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Posts for: January, 2016

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 28, 2016
Tags: corns   calluses  

It's a puzzle - you may have an unusual skin growth on your feet or toes and you're wondering what it could be. Is it a callus? Is it a corn? What is the difference?

A corn is an area of thickened skin with inflamed tissue underneath. These often form where two toes rub together or where the top of a toe rubs against a shoe.

Another type of thick, hardened skin is a callus. These often form on the heel, the ball of the foot and under the big toe and serve to protect the skin from friction. They are really not skin problems - instead they indicate problems with the bones.

What Causes Corns and Calluses

Corns result when excessive pressure on the toes irritates the tissues and the skin's surface layer thickens. Soft corns are similar to open sores between the toes and result from toes rubbing against each other.

Calluses also form from repeated friction and pressure but this time it happens when the shoe rubs against a bony protrusion called a bone spur on the foot or toe. Even small amounts of pressure or friction that occur over time will cause a callus.

The most common cause of both corns and calluses are shoes that don't fit properly. If your shoes are too tight or too narrow in the toe box, your toes are pushed together causing friction to the skin. An abnormal gait or too much pressure from sports activities can cause these growths, as can deformities like claw toe or hammertoe.

Home Remedies Can Work To Relieve the Discomfort of Corns and Calluses

Try these treatments first:

  • Soak feet in warm, soapy water and then rub thickened areas of skin gently with a pumice stone or foot file.
  • Smooth on a moisturizing cream or lotion at night and wear loose socks to bed. Rub thickened skin in the morning with a pumice stone.
  • Try placing moleskin or foam pads right on the callus or corn to reduce friction and pressure. Using over-the-counter products with salicylic acid is not a good idea as they can damage healthy tissue and cause infection.

For persistent corns and calluses or those that are large or painful, contact Clark Podiatry Center for help. We can reduce the pressure of a callus by carefully shaving the thickened skin. For corns that have become infected, we will prescribe oral antibiotics and give you creams with urea that can remove dead skin. We will also check to see if an abnormal walking motion has caused the problem and can prescribe custom-fitted orthotics to relieve excessive pressure.

Don't Wait for Relief for Corn and Callus Discomfort

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist can begin to relieve the pain of corns and calluses today. You can call us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. There is no need to suffer from any skin problem on your feet - we can help!

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 22, 2016
Tags: Untagged

Did you know that in the U.S. every 13 seconds a senior is treated in an emergency room because of a fall and an older adult dies from fall-related injuries every 20 minutes? (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This adds up to millions of injuries to our senior citizens each year. Sadly, many of these can be prevented with some thoughtful lifestyle and footwear changes.

Reduce Your Risk of Serious Injury in a Fall

  • Get a thorough eye exam every year.
  • Regular exercise can strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Improve your balance with programs like tai chi that promote stability.
  • Eliminate tripping hazards like small throw rugs in your home.
  • Add railings to both sides of all stairways.
  • Improve lighting where necessary especially on stairs.
  • Take a look at all wiring and get rid of excess cords and extension cords. Secure any that are necessary with duct tape.

Choose Footwear with Safety in Mind

Could your shoes increase your risk of falling? Try this 1-2-3 test on those in your closet:

  1. Bend the shoe to look for flexibility in the toe area.
  2. Twist the shoe to see if it twists too easily in the middle.
  3. Press the sides of the heel - it should be stiff, not collapsing.

If it's time to spruce up your shoe wardrobe, visit shoe retailers with professional sales staff who will measure your feet each time. A shoe that doesn't fit well is not only painful but can present a danger to anyone with mobility and balance issues.

Here are a few more shoe shopping tips to get a proper fit:

  • Shop late in the day as feet are largest then
  • Have your feet - both of them - measured each time
  • There should be no "break-in" period - new shoes should be comfortable right away
  • Be sure to bring your own socks and orthotic devices when you shop

With millions of seniors ending up in the ER due to falls each year, medical alert systems can be key for contacting help when accidents occur in the home. Reviews.com  performed over 100 hours of research and hand-testing on such devices.  Their guide outlines which factors will help families and seniors choose the right system for their needs  Click on the link for more information:  http://www.reviews.com/medical-alert-systems/

Taking the right steps to maintain your balance and wear the right footwear are important to overall foot health for seniors.

Contact Us for Any Foot or Ankle Pain

At Clark Podiatry Center we focus our efforts on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions of all kinds. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to relieve your discomfort. Please contact us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. In addition to treating any foot or ankle pain, we can assess your balance and gait and recommend footwear and exercises to improve your stability.

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 12, 2016
Tags: Morton's Neuroma  

Do you have pain in the ball of the foot? Does it feel like you are walking on a marble? If so, you may have nerve damage called Morton's neuroma.

A neuroma is a benign nerve tumor. However, in the case of Morton's neuroma, instead of a tumor there is a thickening of the tissue that encircles the nerve leading to the toes. The neuroma most often develops between the third and fourth toes when the nerve is injured or compressed.

This nerve damage can cause sharp or burning pain. Sometimes the toes get numb or there may be swelling, weakness or a general feeling of discomfort. Usually there is no lump present on the outside of the foot. If not properly treated, this condition may grow worse and can even cause permanent damage.

Causes of Morton's Neuroma

Perhaps because of wearing shoes that are too tight and narrow, women are more likely to get Morton's neuroma than men. Shoes that compress the toe area such as those that are too narrow can cause this nerve damage. The problem can be intensified by high heels as they shift weight forward.

