(410) 721-4505



2411 Crofton Lane, Suite 25
Crofton, MD 21114

Archive:

Tags

Posts for tag: foot doctor

By Brad Toll
September 24, 2015
Category: High Heels

Following ‘on the heels’ of last fall’s post regarding pumpkin spice and fall prevention in the autumn season, it seems only fitting that our next post should be about Posh Spice’s function meets fashion shoe line. It wasn’t too long ago when Victoria Beckham, now wife of uber soccer pro David Beckham, went by her internationally known name ‘Posh Spice’ in the infamous 90’s group Spice Girls.  Shedding her 90’s image for a more modern and mature look, Victoria is still expressing some of her previous grandeur with a new line of designer shoes. 

High-fashion shoes are notorious for the damage the cause to women’s feet, and are well attributed to the development of painful bunion, Morton’s neuromas, Achilles.  Yet, Posh must be feeling the pains of wearing the designer stilettos, as her new shoes ditch the narrow heels for a lower and platformed shoe.  This marks a stark divergence in the functionality of the shoe, and goes a significant length in maintaining the foot’s normal anatomy.

While higher-heels are always going to increase the risk of falls, sprains, and damage to your foot architecture, shoes that have a wider toe-box or that feature a firmer platform are certainly the preferable option.  For once – it seems a designer has woken up to this concept, and is willing to blend fashion with a greater sense of function.  If you’re looking for a new pair of dress shoes to enter the fall season, shoes like Beckham’s which feature a wider and more supportive base will go a long ways in maintaining your comfort and reducing long-term damage. 

Dr. Google doesn’t always have the right answer, and may only delay the correct diagnosis and intervention.  If you or a family member has any questions about foot pain, deformity, or proper shoe wear they should seek out a local expert to prevent treatment delay. If you’re in the Crofton, Annapolis or Bowie areas come see us at Crofton Podiatry for expert foot an ankle care.

By Brad Toll.

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.

By Brad Toll
February 20, 2015
Category: Bunion

Even though February is here New Year’s is still fresh, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to make this 2015 the best year yet!  First on most people’s list for their 2015 resolution is improving their personal health. However, accomplishing these goals may be impossible when you’re hindered by bunion pain. We see many patients in the Crofton, Gambrills and greater Annapolis area who have let their bunion pain bother them for years before coming into our office to get it fixed. 

Bunions are not only cosmetically embarrassing, and painful, but can also increase your risk of trips falls, and other injuries. Delaying treatment is only delaying your return to a healthy life!  Surgical management of your bunion is often simple, and definitive. Oftentimes your local podiatrist can offer a multitude of surgical and non-surgical options which can resolve your bunion deformity, remove your foot pain, and kick your 2015 off to a great start in a matter of months.

Ignoring your bunion won’t make it go away! If your feet are causing your pain and are keeping you from accomplishing your resolution for a healthier 2015, find a local foot specialist to talk about getting your pain resolved, and putting your best foot forward in the New Year! If you’re around the greater Annapolis area, feel free to give us a call here at Crofton Podiatry at 410-721-4505 or schedule online here!

By Brad Toll.

By Brad Toll
February 11, 2015
Category: Gout

Whether you were a Seahawks or Patriots fan it is undeniable that this year’s Superbowl will go down as one of the most memorable finishes in NFL’s history. While the Patriots were busy positioning themselves for the 28-24 surprise win over the Seattle Seahawks, football enthusiasts across the nation were positioning themselves for another round of snacks and drinks. During Superbowl Sunday, it was estimated that American’s ate approximately 1,083,333 football fields worth of wings, over 120 million pounds of avocados, 325 million gallons of beer (enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 1,938 times), over 29 million pounds of chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 4 million pizzas!

While these stats are almost as amazing as the stats of the players themselves – they also bring more than just the misery of your favorite teams defeat. Many of these foods (and especially the beer that washes them down) may predispose us to a painful condition known as gout. Painful gout attacks occur due to the buildup of micro-crystals in our blood, something that can be exacerbated by diets rich in purines. These crystals deposit themselves in the joints of our peripheral extremities, and as a result affected joints will appear red, swollen, warm, and will be extremely painful to move or bend. 

If you think you or someone at your football party may be suffering from a gouty attack following this Sunday’s feast, it is important they see their local podiatrist right away. Untreated, gouty crystals will only continue to be painful, and may cause permanent damage to the joint.  Gout can be easily treated with medication, and a simple conversation regarding what foods may predispose to gouty flare-ups may significantly reduce the likelihood of future occurrence. If you live in the Crofton or Bowie area and suspect you may have gout – call my staff at Crofton Podiatry to make an appointment today!

By Brad Toll.

Food statistics courtesy: http://mashable.com/2015/01/28/super-bowl-food/

Its official – the 2014 football season is well underway and in full swing! In the mire of foam fingers, painted faces, and nacho platters that are now sure to flood your weekend festivities, it is truly a joyous time for celebration (if your team wins that is!). Despite all the celebration and weekend festivities associated with game day rituals, Players such as Chargers’ Manti Te’o or (Toe-O as we’re referring to him) are already losing game time due to injuries to their feet. Whether you’re playing professionally, academically, or just in the backyard the long-term mental capacity damage from repetitive concussions is deeply concerning.

However, in the light of the recent scandals regarding concussions to the head, people often forget the extremely debilitating injuries that occur on the other side of the body – the feet! Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common in high-impact sports such as football, and can lead to a number of long-term problems. In addition to the number of sprains, fractures, and tendon injuries that may occur, football players are also prone to a number of other injuries such as turf toe, Sesamoiditis, Plantar fasciitis, and even Achilles tendonitis or rupture. Oftentimes, many of these injuries take much longer to heal than the participant will accept, and this can lead to additional injuries and a worse overall prognosis.

Team sports are excellent for developing personal skills, personal fitness and for just overall fun!  However, parents of students playing football in the Annapolis and Crofton areas should take extra caution to be sure their teens are training and playing properly to avoid injury.  Below are my pro-tips for reducing injury during any physical activity.  As always, if an injury is suspected and is beyond self-care it is important that you seek proper medical care immediately to prevent long-term damage!

The Crofton Podiatry tips for reducing football injury to the lower extremity:

·         Be sure to properly warm up prior to any sports activity

·         Condition your muscles for the sport in the off season

·         Choose athletic shoes specifically for your foot type

·         Replace athletic shoes when the tread wears out or the heels wear down

·         Prevent recurrent injury by listening to your body!

·         Listen to your body

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