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By Crofton Podiatry
October 26, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Diabetes   compression socks   edema  

If you’ve had an injury, you may have heard people suggest that you use the RICE method for recovery: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Today, we’d like to talk about the compression piece and how that can help you with foot and ankle injuries.

It’s mostly athletes that you will see wearing compression clothing and socks to help them with reducing muscle soreness and healing any injuries. Some may even believe that compression items can help improve performance while playing sports. Others just use it for providing a tight, warm layer of clothing that does not get in the way of athletic activity. Whatever reason you may use it for, it is helpful to know how it works and when it is truly beneficial to your body.

In trying to understand compression’s efficacy, there have been studies of athletes who use compression. The results showed that there was no necessary improvement of performance during athletic activity, but there was increased blood flow and reduction or prevention of swelling when worn after activity. These studies used small samples, which may be the reason for ambiguous results.

Still, compression is certainly known to help treat and even prevent edema. Compression works by squeezing the area to help veins return to normal size from being dilated. This increases blood flow through the area, which brings healing nutrients but also takes away excess fluids. Those who are afflicted by edema would benefit greatly from compression.

Diabetics, especially, experience issues with edema in the feet, ankles, and legs. Additionally, those who have jobs where they stand all day or even sit all day can use compression sleeves or socks to prevent swelling and feel more comfortable throughout the day. Those with injuries can also take advantage of compression for faster recovery and relief.  In fact, compression is so effective in facilitating blood flow in the legs that the American Heart Association Journal says that for 2 years after a blood clot, patients should wear compression stockings to prevent reoccurrence.

While compression socks have benefits for everyone, if you suffer from edema in the feet and ankles, make an appointment with us at Crofton Podiatry. Our board-certified podiatrist, Brad Toll, DPM, can assess and diagnose your edema issues and possible underlying causes. Call our office in Crofton, MD today at (410) 721-4505.


By Crofton Podiatry
October 19, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Nope, it’s not the day to celebrate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sorry. J October 19th is, however, World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day! It’s a day to raise awareness for bone and joint health in children and teens. In honor of this day, we at Crofton Podiatry wanted to give you some tips about pediatric bone and joint health. Here are some tips for healthy growth and signs of issues to look for:

  • Get moving! Exercise can help to protect and strengthen your joints and bones. It’s important to stretch and warm up, so that you don’t risk more injury.

  • Change up your shoes. Teenagers who wear high heels are more likely to experience joint pain. Make sure to rotate with more supportive shoes that do not put much pressure on the feet.

  • Eat foods for healthy bone and joint growth. These include: omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, such as nuts, fatty fish, and veggies; calcium, from nutrient enriched cereal, dark leafy greens, yogurts, cheese, and milk alternatives; vitamin D, nutrient enriched cereal, egg yolks, and cheese. Getting some sun also helps you get your vitamin D intake.

  • Don’t ignore a pain or limping – Limping or pain can indicate an issue in the bones or joints, especially because those parts of the body are still developing.

  • Be careful of injury or stress fractures during growth spurts – When adolescents have growth spurts or go through puberty, there is more likelihood for injury since bones and joints are not fully formed.

  • Red joints are usually painful or swollen. Your children should see a doctor with any red joints. Of course, ankle and foot joints in particular can be assessed by our podiatrist.

  • Be aware of symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis – Stiff joints, muscle pain, and growing pains are all signs that your child or teenager may have juvenile arthritis.

If you have questions or concerns regarding bone and joint issues, make an appointment with us by calling (410) 721-4505 at our Crofton, MD office. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, stays abreast of the latest podiatric diagnostic and treatment technology in order to best serve you and your family. He and his team will be happy to help you understand your child’s bone and joint developmental processes.


By Crofton Podiatry
October 13, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Tags: swelling   joint pain   stiffness  

October 12th has been designated as World Arthritis Day. Since this day is for bringing awareness about how arthritis affects our population, we at Crofton Podiatry would like to share how arthritis can affect your feet in particular. While some folks can develop arthritis earlier in their lives (juvenile arthritis), most Americans are affected after the age of 65. In fact, about 50 percent of Americans over 65 years old suffer from arthritis foot pain.                                                        

Arthritis usually presents with pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Because we are constantly on our feet, it is very likely that arthritis will affect the ankle and big toe joints. After all, each foot has 33 joints that can be affected! Additionally, not only is there pain in the joints, it can also lead to other consequences in the surrounding areas of the feet. Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, and Posttraumatic Arthritis (due to injury) are typical forms of arthritis to affect the feet.

Symptoms of Arthritis in the Feet

  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Limitation in motion of joint.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint.
  • Redness or heat in a joint.
  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths.
  • Swelling in one or more joints (e.g. toes that swell up to look like sausages)
  • Joint cracking or popping sounds when walking.
  • Toenails that separate due to swollen toes.

If you or a family member is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, as soon as possible. Arthritis in the feet can lead to immobility and severe pain. Early diagnosis and treatment can slow down the affects of the condition.

Relief and Treatment

Dr. Toll may suggest the following means of relief and treatment after meeting with you:

  • Physical Therapy and exercise.

  • NSAIDs and/or steroid injections into the affected area.

  • Orthotics/Supportive shoes.

Our team at the Crofton, MD office is ready to assist you and your family’s needs when caring for your feet and ankles. The best treatment for your specific needs depends on your condition, so make sure you come in to see him today. Call us at (410) 721-4505.


By Crofton Podiatry
October 04, 2016
Category: Children's Feet
Tags: proper foot wear  

Kids have been back in school for about a month now – thank goodness! No more fretting about how to keep the kids busy during summer vacation. Of course it comes with some other issues, like school supplies, homework, and back to school shopping. Some of you may already be done with it, but maybe others of us have to go shopping again. Not only do kids outgrow their shoes and clothing at a rapid pace, fashion trends seem to constantly change as well! So now they’ve got to get the latest Air Jordans and Yeezys sneakers.

At Crofton Podiatry, we’d like to offer some tips to keep in mind while shopping for your children’s school shoes:

  • Function OVER Fashion – While the latest trends may be important to fitting in or being the “cool kid”, it’s more important that shoes be supportive and that they fit well. This is especially the case if children are taking physical education classes or run around during recess.

  • If your children walk to and from school, make sure that they have shoes that will not leave them in pain after those walks.

  • Measure feet each time you buy new shoes. While not easy to make the timing, the best time to measure feet is actually in the afternoon, when feet are slightly bigger from standing or walking on it through the day.

  • While it is tempting to “know” your child’s shoe size and just order or buy it for them, because each child may be growing at a different rate and has different foot shapes, your children should try the shoes on (with socks!) to see if they are comfortable. Tightness in the toebox or non-supportive arches can cause foot pain.

  • And don’t forget to buy the right size socks, since there is a foot size range associated with socks.

As children develop, it may become apparent that certain shoes give them pain. While it could be a “breaking in” period or growing feet that do not fit shoes anymore, it could also point to podiatric issues that need to be dealt with sooner than later for growing children. If they have any foot or ankle issues, you should bring them to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry before purchasing shoes, orthotic inserts, or even orthotic shoes. He will assess your children’s needs and make sure that they receive proper care for their growing feet. Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office today!





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