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Posts for: September, 2015

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 25, 2015
Tags: sever's disease  

Children’s feet are more flexible and elastic than adult’s feet. Thus, children tend to have less injuries in the feet. However, children’s heels are still sensitive and due to this, they are unfortunately prone to injuries.

When children grow, their feet grow with them! The bones of the feet grow faster than the leg muscles and the tendons. The heel is the last part to fully harden so this ends up causing stiffness and tightness in the muscles, making the feet less flexible and putting pressure on the heel plate. This is especially true in very active children or children who play sports from an early age as they are at risk to develop pain in their heels. This pain is what is known as Sever’s Disease. Technically, it is not a disease and sounds scarier than it is. Sever’s, also called calcaneal apophysitis, is a type of bone disorder that is caused by pain and swelling in the heel plate. Sever’s can usually be spotted in growing children who are between the ages of 8-15 years old.

 

Who is at Risk?

  • Active children
  • Children who play sports – Soccer, Basketball or Gymnastics
  • Child that runs or jumps a lot
  • Overweight or obese children
  • Children with flat or arched feet
  • People who stand for long periods of time

Symptoms

  • Pain or redness in the heels
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Limping
  • Toe walking

Prevention

  • Wearing the right athletic shoes
  • Arch supports in shoes

Home Treatment

  • Heel cushions
  • Stretching exercises
  • Icing the area

Severe Pain That Doesn’t Go Away

Parents should schedule an appointment with a board certified podiatrist for severe heel pain that doesn’t go away or improve with home treatment. Sever’s disease and heel fractures are hard to identify and chronic pain should be immediately evaluated by a doctor.

Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist specializing in children’s foot and ankle care and Clark Podiatry is where you need to go.

At your first visit, Dr. Brandon Macy and his staff will meet with you to find out all your concerns. After a thorough examination, he will want to know more about any physical or sports related activity that you are involved in. He may perform a ‘squeeze’ test and pinch the heels to diagnose Sever’s Disease or he may ask you to stand on your toes to see if there is any discomfort. Although, X-rays are not required, Dr. Brandon Macy may perform them to rule out any fractures. After diagnosis, he will design a complete treatment plan to have you feeling healthy and fit in no time! Sever’s is best if immediately treated. Children will begin to see improvement in as little as two weeks to two months and can go back to leading a fun-filled, active lifestyle. Dr. Brandon Macy and his staff are conveniently located in Clark, New Jersey. Call us today at (732)382-3470.


By Clark Podiatry Center
September 17, 2015
Tags: club foot  

Clubfoot also known as talipes equinovarus is a foot and ankle condition often seen in infants.

It means that the infant’s feet are positioned incorrectly or in an unusual manner such as the feet pointing downward or both feet facing each other. Clubfoot can be present in one or both feet. Although it is a rare condition, it doesn’t cause infants any harm and if treated immediately will ensure that the infant can lead a healthy and normal life. Treatment for clubfoot normally begins a few weeks after birth.

Causes

Although the exact causes of clubfoot are unknown, it is usually caused by a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. A child has higher chances of being worn with clubfoot if:

1. Their mother smoked during pregnancy

2. Someone in their family has or had clubfoot

3. They are males

4. Their parent has a history of spinal cord injury

Treatment

Although taking care of a child who has clubfoot can be challenging, there are many options for parents to minimize their child’s discomfort and take steps to treat the condition very early on. After a thorough examination, a board certified podiatrist will create a customized treatment plan that is right for the infant.

Most podiatrists will start with the least invasive procedure such as casting. In casting, the foot is gently stretched and wrapped with a cast. It can take multiple sessions of stretching and casting to achieve results. However, surgery can many times be completely avoided with successful casting.

If a patient does not respond to casting, surgery would be the next course of treatment. Surgery is done under local anesthesia and patients do not experience any pain. Patients who need surgery should expect to stay in the hospital for up to 3 days for post-surgery recovery. Casting, braces and physical therapy sessions are all a part of the recovery protocol to make sure patients heal well after surgery.

Next Steps

If you know a child with clubfoot or if you are an adult suffering from clubfoot and struggling with everyday activities and leading an active life, visit a board certified podiatrist today.

Board certified Dr. Brandon A. Macy, of Clark Podiatry has been treating children’s foot and ankle problems since 1981. He is an expert at treating clubfoot and other common foot deformities. Stop by at our state of the art office in Clark, New Jersey. Request an online appointment here or call us at 732-382-3470.

