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Posts for tag: heel pain

By Crofton Podiatry
July 27, 2017
Category: Heel Pain

It’s not uncommon for people to experience heel pain. Because of the many stresses that the feet endure (including carrying us everywhere), they are prone to acute and overuse injuries.  Also, because your heels are part of a joint, they can experience problems like arthritis and bone diseases (like bone tumors and fractures). 

Possible reasons for painful heels include:

  • Bruising – from stepping on something hard.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – an overuse problem, the tissues along the bottom of the feet can become tight and pull on the heel, causing pain on the bottom of the heel where the tissues connect to the bone.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – an overuse injury that develops when the Achilles tendon has repetitive stress on it, which can begin to cause tightness and inflammation. The irritation at the back of the heel where the tendon and heel bone connect can cause pain.
  • Heel Spur – a bony growth can develop on the heel as a deformity or from long-term irritation (like from plantar fasciitis). This growth can cause discomfort and pain when pressure is applied onto it.
  • Arthritis – The heel joint can be affected from this painful inflammatory problem in joints throughout the body.
  • Stress Fracture – When there has been repetitive use or an injury that receives constant impact, a stress fracture can occur or become bigger. The crack or break in the bone can cause immense pain and requires a lot of rest to properly heal.
  • Bursitis – an inflammation of the fluid sacs between your joints can cause pain in the heel joint.
  • Bone Diseases – which include issues like bone tumors and osteomyelitis are conditions of the bone that can cause pain as well.

When you’ve got heel pain, it’s not always easy to determine why the problem is occurring. It’s best to get properly assessed so that you can find the proper treatment for your pain. Otherwise, the problem can continue, or an underlying issue can be overlooked.

If you or someone in your family has heel pain, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to assist you and your family at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
August 10, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

When we think of the word Achilles, we often think of the heel – or someone’s vulnerability. Did you know that it comes from Greek mythology, where the important war hero, Achilles, was shot in the heel with an arrow and ultimately taken down? He was said to be invulnerable in all his body, except his heel.

It seems appropriate then, that the largest tendon in the body that allows us to walk and run is called the Achilles tendon. It is also interesting that while it is strong and essential to convenience in our daily lives, it is vulnerable to inflammation and degeneration. This is called Achilles Tendinitis and it results from repeated stress and overuse of the tendon. Some common causes are: sudden increase in exercise (especially very intense exercise) and extra bone grown where the tendon meets the heel bone.

You may have Achilles Tendinitis if:

  • There is pain in the back of the heel after long periods of rest (sitting or sleeping).

  • Pain in the Achilles tendon after exercise.

  • The tendon is swollen and stays swollen.

  • You have pain due to extra bone growth (bone spur)

There are many options for treatment such as:

  • NSAIDs – Ibuprofen or naproxen can reduce swelling and pain.

  • Physical Therapy, strengthening, and stretching – PT can help to relax the tendon and strengthen muscles around the tendon to support it.

  • Orthotics – Shoes with heel supports can reduce physical irritation of the tendon, which may already be inflamed.

  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy – ESWT may help stimulate the healing process of Achilles Tendinitis.

  • Surgery – There are many surgical options that can be undertaken if nonsurgical treatment doesn’t help improve symptoms.

If you have any of these symptoms, come see our board-certified doctor in Crofton, MD as soon as possible. Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry will assess your condition and offer treatment solutions that fit you best. Leaving these symptoms untreated can lead to more severe pain and issues later on. Make an appointment with us today by calling our office at (410) 721-4505.


By Crofton Podiatry
July 28, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Wear

Crocs have recently been in the media with regards to whether or not they are okay for everyday footwear. They were first designed for boating, with water safe materials and ventilation, but now they are seen everywhere, especially in the summer. People use them to hike, garden, and even just walk their dogs. They are well-loved for being light, grippy, and odor-resistant, but not always for being the best-looking footwear. So what’s all the fuss about?

Below we review some of the good and bad about wearing Crocs. Still, the best way to find out if they are right, especially for you, is to speak to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. He will work with you to assess your podiatric issues and suggest appropriate footwear for the summer.

The good:

  • Comfort – Because they are lightweight and have decent arch support, most find the shoe to be comfortable and convenient shoes.

