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Posts for: February, 2016

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 21, 2016
Tags: Flat Feet  

Usually patients with flat feet know that they have this condition, but if you're not sure try this easy test.

Stand on a firm surface like a sidewalk or bathroom tile, or a piece of newsprint with wet feet. Check your footprint: does the full outline of your foot appear? If yes, you probably have flat feet.

Flat feet begins sometime during childhood when the foot's arch doesn't properly develop. When weight is put on the foot, the arch flattens completely and the entire bottom of your foot will touch the ground with each step.

Causes and Complications of Flat Feet

Often flat feet runs in families. This condition may also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, nerve problems or damaged tendons. Sometimes injury can cause the arches to flatten, or in some individuals flat feet just come with age.

Some patients with flat feet have no symptoms. But many suffer from:

  • Aching and pain in the arches and heels
  • Swollen soles
  • Hip, leg and back pain
  • Foot fatigue
  • Trouble standing on the toes

The arches of your feet play an important part in protecting the legs by absorbing force during weight-bearing activities. Your foot will show a moderate arch when the tendons of the foot pull together in the right way.

But when the arches have fallen or collapsed, walking can be painful. Individuals with flat feet tend to overpronate, which means that they roll the foot too far inward when walking. This overpronation can stretch the plantar fascia on your soles and can strain your ankle, causing pain in the midfoot, heel and ankle.

Diagnosing and Treating Flat Feet

If you suspect that you or your child has flat feet, please come visit us at Clark Podiatry Center. We will first assess your overall foot, ankle and leg health and examine your arches. Our approach will be to focus on non-invasive treatments including:

  • Custom-fitted orthotics to stabilize the arch in order to control your foot motion and more efficiently distribute your body weight.
  • Physical therapy exercises to strengthen the arch's supporting tissues.
  • Immobilizing the foot with supportive taping or bracing and allowing it to rest to heal inflamed or damaged tendons.
  • Icing and compressing to reduce inflammation.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Switching to sturdy, supportive shoes.

Surgery may be required in severe cases to correct misalignment or repair any torn tissue.

Our goal will be to return you to your normal activities once you are pain free. However, patients with flat feet should always avoid high-impact sports and running on hard surfaces.

We Can Help Relieve the Pain from Flat Feet

Please call our Clark office at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website to schedule an appointment. There are solutions available to relieve flat feet discomfort. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist will discuss treatment options for your unique foot health as well as shoe suggestions to keep you pain free.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 17, 2016
Tags: Untagged

If you have a baby at home - or are about to welcome one into the family - you know how important it is to have just the right onesies, burp pads, blankets and sheets. But, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), hold off on baby shoes!

The AAP advises that babies need to wear shoes only when they begin to walk. Before that, cover infant feet just for warmth and protection.

Developing Feet Benefit from Walking Barefoot

Barefoot walking helps feet develop properly because the arch strengthens and the muscles and ligaments can grow. An infant's foot bones are flexible and made of soft cartilage that converts to bone as they grow. Keeping baby's feet toasty warm with just socks can help maintain flexibility. Choose natural materials like cotton or cotton with wool. Don't let tiny toes get cramped against socks that are too tight.

Babies love the feeling of connecting to the ground as they begin walking. As an extra benefit, walking barefoot can influence good posture.

Shop with Care for Baby's First Shoes

Hold firm when Grandma presents your baby with tiny metallic moccasins or backless sandals. As soon as your child begins walking, shop for that all-important first pair of shoes. Go for sturdy and protective rather than trendy!

Use these shopping pointers from Clark Podiatry Center as a guide:

  • Shop where a professional will measure both feet. Re-check measurements every 6 to 8 weeks: a toddler's feet grow on average 2 sizes every year until age 4.
  • Choose shoes that are flexible with skid-resistant soles and padding around the ankles for comfort.
  • Look for a roomy toe box. Try to fit your pinkie finger between the end of the toes and the tip of the shoe.
  • Opt for shoes that come in whole and half-sizes as well as different widths to get the best fit. The shoe should be wide enough to allow the toes to lay flat.
  • Select lightweight and flexible materials like soft leather. Make sure the fastenings are secure so that the heel stays in place and the foot doesn't slip.

Importantly, avoid hand-me-downs! Shoes won't fit your child if they have already molded to the foot of the prior owner.

