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By Crofton Podiatry
December 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

During the holidays, you have a lot to think about – cold weather, travel arrangements for the family, gifts, and, of course, gearing up to see all of your overbearing extended family members!

But we wanted to take a moment and remind you about how you can think about your feet during this time. For most, you’ll have some amount of travel during the holidays, so here are some tips to keep your feet happy as you go home for the holidays.

Pack your shoes – Unless your travel is just up the block to your parents’ house, you might want to bring more than just your one pair of shoes. If you’ll have some walking to do in the snow, wear your best, most waterproof boots. Then, make sure you bring some flip-flops in case your hosts are not the cleanest (or wears shoes in the house while you don’t). Finally, bring comfortable walking shoes if you’ll be going out for holiday events in town.

Schedule in rest and relaxation – No matter what your holiday travel plans, your feet will be doing a lot to take you from place to place. Doing some last minute shopping? Your feet will be the ones helping you run around. Climbing up 50 steps to your relative’s 4th floor walkup? It’s only possible thanks to your feet. Gripping the snow-covered ground to the mountain cabin your family rented? That’s hard work provided by your strong and healthy feet.

So why not give them some well-deserved rest with your feet up? Take turns with family members to give and receive foot massages. Yay for new holiday traditions!

Take cautions – There are a few issues that can put your feet at risk for foot problems:

  • Germs: Yep, when you’re on holiday, your feet are more at risk for encountering germs from new places and other people. It’s easy to catch a foot fungus infection (i.e. Athlete’s foot) when sharing slippers or towels with relatives who already have it.
  • Fireplace: While it is nice and cozy to share the fire with family, be careful not to get burned, especially if you have lost sensation due to diabetic neuropathy.
  • Black ice: As you travel during the cold winter months, be careful of slipping on nearly invisible black ice. Walk in well-lit places and use treaded shoes when walking outside at night after rain or snow, or you could end up with an ankle sprain!
  • Frostbite: During cold weather days and nights, be sure to wear socks with shoes to prevent unnecessary frost to your feet. Change out of wet socks and shoes as soon as possible!

Have concerns about your feet as you travel? Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505. Our podiatry team is ready to assist you with your foot and ankle issues at our office in Crofton, MD, which also serves the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie.

By Crofton Podiatry
December 12, 2018
Category: Foot safety
Tags: stretch   frostbite  

Dreaming of a white Christmas? The cold weather of winter sure makes us hope for snow!

However, we shouldn’t forget that where there is snow, there is a risk of injury. The roads and walkways can become more slippery and hazardous! We’ve got shoveling responsibilities ahead!

So let’s talk about how to keep our feet safe while we shovel so that we can enjoy the snow afterward! Here are some safety shoveling tips:

  • Bundle up the feet – Have you ever gotten snow in your shoes when you weren’t wearing socks? That ice-cold feeling can last for days! In severe cases, it can even lead to frostbite. So make sure you wear warm socks with waterproof, non-slip shoes. You wouldn’t want to slip on any ice that might be hiding under the snow. Boots made of thick material that cover the ankle (or higher) will be helpful in keeping the snow out and protecting your foot from injuries.
  • Warm up – You might think of shoveling as a chore, but it’s also very much a workout. Your entire body is involved in pushing the snow out of the way. That’s why so many people throw out their backs while shoveling! To help prevent back pain, be sure to warm up and stretch all parts of your body, not just your arms and legs. Your feet need to grip and stabilize your legs, so give them a good, specific warm-up too!
  • Use the right shovel – There are many different shapes and sizes of shovels to get the job done. Mainly you want to think about if you’ll be pushing the snow or if you’ll be scooping the snow. A light layer of snow would be an instance where you use a snow pushing shovel while moving a hefty covering of snow would require you to push and then scoop up mounds of snow to the side.
  • Use the right technique – Whichever shovel you use, it’s important to use the proper technique and posture so that you don’t hurt your body. Bend at the knees and use your legs for power, rather than your back. Make sure your feet are pointed in the direction you are pushing or scooping the snow so that you don’t slip or twist your ankle.

If you do experience a foot or ankle injury while shoveling, come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. He will help you find the right treatment for your injury. Make an appointment by calling us at Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505. Our office is located in Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie.

By Crofton Podiatry
January 03, 2018
Category: sports injuries
Tags: swelling   fractures   stretch   injuries   frostbite   sprain   black toenails  

It’s peak skiing and snowboarding season! If you haven’t already, you’re probably dusting off your gear and making sure that everything still works and fits correctly. And please, don’t forget this step! Many folks suffer from injuries each year while skiing or snowboarding due to improper use of equipment, ill-fitting boots, and not using safety gear.

Consider the following safety guidelines to keep you and your family safe while skiing or snowboarding:

Dress Warmly

  • Always wear layers and cover as much skin as possible. Gloves, socks, and a hat will keep you warm, especially when it is really cold and snowy. Bring extra socks to change into in case they get wet or sweaty.
  • It’s best if things can be waterproof so that you don’t risk getting your hands or feet wet, and then having them come into contact with snow or ice. That could lead to frostbite!

Use Protective Gear

  • Make sure you know how to use each piece of equipment properly. If you don’t know how the bootstraps tighten or loosen, or how to get out of skis once you are clipped in, ask a more experienced skier.
  • Use helmets, even if you’re a professional. You just never know what kind of accident might lead to hitting your head on ice, rocks or poles.
  • If you’re a beginner (especially in snowboarding), you may want to get knee, butt, and/or wrist pads for slips and falls to protect from injury and even fractures.

Prepare Your Feet

  • If you have to, try on multiple sizes of skiing or snowboarding boots to make sure they fit properly. While they must be snug, they should not cut off circulation to your feet and toes (which could lead to irritation on the skin, swelling, and bruises). If they are too loose, your feet and ankles will have to strain to give you the proper control over your skis or snowboard (and you can twist or sprain your ankle).
  • Make sure your toenails are trimmed so that they do not experience excessive pressure from the boots, which could lead to painful black toenails.
  • Stretch your toes, feet, and ankles before your skiing or snowboarding session to reduce risk of injury and warm them up before putting them to use.

Have you had an injury while participating in a winter sport? Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry to get the right treatment for your injury. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is prepared for quality assistance at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

 




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