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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 08, 2020
Category: toe injuries
Tags: toe pain   toe warning signs  

Are your toes in trouble? Are you walking into the new year with some pain, discomfort or noticeable changes? Start the new year with confidence by visiting our office for a checkup. If you’re not sure of what kind of toe trouble requires a visit to our office, Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center has a few warning signs for you to consider. Here’s the first tip: Pain is never normal. If you have pain, consider yourself warned. 

New colors

If your toe — or toenail — has changed color recently, it’s time to make an appointment with our office. Changes to your feet, especially color changes, should not be ignored. Different colors can be signs of infection, bruising, or a circulation issue, among other possibilities. Don’t wait for the color to disappear, find the cause of the change as soon as possible.

Painful steps

It may not seem like a big deal at the time, but that slight pain could be something serious. As you’re walking, pain should not define each step. Discomfort could be the sign of a fracture, a sprain, an ingrown toenail, or infection.

Itchiness or an odor

Are you trying to reach that itchy part between your toes? Are you suddenly shy about kicking off your shoes? Itchy feet or an odor can be a sign of a fungal infection. These symptoms are not only annoying but also harmful to others. Conditions like athlete’s foot can be easily spread. One of the big mistakes that people make is using an over-the-counter medication to treat an infection that may require something different.


If something feels different about your toes, let us do the investigation. Don’t ignore this very important part of your feet; your mobility depends on it. Add to your resolutions list by scheduling an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center and calling 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 11, 2019
Category: toe injuries
Tags: turf toe   Fall sports   bunion   orthotic   podiatrist   athlete   pain  

With school starting, our children will be competing in a variety of fall sports. One issue that will unfortunately pop up will be something called turf toe. What is turf toe? Turf toe is when the main joint of the big toe is sprained. While a relatively recent injury, it usually occurs when an athlete plants their foot on artificial turf and overextends his big toe. Because turf increases traction, the surface is less forgiving than regular grass. Many schools have substituted artificial turf to increase athlete speed and save on maintenance costs.

Symptoms of turf toe include:

  • Inflammation – area around the big toe will swell
  • Bruising – big toe will be bruised
  • Pain – Turf toe is painful as it is a strain of the joint and can include damage to cartilage
  • Inability to bend toe forward – over extended toe losses some of its strength
  • Loose toe joint – destabilizes foot

Your podiatrist will use an X-ray and MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan to identify the extent of the injury. Turf toe is categorized by Grades – Grade 1 – Strain of the big toe joint, Grade 2 – partial tear of the area around the joint and Grade 3 – a complete tear of the toe joint. Each grade has to be treated differently.

  • Grade 1 – requires RICE or Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The affected athlete can still participate in sports, but will probably have to wear a rigid orthotic.
  • Grade 2 - requires a boot or caste for up to a week. After, the foot will need to be taped for stability. Apply RICE.
  • Grade 3 – will require a boot or caste to be worn for several weeks with the toe bent downward.

When healed sufficiently, physical therapy will likely be recommended.

Surgery can be a treatment but is used for specific circumstances including:

  • Severe tear – must be stabilized to heal.
  • Instability of the big toe joint – same as above. Will severely impact walk if not attended to.
  • Bone chips – must be removed.
  • Damage to the cartilage – needs repair.
  • Development of a bunion – can be aggravated by turf toe.

Turf toe is usually treated successfully if acted on early enough.   

Do you have turf toe or any other questions regarding your feet, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy. He can assess your feet to ensure that there are no issues making sure that you not only choose the right shoes, but also keep your feet healthy. Come see us at our Clark, New Jersey office today!



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