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By Crofton Podiatry
August 25, 2016
Category: Seniors Foot Care

As our loved ones get older, they have a harder time keeping balance and being aware of their surroundings. Balance, or lack thereof, is a key reason for the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older people - Falls. That is why proper, supportive footwear is important for protecting our seniors to keep them healthy and mobile.

The ability to move about and be independent can play a huge part in the lifestyle of an older adult. Not only is mobility helpful to seniors, but to their loving caregivers as well. While there are many risks for older adults’ falls, including brittle bones, slippery floors, and loss of balance, supportive footwear can reduce the risk level.

So what makes supportive footwear for older adults?

  • Arch and Heel support: Make sure that the heel is stiff, but cups the heels of your feet comfortably. The insoles should have flexible cushiony support, but the outer soles of the shoes should not be easily bent in half.

  • Toebox: The toebox should not be too wide, narrow, flat, or tall. Your toes should have room to wiggle, but not enough that the front of the shoes feel like they flop around. You should be able to tie laces comfortably enough that they are snug, but not restricting so that you feet do not slide around.

  • Outer rubber soles: Take into consideration the environment in which you will be walking the most. For smooth surfaces, the rubber soles should have a good grip. For carpeted areas, the grippy soles could be a hazard that causes trips.

  • Feet should be measured each time you buy shoes as foot sizes can change. Weight changes, and especially for diabetic patients, there can be fluctuations in swelling.

  • When trying on new shoes, they should feel comfortable and secure. Thinking that they may feel better when broken can be deceptive, especially if you plan to wear these shoes right away.

If you are unsure about footwear for seniors, your best bet is to go to a podiatrist. Our board-certified foot doctor, Brad Toll, DPM, at Crofton Podiatry will be more than happy to assist you with your foot support needs. We know how important it is to keep your older loved ones protected and mobile, so make an appointment to come see us at our Crofton, MD office! Call us today at (410) 721-4505.


By Crofton Podiatry
August 17, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   ankle pain  

For growing teenagers foot and ankle health is very important to overall growth and development. Foot pain is often ignored or “shaken off”, making it more likely that it will go untreated until it gets worse. During this time of development, deformities can form and posture can be affected. These and other issues can cause future problems.

It may be alarming, that a study found that approximately 60% of teenagers have some kind of foot or ankle pain. Sports injuries, shoes that don’t fit well, and small pains that teens tend to ignore are usually the causes. To make things more complicated, teenagers usually do not focus on foot health as a priority.

If your teenagers show signs of having foot or ankle issues, we at Crofton Podiatry are more than happy to help with the issues. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, will be able to assess any issues and give proper treatment to prevent more problems down the line.

Guidelines for Healthy Footcare to share with your Teens

  • Feet should be washed each day with soap and water and completely dried, especially in between the toes and around toenails.
  • Warts, fungal infections, cuts and blisters, and ingrown toenails should be treated as soon as they are found – going to Dr. Toll if issues are persistent.
  • Make sure footwear fits. The best time to get measured is in the afternoon or evening as feet can change in size by swelling over the course of the day. Also, make sure to use footwear that are designed for particular activities – running in flip flops is a no-no.
  • Arch and heel supports are very important in the shoes you choose. Painful shoes are more likely to continue to give you problems and may even cause deformities in the long run!

For more information about proper footcare, and to treat any foot and ankle issues your teenagers may be experiencing, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. 


By Crofton Podiatry
August 10, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

When we think of the word Achilles, we often think of the heel – or someone’s vulnerability. Did you know that it comes from Greek mythology, where the important war hero, Achilles, was shot in the heel with an arrow and ultimately taken down? He was said to be invulnerable in all his body, except his heel.

It seems appropriate then, that the largest tendon in the body that allows us to walk and run is called the Achilles tendon. It is also interesting that while it is strong and essential to convenience in our daily lives, it is vulnerable to inflammation and degeneration. This is called Achilles Tendinitis and it results from repeated stress and overuse of the tendon. Some common causes are: sudden increase in exercise (especially very intense exercise) and extra bone grown where the tendon meets the heel bone.

You may have Achilles Tendinitis if:

  • There is pain in the back of the heel after long periods of rest (sitting or sleeping).

  • Pain in the Achilles tendon after exercise.

  • The tendon is swollen and stays swollen.

  • You have pain due to extra bone growth (bone spur)

There are many options for treatment such as:

  • NSAIDs – Ibuprofen or naproxen can reduce swelling and pain.

  • Physical Therapy, strengthening, and stretching – PT can help to relax the tendon and strengthen muscles around the tendon to support it.

  • Orthotics – Shoes with heel supports can reduce physical irritation of the tendon, which may already be inflamed.

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy – ESWT may help stimulate the healing process of Achilles Tendinitis.

  • Surgery – There are many surgical options that can be undertaken if nonsurgical treatment doesn’t help improve symptoms.

If you have any of these symptoms, come see our board-certified doctor in Crofton, MD as soon as possible. Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry will assess your condition and offer treatment solutions that fit you best. Leaving these symptoms untreated can lead to more severe pain and issues later on. Make an appointment with us today by calling our office at (410) 721-4505.

 


By Crofton Podiatry
August 03, 2016
Category: Diabetes

Diabetics are more likely to have foot issues, mainly because of decreased blood flow to extremities, as well as loss of feeling in the feet. Losing feeling can be dangerous for diabetics because they may not treat foot injuries when they are small. The restricted blood flow can make matters worse by slowing the healing process of your injuries. 

 

If you are already dealing with diabetes-related foot issues, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, to receive the highest level of care for your precious means of everyday mobility. For those who are at high risk of foot issues, the following is a list of preventative measures you can take for diabetic foot care.

 

  1. Give your feet a daily check-up and clean them every day. Look for any sign of issue or injury, such ingrown toenails or cut that you may not have noticed. Wash your feet in warm water. Make sure it is not too hot as to burn your feet without realizing. Dry your feet completely to prevent fungal infection.
  2. Stay hydrated for overall skin maintenance. For your feet in particular, moisturize the tops and bottoms to keep the skin from drying out and cracking. 
  3. If you have lost feeling in your toes, inspect your toenails often to make sure your toenails are not ingrown. If you find ingrown toenails, it is best to have a podiatrist take care of them since you are unable to feel if you are causing more harm to your toes by trying to treat the ingrown toenails. 
  4. Be active to encourage circulation to your feet. This will help with any healing processes and prevent excessive swelling. 
  5. While you should give your feet breathing room, you should try to always wear socks and shoes or slippers to prevent injury by stepping on something or stubbing your toes. 
  6. You may need special orthotic shoes if you notice that your feet are becoming disfigured or if you have corns and calluses. Dr. Toll will be able to assess and review options with you. 

 

If you need more guidance about diabetic foot care, make an appointment with us at Crofton Podiatry at our office in Crofton, MD.  Call us today at (410) 721-4505. Dr. Toll and his staff will help you treat your diabetic foot issues with the latest technologies and expert medical advice.

 




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