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By Crofton Podiatry
April 27, 2017
Category: Running

Running is a great exercise for the whole body. The simple but multi-beneficial cardiovascular routine has become one of the most popular forms of exercise for folks in the United States.

In order to have a productive and injury-free fitness session, it’s important to include warming up, stretching, and conditioning into your routine. Proper foot care, well-fitting shoes, and building up strength in foot, leg, back, and abs muscles are necessary to prevent common injuries or muscle strains, including:

  • Blisters – Constant friction from shoes can cause fluid-filled sacs on the skin. These can be painless, but if they become bigger, they can cause pain.
  • Corns and calluses – Pressure and friction from running, posture, and shoes can also cause thickened skin on the skin of the feet. They can be filed down, but if the problem is persistent, it can cause much discomfort.
  • Athlete's Foot – This fungal disease can be spread via shared shoes, towels, or community showers. If running is a part of your workout at the gym, wearing flip flops can help prevent contracting the disease.
  • Shin splints – The strain on the feet caused by repetitive motions and impact on the ground can cause pain in the shins. Stretching, cool down, and massages can help to reduce the level of pain in the shins.
  • Achilles tendonitis – Because of the immense involvement of the ankle during running, including the Achilles tendon, it is prone to injury. Depending on the support from shoes and the movement of your gait, your Achilles may have to work harder when you run. It can cause the Achilles tendon to become inflamed, causing tendonitis.
  • Plantar fasciitis – Intense activity and long runs or jogs can cause pain along the bottom of the feet (i.e. the tissues called the plantar fascia). Stretching the feet in a flexed position can sometimes alleviate pain.

Hygiene is an important part of foot care for runners. Make sure you cut your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. If you have Athelete’s foot or warts, make sure to be careful not to spread it to others at the gym. Wear clean socks each time you run, and change into a fresh pair after your run.

Shoes are also important for properly supporting your feet and ankles while you run. Any pain during a run can cause a strain that can become worse later. Make sure you have adequate arch support and heel cupping, as well as a snug fit, but with room in the toe box to wiggle your toes. If your feet are sliding around in the shoes, you can end up with blisters, corns, or calluses.

Got recurring or increasing pains from running? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to receive a thorough assessment of your running feet. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
November 22, 2016
Category: Events
Tags: running   hydration   stretching   eating healthy  

Did you sign up for a Thanksgiving Day race? It’s a perfect pre-Thanksgiving meal activity to stay in shape and run/walk for a good cause. The gathering of loved ones and delicious foods are hard to stay away from, so what better way to “earn” your delicious meal than to exercise for a good cause?

Our team at Crofton Podiatry wants you to stay safe during this Thanksgiving Day event. The following are tips to prevent injury during your race:

  • Train: Especially if this is your first race, make sure that you practice walking or running long distances. Turkey Trots can be as short as 1K or as long as a 10K. Make sure that you increase your distance little by little until Thanksgiving Day comes. Most importantly, it will help you determine if your body is ready for a race. Look for any pain or discomfort to address before the race day.
  • Hydration: Before, during, and after the race, it is important to keep hydrated to make sure that you do not faint or have issues due to dehydration.
  • Break in sneakers and clothing: Whatever you plan to wear during the race, make sure you wear it a few times beforehand to make sure they don’t cause chafing or blisters. Sneakers should be comfortable, supportive, and durable. Clothing should not make you overheat while running.
  • Stretch: Before and after the race, stretching can help prevent injury and reduce soreness.
  • Eat healthy food: Junk foods will not give you good energy to help you do your best on race day. Eat a good variety of healthy foods, especially to keep you sustained during the race.

The most important part is to listen to your body. If you feel any pain or dizziness while training or even during the actual race, slow down. Do not push through or you will risk a more severe injury that will require more complex treatment. If you notice any pain or discomfort, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at our Crofton, MD office. Call us at (410) 721-4505 to make an appointment. Our team will be happy to help you get to the finish line – and your well-deserved Thanksgiving meal!

 

By Brad Toll
December 06, 2014
Category: Shin Splints

While football is busy taking most of the attention in the States, its international competitor futbol is catching some recent headlines. Recently, Manchester United’s Phil Jones has picked up yet another injury, with this time being shin splints! Jones had only been back on the field less than a week after being forced to miss four games due to a hamstring injury. While Jones was thought to have recovered from the previous injury, and was training for a past Sunday’s Premier League game against longtime rival Chelsea. However, on the Saturday before the game, Jones started to feel soreness in the front of his legs and was unable to play in both the Sunday game against Chelsea and the Monday Old Tafford clash vs. the Blues. Unfortunately for now, the team’s managers are still unsure how long it will take Jones to recover.