Runners may feel neuroma pain pushing off from the starting block. Also trauma from dropping a heavy object on the toes or from a prior injury can cause a neuroma.

Prevent Morton's neuroma by wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of toe room. Limit the time you wear high heels.

Treating Morton's Neuroma

Foot pain or numbness should not be neglected. Call Clark Podiatry Center if you or a family member experiences any of these symptoms.

After a thorough examination, we will take x-rays right in our office to rule out any other problem like a stress fracture or arthritis. Then we will start with conservative treatments as studies show that 80% of patients with Morton's neuroma are treated successfully with non-invasive treatments. These include:

  • Changing your footwear to shoes that have low heels and wide, roomy toe boxes. This extra room may allow the nerve to heal.
  • We can measure you for custom-fitted orthotics that will reduce pressure on the nerve by separating and lifting the bones.
  • A series of corticosteroid injections can reduce swelling and inflammation.

If your pain is not relieved by these methods we will discuss decompression surgery or removal of the nerve, which usually comes with a short recuperation period.

Don't Suffer with the Pain of Morton's Neuroma

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist urges you to contact us with any foot or ankle pain or discomfort. You can reach us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. We will quickly diagnose your problem and take action to reduce your pain. We will also be happy to evaluate your stride and how your shoes are wearing to recommend the best shoes for your individual condition.

If you're like most Americans, you've made a few resolutions as we begin 2016. Some are easy to keep - like keeping your house neater - while others are very difficult and require a lot of commitment - for example, quitting smoking or joining a health club.

But here's one resolution that is easy to accomplish and that will also improve your health and wellbeing - take good care of your feet! After all, your feet are the foundation of your body and take you on miles and miles every day. Here are a few ideas:

Inspect Feet Daily

Check your feet every day for any suspicious rash or fungus or for cuts or sores that are not healing. Look carefully between the toes and use a mirror so you can see your soles. Individuals with diabetes must pay special attention to any foot problems so they don't worsen and lead to potential amputation.

Practice Good Foot Care Every Day

When you bathe or shower, pay special attention to your feet. Wash feet and toes with a soft washcloth or sponge and warm, soapy water. Dry carefully especially between the toes. While feet are still damp, use a pumice stone to smooth away rough, dry skin. Always apply a rich emollient moisturizer or a balm with shea butter - but not between the toes. Apply petroleum jelly or cuticle cream to moisturize the toenails. Trim the nails straight across - not rounded - at least every week to prevent ingrown toenails.

Invest in Your Feet

Don't skimp on footwear - instead, select sturdy, supportive shoes and thick socks. Avoid flimsy sandals and flip-flops as they offer little protection for your feet. Don't wear high heels for extensive periods - instead, keep heels no higher than 2 inches. Shoes should have plenty of room for toe wiggling and heels that don't slip. It's a good practice to shop for shoes later in the day when your feet are largest, and be sure to have both feet measured every time you shop. If spending time in the sun, use sunscreen on your feet as well as your body. Warm, waterproof shoes can keep feet cozy in winter weather as can moisture-wicking socks.

Keep Feet and Toes Flexible

Don't forget to add feet and toe stretching and flexibility exercises to your regular exercise routine. Keeping feet and toes supple can prevent many foot problems

Contact Us for Any Foot and Ankle Problems

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center can address any foot and ankle issues you have. Contact us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. Remember to take good care of your feet in 2016 and they will take good care of you!

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 03, 2016
Tags: Orthotics  

Have you heard the word orthotics? The word comes from Greek and means to align or straighten.

Orthotic devices fit inside your shoes and are custom-made to each individual's feet and needs. They support and comfort your feet and can also be prescribed to heal chronic foot issues and correct biomechanical foot problems. Orthotics can also help redistribute stress during sport activities to ease pain.

Because orthotics are custom fitted for each patient's diagnosed condition, they are far different from non-prescription shoe inserts available online or at retail stores. Also, each foot is different and must be molded separately.

Orthotics Can Help Many Foot and Ankle Conditions

Orthotics are designed to fulfil two purposes: accommodative or functional. Accommodative, or flexible orthotics, provide extra support and cushioning to relieve pain. A more rigid, functional orthotic is required to solve the problems and pain of ankle and foot motion.

At Clark Podiatry we often prescribe orthotics to help our patients with a variety of foot ailments including:

Orthotics Are Custom Made for Each Patient

Once we have recommended orthotics to resolve your diagnosed foot problem, we'll use a 3-dimensional digital scanning device to make very accurate images of your feet from which the orthotics will be created. We encourage patients to wear their orthotics every day in various kinds of shoes for the best outcome.

Custom orthotics are made of quality materials and can last for years with proper care. Wash them regularly using a damp towel and a mild soap.

Special Note on Orthotics for Children

It's a myth that children "grow out of" many foot problems. Some deformities like in toeing, out toeing and flat feet won't change as they age and can cause more deformities and arthritic pain in their 20s and 30s if untreated.

Custom fitted orthotics that are re-formed as your child grows can correct these problems to reduce mechanical stress and strain. The result? Biomechanical function is more efficient and less likely to cause deformity or pain.

Orthotics Can Resolve Many Foot Problems

If you or your child has any foot or ankle pain, or any observed deformities or walking or standing problems, call Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist right away. You can find lots more information on orthotics and foot and ankle issues as well as contact details at the website. Please call our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today. The sooner you add custom fitted orthotics to your shoes, the quicker your foot pain or alignment problems will be relieved!

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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470