(410) 721-4505

2411 Crofton Lane, Suite 25
Crofton, MD 21114



Posts for tag: ankle sprain

By Crofton Podiatry
December 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

During the holidays, you have a lot to think about – cold weather, travel arrangements for the family, gifts, and, of course, gearing up to see all of your overbearing extended family members!

But we wanted to take a moment and remind you about how you can think about your feet during this time. For most, you’ll have some amount of travel during the holidays, so here are some tips to keep your feet happy as you go home for the holidays.

Pack your shoes – Unless your travel is just up the block to your parents’ house, you might want to bring more than just your one pair of shoes. If you’ll have some walking to do in the snow, wear your best, most waterproof boots. Then, make sure you bring some flip-flops in case your hosts are not the cleanest (or wears shoes in the house while you don’t). Finally, bring comfortable walking shoes if you’ll be going out for holiday events in town.

Schedule in rest and relaxation – No matter what your holiday travel plans, your feet will be doing a lot to take you from place to place. Doing some last minute shopping? Your feet will be the ones helping you run around. Climbing up 50 steps to your relative’s 4th floor walkup? It’s only possible thanks to your feet. Gripping the snow-covered ground to the mountain cabin your family rented? That’s hard work provided by your strong and healthy feet.

So why not give them some well-deserved rest with your feet up? Take turns with family members to give and receive foot massages. Yay for new holiday traditions!

Take cautions – There are a few issues that can put your feet at risk for foot problems:

  • Germs: Yep, when you’re on holiday, your feet are more at risk for encountering germs from new places and other people. It’s easy to catch a foot fungus infection (i.e. Athlete’s foot) when sharing slippers or towels with relatives who already have it.
  • Fireplace: While it is nice and cozy to share the fire with family, be careful not to get burned, especially if you have lost sensation due to diabetic neuropathy.
  • Black ice: As you travel during the cold winter months, be careful of slipping on nearly invisible black ice. Walk in well-lit places and use treaded shoes when walking outside at night after rain or snow, or you could end up with an ankle sprain!
  • Frostbite: During cold weather days and nights, be sure to wear socks with shoes to prevent unnecessary frost to your feet. Change out of wet socks and shoes as soon as possible!

Have concerns about your feet as you travel? Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505. Our podiatry team is ready to assist you with your foot and ankle issues at our office in Crofton, MD, which also serves the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie.

By Crofton Podiatry
March 20, 2018
Category: sports injuries

There are so many things to consider for your March Madness picks – how the teams have played in during their season, star athletes, and the team’s history in these postseason matchups. Now take a step back and take into consideration, the foot and ankle injuries that have plagued each team, and how that might affect your bracket picks.

Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt, for example, was out with an ankle injury, and continued limping, several days later. Depending on the type of injury, ankles can heal quickly, but others can take as long as 6 weeks or more to heal, especially if it’s a severe ankle sprain.

Kansas State’s Dean Wade and Miami’s Bruce Brown, Jr. are both suffering from foot injuries that leave them in much uncertainty heading into the first few games. There’s a good chance they will have to sit out as their injuries heal and they are cleared to participate.

While you might have noticed that some of the previously injured college basketball stars are “healed” from their injuries, we want to caution you from getting your hopes too high. Most foot, ankle, and knee injuries may eventually feel good enough to play, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are fully healed. It’s actually in these “almost 100%” times that a more serious re-injury can occur. Rehabilitative measures, such as an ankle brace and physical therapy might be necessary to get athletes back to 100%.

Depending on the severity of the injuries the athletes incur, they may need many weeks of rest, immobilization, or even surgery to ensure that they have a future career, even beyond the NCAA tournament.

Got inspired by March Madness and went to play some pickup basketball? For mild or moderate injuries, request an appointment by calling our office at (410) 721-4505. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry can assess your injury and find you the right treatment. Our friendly podiatric team looks forward to seeing you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
July 13, 2017
Category: Footwear

In many of our previous blog posts, you may have noticed that one of the solutions listed for many foot or ankle problems is orthotics. Ankle sprain? Orthotics can help. Flat footed? Orthotics can help. Plantar Fasciitis pain? Orthotics can help.

The main way that orthotics help is that they provide extra support where you might need it. Most athletics shoes are designed to give at least minimal support in the arches and heels, but other shoes that are more fashion focused may have little or not support at all. When people wear non-supportive shoes for most of the day, every day, the feet are left uncared for. New problems can arise and existing issues can get worse over time.

Foot problems developing can depend on what part of the foot tends to carry your body weight. The more the ball of the foot carries the weight, the more problems can arise in the big toe joint, the plantar fascia, and the Achilles tendon. Mild problems can be taken care of with over-the-counter orthotic inserts, but moderate to severe problems may require custom orthotics that range from soft to rigid types.