  • Width – For those with wide feet or problems in the toe area, Crocs are great because they are not very restricting in the toe box area.

  • Shock absorption – The cushioning protects the feet, ankles, and back from impact while walking on hard floors.

  • Of note: Their CrocsRX line is APMA supported and are recommendable for folks who have certain feet problems (e.g. diabetic or post-surgery patients) or for those who stand for long periods of time.

The bad:

  • Width – Those with narrow feet the Crocs may not find that wearing them gives enough support, as the feet can move around in the shoes.

  • Requires more heel support – Many Crocs have open or one strap backs and only have heel support in the heel cup of the shoes. When the heel is not well-supported, it causes the toes to grip harder and can cause issues like tendinitis, ingrown toenails, or corns and calluses.

  • Loose fit – Adults and children alike are more likely to trip and fall. This makes them unsuitable for athletic activities such as running, hiking, or playing sports.

The ugly?

Let’s face it – though the style has improved throughout the years, they are not always the most attractive footwear. It is definitely more of “function over fashion”.

Just keep in mind that if shoes are not supportive or eventually cause you pain, Crocs may not be the shoes for you. If you are suffering from foot or ankle issues due to your footwear, please make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office. Earlier treatment can prevent worse problems later on.

By Crofton Podiatry
July 20, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: heel pain   heel spurs  

You take your first steps out of bed in the morning and your heel hurts. What’s going on? The pain on the bottom of your foot, from the arch to the heel is called plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome. The pain occurs when there is inflammation of the plantar fascia - connective tissue stretching from the toes to the arch, and attached to the heel bone.

Those who have plantar fasciitis usually suffer from pain after exercise and long periods of sitting or sleeping. If left untreated, you may experience severe pain on the heels. The injury of the plantar fascia is due to overuse of the tissue. Many times, the culprit is overpronation, which makes the foot flat. When the foot is flattened and force is put on it, the arch stretches and increases tension on the tissue. Other risk factors include being overweight, and standing for long periods of time. Walking or running long distances for exercise can also cause the problem.


There are many treatments available, depending on the severity of your pain. If you experience pain, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Some common treatments to relieve symptoms:

  • Rest – Keep weight off the foot and elevate when possible to prevent further pain.

  • Ice packs – With mild pain, you can do ice treatments for 15-20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times a day.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications – NSAIDs can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.

  • Orthotic devices – Shoes with padded soles or rubber heel inserts may help with pain and increase stability.

  • Physical Therapy – Physical therapy can help to speed up healing and strengthen to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) – Shockwaves are sent to stimulate healing and possibly to reduce sensitivity and pain.

  • Surgery – This is usually a last resort for those suffering chronic and long-lasting pain.

If you have been suffering from plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients with the latest technology.


At Crofton Podiatry we spend a lot of our time talking with our patients about the damage that can result from decades of wearing high heels. However, what we spend less time talking about is how shoes without any raised arches can also hurt our feet. These shoes more colloquially known as ‘flats’, have found their way into every woman’s wardrobe across the nation, and are expected to make a big comeback in spring 2015. 

Wearing these shoes for extended lengths of time can put significant strain on our body’s natural anatomic arch and cause tearing of the fibrous bands which support these arches. This tearing can be extremely painful, and is the primary cause for what we call plantar fasciitis.

If you absolutely cannot imagine a life without regular use of your flats, there may be a way you can wear them without experiencing regular pain of plantar fasciitis. While there are many stretching, icing, and other inflammation reducing exercises that may temporarily relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis, these will not address the underlying cause of the problem. The best way to relieve the arch or heel pain associated with flat shoe use is to wear orthotic inserts. Orthotics will help support the arch in your feet, and reduce the forces which cause the fibrous bands in your feet from tearing.

If you or someone you know is having persistent pain in the bottoms of their feet after wearing flats, there is no need to prolong the suffering. A visit with your local foot and ankle specialist will help you understand the nature of your pain and what can be done to prevent it in the future. If you’re in the Crofton, Gambrills or Bowie area, consider giving us a call and one of my staff members will get you set up. There we can discuss what type of treatment may be best to resolve your symptoms and get you out of the flat shoe blues and back to pain free living!

By Brad Toll.

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