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By Crofton Podiatry
June 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Hammertoes   stiffness   yoga   pedicure   ingrown   ankles  

Now that it’s time for the toes to come out and play (in open-toed shoes), you may be thinking more about how they look. Do they need some toenail trimming? Thinking about how to best groom those toe hairs? Maybe you’re considering a pedicure?

You may also be wondering if your toes always looked like that. Are some of them looking a bit crooked or bent up more than you remember? Is a toenail becoming ingrown? After the cold season, your toes may need some extra love.

To start, if you notice any toe or feet problems, inspect them to see if there is any redness, pain, or inflammation. If you need some treatment, make an appointment with us at Crofton Podiatry so that you can find safe and effective remedies.

At home, we encourage you to try doing toe exercises, especially if you notice that your toes are becoming deformed. For example, if you begin to develop hammertoes, where your toes form an upside-down “V” shape, you may be able to counteract them from getting worse by doing some toe exercises. If you have stiffness in the big toe, you may also benefit from doing some toe exercises.

Try some of the following at home or at work when you have free moments:

  • Curl and spread your toes, holding at each position for a few seconds. This may feel weird the first few times you do it since you haven’t been using your toes in this way. Do at least 10 repetitions, for 3 sets.
  • Grab marbles or a small towel with your toes. Move it from left to right, release, and then pick it up again and move it back. Do this at least 10 times, with each foot.
  • Get up onto your tippy toes while sitting or standing. You can get the full benefit if you stand, but you can still get in a good stretch if you do this while sitting.
  • Write out letters with your big toes. Use your big toes and write out the alphabet in the air. Your ankles will benefit from this exercise too!
  • Stand in mountain and tree pose with your toes spread out. These yoga poses will help strengthen your toes while you learn to balance with your toes.

If you are worried about toe deformities, corns, calluses, or pain in the big toe, come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, at Crofton Podiatry. He can provide you with details to the proper exercises you should do for your toe issues. Call us today at (410) 721-4505 to make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
October 13, 2016
Category: Arthritis
Tags: swelling   joint pain   stiffness  

October 12th has been designated as World Arthritis Day. Since this day is for bringing awareness about how arthritis affects our population, we at Crofton Podiatry would like to share how arthritis can affect your feet in particular. While some folks can develop arthritis earlier in their lives (juvenile arthritis), most Americans are affected after the age of 65. In fact, about 50 percent of Americans over 65 years old suffer from arthritis foot pain.                                                        

Arthritis usually presents with pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Because we are constantly on our feet, it is very likely that arthritis will affect the ankle and big toe joints. After all, each foot has 33 joints that can be affected! Additionally, not only is there pain in the joints, it can also lead to other consequences in the surrounding areas of the feet. Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, and Posttraumatic Arthritis (due to injury) are typical forms of arthritis to affect the feet.

Symptoms of Arthritis in the Feet

  • Early morning stiffness.
  • Limitation in motion of joint.
  • Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint.
  • Redness or heat in a joint.
  • Skin changes, including rashes and growths.
  • Swelling in one or more joints (e.g. toes that swell up to look like sausages)
  • Joint cracking or popping sounds when walking.
  • Toenails that separate due to swollen toes.

If you or a family member is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, as soon as possible. Arthritis in the feet can lead to immobility and severe pain. Early diagnosis and treatment can slow down the affects of the condition.

Relief and Treatment

Dr. Toll may suggest the following means of relief and treatment after meeting with you:

  • Physical Therapy and exercise.

  • NSAIDs and/or steroid injections into the affected area.

  • Orthotics/Supportive shoes.

Our team at the Crofton, MD office is ready to assist you and your family’s needs when caring for your feet and ankles. The best treatment for your specific needs depends on your condition, so make sure you come in to see him today. Call us at (410) 721-4505.




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