Dr. Macy and his energetic staff will guide you and treat you with care and dedication. Don’t let your feet stop you from going where you want! 


By Clark Podiatry Center
September 09, 2015
Tags: Bow Legs  

Growing children are constantly changing and evolving. As children grow, their legs and feet also change.

Most babies are usually born with Genu Varum or bow legs. As this is a common problem, it often goes unnoticed. The term bow legs refers to a physical problem which means that the lower leg is bowing or bending in relation to the thigh. Children have a degree of Genu Varum until the age of 3 or 4 due to the way they sit with the soles of the feet touching. This causes the lower leg and thigh to curve outwards and leave a little space between their knee joints. Once the child starts to crawl around and walk, the legs start to straighten out.

Causes

  • Softening or weakening of bones (Rickets)
  • Improper diet (Vitamin D deficiency)
  • Physical Trauma or accident
  • Skeletal problems
  • Infections
  • Tumors affecting the growth of the leg

Symptoms

  • Bowing in one or both legs
  • Pain
  • Limping

Bow knees can be painful or cause a child discomfort and difficulty to walk. They may also worsen as the child gets older. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your child, it is important to seek the advice of a board certified podiatrist.

When to see a doctor

  • Your child is complaining of pain
  • Your child is limping or walks with difficulty
  • Bow leg in only one leg
  • Signs of bow leg getting worse after the age of 3

Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist who specializes in foot and ankle treatment and surgery and focuses specifically on child podiatry. Visit Clark Podiatry to meet with Dr. Brandon Macy and his terrific team to get your child the proper diagnosis and treatment. Options for treatment may include bracing or surgery. Dr. Brandon Macy and his staff will advise, guide, and reassure you throughout the process to achieve the most successful results and continue to follow up with you after treatment. Our goal is to keep your feet healthy and keep you walking.

To learn more, take a look at some of our videos and frequently asked questions.

Clark Podiatry’s beautiful office is conveniently located in Clark, New Jersey and we are open Monday to Friday to serve you and your loved ones in Clark, Union County and the Westfield areas. Request an online appointment today or call us at (732) 382-3470 with any questions. 


By Clark Podiatry Center
September 04, 2015
Tags: Proper Footwear  

What an exciting period of time! Your baby just started kicking and crawling and must be eagerly looking forward to those trips in the stroller to experience the sights and sounds of your neighborhood. Although they are not quite ready to take big steps yet, it is very important to keep those feet covered and protected when they are outside in order to support their growth and learning during this stage of infancy.

Studies state that approximately 70% of children’s foot problems stem from wearing the wrong size and type of shoes. Wearing shoes that are too tight can change the shape of a child’s foot and cause other problems in the future. Poor fitting shoes may also cause your child to stumble or fall and may delay their walking skills.

With so many choices in styles, colors and brands, keep in mind that the best type of shoe will be one that provides foot protection as well as ample movement and comfort for your child. Here is what you should look for and what you should avoid when going shoe shopping for the little one!

Baby Shoe Shopping Checklist

What to look for:

  • Lightweight , airy, sweat resistant
  • Made of leather, canvas, mesh
  • Do they bend? Are they flexible?
  • Rubber soles
  • Wide toe box (1/2 inch space between big toe and tip of shoe)
  • Soft, thin soles

What to avoid:

  • Shoes that are too tight
  • Shoes that are made of plastic or other synthetic material
  • Bulky shoes
    • Narrow toe box
  • Hand me downs
  • Hard bottoms

When purchasing new shoes, make sure to test them out for comfort and fit and monitor your child for a couple of days to check for signs of discomfort or pain. Children’s shoes should be comfortable from the beginning and do not usually need to be worn in.

If you notice that your baby is suddenly taking their shoes off a lot, rubbing their feet or ankles, or walking clumsily, it may be time for new shoes. In other cases, this may signal another type of foot problem. If your child is experiencing some type of foot deformity or change in the foot growth pattern, only a board certified podiatrist can recommend the appropriate treatment or course of action.

Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board certified podiatrist who has been practicing podiatric medicine in the Clark community of New Jersey since 1981. He specializes in treating children of all ages and is an expert at children’s orthotics here at Clark Podiatry.

Dr. Macy and his caring staff will meet with you and your child and guide you throughout the consultation and treatment process with nothing but care and understanding and promise you results.

Visit Clark Podiatry today by calling us at (732) 382-3470 or book online! To find out what you need for your first appointment, go to our new patient form prior to your arrival. We look forward to your visit.




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