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By Crofton Podiatry
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: dry skin   fracture   stretch   sports   RICE method   cancer   flip-flops   jog  

Got your beach bag ready? Hope you packed a swimsuit, sunblock, sunglasses, flip flops, beach towel, and frozen water bottle for your day at the beach. Whether it be a water park, lakefront, or oceanfront day of relaxation, you should make sure to take precautions for keeping your feet safe too. Here are a few ways to do that:

Skin:

       Hydrate – Be sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration (which can also cause dry skin for your feet!)

       Sunblock – Be sure to wear sunblock lotion from the head to the toes to protect from UV (A and B) rays and reapply every couple of hours to reduce the risk of burning and developing skin cancer.

       Hygiene – Wash your feet with warm water and soap at the end of the day to remove sand and any other small particles or microorganisms that may have hitched a ride.

       Cuts and scrapes - When leaving sandy areas, rinse off the feet so that it doesn’t irritate the skin as you walk on smoother surfaces. It’s probably best to put on flip-flops or sandals to prevent problems from walking on rough or very hot surfaces. If you do incur cuts or scrapes, be sure to treat them promptly to prevent infection.

Shoes:

       Water shoes: A great way to keep your feet safe from injury at the beach is to wear water shoes. It will reduce the risk of cuts from sharp objects in the water as well as help with the transition to the sand and then to any boardwalks or other walkways.

Sports:

     Stretch and Warm-up – As soon as you get to the beach, start with some stretching and warm up. Walking on the beach can be unstable for your feet and ankles, and a wrong step can cause an injury. This is especially important if you are going to play sports like volleyball, throwing a Frisbee, or taking a jog.

     Sports injury – If you sustain a mild sports injury, use the RICE method to prevent worsening symptoms. If it’s a more severe injury, like a possible fracture, get the attention of medical staff or go to a local hospital.

Do you have a foot problem from a day at the beach? We can help you feel better. At Crofton Podiatry, we will use the latest treatment options to assess and take care of your foot and ankle care needs. Make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. We also serve the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.

By Crofton Podiatry
November 30, 2017
Category: Feet Protection
Tags: fracture   injury   nutrition   physical activity  

Did you know that osteoporosis can affect people as early as 50 years old? Did you know that it tends to affect women more than men? Did you know that it can affect bones in all parts of the body? And did you know that you can do something about it now?

Well now you know.

Depending on diet, exercise, hereditary traits, smoking habits, and hormonal changes, osteoporosis can have different ages of onset. The bones in your body slowly begin to lose more calcium than it absorbs, and at some point, can become so weak and brittle that the smallest injuries can lead to fractures or completely broken bones (think broken hips from a fall). Oftentimes, there are no obvious and easily detectable signs of osteoporosis. That’s why some patients get diagnosed with osteoporosis only after they experience a fracture in their feet from a seemingly harmless activity or injury. Don’t forget, your feet have 26 bones each, and have to carry your whole body around all the time.

While there are treatments available, your risk of fracture and broken bones is still going to be higher than if you hadn’t developed osteoporosis in the first place. That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent weakening bones, sooner rather than later.

It starts with nutrition. Post Thanksgiving feast and before New Year’s celebrations  may be a good time to think about your daily food habits. In particular, are you incorporating enough sources of calcium and getting enough sunshine for vitamin D? You need the vitamin D to absorb calcium into your bones. Additionally, you may want to re-evaluate a diet that is high in salt (including processed foods and TV dinners), soda drinks with phosphoric acid (which replaces the calcium in our bones), and excessive amounts of caffeine.

It’s important to strength train. While you may already know that regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, your bones will benefit even more if you incorporate strength-training exercises. It helps to solidify your bones for higher density (which means it’s less porous, and less likely to crack).

Does osteoporosis run in your family? Are you worried about your foot health? Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to receive a thorough assessment. Our dedicated team is ready to help you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding areas in Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.

Investigators say they used footage from 2014 Miss Toyota Grand Prix contest in Longbeach, CA to catch insurance fraud in the act. A 22 year-old beauty contestant was arrested after authorities discovered her featured in an online video competing in the competition, all while allegedly collecting disability from a reported foot injury.  Little did the 22 year old know that the cameras she was so eagerly posing for would be the same cameras capturing the evidence needed to book her on 3 counts of serious insurance fraud.

The contestant was Shawna Palmer, a clerk at a nearby grocery store who had recently filed for workman’s comp after allegedly injuring her toe during work hours. However, within two days after leaving her doctor’s office in crutches, Palmer was seen competing in a beauty contest in little but high heels.  To make matters worse, Palmer was seen competing in high heels in yet another beauty competition, less than a week after telling physicians that she ‘could not place any weight on her foot, move it in any direction, or wear a shoe for any length of time’.  If convicted, she will face a possible a year in prison and repayment of the $24,000 in benefits she has collected on disability leave so far.

However, true cases of workman’s compensation is nothing to joke about.  Unlike this contestant, most of my patients in the Crofton and Gambrills area who see me for far an evaluation want to reduce the amount of work time lost as a result of a foot injury.  This is why I work with all of my patients with work related foot injuries to get them back into regular shoes as quickly yet safely as possible.  If you have any foot pain or injuries that are keeping you from doing what you want to, it is important you seek the consultation of a foot and ankle specialist and if you’re in the area click here to schedule a visit with me at Crofton Podiatry.

 

By Brad Toll.




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