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What’s on your back-to-school schedule? For parents, staying a few steps ahead of common pediatric foot conditions is the best way to start the new school year.

Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center recommends three steps to add to your routine this fall. Starting now will help your child reduce their risk of developing common foot problems.

Wear clean, dry socks

When shoe shopping, don’t forget to pick up new pairs of socks, too. Make sure that socks are breathable. If your child plans to wear their favorite pairs from home, check for holes or other signs of distress. Dirty, moist socks are a hot spot for fungus. Your child can be at risk for fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, etc.

Shop for supportive, comfortable footwear

Help your child put their best foot forward with the right pair of shoes. Choose comfort — and style. These qualities exist, so teach your child how to value their foot health while still being fashionable. Measure your child’s feet each time before buying shoes. A child’s development can be unpredictable at times, so make sure they are wearing the right size.

Start healthy foot care habits

Are daily foot checks a way of life? Just like brushing teeth, picking out clothes, and packing lunch, add healthy foot care habits to your child’s routine. Now is one of the best times to introduce another healthy habit to the daily routine. Children do well with repetition, so teach them the value of keeping an eye on their foot health — every day. Listen to them if they share discomfort or ask questions about the new routine.

At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

Are orthotics only for adults? Of course not. Children can benefit from these medical devices, too. At Clark Podiatry Center, we understand foot pain and walking challenges can impact everyone, including our youngest patients. Dr. Brandon A. Macy regularly provides parents with suggestions for pediatric foot concerns. Custom children’s orthotics are among those solutions.

Here are answers to commonly asked questions:

Will my child’s foot pain eventually go away?

We have all heard the term “growing pains.” Unfortunately, this term is a myth when it comes to pain that accompanies development. Here’s a fact: Pain isn’t normal. There are also visible signs parents should not ignore, from in-toeing to limping.

Can I delay treatment a bit longer?

Parents should not dismiss children’s foot pain or discomfort. The solution could be as simple as a bigger shoe size. Discomfort may also be a sign of something that requires a visit to the podiatrist. By delaying treatment, you are putting your child’s future foot health at risk. For example, foot deformities such as flat feet may result in additional deformities or even arthritis.

Why should I choose custom orthotics?

Your little one’s feet are changing every day, and this means a one-size-fits-all approach won’t be the solution for improving their gait or the discomfort they may feel. The benefit of prescription orthotics is they are customized to fit your child’s feet. The podiatrist has taken detailed measurements and assessed the best way to provide correction and relief.  

Remember, there are various stages of your child’s development. Make sure they have the proper support every step of the way. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

Kids grow fast. You check their shoes for one month, but it’s time for another pair a few months later. It is common with children and a great sign of development. If overlooked, it can lead to periods of discomfort simply because of the wrong shoe size. Each year around this time, the team at Clark Podiatry Center supports parents as they prepare for another Back to School Season. While things will look quite different this year, let’s not lose focus on noticing discomfort and learning when to size up.

What might happen if my child wears shoes that are too small?

In addition to discomfort, children will also be more likely to develop ingrown toenails. Also, excessive friction between your child’s feet and shoes may lead to blisters, corns, and calluses that can later become painful. Lastly, children need wiggle room as their feet continue to grow. Let their feet develop naturally and without restriction.

I’m going to guess a half-size up. Is that OK?

Every child develops differently, so it’s best to get their specific measurements. You may compare their growth to yours as a child and put them in the wrong size. Guessing with your eyes is also not a safe assumption. If possible, get your child’s feet professionally measured and always try on shoes before making a purchase.

What about orthotics?

Remember, we customize orthotics. It means that each pair is just for your child and based on specific measurements. Don’t try to use orthotics for another pair of shoes; instead, schedule an appointment with us so we can provide the best recommendations. Orthotics for children are helpful with correcting issues like flat fleet or in-toeing.

Questions or concerns about shoe sizes? We’re here to help. We understand if you’re not ready to come into our office, so telemedicine appointments are available. We are also now open four days a week for all podiatry appointments. Call us at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.


By Clark Podiatry Center
December 03, 2019

At Clark Podiatry Center, we know that things can become quite busy during the holidays. As children wind down for a break from school, don’t forget to take time to watch and listen for any new signs of foot pain. As you’re moving from store to store or baking your favorite holiday treats, here are three signs to watch for during the holidays: children's foot pain

Ready, set … no

If you’re noticing that your typically high-energy child is taking a seat on the sidelines, check in with your child. They could be saving their energy for the big dinners ahead, but they may also be in pain while moving. Keep in mind that younger children may not be able to communicate their discomfort; instead, they may stop doing what is causing them the pain.

Shoes off

If your child is taking their shoes off as soon as you put them on, or if they’re crying, it’s time to ask some questions. When was the last time you had your child’s foot measured? Has an injury occurred? Talk with your child and work with them to see if they can communicate their reason for kicking off their shoes so quickly.  

Smelly shoes

Your kids have been working hard in school, but their shoes shouldn’t be delivering a strong odor. If you notice smelly socks and shoes, your children might be dealing with Athlete’s foot or a fungal nail. Use the holiday season to thoroughly wash and dry socks and determine if it’s time for another pair of shoes. As your children travel to see family or friends, encourage them to keep on their shoes and socks; don’t share them with others.

If you think your child is experiencing foot pain, don’t feel like you need to wait until 2020 to get some answers. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist, and New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of the Clark Podiatry Center. Visit us at our Clark, New Jersey office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 05, 2019

Many children’s foot conditions will correct themselves as their bodies grow into themselves and muscles and bones stretch. Some though, if they persist, need to be addressed. Toe walking is one. What is toe walking? Just that. When the child walks only on their toes and doesn’t roll the foot to the ball.

This is usually prevalent when they begin to walk at age 12 to 15 months. By the age of 2, they usually have developed a heel-toe type of walk. If toe walking persists after 3, they need to see a podiatrist. One study, though, showed that a group of children grew out of toe walking by age 5.

Causes for toe walking after 3 include:

  • Cerebral palsy – condition of impaired muscle control
  • Autism – a broad range of problems including socialization skills, speech, non-verbal communication and repetitive actions
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nervous system disorder

Conditions that indicate concern include:

  • Walks on their toes all the time
  • Stumbles when they walk
  • Has fine motor skills that aren’t developing – buttoning a shirt
  • Has a family history of cerebral palsy or autism
  • Doesn’t bear full weight on a flat foot
  • Born prematurely
  • Avoids eye contact or has repetitive motions like rocking

It is very important to keep an eye on a child’s when walking which may or may not indicate other contributing issues, but don’t be too surprised to know that toe walking may just be that: toe walking which your child will grow out or can be successfully treated.

Treatments include physical therapy to stretch the calf muscle and tendons and the use of a cast at ages 4 or 5 to also help stretch the calf muscle. Other treatments include walking uphill, walking on uneven surfaces like a playground or sand, walking on your heels only and/or squatting. All these will stretch the foot and force it to roll and fully contact the ground.

If you’re child toe walks or you have any other foot concerns, 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.


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