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By Crofton Podiatry
November 22, 2016
Category: Events
Tags: running   hydration   stretching   eating healthy  

Did you sign up for a Thanksgiving Day race? It’s a perfect pre-Thanksgiving meal activity to stay in shape and run/walk for a good cause. The gathering of loved ones and delicious foods are hard to stay away from, so what better way to “earn” your delicious meal than to exercise for a good cause?

Our team at Crofton Podiatry wants you to stay safe during this Thanksgiving Day event. The following are tips to prevent injury during your race:

  • Train: Especially if this is your first race, make sure that you practice walking or running long distances. Turkey Trots can be as short as 1K or as long as a 10K. Make sure that you increase your distance little by little until Thanksgiving Day comes. Most importantly, it will help you determine if your body is ready for a race. Look for any pain or discomfort to address before the race day.
  • Hydration: Before, during, and after the race, it is important to keep hydrated to make sure that you do not faint or have issues due to dehydration.
  • Break in sneakers and clothing: Whatever you plan to wear during the race, make sure you wear it a few times beforehand to make sure they don’t cause chafing or blisters. Sneakers should be comfortable, supportive, and durable. Clothing should not make you overheat while running.
  • Stretch: Before and after the race, stretching can help prevent injury and reduce soreness.
  • Eat healthy food: Junk foods will not give you good energy to help you do your best on race day. Eat a good variety of healthy foods, especially to keep you sustained during the race.

The most important part is to listen to your body. If you feel any pain or dizziness while training or even during the actual race, slow down. Do not push through or you will risk a more severe injury that will require more complex treatment. If you notice any pain or discomfort, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at our Crofton, MD office. Call us at (410) 721-4505 to make an appointment. Our team will be happy to help you get to the finish line – and your well-deserved Thanksgiving meal!

 


By Crofton Podiatry
November 16, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

If scaling walls or actual mountainsides wasn’t hard enough, climbers also have to deal with the physical demands and health issues that come with the sport. In particular, all climbers will know the gruesome issues that come with rock climbing shoes, from the tight fit and the stinky odors that usually seem to follow.

Depending on how often you go climbing, you may experience issues more or less often. Some climbers do not even experience the typical toe and foot pain, while others develop long-term conditions like bunions, metatarsal pain, sesamoiditis, and possibly even fractures in the foot bones. Additionally, hygiene is always a concern as indoor climbing spaces and locker rooms are often shared amongst many people. This leads to increased risk of spreading germs and developing infections if everyone does not maintain cleanliness.

The following are helpful tips for climbers to upkeep foot health:

  • Find the right shoes. For some, you might need to get some spot-stretching done on the shoes where pressure points always give you pain. Shoes should not be overly tight (i.e. cutting off circulation), but snug so that your toes and 
  • feet act as one. Discomfort is expected, but extreme pain and restrictive shoes are not okay.
  • Clean your shoes, inside and out. After climbing, it is a good idea to wipe the inside and outside of the shoes. If you’re not washing them, make sure they are sanitized and fully dry before next use.
  • Check for worn down rubber, insoles, and even rotting leather. After many uses, the shoes will start to wear down. If bacteria start to build up, it can begin to rot the leather parts of the shoes.
  • If you can, take your shoes off between climbs. The pointed nature of the climbing shoe is to make your feet like one unit. It pushes all the forces toward the point, putting immense pressure on the big toe joint (like in ballet shoes). Keeping your feet in the restrictive shoes can cause excessive strain on the feet. Let them breathe and rest. Stretch out your feet and toes.
  • Make sure your hands and feet are clean before and after climbing. Starting off with stinky feet will make it worse for your shoes and for everyone else using the climbing walls after. Tea tree oil can be anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.

If you experience pain or need advice on whether or not climbing may be an activity that your feet can endure, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry. Also serving the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas, our team will work with you to provide the best treatment available. Call to make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office today, at (410) 721-4505.

 


By Crofton Podiatry
November 10, 2016

A common complaint that podiatrists will hear is about ugly, brittle, and/or discolored toenails. Sometimes it is a result of traumatic injury to the toes, or in many cases, fungal infection that developed under the nail. While topical creams and gels can treat fungus like Athlete’s Foot, fungal nails are more difficult due to the location of the infection. Since the medication cannot re

ach under the toenails, other options include oral medications (often with unwanted side effects, especially for children) or worst-case scenario, removing the toenail. Surely these options do not sound appealing. So great news! With recent trends in foot care, there is another option – laser therapy!

Laser therapy, while sounding intense, is actually very safe. It is a treatment option that is safe and painless, with little to no side effects. It uses focused infrared light that penetrates through the toenail without causing damage. The laser gets to the problem by killing the fungal organisms causing the infection. Depending on the severity of the fungal infection, a few treatments may be required to fully ensure that the infection does not return.

While your toenail will not return to its original clear color, the new growth will be healthy toenails. In a normal growth cycle – which is about 8-10 months – your previously infected (unsightly) toenails will be trimmed away and a healthy toenail will take its place.

If you are suffering from the embarrassment of unsightly toenails due to fungal infection, Dr. Brad Toll, our board-certified podiatrist is ready to help you with a safe and painless treatment therapy. Make an appointment today by calling (410) 721-4505 so that our team can help you at our Crofton, MD office. We welcome patients from the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas. 


By Crofton Podiatry
November 01, 2016
Category: Foot Injury Risks

For many of us, smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. Many can’t live without them and most are addicted to checking their phones. Even children seem to have phones these days and easily spend much time engrossed in the contents of their apps and streaming videos. While seemingly harmless at first, it is becoming an increased risk factor for injury. Among other ways that phones have become major distractions in our lives, we often see folks walking while checking their phone notifications, taking photos or videos, playing games, and even video chatting. Our phones draw our attention to the screen, leaving us unaware of our surroundings.

At Crofton Podiatry, we want your activities to be safe and helpful to your overall well-being. Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen due to lack of attention include twisted or sprained ankles from uneven walking grounds. But what’s worse is that being unaware can also lead to bigger safety issues like car accidents, robbery, and maybe even kidnapping or homicide (like in the cases of Pokemon Go players). Children and adults alike are at risk when they are lost in the world of their phones.

So next time you are engaged in some very exciting texts or a video that was sent to you, we encourage you to think twice before you respond and walk at the same time. Even when exercising, the monotony can tempt you to look at your phone to help you get through your routine and keep you entertained. However, keep in mind that even walking while paying attention can be hazardous, especially in crowded areas. How much more would you be putting yourself at risk if you are on your phone?

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Make sure to pay attention to where you are walking so that you don’t accidentally fall into a manhole or pothole, walk off a curb, or stub your toes on rocks. These situations can also lead you to trip, lose balance, hurt yourself, and BONUS, even send your phone flying. That would be a doubly worse situation, don’t you think?

Sometimes, situations can’t be helped and things happen. Have you already experienced an injury or foot/ankle pain from walking while on your phone? Dr. Brad Toll, our board-certified podiatrist would be happy to help you at our Crofton, MD office. We welcome patients from the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas. Make an appointment today by calling (410) 721-4505!





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