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By Brad Toll
December 06, 2014
Category: Shin Splints

While football is busy taking most of the attention in the States, its international competitor futbol is catching some recent headlines. Recently, Manchester United’s Phil Jones has picked up yet another injury, with this time being shin splints! Jones had only been back on the field less than a week after being forced to miss four games due to a hamstring injury. While Jones was thought to have recovered from the previous injury, and was training for a past Sunday’s Premier League game against longtime rival Chelsea. However, on the Saturday before the game, Jones started to feel soreness in the front of his legs and was unable to play in both the Sunday game against Chelsea and the Monday Old Tafford clash vs. the Blues. Unfortunately for now, the team’s managers are still unsure how long it will take Jones to recover.

As many of my patients in the Crofton and Gambrills area of Maryland know, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get shin splints. In fact, many of my patients who present with this horrible pain are just trying to get started in a running routine. Unfortunately, the severe pain we feel in our shins is actually caused by small tears in the area where our lower leg muscles attach to our shin bone (or tibia).  These tears occur because of over-use and overstretching of these muscles, especially following periods or inactivity, or during extended use.

Some of the best ways we can prevent or reduce the occurrence of shin splints is making sure we have the right shoes for our body type, and making sure to stretch our calves and legs regularly even when we aren’t involved in exercise. Additionally, always being sure to use warm up and cool down exercises, and to take breaks when you start feeling shin splints coming on. Taking these necessary precautions may reduce the severity and recurrence of these muscle pains. Ultimately, anytime you have longstanding pain that isn’t easily resolved, it is vital that you see a local specialist. They will be able to study your body type to truly get to the bottom of what is causing your pain, and can focus on finding the true source of your pain, rather than just treating the symptoms itself. And if you’re in our neck of the woods don’t hesitate to call us Crofton Podiatry!

By Brad Toll.

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!         

Here is Crofton, Maryland as the leaves begin to turn, and the summer festivities come to a close, many of us are excited to see the return of fall.  Colorful foliage overhead and underneath the Ugg boots, jeans, and cozy hoodies has been the picture perfect fall image for quite some time. However, the newest edition to this fall image seems to be a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte in every hand.  The seasonal drink originally introduced in 2003, seems to have attracted an almost cult-like following and has attracted thousands of fans nationally since its re-introduction this year on August 25th. Though nearly everyone is falling in love with the famed fall latte, its recurrence is an important reminder to the dangers of falling during this autumn season.

Accidental falls are a leading cause of death in the elderly, a situation that may be exacerbated by slick wet roads and decaying leaves on the sidewalks. Central to the prevention of falls is to stay active and flexible. Activities such as tai chi, yoga, and simple stretching have been shown to significantly improve balance and reduce the likelihood of falls. Additionally, many patients don’t realize that they are wearing either the wrong size, or type of shoes which may be significantly increasing their risks of falling.

Fall prevention begins with a thorough analysis of your shoe wear, assistive devices, living space, and goals for activity levels, all well within the realm of your local foot and ankle specialist. If you are having concerns about your or your loved ones’ balance, it is important to see a medical professional to analyze and resolve any risks before they become serious health concerns and if you’re in the Odenton, Gambrills or Bowie areas, stop by our office at Crofton Podiatry sometime.

By Brad Toll.

It seems Bette Midler’s toe has been catching recent attention following a tweet she posted of her toe in a cast with the comment, “New York Toes don’t love Texas Cowboy Boots”. Bette’s tweet was in reference to an ingrown toenail which had been causing her significant pain on her right great toe. While Bette originally blamed the ingrown toenail on her cowboy boots, she later admitted to it actually being the result of an improper pedicure.

However, there isn’t a need to fear the ingrown pain. Ingrown toenails are one of the most common things we see at our Crofton Podiatry clinic just outside of Gambrills and Annapolis, Maryland. Typically, they are the result of shoes that are too small or have received improper trimming. Cutting your nails too short encourages the skin to fold over the nail as it grows in, especially in combination with tight fitting shoes which constrict the toe box. Typically, patients present to us with redness, swelling, and maybe some bleeding or puss noted in their socks. 

Treatments for an ingrown toenail vary depending on the condition, but are very tame. While it may sound scary, surgery to correct an ingrown toenail is a very simple, in-office, procedure to numb the toe and remove the leading edge of the offending nail. In some situations the removal of the entire nail may be necessary, and steps can be taken to ensure that this removal is permanent by removing the nail root and preventing any further nail growth.

According to new sources, Bette ended up having to have her toenail clipped and trimmed back by a Podiatric Specialist in Dallas. While pedicurists may be able to make your nails beautiful, they may not always be doing what is best for your overall health. Ingrown toenails can become a source for infection, something that is especially concerning in the older or diabetic population.  If you notice the start of an ingrown toenail, or have had numerous troubles with them in the past, it is important that you speak with a podiatric specialist in your area to keep your feet healthy, and pain-free!

By Brad Toll.

In the summer – our shoe selection is plentiful.  With everything from sandals on the beach to high heels for high fashion, our feet get a variety of cover during the warmer seasons.  Since the winter chill has rolled in to Maryland, cities like Crofton, Bowie, Annapolis, Odenton, and Gambrills have already reached into the back of their closets for that one trusty pair of boots to forge through the frozen months.  While these boots are great for slushing through the winter precipitation they are prone to moisture from the melting snow on the outside, and the perspiring feet bundled within layers of wool socks on the inside. 

Repeated exposure to an environment with high moisture like the inside of our boots results in skin breakdown.  The same effect happens when you leave your hands in water for too long.  When combined with the rubbing forces from walking, your moistened skin becomes vulnerable to flaking, cracking and tearing; the latter providing an easy route for infection.  This is exactly how the infamous Tinea Pedis (or Athlete’s Foot) we typically experience during the summer occurs. In regards to treating this dry, damaged skin generic moisturizers or petroleum-based jellies simply won’t cut it most of the time. 

The following are a list of clues you may be experiencing winter athlete’s foot:

1.      Intense itching and/or burning sensation in the feet.

2.      Red, or dry patches of skin.  Sometimes it may just look like dry skin.

3.      Cracked, blistering, or peeling skin.  (Make sure to check in between your toes as well.)

4.      Cloudy, yellow, or unusually thick nails.

If you feel like you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, I highly encourage you to make an appointment to come see me for prompt inspection.  Dry, peeling, or itching skin could be a case of ‘Winter tinea’, or signs of something more sinister.  A brief examination from my trained staff and myself at Crofton Podiatry would allow us to answer any of your questions and get you moving forward with the right treatment.  Don’t be a victim to your feet any longer!

By Brad Toll




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