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By Brad Toll
February 27, 2015
Category: Ankle Sprain

The 2015 Grammy’s occurred this weekend with notable mentions to all sorts of stars. This year’s event featured performances from Katy Perry, Madonna, and a collaboration between Paul McCartney, Rhianna, and Kanye West.  While many were happy to see Sam Smith, Pharrell, and Beck take home some of the most notable Grammy wins, most people were just glad to see little mention of Justin Beiber.  However, the Grammy-nominated Beiber has other ways of making headlines. Just today the news media is saying that Justin has been unable to complete his court mandated community service due to what he is calling a ‘high ankle sprain’.

While this may seems like a joke to the judicial process, many of my patients in Crofton and around the Gambrills and Annapolis area know just how serious ankle sprains can be! Patients that suffer from frequent, debilitating ankle sprains may suffer from chronic ankle stability. This is a lifelong condition that may require a brace or custom shoe gear to maintain ambulation. Oftentimes, these strategies are only partially effective, and surgery may become the best option for definitive resolution. There are over 20 different surgeries for ankle instability or following significant ankle sprains, ranging from tendon repair and transfers, ligamentous repair, or bone work. Therefore, it is important to talk to a local specialist about which treatment may be right for you and if you’re in the area, I invite you to give us a call at Crofton Podiatry.

Like many things with our health, delays in treating injuries may only make them worse! If you have an ankle sprain which has not reduced in swelling, redness, or pain after a week it is important you see a local foot and ankle specialist for proper diagnosis. They can talk to you the severity of damage to your ankle, and through all of the available treatment options. Even if your sprain doesn’t require surgery or other more definitive interventions, be sure to ask your local practitioner about ways to prevent suture sprains. Don’t be like Beiber – get your ankle sprain treated today so you can get back to your life the way you want it!

By Brad Toll.

As the summer and spring training months come upon us, my patients are continually tempted to keep running through their painful and swollen feet to meet their fitness goals. All too often I see patients coming into my office with a red swollen toenail saying, “Dr. Toll – you’ve got to cut it off, it just hurts too much!". But before you get to this level of pain as a result of an ingrown toenail, let’s look at the causes and ways to prevent this common runner’s plight.

Ingrown toenails become painful when the side of the nail pushes into the skin. This irritates the skin, and can cause significant redness, swelling, and breakdown. If left untreated, ingrown toenails can break through the skin causing a passageway for bacteria into the body.  Athletes are more prone to ingrown toenails because of their increased activity, heightened pressures inside the toe box, and as a result of wearing sport specific shoes. However, more often than not, the culprit I see the most often is from ill-fitting shoes (something we’ve talked about in previous blogs).

Attempts to heal ingrown toenails at home can be dangerous. Many people will suggest remedies that may simply prolong the symptoms, or increase the ability of bacteria to enter the broken skin. Taking leftover antibiotics are not only dangerous, but are also not likely to resolve the infected toenail. Additionally, it will continue to push into the skin unless removed by someone with the proper training. Most importantly – I suggest to my patients to not to attempt to remove the offending nail portion themselves. This can cause serious trauma to the nail and nail bed if not done properly, increasing the potential for infection.

If you’ve been training to run through the pain, or have just started to notice new swelling, and redness in any of your toes, call us at Crofton Podiatry today at (410) 721-4505 for prompt resolution.  From simple taping procedures, to more permanent nail removal techniques, we will talk about your options and help you find what’s best to get you back on the courts, tracks and fields.

By Brad Toll.




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