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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 22, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   Hammertoes   Neuroma   Shoes   injury   orthotic   dancing  

A neuroma is a condition in which the tissue around a nerve becomes thickened.

You might have a neuroma in your foot if you:

  • feel like you want to remove a small stone that you keep stepping on, but when you take your shoes off, it’s never there.
  • feel like you have a pinched nerve in the ball of your foot.
  • have burning pain, numbness, or tingling between the third and fourth toes.

A neuroma in your foot is called Morton’s Neuroma and it’s usually caused by inflammation, irritation or injury. Repetitive motions with high pressure on the balls of the feet can cause chronic inflammation on the soft tissues near the nerve. This can include wearing shoes with high heels and/or narrow toe boxes for long periods of time. Participating in activities like dancing or sports that involve running, sprinting, or jumping are also likely culprits. Additionally, if you injure the foot by dropping something on it or stepping hard on a pointed object, it can cause a prolonged inflammation in that nerve.

Some foot deformities can also put you at higher risk of developing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma. Hammertoes, bunions, flat feet, or very high arches can all shift your body weight so that the ball of the foot has to unevenly bear more weight. 

Once symptoms set in, it’s important to rest the foot and reduce inflammation and pain to prevent worsening and ongoing symptoms. Using orthotic inserts, applying ice, massaging the foot, and/or anti-inflammatory drugs may help you feel better. You may also consider how your shoes might be affecting the way your feet feel on a day-to-day basis. If they are too tight, your toes might need more room to relax throughout the day. If you don’t have enough arch support or cushioning, the balls of your feet might have to strain more.

If conservative at-home treatments and adjusting your shoes do not help, our podiatrist might use cortisone injections or sclerosing alcohol injections to relieve pain. At worst case scenario, the nerve may need to be surgically removed.

Don’t suffer from Morton’s Neuroma! We can help you feel better! 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!

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 02, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

Did you know that you have 2 small pea-sized bones near your big toe joint that are not connected to any other bones? Don’t worry; it’s not as weird as it sounds. They are not just floating around in your feet, but rather, connected to the tendons. Yes, every time you move your big toe up and down and take a step, your tendons are sliding along the sesamoids, kind of like a pulley.

So why are they to blame for foot pain?

In the same way that your Achilles tendon in your ankle can become irritated and inflamed, the tendon in your feet can also experience tendonitis, called sesamoiditis. Either the tendons are overused and become irritated as they repeatedly pass over the sesamoids, or they have endured an injury to the tendon or bones, causing inflammation.

Ballet dancers, sprinters, golfers, and baseball players commonly experience this injury because of the position their feet are often in. A lot of weight and pressure goes onto the big toe joint, making it more vulnerable to overuse injury.

If your foot pain looks like this:

  • Swelling and possibly bruising under the big toe joint,
  • Big toe joint pain when moving the big toe,
  • Inability to bear weight on the front of the foot, then you might be able to blame Sesamoiditis for your foot pain.

How can you get relief from Sesamoiditis?

  • RICE method (not just for children!)
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), like ibuprofen and naproxen
  • Tape the foot or use a brace to keep the toe bent downward to reduce tension on the affected tendon
  • Steroid injection near the site of pain

Remember, since sesamoids are also bones, they could become fractured in an injury (or stress fractured due to overuse). If the pain is very severe and does not subside, get medical attention from our podiatrist ASAP.  Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment. Make an appointment today to have your sesamoids treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: diabetes   Orthotics   Shoes   stretching   work   athletes   nutritious meals  

You can’t quite put a finger (or toe) on when you get them or what’s causing you get them, but you know that they come and go, here and there. Sometimes it’s in the middle of walking down the street, while other times, it’s while climbing stairs or working out at the gym. Why do these foot cramps keep happening?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a specific known cause of foot cramps (which is probably why you get them at different times of the day). However, there are some characteristics and conditions that seem to make them more likely to be triggered, such as:

Irregular levels of minerals in the body and/or dehydration – Your body needs certain minerals and plenty of water to function properly, especially in the muscles.

  • If you haven’t had much water to drink, make sure you hydrate before and after a workout or other physical activity. Avoid drinking dehydrating drinks such as caffeinated drinks and
  • Got low levels of electrolytes? You can get them in coconut water or electrolyte-enhanced water, as well as in nutritious meals with potassium-rich foods like bananas.

Overexertion and under-stretchingAthletes and non-athletes alike can suffer from foot cramps if muscles are tired from long workouts or standing all day. A sudden movement requiring just a bit more force from the exhausted foot muscles can cause feet to cramp.

