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By Crofton Podiatry
September 28, 2016
Category: Athlete's Foot
Tags: flip flops   wicking socks  

Have you ever experienced the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot? The foot fungus causes itchy, red bumps and dry, cracked skin on the feet, especially in between the toes. At first you may think it is just dry skin, maybe from wearing sandals or flip flops, but applying lotion doesn’t help the situation. Then you do a search of images of “foot fungus” and lo-and-behold, looks just like what you’ve got.

Where did it come from?

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), also known as toenail fungus or foot fungus, is caused by a fungi group called dermatophytes, and sometimes even yeasts or molds. They can enter the body through breaks in the skin or in the space between the toenail and skin. The fungi grow well on the feet because they are usually in moist, warm, dark places while in socks and shoes.

Athlete’s foot is contagious, so any contact with someone who has the fungal infection can lead to spreading the disease. It can also be spread by walking barefoot on moist, contaminated surfaces, like locker rooms or public showers. For college students, dorm showers can also be a hotspot of bacterial or fungal growth.

Prevention

At Crofton Podiatry, we believe that prevention is the best defense. Here are some steps you can take to prevent fungal infection:

  • Wash and dry your feet completely after exercising, sweating, or getting your feet wet from whatever reason.

  • Wear moisture wicking socks and change them during the day if you are prone to sweating.

  • Rotate the shoes you wear so that you they have adequate time to completely dry out between wears.

  • Never re-use socks without washing them first.

  • Use flip-flops in locker rooms and communal showers.

Treatment

If you are suffering from foot fungus issues, you should treat the issue immediately. You should wash and dry your feet every day, use antifungal medications, and do whatever is necessary to not spread the infection to others.

If washing your feet, rotating shoes, and using antifungal medications do not work, you should make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. Persistent fungal infection could lead to more complicated issues later, so it is best to treat as soon as possible. He may use a laser treatment or prescribe stronger antifungal medication. At Crofton Podiatry, we will use the latest treatment options to take care of your foot care needs.

By Crofton Podiatry
July 13, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Summer is in full swing, and the heat is rising! The thought of wearing socks and any shoes other than flip-flops can make anyone start to sweat. So why not just throw on the pair of flip-flops when running out the door?

Well, the major reason is that flip-flops generally do not have many supportive components. Lacking arch and heel support, you may find your feet becoming tired and your back hurting if you spend a good amount of time walking in flip-flops. It can cause issues such as plantar fasciitis (from straining the tissues to stabilize the feet as you walk), bone problems, hammertoes, and even back issues. Therefore, while flip-flops are great for short distances, such as from the house to the beach or pool, they should not be used for long distance or standing for long periods of time.

At Crofton Podiatry, we recommend the following guidelines for proper summer footwear:

  • Avoid flip-flops, especially if they are cheaply made or give you pain (especially between the toes).

  • If you insist on wearing flip-flops, look for ones with some sort of heel support or heel cup, as well as good cushion.

  • Sandals are the best bet for summer footwear. Find ones that have good support and cushioning. Your feet should not feel cramped or too restricted, and they should not slide around in material that will give you blisters.

  • Children should have shoes that fit them that summer, instead of ones they will “grow into”. It will prevent unnecessary falls or other injuries in the feet or ankles. Water shoes are recommended when going to the beach or waterpark.

Are you suffering from pain or issues from shoes that are not supportive, like flip-flops? Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll and his team will aim to provide the best care for your podiatric needs.

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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