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By Crofton Podiatry
November 12, 2019
Category: Podiatrist

How can you tell if a podiatrist is a right fit for you? When it comes to finding the right podiatrist to trust with addressing your foot and ankle needs, it can be a trying process. Here are the 5 steps to help you find the right podiatrist for you and your unique needs:

Website

Their website isn’t just information about how to schedule your first appointment. When you visit a potential podiatrists website, it makes a world of difference when there’s a clear effort made to make podiatry care accessible and informational to all patients

Services

They offer a wide range of services. While one patient will likely never need to utilize every single different kind of surgical method or medical treatment a podiatrist offers, it helps to know that they have the capability. Even if they don’t have the capability, a willingness to help you find someone who does is extraordinary.

Doctors

The doctors and their staff listen to you. This seems like a no-brainer, but many practices can come off feeling disconnected from their patient population. Your health and well-being impacts your quality of life - it’s safe to say that your quality of life should be a top priority to your chosen medical professionals.

Facility 

Their facility is clean and accommodating. A doctor’s office shouldn’t be anything less than the best. Whether they go for a cozy aesthetic or seek out a modern look to their lobby area, one thing should remain the same about their exam rooms: they should be clearly putting patient safety and health front and center.

Staff

Last but not least: they should have a friendly staff that’s happy to help you work through your questions and concerns if anything should arise. If this is everything you’ve been looking for, look no further. At Crofton Podiatry, our patients are our top priority. Call us today at (410) 721-4505 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Toll in Crofton, Maryland.

 

Among the usual treatment podiatrists employ, Crofton Podiatry also offers the following which you may not know about. They are Cryotherapy, Iontophoresis, Neurolysis, and Extracorporeal Shockwave.

Each has their specific uses and applications, but all, if used as designed, can help alleviate many of the problems podiatric patients suffer from. They are:

  • Cryotherapy – it’s the use of cold to freeze off warts. Some treatments call for immersion in a cold cryotherapy bath while others only apply the freezing temperatures to the face or other affected areas. We use a cotton swab to apply liquid nitrogen to the affected area.
  • Iontophoresis - it is used to treat excessive sweating and employs a machine which passes a mild electrical current through a pan of water in which your feet are submerged. This can also be used for other parts of the body. There are no known long-term side effects and has been found to be very effective.
  • Neurolysis is used to treat neuromas or pinched nerves. Neurolysis requires the application of a chemical to eliminate the affected nerve. Several treatments are recommended.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy uses shockwaves to treat inflamed areas usually in the heel. This treatment is used for the more serious conditions of Plantar Fasciitis which may have not responded to more conservative treatments. Sound waves are applied outside the skin and act to heel the aggravated material within the foot.

While we strive to provide the most effective treatments for foot concerns, doing so requires keeping up on the latest procedures. Each of the above treatments are designed to be applied to specific foot issues and only a trained podiatrist can determine what treatment is best for you. Please know we are dedicated to providing only the best service to our patients.

If you believe you have any of the above maladies or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. He will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments. Call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas. 

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.




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