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Also known as Adult-Acquired Flat Foot or Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis, this condition results in a flattened arch in the foot. Those affected might experience symptoms such as pain along the inside of the ankle and foot, as well as a foot deformity with a shifted heel bone. Left untreated, it can cause chronic pain and severe deformity, making it hard to find shoes that fit comfortably.

What causes it?

  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD) – This is one of the most common causes of painful progressive flat foot. When there is inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon, or if it is damaged or torn, it can no longer properly hold up the arches of the feet.
  • Health issuesObesity (excess weight that the feet have to bear), Diabetes (reduced sensation can lead to weakened foot structures and eventually lead to Charcot Foot), and Hypertension (reduced blood supply to the tendon).
  • Arthritis: When joints and bones are affected by arthritis, they can become weakened and allow for a collapsed arch.
  • Injury: Blunt trauma can cause the issues that lead to a fallen arch, including inflamed or torn tendon, or structural deformity in the feet.
  • Flat foot since childhood – Some folks are born with flat feet, and they may not always cause problems until later in life when the arch collapses.

What can be done to treat it?

  • Orthotics, including custom supportive inserts, specially made shoes, immobilizing casts, or supportive braces. These assistive devices can help to correct your gait and posture. They can prevent your feet from rolling inward from having flat feet, as well as relieve pressure on the arches as you walk and stand.  
  • Physical therapy can be helpful to strengthen the soft tissue in the feet to correct gait.
  • Icing and NSAIDs can help relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation.
  • Treat health conditions like obesity (weight loss), diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis.
  • In rare cases, surgery might be an option to treat any posterior tibial tendon issues, or if there are any structural bone issues.

If you suspect that your arches have fallen and if you have pain along the inside of your feet or ankles, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

    

 

 

 

Foot problems are not only the issue of older people.  In fact, many foot ankle   and leg issues in adults can be traced back to things missed or neglected from   childhood.  Here are 5 examples:

  1.   Gait abnormalities. Toe walking, intoe (pigeon-toe) gait, flat feet,   developmental delays in early walkers are best evaluated and treated at the   earliest age possible.  Just because there is no pain doesn’t mean it isn’t a       problem that should be addressed.
  2.   Pain or fatigue in the feet, legs or knees.  Pain is NEVER normal.
  3. “Growing pains”.  Largely a myth, but heel or knee pain in the 9-14 year old age group is often a minor but annoying injury to the growth plates which can be addressed easily and with little or no downtime from sports
  4. Sports injuries.  Sprains, strains and fractures.  Podiatrists are more familiar with anatomy and mechanisms of injury than emergency rooms—without the long waiting times.
  5. Dermatological issues: warts, ingrown nails, athlete’s foot, and excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis) are all common in children.

At Clark Podiatry Center and the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, we firmly believe that ”prevention is better than correction”. To that end, we are hosting our 4th Annual (Free) Kids Foot Screening event in our office on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM. Bring all your children and we’ll evaluate them and make treatment recommendations according to their needs.  It’s a popular event, so to economize on time, we recommend scheduling an appointment for the screening examination

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

At Clark Podiatry Center and the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, we want to keep you walking!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 08, 2018
Category: Orthotics

Do you ever find yourself wanting your shoes to be more comfortable? Maybe if they had a little more padding on this part of the shoe, you would be able to wear them for a bit longer. If only there was more arch support, you wouldn’t suffer from chronic plantar fasciitis. Is there a way to find comfort without buying new shoes altogether?

orthotics

Yes! Orthotics to the rescue!

Sometimes, finding comfort and extra support can be as simple as adding over-the-counter orthotic inserts. If your shoes are in good condition, other than making your feet tired, you may just need some arch pads, ball of feet pads, or heel cups to stabilize your feet. Shoes like high heels, flats, and some sandals need some orthotic inserts to reduce foot pain for a long day of standing or walking.

For other issues, like foot deformities (e.g. bunions or hammertoes), you may need custom-made orthotics. They might be inserts or whole shoes that are custom-formed for your specific needs. For example, your feet may not fit into typical shoe shapes if you have a severe bunion deformity. The orthotic shoe can help prevent worsening symptoms and allow for foot comfort from chronic pain and other symptoms.

Additionally, some people may need temporary orthotic support when rehabilitating from an injury. Foot or ankle braces can ensure that bones and soft tissues heal properly. It can also support the ankle joints so they may continue to function while the healing tissues are gaining strength.  

Furthermore, children who might have developmental issues or injuries can also benefit from orthotics. Using orthotics can help correct problems like pigeon-toeing, overpronation, or Sever’s Disease.

There is a broad range of orthotics that can help with many different situations for your family’s feet and ankles. If you think that you or a family member can benefit from orthotics, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

It’s very common to have a so-called ‘minor procedure’ performed in the office or a same-day surgical unit.  This could possibly involve removing a wart, dealing with an ingrown toenail, a biopsy of a skin lesion or something else.  Then there are the larger surgical procedures such as for bunions, hammertoes or for serious infections in the foot.

What is really meant by minor surgery?

In general terms, so-called minor procedures are performed under local anesthesia, frequently in the office setting and there is typically little or no disability and relatively mild discomfort afterwards.  It is sometime also used to make a surgical procedure seem smaller to ease patients’ normal fears.

Here at Clark Podiatry Center, we go by the adage that “the definition of minor surgery is an operation performed on somebody else.”  What that means is that we take even the smallest of procedures very seriously and recognize that patients can be just as apprehensive over the little things as much as the big things.

While sometimes it is in the best interests to perform some form of surgical procedure, we’ll take the time to answer your questions, do our best to allay your fears and do what we can to make the process as quick and stress-free as possible.

For more information about any type of procedure or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

At Clark Podiatry Center want to keep you walking!

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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 01, 2018
Tags: Hammertoes   Neuroma   stretching   injury  

Looking for another way to spend family time together? It might sound strange, but how about a night of foot fitness? Yep, you read that right. Specifically, we want to focus on exercising the toes. It’s not a body part you usually think about when working out, such as the biceps or abs, but strengthening the toes are just as important.

Why should we exercise the toes?

  • Stretching out the toes can help prevent certain chronic issues and toe deformities like toe cramping, hammertoes, and Morton’s neuroma.
  • Strong toes help you with balance and stability to improve performance for athletic activities.  
  • Healthy and flexible toes help prevent serious injury.

Toe exercises to do together (in the form of games):

  • Tiptoe competition: How many times can you raise your heels while your toes remain on the ground? This is a great exercise for the calves too!
  • Moving Marbles: Using just the toes, move marbles from one plate to another. Race each other or see who can do it in the quickest time. This can also be done with small towels or other small objects.
  • Big Toes Game: If you’ve played the Thumbs Game as a group icebreaker, you know that it can be a fun prediction game. At each person’s turn, everyone raises 0, 1, or 2 thumbs, as the person whose turn it is calls out a number from 0 to the number of total available thumbs (a group of 4 would have 8 thumbs). In this version, use your big toes instead of your thumbs. It’s a fun way to learn to control your toes.
  • Spelling Game: Use the toes to spell words in the air – the first person to guess what you’re trying to write wins a point!
  • You can choose your own prizes and/or consequences, but one idea is that the winners can get foot massages from the losers!

If you find that you have pain or problems in your feet while you play some of these games, come to see our foot doctor for an assessment. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 





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