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By Clark Podiatry Center
April 26, 2017

For some, the foot fungus, commonly known as Athlete’s foot can be a recurring condition that keeps coming back. Depending on exposure, hygiene, treatment, as well as immune system condition, some people can have Athlete’s foot continuously reappear on their feet. Also known as tinea pedis, this fungal infection causes itchy, red bumps between the toes, as well as dry, cracked, peeling skin along the bottom of the feet and heels. If it gets under the toenails, they become thick and discolored, making them unsightly and harder to manage.

Athlete’s Foot is Contagious

Chances are, you got Athlete’s foot from a shared space with someone else who had it. Walking barefoot in community pools, saunas, bathhouses, communal showers, and locker rooms, or sharing shoes or towels are typically how you may contract the fungal infection. They enter the body through breaks in the skin or between the toenails where it meets the skin and can spread to other parts of the feet as they thrive in your shoes. These fungi grow well in moist, warm, dark places, so your socks and shoes can be the problem.

Here are some tips to prevent contracting and spreading Athlete’s Foot:

  • You and your children should make sure to clean your feet each day. Wash your feet with warm water and soap and then let them fully dry before putting on new socks.
  • If you are barefoot in communal areas, use flip-flops instead to prevent coming into direct contact with the shared floors. Washing after being barefoot is very important, especially in activities that require bare feet, such as rock climbing or slacklining.
  • Rotate the shoes you wear each day so that they can completely dry out between wears. This will help kill off bacteria and fungi that are living in the shoes.

Because Athlete’s foot can affect anyone, including children, it is important to pay attention to the symptoms mentioned above. Treating foot fungus promptly will help prevent spreading and worsening of the problem. You can try using antifungal medications when you first notice the signs. However, if the condition keeps persisting, you may need to come in for treatment, possibly laser therapy at our office.

Need additional help? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment for your foot fungus. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: edema   swollen feet  

Airlines seem to be adding more seats on flights, limiting space and comfort for passengers. This makes it difficult for people to move around, reducing circulation and blood flow. For some, this immobility and pressure change can mean swollen feet. At the end of the flight, feet can swell to the point of not fitting into shoes, and/or causing numbness, unsteadiness, or pain.

To prevent edema (swelling) during long flights, here are a few things you can try:

  • Wear compression socks. This will help to prevent swelling in the first place, helping to return fluids and blood flow back to the upper body. Wear loose fitting clothes to stay comfortable. Clothing with super tight areas can constrict blood flow!
  • Ask for an aisle seat so that you can move around without disturbing neighbors who might be sleeping. You’ll also have more room to do some seated exercises.
  • Try to do some exercises while seated: 1. Flex and extend your feet. 2. Make windshield wiper motions with the feet. 3. Make circles with your feet with your ankles.
  • Stand up whenever possible. Walk around the aisles (when the captain permits) and use open spaces near the back to do some stretching.
  • Do not sit with your legs crossed.
  • Hydrate and stay away from salty foods. Dehydration can add to swelling in your feet. Plus, drinking more water can make you have to go to the bathroom more – which means more moving about.
  • If you have children with you, make sure they get to move about as well. Take them on a walk around the plane to explore and get to know some of the flight attendants.

We hope these tips can help you have a more enjoyable flight. Edema in the feet is not only uncomfortable, but painful for some as well. Most people do not have serious issues with edema during flights. Some will experience swelling, but it will subside as they land and pressure equalizes.

Those who have diabetes or may get blood clots need to be more vigilant about getting circulation during flights since they are at higher risk of edema. Have you experienced this before? Worried about edema on a future plane ride?

Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and ankles to keep you walking. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns! 

By Clark Podiatry Center
April 11, 2017
Category: Athletic Foot Care

Rock climbing is a whole body exercise. While a lot of the strength must come from the upper body, your feet actively participate. They can be the determining factor of whether or not you can endure a long, difficult climb, since they enable you to reach farther distances and give your arms and shoulders some rest from carrying your body weight. 

 

In order to support your climbing, your feet have to conform to the shape of the climbing shoes. Most are designed so that your toes come together to a pointed tip at the top of the shoe. The point gives you the ability to step on the smallest rocks or holds. The feet have to cramp into this “V” shape, which puts pressure on the toes. When the pointed tip is used as a step, much pressure goes to the big toe joint, as it would for ballet dancers when they go “on point”. 

 

While some climbers do not encounter many foot issues, others are very familiar with the problems that can come about. With repeated activity and inadequate breaks in between, this strain on the joints and toes can cause issues for climbers. Some common issues that arise for consistent climbers include:

 

Additionally, foot hygiene, including bacterial, fungal, and viral infection, as well as foot odor can cause problems for your feet. Busy climbing gyms and communal shower spaces make for a facility with lots of germs being shared among climbers. The following are some tips for maintaining foot health while climbing. 

