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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 26, 2018
Category: Foot safety
Tags: Shoes   sprains   children   broken  

Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman, Wonder Woman!

A Mummy, a Witch, the Grim Reaper!

A Butterfly, Lion, T-Rex!

For children, Halloween is probably one of their favorite times of the year. It’s hard for them to contain the excitement of picking out costumes, choosing a treat basket, and seeing how much candy they can collect. They’ll compare with siblings or friends as to who got more candy or who got the better treats. Some will be able to take their time with eating the candy while others will have a tummy ache from eating it all, this very night.

We’ll leave it up to you, how you’ll monitor their candy intake, but we do want to encourage you to take some precautions about their safety before they scamper around the town.

To protect against foot injuries while they haunt (or brighten!) the neighborhood, keep the following in mind:

  • Your child should wear shoes that are: supportive and comfortable. If they are difficult or painful to walk in, they will not have a fun time! They should also fit well so that your children don’t have cramping pain at the end of the night.
  • If your child has clown shoes or animal paws covering their feet, have them practice walking around. The bulkiness can cause them to trip up on lawn decorations, piles of fallen leaves and branches, and the sidewalk curb. It can cause strains, sprains, or even a broken bone as your child runs around.
  • Go into the light. Stay on brightly lit paths and areas with bright street lamps to prevent unseen dangers. Additionally, you never know if a child might run out into the street when a car is passing by!
  • Be sure they layer up! Wear socks with shoes since the weather has been getting colder. Frostbite is probably not a major threat, but if feet get wet in the cold, they will be painful when they “defrost”.

Does your child already have an injury, prior to Halloween? Get creative and incorporate a brace, crutch, knee walker, or wheelchair into being part of the costume, Maybe as Robocop or a racecar driver in a race car! Doable with some innovative power, cardboard, and paint!

If you are worried about how your child’s costume may have caused him or her pain, make an appointment today at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your child’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for growing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
July 03, 2018
Category: Foot safety
Tags: diabetes  

The warmer weather might be inspiring a family trip to the Jersey Shore! Spending a weekend at the beach can be a fun activity-filled time for everyone in the family. You can enjoy rides and games on the boardwalk, play volleyball on the sandy beach, throw a Frisbee around, and boogie board through the waves. It’s a great way to get vitamin D, breathe in some fresh ocean air, and incorporate physical activity.

While going to the beach sounds like a fun and healthy activity, you’ll want to take precautionary measures to also make it safe, especially for your feet and ankles. The following are tips for an enjoyable beach weekend:

  • Wear sunblock – Be sure to apply sunblock, including on the tops and bottoms of your feet! Yes, they are susceptible to burning, especially if you’ll be lying out on beach chairs or on your beach towel.
  • Use water shoes in the water – When jumping under, over, and through the waves, your safest bet is for you and your children to wear water shoes to protect from any sharp objects like broken shells. If you’ll be at the beach in tropical areas, be careful of coral, which can be sharp and cut your feet.
  • Use flip-flops on the sidewalk to prevent burns – On a hot sunny day, the pavement and asphalt can become very hot and you can burn your feet on those hot surfaces.
  • Warm up before physical activity– before running on the sand or playing beach sports, be sure to warm-up and stretch. This will help prevent injury from the uneven surfaces of the sand. If you have weak ankles or are prone to injury, you may want to wear some shoes with good support and a flat outer sole to give you stability.
  • Wash your feet every night – After a day at the beach, make sure to clean your feet and wash off the sand and other debris that might be on your feet and in your shoes. Help your children check their feet as well.
  • Treat injuries like cuts, scrapes, and jellyfish stings – Skin injuries can become infected and sand can get into the cuts. Clean out your injuries and treat them promptly. If you get a jellyfish sting, wash it out with vinegar and water; if the pain persists, see a medical professional.

Protecting your feet is especially important if you have diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. You may not be able to feel an injury, big or small, and it can become a bigger problem if it’s not treated promptly. Always wear shoes, even on the beach, and check frequently for any signs of cuts or scrapes on your feet.

Have additional questions about foot safety at the beach? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for growing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 30, 2018
Category: Foot safety

It’s summertime! You might be going (or at least thinking of going) to the gym more often now to get your body beach-ready. But before you go too crazy exercising, consider the following tips for keeping your feet and ankles (and the rest of your body) safe at the gym:

Wear appropriate gym shoes. One of the most important ways you can protect your feet and ankles is to wear shoes that are right for the type of workout you are doing.

  • If you are primarily doing cardio, you’ll want to wear running shoes that have extra cushioning to reduce the impact on your joints.
  • If you are weight-lifting, you want stable shoes with a raised heel.
  • If you will be doing a variety of different exercises, including plyometrics, calisthenics, weight-training, etc., cross-training shoes will be best.

Use gym equipment safely and be wary of hidden dangers. Whether you will be working out at your home gym or fitness club, you can prevent injury if you use equipment safely.

  • If you don’t know how to use a machine, ask a staff member or look at a manual.
  • Do not alter equipment unless it is made to do so. For example, do not add or remove weights from the weight stack.
  • Make sure that your workout area is not wet from spilled water, pooled sweat, or recent mopping. If the floor seems to be a bit slippery, use a rubber mat or change your shoes to ones with more traction.

Use a spotter. If you will be lifting heavy weights, it’s best to have a spotter. You may accidentally misstep and tweak your foot or ankle.

Increase speed/intensity slowly. Whether you are sprinting, squatting, or spinning, make sure you increase the intensity of your workout slowly. Dramatic increases in speed or intensity can cause excessive strain on your soft tissues. It can aggravate overuse problems like sesamoiditis or Achilles tendonitis.

Wash feet and use flip-flops. It’s best to shower after a sweaty workout, but this is especially true for your feet if you did your work out barefoot. Additionally, if you are walking around barefoot in communal locker rooms, you should wash your feet as well to prevent contagious disease like Athlete’s Foot. In fact, it’s best to wear non-slip flip-flops when in the communal shower.

If you sustain an injury while working out, be sure to use the RICE method to find pain relief until you can make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and ankles to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 21, 2018
Category: Foot safety
Tags: sprain  

The weather has warmed up and that means more time outdoors for you and your family. Flowers are blooming, trees are filling up with new leaves, and the grass is going to start to need some mowing. Whether it’s you or your teenager’s chore to do, it’s one that’s got to get done so that critters don’t hide in the tall grass and become a problem!

Nonetheless, before you fill up the old lawn mower and fire it up, take these safety tips into consideration:

Safety Gear:

  • Sunglasses or goggles to protect from debris. Earplugs or earphones to protect from the loud noise of the lawn mower. Hat and sunblock to protect from sunburn.
  • Closed-toed shoes made of thick material and outer soles with anti-slip grip.

Maintenance:

  • If your lawn mower is new, remember to check the operating instructions before you begin. Check for safety features and emergency shutoff options.
  • Be sure that the lawn mower is working properly or it can cause you to slip or trip.

Obstacles:

  • Do not mow the lawn when grass is wet.
  • Clear the lawn of debris, toys, branches, and of course, pets and children. Do not allow for the risk of children running out into the yard while you are mowing since you may not see or hear them.

Before you start any type of strenuous activity, such as mowing lawns, it’s a good idea to warm up and stretch, especially if you have a large lawn or will be working on hills.

NEVER let your child sit on your lap on a riding mower. Whether or not the machine is on, a lawn mower has dangerous parts that could injure a child.

Have you felt pain as you mowed the lawn? Or sustained an injury? If you need immediate attention, call 911 and get emergency medical care. If it’s a strain or sprain, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. You and your children will get top quality foot care at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. We keep you walking!



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