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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 Brad Toll
February 20, 2015
Category: Bunion

Even though February is here New Year’s is still fresh, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make this 2015 the best year yet!  First on most people’s list for their 2015 resolution is improving their personal health. However, accomplishing these goals may be impossible when you’re hindered by bunion pain. We see many patients in the Crofton, Gambrills and greater Annapolis area who have let their bunion pain bother them for years before coming into our office to get it fixed. 

Bunions are not only cosmetically embarrassing, and painful, but can also increase your risk of trips falls, and other injuries. Delaying treatment is only delaying your return to a healthy life!  Surgical management of your bunion is often simple, and definitive. Oftentimes your local podiatrist can offer a multitude of surgical and non-surgical options which can resolve your bunion deformity, remove your foot pain, and kick your 2015 off to a great start in a matter of months.

Ignoring your bunion won’t make it go away! If your feet are causing your pain and are keeping you from accomplishing your resolution for a healthier 2015, find a local foot specialist to talk about getting your pain resolved, and putting your best foot forward in the New Year! If you’re around the greater Annapolis area, feel free to give us a call here at Crofton Podiatry at 410-721-4505 or schedule online here!

By Brad Toll.

Investigators say they used footage from 2014 Miss Toyota Grand Prix contest in Longbeach, CA to catch insurance fraud in the act. A 22 year-old beauty contestant was arrested after authorities discovered her featured in an online video competing in the competition, all while allegedly collecting disability from a reported foot injury.  Little did the 22 year old know that the cameras she was so eagerly posing for would be the same cameras capturing the evidence needed to book her on 3 counts of serious insurance fraud.

The contestant was Shawna Palmer, a clerk at a nearby grocery store who had recently filed for workman’s comp after allegedly injuring her toe during work hours. However, within two days after leaving her doctor’s office in crutches, Palmer was seen competing in a beauty contest in little but high heels.  To make matters worse, Palmer was seen competing in high heels in yet another beauty competition, less than a week after telling physicians that she ‘could not place any weight on her foot, move it in any direction, or wear a shoe for any length of time’.  If convicted, she will face a possible a year in prison and repayment of the $24,000 in benefits she has collected on disability leave so far.

However, true cases of workman’s compensation is nothing to joke about.  Unlike this contestant, most of my patients in the Crofton and Gambrills area who see me for far an evaluation want to reduce the amount of work time lost as a result of a foot injury.  This is why I work with all of my patients with work related foot injuries to get them back into regular shoes as quickly yet safely as possible.  If you have any foot pain or injuries that are keeping you from doing what you want to, it is important you seek the consultation of a foot and ankle specialist and if you’re in the area click here to schedule a visit with me at Crofton Podiatry.

 

By Brad Toll.

It cannot be said enough.  Pain in your feet – is not normal and shouldn’t be tolerated.  Far too many people are living life waking up to pain in the feet each morning, and as they go to bed at night, keeping them from enjoying the activities they love.  So this week, let’s talk orthotics. Recently, celebs such as Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Bilson, and Miranda Lambert, have come out in support of orthotics, saying that they love the relief they feel while wearing them.  While there may be a lucky few who don’t have to worry about pain on the bottom of their feet after walking or standing for long periods of time, the most of us know all too well just how debilitating this pain can be! 

But doc, why does it have to hurt so much!?

While the natural arches in our feet are essential for the way we walk, this anatomical architecture takes an incredible amount of muscle and soft tissue fascia to maintain.  Overtime – as we continue to use these muscles without adequate support, they stretch out under our weight, and develop what we call ‘micro tears’. These tears are what cause so many of us pain, and can lead to the diagnosis we all fear… ‘Plantar fasciitis’! 

So what can we do to stop the pain?

Orthotics.  While they come in many different shapes, colors, heights, materials, and varieties, these have been the mainline treatment for protecting your body’s natural foot hierarchy for decades.  Unfortunately, I have patients coming into my office in Crofton, Maryland who’ve already tried store bought arch supports advertised on TV, and quote, “they didn’t seem to help”.  As I tell all of my patients, these devices at the store are made to fit just about everybody, and as a result, are very limited in how much support they offer each individual.  All of our arches are unique, and while most feet may not be as beautiful as a snowflake, they are absolutely different in the height, angle, and length of support they may need. 

This is exactly why if considering arch supports and the possibility of orthotics, it is important that you speak to a professional. The interventions you are considering by adding arch supports will change the way your body walks, all the way from your ankles, to your knees, hips, and into your back. At Crofton Podiatry, we can give you a full workup – analyzing your full anatomical needs in both stance and in motion to get you the supports you need to finally address your pesky arch pain!

By Brad Toll.

Last week we talked about celebrities having issues with their high heels, and how you can stay safe yet fashionable in your upcoming formal summer events.  But high heels weren’t the only thing showing up on the red carpet this year, another source of foot pain appeared in the form of flats.  Celebs such as Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Dita Von Teese, Taylor Swift, and Emma Watson have been seen recently sporting flat shoes everywhere from the grocery store to the most fashionable gatherings.

While flats may be easy to slip on – the damage the can create with repetitive use may not be so easy to shake off.  Shoes with flat and thin soles can cause problems ranging from stubbed toes and cuts, to overuse injuries such as stress fractures and plantar fasciitis.  As a seasoned podiatrist in Bowie and Annapolis, it is not uncommon for me to see at least one patient with a flip-flop related injury daily throughout the summer months.  Generally speaking, people with flatter arches are more susceptible to overuse injuries because they need more support for their bodies. Flats and flip flops simply don’t provide enough support to absorb the forces of walking.

While excessive use of flats and flip-flops can cause many problems, moderate use is typically handled well, especially if only used periodically in combination with other shoe types.  However, if you start to feel problems from your footwear, make an appointment with your local podiatrist. If you’re in the greater Annapolis area, I invite you to drop by my office at Crofton Podiatry. We can talk about the reasons why you’re experiencing issues, and the options available to best relieve your pain.  Remember – the best way to enjoy your upcoming summer is on your feet!

By Brad Toll.




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