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The World Cup is upon us! For all the soccer fans out there, it’s an exciting time to get together and watch the talented international superstars face off each other. After opening ceremonies, it might even stir up some inspiration to go out and score some of your own goals as well.

As a fan, you might have concerns about some of the previous injuries that some of the soccer players (footballers) have incurred. They might affect whether or not they get to participate. For example, we know that Brazil’s Dani Alves is already out of the world cup due to a knee injury, while Neymar’s future is also uncertain after his broken foot in March. He’s been seen to join in on practice, but we’ll see what happens!

So what are some common soccer foot injuries we should be on the lookout for during the world cup?

  • Ankle sprains - Ranging from mild to severe (Grade I to III), ligaments can become injured (or even torn) while running, jumping, twisting, or when there is a collision between soccer players.
  • Fractures and broken bones - When there is traumatic impact or repetitive stress on the foot or ankle bones, the bone is subject to pressure that can make the bones crack or break.
  • Sever’s Disease - Commonly affecting active children, a sports injury due to impact can cause problems with the growth plate of the heel bone.
  • Overuse injuries - There are certain injuries that can develop due to repetitive motions and strains on the feet and ankles, such as pushing off the forefoot for sprinting. These are called overuse injuries and include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and sesamoiditis.

Let’s hope that none of these injuries appear during the World Cup, but it’s not unlikely, given that our soccer players will be playing their hearts out!

If you have sustained a foot or ankle sports injury in all the excitement of the World Cup, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. At Crofton Podiatry, we will use the latest treatment options to take care of your foot and ankle care needs. Visit our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
November 01, 2016
Category: Foot Injury Risks

For many of us, smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. Many can’t live without them and most are addicted to checking their phones. Even children seem to have phones these days and easily spend much time engrossed in the contents of their apps and streaming videos. While seemingly harmless at first, it is becoming an increased risk factor for injury. Among other ways that phones have become major distractions in our lives, we often see folks walking while checking their phone notifications, taking photos or videos, playing games, and even video chatting. Our phones draw our attention to the screen, leaving us unaware of our surroundings.

At Crofton Podiatry, we want your activities to be safe and helpful to your overall well-being. Some of the most common injuries we’ve seen due to lack of attention include twisted or sprained ankles from uneven walking grounds. But what’s worse is that being unaware can also lead to bigger safety issues like car accidents, robbery, and maybe even kidnapping or homicide (like in the cases of Pokemon Go players). Children and adults alike are at risk when they are lost in the world of their phones.

So next time you are engaged in some very exciting texts or a video that was sent to you, we encourage you to think twice before you respond and walk at the same time. Even when exercising, the monotony can tempt you to look at your phone to help you get through your routine and keep you entertained. However, keep in mind that even walking while paying attention can be hazardous, especially in crowded areas. How much more would you be putting yourself at risk if you are on your phone?

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Make sure to pay attention to where you are walking so that you don’t accidentally fall into a manhole or pothole, walk off a curb, or stub your toes on rocks. These situations can also lead you to trip, lose balance, hurt yourself, and BONUS, even send your phone flying. That would be a doubly worse situation, don’t you think?

Sometimes, situations can’t be helped and things happen. Have you already experienced an injury or foot/ankle pain from walking while on your phone? Dr. Brad Toll, our board-certified podiatrist would be happy to help you at our Crofton, MD office. We welcome patients from the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas. Make an appointment today by calling (410) 721-4505!

When actors take the stage, you commonly hear “break a leg”. For dancers, however, there’s an obvious reason why you would not say “break a leg”. This could mean a huge recovery period and possibly the end of their career. A dancer’s livelihood depends on healthy legs, ankles, and feet. That’s why although they may not discuss the topic amongst themselves anymore, they all understand the importance of caring for their overused, disfigured and often injured feet.

 

If you have injuries from recreational or professional dancing, seeing your podiatrist often is beneficial to maintaining good foot health. Our board-certified foot and ankle doctor, Brad Toll, DPM will help you find the best way to continuously care for your feet.

 

Common foot problems experienced by dancers

 

There are many foot and ankle injuries that dancers experience, including: Achilles Tendonitis or Injury, Ankle Sprains, Stress Fractures, Corns and Calluses, Fractures, Hammertoes, Heel Spurs (Plantar Fasciitis), Ingrown Toenails, Turf Toe, and Metatarsalgia. The following are the most common:

 

1. Hallux Rigidus or Limitus – You may feel pain or be unable to move at the joints of the big toe. The joints can rub together and become inflamed or degenerate the joint. Dancers should ice and relieve inflammation. Taping the toes can reduce further issues.

 

2. Bunions – Foot pain can be felt in the big toe or the ball of the foot. Repeated positions, postures, and other combinatory injuries can cause bunions at the big toe joint. Dancers should keep aware of any deformities and pain since untreated bunions could even require surgical interventions.

 

3. Metatarsalgia – There is pain and tenderness to the touch at the ball of the foot. This is commonly caused by extreme force on the smaller toes. The constant overstretching can cause instability in the joints and cause sharp pains. Strengthening the muscles that control the small toes can be helpful in preventing or treating metatarsalgia. Orthotic inserts can help relieve the pressures on the ball of the foot when walking.

 

4. Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs – The soles and heel of the foot can feel painful when overusing the tissues of the plantar fascia. The tissue becomes inflamed and painful, especially when there is tightness in the calf muscles or Achilles tendon. Use physical therapy to release tight tissues, stretch, and take anti-inflammatories if necessary.

 

5. Sesamoiditis – The tendon between the sesamoid bones can become inflamed when you are on the balls of your feet often. Pain is felt under the big toe, and also while bending the toe. Resting as much as possible to reduce pain and inflammation is recommended. If pain is chronic or very sharp, you may want to take X-rays to be sure the bones are not fractured.

 

As a dancer, it is wise to treat any issues early and often since repeated and untreated injury can lead to more severe issues. Our team at Crofton Podiatry will do their best to care for your feet and ankles, which are essential to your dance career. Make an appointment today by calling our office (410)721-4505 in Crofton, MD.


While many NFL fans between Bowie and Annapolis may have spent their Monday licking their wounds following the devastating Bronco’s loss to the Seahawk’s overwhelming force at the XLVIII Super Bowl, not everybody from the Seahawk’s camp is in full celebration. Seattle Seahawk’s All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who was a major force behind the defense that stopped the 49’ers in the NFC Championship, and who was also implicit in the complete dismantling of Peyton Manning’s offensive maneuvers with the Denver Broncos Sunday night, suffered two clear ankle sprains during Sunday’s game; the second of which took him out of the fourth quarter with 11:28 left on the clock.

While Sherman was eventually able to celebrate the victory with his teammates (on the sidelines and in a walking boot with crutches), his injury was a clear reminder of the susceptibility of the human foot to damage, even in trained professionals.  Ankle sprains are unfortunately all too common, infamously causing significant pain, discomfort, and limited mobility during the months they may take to properly heal.

In Maryland, winter weather presents an even greater danger for sprains as ice and slick surfaces cause many unsuspecting victims to join Sherman’s crutch-wearing ‘Legion of Boom’ every snow season.  If an overzealous touchdown celebration or a treacherous ice patch has put one of your ankles in pain, don’t wait, we can help.  Schedule an appointment with Crofton Podiatry today.  Our office is conveniently located in Crofton between Bowie and Annapolis, so we can get your recovery started and put you back on your feet and back in the game as soon as possible.

by Brad Toll




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