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By Clark Podiatry Center
March 02, 2020
Category: Athletic Foot Care

Winter is almost over, and soon springtime weather will be inviting us out to play our favorite sports. Longer days with even more sunshine welcome fun activities for you and your family. Before you jump into a new sport or dust off your shoes from last spring, Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center have a few questions to ask before your big game. These questions focus on the health of your feet, ankles, and shoes; they can also guide you on ways to prevent sports injuries.

Is it time for a new pair of shoes?

For adults, your shoe size may not be the reason for a new pair. Instead, it could be that your foot needs have changed.   Your shoes have worn, or you need additional support— like a pair of orthotics. For children, whose feet are quickly growing, we strongly recommend that you have a professional measure their feet for the new season.

Am I ready to play a sport?

If you were recently diagnosed with a medical condition, including one that affects your feet or ankles, consult a medical professional before beginning a new sport. You may need additional time to recover or supports such, as a brace or custom orthotics.

Do I have unaddressed foot or ankle pain?

If you have been experiencing foot and ankle pain, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Never ignore pain.  Pushing through pain can cause more harm and potentially worsen your condition.

Who should I call if I experience a foot or ankle injury?

If you experience an injury to your foot or ankle, we recommend visiting an expert — a podiatrist. Sports injuries are common, so knowing this information will be one less thing to worry about if you are in distress.

Be prepared; spring is on its way. After answering these questions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center if you need additional guidance. He is a board-certified podiatrist, located at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 09, 2019
Category: Athletic Foot Care
Tags: exercise   stretching  

As a former athlete, it was always important to stretch before competing. Coaches stressed it and so did trainers to make sure muscles warmed up and to lessen the possibility we’d pull or strain them. Of course, being in good shape also helped, but stretching probably prevented a lot of unnecessary injuries. But what is a good stretch and how do we do it?

One thing we need to keep in mind is that stretching is meant to warm up or loosen the muscles which otherwise are tight from inactivity. Like many activities, pacing ourselves is a good idea. Pushing ourselves too far and too fast while stretching can result in an injury as well. A tight muscle can pull easily. Start out with slow repetitive stretches counting to five one thousand with each stretch, then back to your normal position for the same period of time, then back to stretching. This is called the stretch, hold and release method of stretching. Do not push too hard or bounce.

10 or 15 stretches should be good at first, but be careful how your muscles feel as you complete each stretch. If you feel pain, sharp pain - stop. If you feel soreness, that’s ok as it shows you are working the muscle. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes.

Basic muscles to stretch include:

  • Calf muscles – sitting with your legs extended, pull your toes back to you
  • Back muscles – with feet spread slightly apart while standing, bend over slowly at the waist and try to touch the floor with your palms
  • Hamstring muscle – while standing, put your foot on a chair with your leg outstretched and bend over slowly to your knee. Repeat for the other leg
  • Shoulder muscles – while standing, outstretch your arms and slowly roll them one at a time in a circular motion
  • Groin muscles – while standing with your legs wide apart, slowly shift your weight to one side and hold for 5 seconds, then to the other side. Slowly increase the distance with each stretch

Basic stretching exercises should be completed before every practice or game and then completed after to ‘wind down’ the muscle. Doing basic stretching exercises can help combat injuries making participating in sports much more fun.

If you have questions about stretching or are concerned about your feet, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 12, 2019
Category: Athletic Foot Care

If you’re an athlete, you know from experience that your feet are very important to your performance. Agility and coordination are crucial and making sure your feet continue delivering their best depends on how you treat them. Different activities place different stress on your feet.  Martial arts require quick repetitive movements that strike hard trauma inducing objects, whereas aerobic exercises like gymnastics demand strong cushioning and balance. Team orientated sports like football, baseball, and basketball can strain ankles and knees making stretching very important.

Some of the most common problems athletes experience include:

  • Ankle sprains. With most of a person’s weight placed on each leg, the ankle suffers if it isn’t supported and strengthened.
  • Heel issues. Constant pounding on hard surfaces can cause problems with an athlete’s heel making walking or running very difficult and painful.
  • Stress fractures. Insufficient cushioning can steadily lead to small fissures in a person’s bones.
  • Achilles tendon. The irritation and possible separating of the main tendon at the back of the foot. This is very painful and can end an athletic career.
  • Morton’s neuroma. A hardening of the skin at the ball of an athlete’s foot.

All the above problems can be treated with a little care and attention. First, making sure your feet are well rested and stretched before any performance is important. Stretching will include not just your feet, but other parts of your body as well. Slowly increasing your range of motion is your goal, as is strengthening muscles in and around your feet. Doing so will help absorb the shock and stress often associated with athletic competition keeping you ‘on your toes.’

It is not uncommon to see an athlete bob up and down as he or she pushes his muscles and tendons during a pregame stretch, however this can be very dangerous if they are not careful. Too much bouncing can pull a muscle, just the opposite of what you want. A slow, steady, yet tolerable stretch is best as it extends the muscle but does not strain it.

Stretching is a good habit to get into whether you’re an athlete or not. Doing so when you wake in the morning will get your blood flowing and allow you to start the day more physically and mentally prepared.

If you have any questions about these posts or would like to see the doctor, please make an appointment with us.  Our podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.  

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! 


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