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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 11, 2018
Tags: blisters   Shoes   foot problems   toe walking   in-toeing   out-toeing   ingrown  

She loves to take walks but recently seems to want to stop earlier than before. She doesn’t seem to want to put shoes on and fights you when you try to convince her that she needs them.

He is usually running around and forcing you to play “catch the toddler” but lately, he doesn’t even want to walk. Instead, he wants you to carry him everywhere.

What might be going on?

Your toddler might not be able to properly express that he or she is feeling foot discomfort. Instead, you might hear whining or frustration.

The foot problems can be congenital (from birth), developmental, or even due to ill-fitting shoes. Check the following for signs that point to foot problems as the source of unexplained crankiness:

  • Resisting putting shoes on: This could mean that the shoes are uncomfortable. Make sure they are wearing the right size and make sure they have socks on with closed-toed shoes. After wearing shoes, do their feet have redness or blisters?
  • Toe and Toenail problems: Are the toenail beds inflamed? Are the toenails cracked? You might be cutting their toenails too short (making them ingrown), or you may not be cutting them often enough.
  • Walking abnormalities: If they seem to be walking abnormally, such as in-toeing or out-toeing, tripping often, or toe-walking, they may have foot problems. They can be traits that are inherited or developmental problems.
  • Limping or uneven stance: After an injury, your child might walk with a limp for a bit. However, if it seems to be a severe limp or a limp that lasts more than a few days, it’s important to have it checked out.

If your child is complaining of foot pain, come in for an assessment with our friendly board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Make an appointment today at the New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute at the Clark Podiatry Center. Your children will get the best treatments and foot care tips at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. We keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 05, 2018

Are the children in school or about to go back to school? Make sure that they are prepared for academic learning and physical activity with the right shoes! Foot pain from shoes that are not supportive or painful can be distracting for them. Give them the best foot forward as they start the new school year.

Your children will most likely need more than one pair of shoes. Make sure you focus on safety and support as you fit your children with new shoes:

  • Everyday casual shoes – Shoes that they will wear to school on most days will wear out faster. This is especially true if they walk to and from school. Be sure to purchase shoes that are made of good material, have arch and heel support, and ample cushioning in the inner sole. If shoes lack these characteristics, orthotic inserts can help prevent foot problems.
  • Everyday casual shoes part 2 – Does your child sweat excessively due to hyperhidrosis? We recommend that (s)he has at least 2 or more everyday shoes in the rotation. That way, each pair of shoes can dry out completely between wears. Drying shoes out will help prevent bacterial growth and foot odor.
  • Uniform shoes – Most shoes that are a part of the uniform are made with supportive features. However, if your child needs extra support, you can use generic orthotic inserts. For specific needs, come in to see Dr. Macy for custom-made orthotics at our office.
  • Sneakers for physical education – Not all casual shoes will be sneakers. That’s why you should make sure to have at least one pair of sneakers or running shoes in the rotation for PE class. Your child is also more likely to sweat during PE, which can feel uncomfortable when going back to academic classes.
  • Shoes for sportsDo your children participate in after-school sports? Depending on the sport, your child might need cleats, wrestling shoes, cheerleading shoes, etc. These activity-specific shoes are designed with the movements they make while playing sports, so be sure to get the appropriate shoes.

Don’t forget to have your child measured and try shoes on before purchasing them. Additionally, growing feet shouldn’t experience growing pains. If they do, come to see Dr. Brandon Macy, our board-certified podiatrist at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, at the Clark Podiatry Center. He will assess your child’s feet to keep him/her walking. Make an appointment today! Our office in Clark, NJ serves the Westfield area and surrounding Union County. 

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 07, 2018

Ask friends who are parents and they’ll tell you, raising a child is no walk in the park. It seems like the work is never ending and there are so many things to keep track of to make sure that they grow up happy and healthy. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to help make that process a bit easier. Here’s a little cheat sheet with general foot care tips for your children:

DO:

  1. Pay attention to the way your children’s feet are growing. In many cases, your child can outgrow foot problems, but foot pain usually indicates a more serious issue, such as Sever’s Disease.
  2. Check out these tips for purchasing shoes for children. Their feet grow quickly, so make sure you have them measured often.
  3. Have them engage in physical activity several times a week to keep them strong and fit. They will also be less likely to be holding a phone or tablet if they are engaged in martial arts, dance, or rock climbing instead.
  4. Consult with our podiatrist about custom orthotics for children who have developmental problems.

