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By Crofton Podiatry
December 05, 2018
Category: Foot Odor

The discomfort of wet feet from hyperhidrosis may be enough for you to want to seek professional treatment from our podiatrist. Even for those of you whose hyperhidrosis isn’t always so severe, you may still experience some complications. These secondary effects often need podiatric treatment, so we encourage you to take precautions to prevent these problems if you tend to sweat a lot.

  • Blistering – If you have lived with hyperhidrosis, you know that this is common anytime you run. Blisters form on the toes as your feet slide to the front of your shoes as you dash forward. Try wrapping your toes in gauze or bandages to add padding to your toes before putting socks on. You may have to take a break and rewrap them if you tend to blister or bleed a lot during your running or sporting event (e.g. soccer).
  • Fungal growth – fungi love warm, moist places. Your shoes mimic this environment that allows fungi to thrive and make you prone to fungal infections like athlete’s foot or fungal toenails. Allow your shoes to fully dry before you wear them again. Never re-wear socks. Always wash your feet at the end of each day.
  • Foot odor – The fungus can also cause you to have an embarrassing odor on your feet, your socks, and in your shoes. Be sure to keep good hygiene and treat fungal infections to prevent ongoing odor problems.
  • Foot strain from instability in the shoes – You can develop overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis if your feet have to work hard to stabilize within your shoes. Supportive shoes with arch pads and heel cups can help your feet stabilize. Change your socks midday if they tend to get drenched as you go about your day.

Not only can our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, help you with the complications of hyperhidrosis, but he can also help you treat your hyperhidrosis. Say goodbye to embarrassing and frustrating sweaty feet! Make an appointment by calling Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
August 10, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

When we think of the word Achilles, we often think of the heel – or someone’s vulnerability. Did you know that it comes from Greek mythology, where the important war hero, Achilles, was shot in the heel with an arrow and ultimately taken down? He was said to be invulnerable in all his body, except his heel.

It seems appropriate then, that the largest tendon in the body that allows us to walk and run is called the Achilles tendon. It is also interesting that while it is strong and essential to convenience in our daily lives, it is vulnerable to inflammation and degeneration. This is called Achilles Tendinitis and it results from repeated stress and overuse of the tendon. Some common causes are: sudden increase in exercise (especially very intense exercise) and extra bone grown where the tendon meets the heel bone.

You may have Achilles Tendinitis if:

  • There is pain in the back of the heel after long periods of rest (sitting or sleeping).

  • Pain in the Achilles tendon after exercise.

  • The tendon is swollen and stays swollen.

  • You have pain due to extra bone growth (bone spur)

There are many options for treatment such as:

  • NSAIDs – Ibuprofen or naproxen can reduce swelling and pain.

  • Physical Therapy, strengthening, and stretching – PT can help to relax the tendon and strengthen muscles around the tendon to support it.

  • Orthotics – Shoes with heel supports can reduce physical irritation of the tendon, which may already be inflamed.

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy – ESWT may help stimulate the healing process of Achilles Tendinitis.

  • Surgery – There are many surgical options that can be undertaken if nonsurgical treatment doesn’t help improve symptoms.

If you have any of these symptoms, come see our board-certified doctor in Crofton, MD as soon as possible. Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry will assess your condition and offer treatment solutions that fit you best. Leaving these symptoms untreated can lead to more severe pain and issues later on. Make an appointment with us today by calling our office at (410) 721-4505.

 

Like millions around the nation, you’ve probably made a few New Year’s resolutions for 2014.  If your new year’s resolution involves a new fitness goal, it is important that you understand that not all fitness is good fitness.  It is very easy to hurt yourself trying to improve your health, and whether your goals range from something like the Walk to Cure Arthritis in Annapolis on May 3rd, or the more adventuresome EnduraFit EagleMan Triathlon hosted in Cambridge in October, it is always important to listen to your body, and know your boundaries.

All too often we see patients here at Crofton Podiatry who simply didn’t seek help, and who weren’t listening to their bodies injure their feet or ankles trying to push themselves too hard too quickly.  Unfortunately, these injuries almost always end up pushing people further behind in their fitness goals and can cause a vicious cycle of injury as they later try to catch up from ‘lost time’.

For your personal health, it is always important to talk to experts in your area to create an effective plan for safely attaining your goals.  Running and other high-impact sports place the foot and ankle under very high levels of repeated stress. It is no wonder why the majority of the top 10 most common running injuries are directly related to our feet.  Take a look at them below so you can be on the lookout for these cumbersome problems.

The 10 most common running injuries:

  • Runner’s Knee
  • Stress Fracture
  • Shin Splints
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Muscle Pull
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Heel Pain a.k.a. “Plantar Fasciitis
  • Blisters
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (tightening and pain on the outside of the upper thigh and knee)

Fortunately, most of these problems can be prevented with just a little extra time for planning and precaution.  Dressing appropriately (especially being ‘shoe-smart’), warming up with stretches, running wisely, and listening to your body all go great distances in preventing personal damage.

If you’re concerned about any of these injuries above, or would like to know more ways to help prevent these common fitness injuries so that you can stay on top of your New Year’s resolution, feel free to visit us here at Crofton Podiatry in Crofton, MD or any other specialist local to your area.  It’s all about getting you well on your way to completing your goals for 2014.

By Brad Toll




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