Types of Custom Orthotics

After a thorough assessment, our podiatrist can prescribe you custom orthoses. They can be inserts or complete shoes. Since they are constructed to the specific contours and needs of your feet, they help you walk more efficiently to prevent worsening issues. Depending on the needs or issues of the foot or ankle, one of the following types of orthotics will be used:

  • Soft Orthotics: These are usually meant to absorb shock and provide padding for milder issues. Diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet are effectively assisted by orthoses.

  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: Using soft cushions and reinforcing them with harder materials, semi-rigid orthotics are used to help with walking or playing sports. They help children with flat feet, in- or out-toeing, and other deformity issues. They help athletes with pain and protect from sudden injuries while playing sports.

  • Rigid Orthotics: These are made from hard materials to control motion, especially in the heel joints.

Most people can benefit from orthoses, and they are highly effective in assisting those with podiatric issues. Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. After a thorough examination, he will be able to prescribe you the proper type of orthotics you need. You can make an appointment online or by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to assist you and your family at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.


By Crofton Podiatry
July 05, 2017
Category: Ankle Sprains

Newly-drafted Charlotte Hornet, Malik Monk, will be out for the summer due to an ankle injury sustained during the draft workout process. The Hornets were hoping to see how he does with the team as shooting guard, but that will have to wait until his injury has healed. The outlook is that he will have to wait 2-4 weeks while rehabilitating his ankle. 

While the Hornets will miss out on practicing with him as a team, Monk will still be able to watch and learn how the team functions. The 2-4 weeks that he will be out suggests that it was most likely a minor or moderate ankle sprain – a Grade 1 or 2 Sprain. The time spent on healing and treatment will reduce the chance of re-injury or worsening symptoms.

About Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle is turned beyond its limits, causing excessive stretching and tearing of a ligament. Most sprains occur on the ligament along the outside of the ankle, but they can also happen on the inside as well.

In the case of mild sprains (Grade 1), the ligament can be overstretched and have small tears, but for severe sprains (Grade 3), it can tear completely. All sprains will cause tenderness and swelling, but the severity of symptoms will depend on the degree of the sprain. Symptoms will also last longer and will require more treatment and rehabilitation with higher grade levels.

Immediately after a mild sprain, it’s best to use the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to alleviate pain and swelling. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are helpful in reducing symptoms as well.

For a Grade 2 or 3 sprain, which involves more pain and instability, the ankle will need immobilization with a cast or brace for about 2 or 3 weeks. Patients will probably need crutches to keep weight off of the injured ankle. Additionally, as the ankle heals, it will benefit from physical therapy to help restore full function.

Our Podiatrist can help!

We won’t know exactly when Monk will be back in play, but we do know that rest is best for sprains. If you suffer an ankle injury, get properly diagnosed by our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. After a physical examination, as well as in-office imaging (if necessary), he will grade the sprain in order to choose the best treatment for you. You can make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to assist you and your family at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

The 3rd base has it out for the Atlanta Braves!  Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is still out from after tripping over 3rd base a few Tuesdays ago, and third baseman Juan Francisco received a similar blow to his ankle in last Friday’s loss against the Mets at Turner Field. At Crofton Podiatry between Bowie and Annapolis Maryland, we see and treat ankle sprains yearlong. While we don’t know why 3rd bases seem to have it in for the ankles of Braves players, it certainly seems like between summer sports and winter ice, there is no time in the year in which our ankles are safe from harm!

In the past, we have blogged about ways to prevent ankle sprains during sports and in winter conditions, but we haven’t talked about some of the long-term damage that can occur as a result of frequent sprains. One of these long-term complications is known as an osteochondral defect, or OCD for short.  OCD’s may be common after multiple ankle fractures or sprains, and can be significant sources of pain. This pain is caused when bones in the ankle bang together, causing damage to the protective cartilage and underlying bone. This causes a ‘pot hole’ type effect in the bone, and is often described by a sharp, shooting pain elicited by certain motions during a patient’s walk. Additionally, because the damage is a local area, excruciating pain can typically be found by pressing on the area of defect.

Treatment for OCD’s typically starts with imaging by X-ray, MRI, or CT. Once the physician is familiar with the extent and location of the damage, they may suggest treatments such as steroid or anesthetic injections, bracing and exercises, or custom shoes and orthotics. If pain continues, surgery may be required. 

With OCD’s in particular, it is important to remember that delaying treatment may only be continuing damage to your bone and cartilage. Comprehensive evaluation by a foot specialist is the best way to understand the extent of your damage and the appropriate options for treatment. Short-term relief may not be the whole picture!  If you have experienced multiple ankle sprains or fractures and are still having significant pain months after the injury, it is important you see a local specialist for consultation and definitive treatment.  

By Brad Toll.

Call Today (410) 721-4505

2411 Crofton Lane, Suite 25
Crofton, MD 21114

Podiatrist - Crofton, Crofton Podiatry, 2411 Crofton Lane, Suite 25, Crofton MD, 21114 (410) 721-4505