DO NOT:

  1. Ignore complaints about foot pain. Growing pains are not normal in the feet, so they should be tended to before symptoms worsen.
  2. Use hand me downs for children’s shoes, since they will not have the correct support for your children’s feet. Depending on how long the first child has worn the shoes, they can be molded to that particular child’s feet and the younger child’s feet will not fit that well.
  3. Use shoes indoors when your child is first learning to walk. Being barefoot when indoors will help them develop strength, balance, and coordination in the feet. However, use shoes when they will be outside, to protect from sharp objects or disease.

Do your children complain of foot pain during or after physical activity? Make an appointment at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center to have your child see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your children’s feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 13, 2016

Did you know that October 12th is World Arthritis Day? About 50% of Americans over 65 years old suffer from arthritic foot pain. A lesser-known fact is that about 294,000 American children under the age of 18 have arthritic or other rheumatic conditions (NIAMS-NIH). Since arthritis mainly affects joints, it is possible that your children can suffer from arthritic foot and ankle pain as well. We at Clark Podiatry Center want to bring more awareness to the way that arthritis may affect you and your family.

Arthritis often presents with symptoms of pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Since each foot has 33 joints, it’s likely that arthritis would affect our feet. This is especially true since our foot and ankle joints are constantly bearing our weight and providing us with mobility and stability. Arthritis pain and swelling in the feet or ankles need to be treated early so that it doesn’t lead to more severe issues as a result.

Symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis

When children show symptoms of arthritis, they usually present in the following ways:

• Symptoms that last for a long period time (i.e. 6 weeks or more)
• Stiff knee, ankle, or toe joints in the morning or after a long nap
• Excessive clumsiness or instability
• Immobility of the joint(s)
• Recurring pain, tenderness, redness, or heat in a joint
• Skin changes, including rashes and growths
• Swelling in joint(s) (for example: sausage toes)
• Joint cracking or popping sounds when walking
• Toenails that separate or become ingrown due to swollen toes
• Swollen lymph nodes

Children can be affected by arthritis where symptoms can flare up or calm down. When arthritis is severe enough, it can cause bones and joints (which are not yet fully developed) to grow unevenly. This is why you should come see your board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, at the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at the Clark Podiatry Center, as soon as possible. Early assessment and diagnosis can help to prevent more severe issues later. Make an appointment with us today at our Clark, NJ office, serving Union County patients. We want to keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
July 13, 2016
Tags: Flat Feet  

Are you worried that your child might have a flatfoot issue? Children are usually born with little or no arch, but when they begin to walk, the tissues along the sole tighten and for the arch. When the arch does not tighten, the child may have flatfoot. Depending on the age, development of the feet, and type of flatfoot, he or she may have no painful symptoms and may eventually outgrow it.

There are two kinds of pediatric flatfoot – flexible and rigid. Flexible pediatric flatfoot will seem flat when standing, but when sitting or standing on tiptoe, the arch will appear. Rigid flatfoot is when the arch does not reappear when the child sits or stands on tiptoe.

Children may experience pain or discomfort while walking, cramping on the bottom of the feet, or foot deformity that tilts the heel outward. Children or teens may experience more pain or issues with rigid flatfoot.

Ask your pediatric podiatrist

Uncertain or worried about your child’s flat feet? It is best to have your child’s feet looked at sooner rather than later so that issues can be corrected before worsening. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, who also specializes in pediatric podiatry, will give your child’s feet the care they deserve.

If your child does not experience pain with flat feet, he or she may grow out of it. However, if there is pain, Dr. Macy may recommend orthotic inserts or orthotic devices to help with arch support and pain relief. In rare cases, flatfoot conditions may need corrective surgery depending on the extent of flatfoot and deformity.

Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy’s team at Clark Podiatry Center will do their best to use the latest technologies to help your family care for its feet!

Announcement: Exciting news! On Saturday, July 30th, 2016, we will be holding a grand opening of our new pediatric podiatry center, The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute. Bring your children by for free foot screenings!



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