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5 Reasons Seniors Should Visit a Podiatrist.

Proper foot health is often overlooked but an extremely important issue for senior citizens. It is vitally important to maintain an active lifestyle. Seniors need to visit a podiatrist for a proper assessment and, if necessary, treatment of and foot or ankle problems to ensure good foot health.  Here are 5 reasons why.

  1. Nail care.  Many seniors suffer from ingrown nails due to pressures on the nails or improper cutting.  This can often result in various kinds of infections which require professional care. There are also thick, painful and ugly fungal nail conditions.  If physically unable to perform regular nail care, podiatrists are positioned to do so safely.

  2. Specialized care for diabetics, people with poor circulation and those on anticoagulants.  Even for simple trimming of nails and corns/calluses, this population is at-risk for complications of self-care. Podiatrists are also able to prescribe appropriate foot care measures to treat and hopefully prevent serious problems.

  3. Fall risk assessments and footwear advice are vital to maintain mobility and a healthy, active lifestyle.  This is a particular need for diabetics or anybody with peripheral neuropathies or gait abnormalities due to strokes, joint replacement surgery or other problems.

  4. Skin conditions/dermatological exams. Many seniors have little lumps, bumps and rashes in their skin, particularly in the sun-exposed areas. There are the more common athlete’s foot and psoriasis conditions, the surprising fact is that it is not at all uncommon for skin cancers to manifest on the feet and lower legs. These skin conditions need to be identified, often by biopsy, so they can be dealt with properly and promptly.

  5. Injuries and other painful conditions.  Pain in the feet of seniors is not always age-related “arthritis”.  Pain is never normal.  There are injuries and other conditions which need to be evaluated and treated properly and promptly so as not to become something potentially far worse and debilitating.

The takeaway point is that seniors should not take their feet for granted.  There are many options for proper evaluation, treatment and advice on maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle.

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

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep you walking!

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"Aspire, break bounds. Endeavor to be good, and better still, best."

- Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

English poet

When your children participate in sports, it can help them develop physically and socially. It’s a great way to keep them physically active, but it also comes with risks of injury. In particular, for children ages 9 to 14, Sever’s Disease can affect their growing heel bones. This disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is usually brought on by an injury while playing sports.

What is it?

Sever’s Disease is a condition of pain that develops as a result of overuse. Children playing sports that include walking, running or jumping can experience painful heels from the repetitive impact on the growth plate. Since the heel bone and tendons are still growing, they are more at risk of injury.

What are the symptoms?

When children complain of heel pain or limp due to heel pain, the foot should be examined. The pain is felt mostly along the bottom and rear of the heel, and may show no exterior symptoms. Our podiatrist can check for a sure sign of the disease by using the “squeeze test”, in which the sides of the heel are squeezed, causing immediate discomfort or pain for the child. Remember that prolonged pain in the feet is not normal and should not be attributed to “growing pains”.

How is it treated?

The immediate treatment includes resting and icing the heel bone to reduce pain and inner inflammation of the growth plate.

  • If the heel feels discomfort sometimes, but not all the time: Some children may insist on finishing the season. If the pain is not severe, your child may be able to use heel cups, stretching exercises, and orthotics to prevent worsening symptoms. After the season, you’ll need to rest the feet to allow for recovery.
  • If putting weight on the foot is painful all the time: This may indicate a severe condition and your child should stop activity for at least 2 weeks. In some cases, our podiatrist will recommend use of a walking boot or cast.

Sever’s Disease can sometimes resolve itself as the heel bone fully develops. This can be as simple as resting for several weeks, or continuous pain for many years. In other cases, it can lead to some developmental problems as the bone continues to grow. In very rare cases of severe injury, bone can break off at the point of attachment to the Achilles tendon.

While we understand the importance of finishing a season or your child not wanting to miss out on sports activities, it’s better to come see us for treatment to decide whether or not they should continue playing. Treating earlier can mean missing out on less of their favorite activities. Consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Our team is here to treat your family’s needs at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
December 06, 2017

Some of you may be happy that winter is here because of the start of the skiing or snowboarding season! It’s a great workout and if you push yourself, the thrill can be more than enough to sustain you for the rest of the year! Of course, we want you to have the safe and enjoyable time, so we’ve got some tips as to how you can prevent some foot and ankle injuries when you hit the slopes!