  • Stretching before a workout (or several times while you are standing all day) can help the muscles warm up or stay warm.
  • Be sure to use supportive shoes when you’ll be using your feet for exercise or work, and ease into different workouts. Listen to your body when it feels exhausted to prevent cramping.

Poor circulation or a pinched nerve – Foot pain or cramping that increases with walking could indicate problems like diabetes or neuropathy, which can cause poor circulation. Tired muscles may not get the necessary nutrients due to poor circulation, causing foot cramps. In some cases, it can also be a pinched nerve, whether from posture issues or from unsupportive shoes or uncomfortable shoes and irritate the nerves in the feet.

  • Change the types of shoes you wear to see if you experience fewer foot cramps.
  • You may need supportive orthotics to find relief. We can help!

If you suspect that you may have a condition causing your foot cramps or if it’s a side effect of medication, speak to your doctor or our podiatrist for more information. Make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and give them the treatment and care that they need. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. 

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 08, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

While it is good for team building and socializing, there are also negative foot health effects for having children play sports starting at a young age. This is especially true for children and teenagers that specialize in one sport, repeating specific movements that include high-impact jumping or running. Sports like basketball, track, tennis, and gymnastics can lead to overuse injuries like stress fractures and tendonitis. 

How does a stress fracture happen?

After repeated use of specific muscles (like in jumping or kicking), muscles become tired and cannot absorb impacts. Instead the bone begins to absorb the shocks. Over time, the impacts build up and the bone begins to fracture as a small crack in the bone. There is increased risk for a stress fracture if you have bone insufficiency (lack of vitamin D and calcium), improper technique, surface imbalance, and lack of proper conditioning or training. When your child has a stress fracture, you will see symptoms such as pain, swelling, tenderness, and inflammation. 

Treating a Stress Fracture

Do you suspect that your child is complaining of pain and swelling because of a stress fracture? It’s important that you come see us at Clark Podiatry Center right away. In the mean time, use the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method as well as ibuprofen or aspirin to prevent further swelling and pain.

If our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy diagnoses the symptoms as a stress fracture, he may suggest the following treatments:

  • Rest is important during healing. Your child should stay off his or her injured foot.
  • Protective gear. To protect the healing foot and reduce stress on it, he may suggest wearing rigid shoes or removable boot. If the injury is severe or in a location that requires more time to heal, your child may need to wear a cast.
  • Surgery. If surgery is required, your child may have pins, plates, or screws inserted to keep the bones in place while they heal. This is mostly for keeping the bones of the foot and ankle together.

Make an appointment today to have your child’s pain and swelling assessed properly. Some stress fractures may feel like other pain, so a proper diagnosis is important to get prompt treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ in Union County and our team is ready to help! We keep you and your family walking.

By Clark Podiatry
August 03, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: blisters   warts   Athlete's Foot  

For growing children and teenagers, an often-overlooked issue is foot pain. However, what you may not realize is that foot health is very important to overall growth and development. Foot and ankle issues that are left untreated during teenage years can cause other issues down the line. 

 

So you might be concerned that as many as 60% of teenagers live with some kind of foot or ankle pain. Most issues are caused by sports injuries, uncomfortable or ill-fitting footwear, and ignoring early signs of foot or ankle issues. Most teens are simply unaware of proper foot health and care practices. 

 

If your teenager or pre-teen has foot or ankle issues, come see us at Clark Podiatry Center sooner than later to prevent further problems as they continue to grow. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, will not only address any foot health issues, he will also provide foot health education for your family. 

 

Some tips that Dr. Macy may share with you:

 

Take Care of Your Feet

  • Teen feet come into contact with all kinds of surfaces. Feet should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water, especially in between the toes and around toenails. Then they should be dried to prevent fungal growth.
  • Treat warts, athlete’s foot, cuts and blisters, as well as ingrown toenails ASAP and through full treatment length. 
  • If there is any pain in the feet or ankles, don’t “walk it off”. Instead, pay attention to it and visit Dr. Macy if the problem persists or worsens. 

 

Choose Appropriate Footwear

  • Make sure the fit is right. Get measured each time you purchase shoes since foot size can continue to change. 
  • The shoes should match the activity – basketball shoes will give different support from running sneakers. 
  • Arch and heel supports are very important in the shoes you choose. If your shoes are falling apart, they are not supporting your feet – it’s time to replace them!
  • Make sure they are comfortable – fashion over function is not a good for foot health as it can cause pain, blisters, and can even disfigure feet as they grow. 

 

For more information and to treat your teens’ foot and ankle issues, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy uses the latest technology and especially focuses on children’s foot health to best treat your family’s needs. 

 



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