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By Crofton Podiatry
April 27, 2017
Category: Running

Running is a great exercise for the whole body. The simple but multi-beneficial cardiovascular routine has become one of the most popular forms of exercise for folks in the United States.

In order to have a productive and injury-free fitness session, it’s important to include warming up, stretching, and conditioning into your routine. Proper foot care, well-fitting shoes, and building up strength in foot, leg, back, and abs muscles are necessary to prevent common injuries or muscle strains, including:

  • Blisters – Constant friction from shoes can cause fluid-filled sacs on the skin. These can be painless, but if they become bigger, they can cause pain.
  • Corns and calluses – Pressure and friction from running, posture, and shoes can also cause thickened skin on the skin of the feet. They can be filed down, but if the problem is persistent, it can cause much discomfort.
  • Athlete's Foot – This fungal disease can be spread via shared shoes, towels, or community showers. If running is a part of your workout at the gym, wearing flip flops can help prevent contracting the disease.
  • Shin splints – The strain on the feet caused by repetitive motions and impact on the ground can cause pain in the shins. Stretching, cool down, and massages can help to reduce the level of pain in the shins.
  • Achilles tendonitis – Because of the immense involvement of the ankle during running, including the Achilles tendon, it is prone to injury. Depending on the support from shoes and the movement of your gait, your Achilles may have to work harder when you run. It can cause the Achilles tendon to become inflamed, causing tendonitis.
  • Plantar fasciitis – Intense activity and long runs or jogs can cause pain along the bottom of the feet (i.e. the tissues called the plantar fascia). Stretching the feet in a flexed position can sometimes alleviate pain.

Hygiene is an important part of foot care for runners. Make sure you cut your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. If you have Athelete’s foot or warts, make sure to be careful not to spread it to others at the gym. Wear clean socks each time you run, and change into a fresh pair after your run.

Shoes are also important for properly supporting your feet and ankles while you run. Any pain during a run can cause a strain that can become worse later. Make sure you have adequate arch support and heel cupping, as well as a snug fit, but with room in the toe box to wiggle your toes. If your feet are sliding around in the shoes, you can end up with blisters, corns, or calluses.

Got recurring or increasing pains from running? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to receive a thorough assessment of your running feet. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.


By Crofton Podiatry
April 19, 2017
Category: Ingrown Toenails

Having ingrown toenails is a common foot problem. Also known as onychocryptosis, it usually occurs on the big toes, although all the toes can be at risk. This is especially the case when it is compounded with other toe problems like hammertoes or curly toes.

Most ingrown toenails develop because of incorrect cutting of the toenails. They should be cut straight across, but if they are cut too short or too round, the toenails can grow into the skin. Another cause or co-cause is excessive external pressure, such as ill-fitting shoes or trauma from injury. Hereditary factors can also affect the shape of toes, which can make them more prone to ingrown toenails. Finally, fungal infections can also harden the toenail forcing the toenail into the skin.

Prevention Tips

  • Trim your toenails straight across, and not too short. Leave a little bit of the white parts to prevent swelling from cutting the toenails too short.

  • Wear shoes that fit well. Footwear should be supportive and roomy enough to wiggle your toes around. However, they should not be so big that your foot slides around in the shoes.

  • Treat fungal and bacterial infections promptly to prevent them from hardening and pushing through the skin.

  • Apply ice to reduce swollen feet and toes from any injuries.

  • If you have hereditary traits that make you more prone to ingrown toenails, speak to your podiatrist to find preventative solutions.

Home Care Tips

  • Use bandages on ingrown toenail areas as cushioning from shoes.

  • Soak your feet in warm water for about 20 minutes a few times a day to relieve pain. Epsom salt may help. When the skin has softened from the soak, try to put some space in between the nail and skin to help the nail grow away from the skin.

  • If you have redness or inflammation from the ingrown toenail, or if your toe has a cut from the ingrown toenail, treat with antibiotic cream.

  • Take NSAIDs to relieve pain.

Have persistent ingrown toenails? Are you diabetic? In these cases, see a podiatrist to help you with ingrown toenails. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, can help safely treat ingrown toenails, as well as find solutions for recurring ingrown toenail problems. At Crofton Podiatry, we will work with you to find the best treatment. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.