  • Use safety gear. This doesn’t just go for skiing or snowboarding boots. Even the most seasoned skier and snowboarders can end up in an accident that can lead to severe injuries. Helmets, goggles, gloves, ski poles, and other padding (for beginners) are essential to preventing major injuries, like broken bones.
  • Know your level. Pay attention to signs and be sure to go down trails that suit your level. When you or another skier gets out of control, the collision and resulting rolling can cause major injuries. If you accidentally end up on a more difficult slope, take it slow, or carry your skis/snowboard and walk down until you get to a more manageable point.
  • Make sure your boots and skis/snowboard fit you properly. Footwear should be snug so that it feels like it is part of your leg. If you feel like it is tightened to the point of losing circulation, loosen it a little bit. Repetitive use of boots that are too tight could lead to bruises and irritation or inflammation of nerves or tissues.  If they are loose or don’t move with you, you risk twisting your ankle, which could lead to a sprain
  • Keep toenails trimmed. Your shoes will be snug in the boots, and with the downward motion, your toes may become crammed into each other. Especially if you have curly toes or other toe deformities, you’ll want to keep your toenails trimmed so that they do not cut into the other toes. Cuts can become painful and infected if not cleaned and treated properly.
  • Wear warm socks. It’s important to wear warm, dry socks to prevent blisters and frostbite. You may want to bring multiple pairs with you to change into throughout your day of skiing or snowboarding. When socks become wet, either from snow or sweat, the cold can lead to frostbite, especially if you don’t come out of the boots for a while. Wet socks can also cause more friction between your skin, socks, and boots.

Are your feet beat up from shredding through the snow? Need some more support in your shoes? Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can assess your feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: stretch   stretching   injury   right footwear   fits well  

When the leaves change color and begin to fall, it can really make you feel like fall is here. Seasonal flavors arrive, the scenery changes from green to golden, and the rake that’s been sitting in the garage or shed comes out to play. For some, it’s a chore that sometimes seems never-ending, especially when new leaves fall in the place where you just tidied up. For others, it’s an opportunity to get the family involved, ending in a joy-filled jump into the leaf pile.

Whether you or your teenager has this chore on the list, we have a few safety tips to keep you uninjured while raking leaves:

  • Depending on how big your yard is, raking can become a strenuous activity. Start by warming up your body with stretching, twisting, and bending. It will prevent back injuries, which can often happen in activities involving raking. If your yard is very big, tackle them in sections, resting in between sections.
  • The best way to prevent injury is to keep a good posture. The temptation may be to hunch or bend over while you work so that the rake can move back and forth more quickly. However, this can put a major strain on your neck, back, knees, and ankles.
  • Be sure to keep an eye out for small children. They should not be around when you are raking, since they can get injured in a slippery spot, or from the rake.
  • After you finish piling up the leaves, stretch and cool down. You may be tempted to jump in the pile, or have your children jump in, but there are a few things to consider: small animal or insects that may have joined the pile, as well as the cushioning of the pile of leaves. You don’t want to end up with an animal bite, ticks, or injury from this activity (not to mention, you’ll have to tidy them up again).

Most importantly (from a podiatric standpoint), be sure to wear the right footwear that fits well. If you’re raking after some rainfall, the leaves and grass underneath can be wet, making it slippery. While you’re working, you’ll need a firm holding on the ground to pull the maximum amount of leaves in the direction you want. If you lean forward and slip, you may not be able to catch yourself and end up with an injury. Wear shoes with lots of grip on the outer sole, waterproof material, and good arch and heel support so that your feet do not have to work overtime to support you as you rake.

Have an injury from doing yard work? Need some more support in your shoes? Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can assess your feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

There are a lot of you out there who know that your two shoes don’t fit exactly the same. One may be a half size or more different from the other.  Why is that?

 Other than the obvious issue of someone who has had a traumatic injury to one of their feet, it is actually fairly common occurrence.  You may notice that one of your arches may appear different from the other.  That’s a big hint.

 Here’s the surprising fact:  the underlying cause may actually be a curvature or rotational problem—in your spine!  When this happens, your body makes up for it in different ways.  The pelvis can tilt, with the result that one of your legs functions as if it is longer than the other.  Your body compensates even more for this, with the longer leg turning outward a bit and that same foot will flatten out more than the other.

As the arch lowers in that longer leg, the foot naturally lengthens, so that foot may wind up a quarter to a half size larger than the other. Your shoes will wear out differently on the short and long side as well.  The majority of symptoms will occur on the longer side with the arch that flattens more and could be in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, or even your neck.

What to do about this? First, you should buy your shoes for the larger foot.  We’ll treat any symptoms which develop on either side and only about 5% of the time will we have to address the inequality of your leg lengths with some sort of in-the-shoe lift.

The takeaway point:  Different shoe sizes are common, and very often because of back issues.  We’re ready, willing and able to deal with any structural imbalances that are present so we can keep you walking—comfortably!

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

This is Dr. Brandon Macy and I want to keep you walking! 

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