD. He will help you find the right treatment for your heel or sole of the foot.

For those of you who are not extreme, you may try these tips at home.

  1. Make sure you drink lots of fluids each day to stay hydrated.

  2. Soak your feet in warm, soapy water and then use a pumice stone to scrub off the dead skin cells.

  3. Use antibacterial soap to keep any infections at bay.

  4. Paraffin Wax can also help to retain moisture while you sleep.

  5. Add Epsom Salt to any baths, and maybe any other time you do a foot soak.

  6. Or add Honey to any baths!

  7. Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice can also aid in softening the skin and killing some bacteria that is nearby.

Even with these methods available, some dry skin may persist even when treating the heel fissures. You can make an appointment with us at our Crofton Podiatry office by calling (410) 721-4505. Dr. Toll will work with you to find the right treatment for your feet.





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