Contact Us with Any Concerns about Your Baby's Foot Health

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with pediatric podiatry. Please visit us for an examination of your child's feet and ankles and to discuss recommended footwear. You can reach us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Let us help your baby take her first steps to a lifetime of healthy feet!

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 12, 2016
Tags: Bunions  

Do you have a bony bump on the inside of the first joint of the big toe? This bump is called a bunion and is a sign of a deformity that occurs when the bone or tissue of the big toe pushes against the next toe.

Bunions can be very painful and can also restrict the movement of the big toe. You may notice corns or calluses that form on the joint or the toes when they rub against the shoes. In addition to being painful, you may be embarrassed at the appearance of your feet. It may also be hard to get shoes that fit properly.

Both men and women suffer from bunions. Bunions are caused by shoes that are too tight, an injury, genetics, flat feet or pronated feet, your gait or arthritis.

Diagnosing and Treating Bunions

If you suspect that you have a bunion, come visit us at Clark Podiatry Center. We will carefully examine both feet and then begin with conservative treatments:

  • Change your shoes to those with a wider toe box to give toes some wiggle room. Avoid high heels as they place too much pressure on the toe joints.
  • Apply ice several times a day to reduce inflammation.
  • Rest and elevate the foot.
  • With your doctor's approval, take anti-inflammatory medication like naproxen and ibuprofen to decrease inflammation.
  • Custom-fitted orthotics can redistribute pressure to impede bunion growth.
  • Reduce stress on the bunion by taping and padding the toes and the ball of the foot.
  • Cortisone injections will lessen pain and swelling.

In severe cases, conservative treatments may not relieve pain and discomfort. If you are still in pain after trying these methods for some time, we will discuss surgical options with you. A bunionectomy, or surgery on the bunion, is usually done on an outpatient basis and will return your toe to its correct position to eliminate your pain.

Don't Suffer from the Pain of Bunions

Don't wait to seek help for bunions - they will not go away and with time can only get bigger and more painful. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center has extensive experience with both conservative bunion treatments and surgery. Please call us today at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment or use the contact information at the website. Contact us to take the first step to pain-free feet.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 03, 2016
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

If you have pain or a burning feeling in the ball of your foot, especially when you're walking barefoot or during sports or workouts, you may have a chronic inflammation condition called metatarsalgia. Some patients also develop a callus under the inflamed area because of the extra pressure on the ball of the foot.

Metatarsalgia is an inflammation problem caused by the stress of repetitive pressure and impact. Your foot has 5 metatarsal bones running from the toes to the ankle. Over time the adjacent tendons and ligaments may become irritated and inflamed as well as the actual bone coverings.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

This condition is an overuse injury, where the foot experiences repeated stresses and does not have enough time to heal between activities. Amateur and professional athletes, especially those who enjoy high-impact sports, are at high risk for metatarsalgia. Sports that involve running or jumping can be especially problematic.

Other causes of this inflammation include:

  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Excess weight
  • Toe muscles that are too weak or too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Intense weight-bearing activities
  • Certain foot deformities like hammertoe, claw toe or a very high arch
  • Footwear that does not fit properly
  • Excessive foot pronation or inward roll when running or walking

Try Conservative Treatments First

Conservative or at-home remedies are often successful in treating metatarsalgia:

  • Take some time off from your intense workouts and sports. This lets the pressure off the affected area and allows it to rest and heal.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications - with your doctor's permission - can relieve the inflammation.
  • Ice the area several times a day.
  • Wear shoes that are supportive and well-fitting.
  • Try to lose weight to lessen the stress on your feet.

Contact Clark Podiatry Center if your pain and discomfort continues even after trying these methods. The first thing we will do is take x-rays in our office to rule out any possible fracture. We'll do a comprehensive examination to check for any other similar problems like Morton's neuroma or bursitis.

We've found that wearing custom-fitted orthotics can be very successful in reducing the over-pronation and relieving excess pressure. Once the inflammation and pain have lessened, we will work with you on getting you back into your workout program with some appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises.

We Can Successfully Treat the Pain of Metatarsalgia

Don't let your discomfort continue - reach out for Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center. Please call us today at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment or use the contact information at the website. It's important to treat the symptoms of metatarsalgia as well as address any underlying causes to get long-lasting relief.

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