As many of my patients in the Crofton and Gambrills area of Maryland know, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get shin splints. In fact, many of my patients who present with this horrible pain are just trying to get started in a running routine. Unfortunately, the severe pain we feel in our shins is actually caused by small tears in the area where our lower leg muscles attach to our shin bone (or tibia).  These tears occur because of over-use and overstretching of these muscles, especially following periods or inactivity, or during extended use.

Some of the best ways we can prevent or reduce the occurrence of shin splints is making sure we have the right shoes for our body type, and making sure to stretch our calves and legs regularly even when we aren’t involved in exercise. Additionally, always being sure to use warm up and cool down exercises, and to take breaks when you start feeling shin splints coming on. Taking these necessary precautions may reduce the severity and recurrence of these muscle pains. Ultimately, anytime you have longstanding pain that isn’t easily resolved, it is vital that you see a local specialist. They will be able to study your body type to truly get to the bottom of what is causing your pain, and can focus on finding the true source of your pain, rather than just treating the symptoms itself. And if you’re in our neck of the woods don’t hesitate to call us Crofton Podiatry!

By Brad Toll.

It’s time for thanksgiving and that means it’s time for a sizeable feast! If you’re looking for ways to burn off some of the extra stuffing consumed during the thanksgiving feast, a walk/run 5k or other outdoor activities are perfect ways to keep your body moving during this holiday rest. Many organizations put together 5k’s just for the holiday season, and they can be a great way to get out and stay active as a family.

While the thanksgiving events may be a bit close, it may not be too late to sign up! If an official event may not be for you, getting the family together for an extra walk or two is a great way to end the 2014 year and kick off a great start to 2015! And don’t forget – there are still plenty of events scheduled throughout December and for January 1st!

While foot and ankle specialists prefer to focus on the health of your feet – we care about your whole body too! Being active, and exercising regularly are the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Below are a few running activities still available for the 2014 holiday season:

 

10th Annual Thanksgiving Morning 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit LARS
Laurel, MD

11.27.14

 

8th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run
Annapolis, MD

11.27.14

 

Tom's 13th Annual 5K Reindeer Run
Laurel, MD

11.29.14

 

Zombie OUT-Run
Annapolis, MD

11.29.14

 

ROCKING THE ROADS 2014 - Annapolis
Annapolis, MD

11.29.14

 

Jug Bay Post Turkey Trail 5K 2014
Lothian, MD

11.29.14

 

Reindeer 5K Run & Walk
Edgewater, MD

12.06.14

 

2014 Jingle Bell Run 5K/3K Walk
Annapolis, MD

12.07.14

 

Fort Meade Run Series - Reindeer 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk
Fort Meade, MD

12.13.14

 

Annapolis Strider Membership
Annapolis, MD

12.29.14

 

M's Run: Klingons Against Cancer 5K - Annapolis
Annapolis, MD

01.01.15

 

Meet Me On Mas 2015 - Annapolis
Annapolis, MD

01.01.15

 

Commitment Day 5K - Baltimore, MD
Columbia, MD

 

 

The staff at Crofton Podiatry and I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Brad Toll.

By Brad Toll
November 22, 2014
Category: Footwear

Recently Hollywood and the fashion industry has been abuzz with word of the latest fashion crime to appear on celebrities feet; the shower sandal. Made famous by the now infamous Adidas sandals that made their way into most people’s closets as a way to protect feet from locker-room floors over a decade ago, these nostalgic sandals are now making a big comeback in what’s being termed the ‘ugly-pretty’ market. Recently, high fashion shoe wear designers such as Celine and Chloe have revealed versions costing triple digits for the now infamous loungewear, which making its way into numerous celeb Instagrams and even a few red carpets (both with and without socks as well).

While it is our hope that this fad doesn’t make its way anywhere near the Annapolis and Crofton areas of Maryland, this does provide an excellent reminder of when old shoes (and even old styles such as shower sandals) should probably be thrown away and replaced. Old and worn shoes may aid to the development of overuse injuries, particularly those like stress fractures or tendinitis. These can be very painful conditions and may significantly set back your mobility and summer exercise routines, however, they are easily prevented by regular and proactive replacement of your shoe gear.

Many of my patients ask me how they should know when it is time to replace their summer running shoes.  For active runners, the golden rule I tell all my patients at Crofton Podiatry is to replace your shoes around every 500 miles or earlier if you begin feeling pain in your feet, ankles, or knees with wear. For non-strictly running activities such as CrossFit, replacing your athletic shoes at least every 12 months should be adequate depending on how hard you train.

If you’re unsure about the age or use of your shoes, the easiest way to determine their remaining longevity is by looking at the sole of each shoe. Shoes that are near the end of their life will show significant wear in the tread, perhaps even to the point where the bottom of the shoe is no longer flat. If you see any of these signs, or are still unsure on how the wear on your shoes may be affecting your health, it is important you see a knowledgeable shoe specialist to evaluate if your shoes are best for you and your health.

By Brad Toll.




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