By Crofton Podiatry
April 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

How often do you think about how to care for your feet? For most of us, foot care is not always a priority. But this month, we encourage you to give your feet some extra TLC. Pamper your feet with a pedicure (with sanitary tools), and/or a foot massage. Maybe you can incorporate some foot exercises into your workouts. If you have dry feet, maybe it’s time to start moisturizing. Whatever you do, give your feet the attention and care they deserve for keeping you active, mobile, and stable. The following are top tips for caring for your feet.

General Foot Care Tips

  • Make it a point to get an annual podiatry appointment for a thorough assessment and preventative care.

  • Check your feet daily after you wash them. Treat any injuries with first aid and check for changes in the skin or new bumps that may have appeared.

  • Eating healthy and exercising regularly will help your feet grow and stay strong. Maintaining weight and strengthening your feet and ankles will prevent them from being overburdened.

  • If you get pedicures, make sure the tools used are sterilized. Wearing nail polish for long periods of time can make the toenails yellow and brittle. Give them some time to breathe in between pedicures.

Foot Hygiene

  • Wash your feet every day. This will help you with checking your feet for changes, fighting foot odor, and preventing infections. Use soap and warm water and then dry your feet completely before putting on any socks or slippers. Don’t forget to get in between the toes!

  • Trim toenails straight across and just short enough so that a little white remains to prevent ingrown toenails.

  • Wearing flip-flops can help prevent the contraction of contagious infections from bacteria, fungi, and viruses in communal shower and pool areas. When possible, try not to go barefoot in public areas.

Footwear

  • Find, buy, and wear shoes that are the right size and have the right supports. Shoes that are not supportive will lead to muscle strain and other issues like corns and calluses, or even tendonitis. If you have a foot condition that needs extra support, get orthotic inserts (from a drugstore) or get a custom one from your podiatrist (depending on your needs).

  • Rotate the shoes that you wear daily so that they have time to fully dry. You can also use antibacterial spray or foot powders if necessary.

  • Apply sunblock on your feet when they are exposed to the sun (flip-flops, sandals, or barefoot).

Need more information? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to receive a thorough assessment and prevention tips. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.


By Crofton Podiatry
April 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ball of foot   sesamoiditis   big toe  

That’s a mouthful to say, don’t you think?

But dancers, runners, and baseball catchers know it all too well as a common injury for their respective sports. The sesamoids in the feet are 2 small bones that are not directly connected to other bones at a joint. They sit under the big toe joint and are only connected to tendons or in muscle tissue.

When the tendons around the sesamoids become inflamed or injured, the condition is called sesamoiditis, which is a form of tendonitis. Normally, the sesamoids allow for tendons to move about over them, but when there is overuse or an injury, that motion can cause inflammation and pain. The action of standing or sitting on tippy-toes, hard and repetitive impact on the bones, and blunt trauma injuries to the bones can cause sesamoiditis, which is the reason why certain athletes are familiar with this condition.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Since sesamoiditis is an inflammatory issue, there will likely be swelling, in addition to bruising, depending on the cause of the condition.
  • The big toe joint, where it meets the ball of the foot will experience pain. This pain can grow overtime, especially if it is an overuse injury.
  • It may be painful to move or bend the big toe.
  • You may not be able to stand and bear weight on the ball of your feet.

What are the Treatment options?

  • Rest (stop the activity), Ice, and Elevate to reduce swelling. If you have pain, you can take pain killers like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
  • Use cushioning like a felt or foam pad to reduce pressure on the sesamoids.
  • Avoid putting weight on the balls of the feet.
  • Wear soft-soled, low-heeled shoes. Stiff-soled shoes like clogs may also be comfortable.
  • If the pain and swelling is severe, you should see your podiatrist. He may recommend a steroid injection to reduce swelling.
  • If you think the sesamoids could be fractured, see a podiatrist right away or go to the emergency room.

Worried about a sesamoid injury or pain? Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry will assess your foot issues and provide the highest quality of care to get you back on your feet. Make an appointment to find out what the appropriate treatment should be by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.





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