 

  • Try on climbing shoes before buying them. The shoes should fit snugly, but not so much that they cut off circulation or give you pain just by wearing them. Your feet should not “cram in”. 
  • Clean hands, feet, and shoes before and after the climb. While the gyms usually require climbing shoes, some of the spaces are often shared with people wearing regular outside germs, and who knows that they have walked through. 
  • In between each climb, especially the long or difficult routes, take your climbing shoes off to stretch your feet and toes out. This will also allow for airing out your shoes so that they do not get too smelly. 

 

If you have foot or ankle issues from rock climbing, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and ankles to keep you walking. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns! 

 
By Clark Podiatry Center
April 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot   RICE method  

Hello there! Happy April! Since this month is National Foot Health Awareness Month, we’d like to take it back to the basics of general foot care. It’s so easy to ignore caring for our feet until we have pain or an injury. However, regularly maintaining foot health is great for preventing future issues. After all, our feet are essential to our daily lives, giving us stability and mobility.

We encourage you to review the following guidelines for taking care of our feet and make them a part of your daily habits:

  1. Don't ignore foot pain. Assess your feet to see what might be causing the pain. Use the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method to control pain and swelling. If the pain continues or gets worse, contact our office.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Check your feet for changes in the skin, cuts or scrapes, and any changes in the toenails. Cracked or peeling skin can be an indication of athlete’s foot. Often, cuts or scrapes that have gone unnoticed can mean that there is neuropathy (loss of feeling) in the feet, which can come from being diabetic.
  3. Wash your feet each day, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely before putting on new socks or slippers.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short as this can lead to ingrown toenails. Diabetics who do not have feeling in their feet should have a podiatrist take care of ingrown toenails.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Feet can swell during the day, so the afternoon is the best time to purchase shoes. Make sure you have support in the arches, heel cups, and that your toes are not crowded or slipping around inside the shoes.
  6. Use the right shoes for the activity or sports that you are doing. These shoes are specially developed to give you extra support where you need it.
  7. Rotate the shoes that you wear each day. Air them out and give them a chance to fully dry out, especially if you are prone to hyperhidrosis.
  8. Avoid walking barefooted to avoid injury and infection, especially if you are diabetic. Make sure you have clean floors and be wary of small objects as you walk if you do not wear shoes at home. Don’t forget sunblock on your feet when you go out in sandals.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. Contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year, especially if you are diabetic.

Wondering about your foot and ankle health? A good place to start is with this Foot and Ankle Self-Assessment Quiz from The Foot Health Foundation of America.

If you haven’t had your annual podiatry appointment yet, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and ankles to keep you walking. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns! 

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 29, 2017
Category: Ankle Pain
Tags: Ankle Sprains   RICE method  

On Sunday, March 19th, Brooklyn Nets’ point guard, Jeremy Lin jumped and then landed on another basketball player’s foot, spraining his right ankle. His game play was short-lived, having to sit out within the first few minutes of the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Mavericks. He limped off the court, but was seen riding a stationary bicycle during the second half.

After the game, coach Atkinson told journalists that while Lin needed more assessment, the injury did not seem very serious. This was important, given that he’d been out for several weeks in the beginning of the season due to hamstring issues. Tuesday, however, Lin sat out of the game, as he was not fully recovered. He and his coach decided that he wouldn’t play until he was back to 100%.

A few lessons can be learned here:

  1. A sprained ankle does not always mean that you cannot do any more activity. There are alternative exercises that you can do, that are low-impact. A stationary bike or swimming can be good alternatives to cardiovascular exercise when you cannot play other sports due to ankle sprain. However, it’s important to listen to your body, as pain does not help the healing process and can come with inflammation.
  2. There are varying levels of ankle sprains that can have varying degrees of severity: Grade 1: ligament(s) is overstretched, Grade 2: ligament is partially torn, Grade 3: ligament is fully torn. Depending on how severe the injury is, recovery can take much time and patients need to stay away from activity that could worsen symptoms. (See previous blog post for additional information).
  3. Even athletes suffer from ankle sprains. They warm up and condition constantly, and yet anything can happen. This is why it is important to take care of your ankles and do exercises to strengthen them. It is also important to wait until you are fully recovered before getting back into the game.

If you or your child has an ankle sprain, first assess how severe it is. If your symptoms are mild, like pain and swelling, you can use the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) until healed. When symptoms are more severe, especially if there is severe pain and you’re unable to bear weight or move the ankle without pain, you should come see our podiatrist.

If you or your child has a severely sprained ankle, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can find the best treatment option for recovery. We are located in Clark, NJ in Union County and our team is ready to help! We keep you walking.





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