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Posts for: January, 2014

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
January 23, 2014
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: Foot Health  

Foot HealthWith age, many people experience changes in their feet. This may include a change in their shape; a loss of the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet; thinner, drier skin and brittle nails; and even arthritis. As the feet change, they also naturally develop more problems. But aching feet are not a natural part of growing old or something to be tolerated. You can do many things now to help relieve pain, improve comfort and keep the spring in your step.
Taking good care of your feet has many benefits including increasing your comfort, limiting the possibility of additional health issues, and keeping you active and mobile. The following tips may help keep feet feeling and looking their best into the golden years:

  • Choose proper-fitting shoes with adequate support, a firm sole and a soft upper for your everyday activities
  • Walk—it’s the best exercise for your feet
  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Never cut corns or calluses on your own
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap
  • Moisturize daily
  • Trim and file toenails straight across
  • Inspect your feet daily. If you notice redness, cracks in the skin or strange sores, consult our Clark office
  • Have your feet examined by Clark Podiatry Center at least once a year

There are more than 300 different foot ailments. Some are inherited, but for older people, most foot conditions stem from the impact of years of wear and tear. The good news is that even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully.
Never ignore the natural changes that aging brings.  Since feet are referred to as the “mirror of health,” podiatrists are often times the first to identify signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. Regular visits to Clark Podiatry Center can help prevent foot problems and alleviate pain to keep you active for life.


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 22, 2014
Category: Foot Health Tips

This year’s Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey on February 2 between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Not only will it be the first time it will be played in this area, it is the first time that the Super Bowl is being played outdoors in a cold climate.  As everybody knows, this has been a very cold and snowy winter already with single digit temperatures not seen in a number of years in these parts. 

The NFL Super Bowl Committee has made plenty of preparations in anticipation of all sorts of weather conditions.  Contingencies for rain, snow, cold and who-knows-what-else have been in the works for years.  Fans attending the game will be treated to hand warmers and heated seat cushions--that is, for those not fortunate enough to have found their way into a heated private luxury box. I’m also sure that the first aid folks have prepared for possible cold-related injuries to fans in the stadium. 

But there is one thing that I believe they may have overlooked to some extent, COLD FEET!  It is something to keep in mind the next time you go to an outdoor sporting event in November, December or January—be it a football game or one of those outdoor hockey games the New York Rangers will play against the New Jersey Devils or (*cough*) New York Islanders in Yankee Stadium during Super Bowl week.  You can wear the best in thermal gear—hats, gloves, socks, boots, multiple layers of thermal clothing—but it is always a challenge to keep the feet warm. 

The reason for that has less to do with the socks, multiple layers of socks or thermal boots that people pile on.  The problem lies in the stadium itself—the cement grandstands.  It gets very, very cold and literally sucks the heat out of the soles of your feet.  I was at the last Rutgers home football game in December when it was in the 30s. I dressed well and ate well at the tailgate.  My body was warm, but as the game progress, I could feel the chill in the soles of my feet. 

What’s the answer?  Do whatever you can do to keep something substantial and insulating between your feet and the cement.  Somebody once told me they use to bring the Sunday New York Times to Giants’ games, not to read, but to put under their feet to stay warm.  

Keep that in mind if you have lucked into tickets for the Super Bowl or are venturing out to see hockey played in Yankee Stadium for the first time.  Warm feet make for a warm body and a much more pleasant time at the game. 

As for me, I’ll be watching from my usual place at home, as my wife and I host an annual Super Bowl party for friends and family.  It’ll be MUCH warmer, we won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for tickets, and we won’t have to worry about freezing our feet! Besides, as you can see from the picture, I've already gotten my nands on the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the winner of the game.  Who do you like to win?  

Can the Seattle defense get to Peyton Manning, or will he be able to pick apart and silence their great (and trash-talking) secondary?  I've always been told that defense wins championships.  We'll see on February 2.

 

 

 

 

 


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 19, 2014
Tags: foot pain   Falls   Fall prevention  

Seniors can Reduce Risk of Falling by Fixing Painful Feet

 

 

It’s just not true that foot pain is a normal consequence of growing older. In addition to healthy feet and ankles contributing to a full and active lifestyle, they can also reduce a senior’s risk for dangerous and deadly falls.

seniors2Falls have become the leading cause of injury deaths among Americans age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Painful foot conditions such as osteoarthritis, corns, bunions, hammertoes, and diabetic complications can make it difficult for seniors to maintain balance and coordination when walking or standing.

Lower body weakness and gait and balance problems are frequently-cited risk factors for falls among seniors. Exercises to enhance lower body strength can reduce this risk. But for seniors with painful foot and ankle conditions, exercise can be difficult.

Just one fall can permanently rob a senior of their independence and dramatically reduce their quality of life. Minimizing or eliminating foot pain in seniors improves their balance, coordination and stability when walking or standing.

A foot and ankle surgeon can recommend simple, effective pain-relief measures such as stretching exercises or padding for painful corns and hammertoes. But when surgery is the most appropriate treatment for a senior’s painful feet, simple surgical techniques often allow treatment to be performed on an outpatient basis.

 

Reprinted from Foot Health Facts, a publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons




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