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Posts for: May, 2016

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 24, 2016
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: corns   calluses   ingrown toenails   diabetes  

People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems because they may experience numbness and decreased blood flow. This loss of feeling in the feet can result in small issues that get worse; diabetics may not realize that their feet have cuts, sores, or ulcers and end up not taking care of them promptly. The lower blood flow to the feet can also slow healing of these injuries.

Since feet are essential to our daily functions, it is best to take care of your feet every day. Proper daily care and managing your diabetes can prevent your chances of more serious foot issues and even losing an appendage. The following is a list of preventative measures you can take for diabetic footcare.

  1. Check your feet and wash them every day. Make sure you have no injuries or ingrown toenails that have gone unnoticed. When you wash your feet, use warm water, which you can test by dipping your elbow in it. Dry your feet completely to prevent infection.

  2. Moisturize the tops and bottoms of your feet to keep the skin from drying out and cracking. Try to avoid putting lotion or creams between the toes, which may cause infection.

  3. Trim your toes regularly to prevent ingrown toenails. If you notice that you have ingrown toenails and you’ve lost feeling in the toes, make sure you have a podiatrist take care of them.

  4. Try to stay active and get the blood flowing to your feet. You can ask our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for a plan of activities that would be safe for your overall health.

  5. Wear shoes and socks to prevent injuries. Try not to walk barefoot.

  6. If you notice that your feet are developing corns and calluses, or your feet are developing a different shape, you may need to get special shoes. If you do have corns, calluses, or blisters, take care of them gently or consult a podiatrist.

If you need more guidance about diabetic foot care, make an appointment at our office in Clark, NJ.  Dr. Macy and his staff will help you make a plan that fits your needs, including diabetic and foot care.

Summer Footwear for your Child: Limit Wearing Flip Flops

With warm weather catching up to us in New Jersey, it's time to outfit the kids in their new spring sandals. The ever-present flip flops may seem like economical and fun footwear for this time of year, but it's best to steer clear for your child's foot health.

We hope this doesn't end up in a kid vs. parent battle! Flip flops are convenient and a good idea for poolside and the beach, but all too often children wear them all day long. This puts them at risk of injury and also foot problems due to poor support.

Shoes Should Protect Little Feet

Flip flops offer little to no protection for your child's feet. Instead, their toes are vulnerable to scrapes, bruises, falling objects, sunburn and injury from being stepped on. Here at Clark Podiatry Center, we often see children with foot injuries from wearing flip flops.

The right sandals can offer good protection - for toddlers, look for those that cover the toes fully. A closed-toe sandal is cooler for summer weather and will still protect tiny toes too.

Look for Sandals with Ample Support

Flip flops are made of thin plastic with little support. Older children who are more coordinated may not need closed toes, but they all need good, sturdy support. Choose leather sandals with firm soles and straps that secure snugly both across the foot and around the back of the heel.

Wearing flip flops or other flimsy sandals can cause foot pain, tendonitis or heel pain - plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.

Flip Flops May Alter your Child's Gait

If you wear flip flops or backless sandals occasionally, you know that you must grip the sandals with your toes with every step. This gripping action actually results in taking shorter steps which can strain the muscles in the back and legs.

Tripping Injuries

On top of little protection and support, backless sandals like flip flops also place your child in danger of falling and tripping. When a child runs, jumps and plays, it's too easy for the flimsy sandal to slip off, resulting in injuries including a sprained ankle or cut from a sharp or rocky surface.

The bottom line? Outfit your child in both sturdy and fun sandals but make sure that flip flops are worn seldom and for short duration to keep your child's feet healthy and happy.

We Can Help with Pediatric Foot and Ankle Issues

Your children's feet are their foundation for many years of healthy activity. If you notice any problem with foot or ankle pain or a gait irregularity, please contact Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist. You can reach us at our Clark, NJ office for an appointment at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Start your children out right by starting at the bottom!

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 10, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: blisters   diabetes   neuropathy   ulcers  

Choosing well-fitting shoes, sandals and boots is always a good idea so that you are comfortable and your feet stay healthy. But if you have neuropathy, it's even more important to select footwear wisely to avoid serious complications.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition where the nerves are damaged and don't do their jobs properly. When the nerves in the extremities are involved, the condition is called peripheral neuropathy. Patients with this type of neuropathy often suffer from pain and numbness in the feet. You may also experience a loss of sensation or weakness along with a burning and tingling feeling.

Diabetes is a common cause of neuropathy but there are others. You may be diagnosed with neuropathy if you have had an infection or have been exposed to toxins. Other causes include traumatic injuries and metabolic disorders.

Choose Footwear Carefully If You Have Neuropathy

Do your feet a favor and invest in good quality shoes whenever possible. Here are a few shopping tips:

  • Did you know that your feet are slightly larger at the end of the day? It's best to go shoe shopping in late afternoon or evening.
  • Have both feet professionally measured each time you shop and buy for the larger size.
  • Think comfort and cushion. Leather stretches with your feet and breathes. Opt for shoes with extra cushioning.
  • There should be no "breaking in" period - even brand new shoes should feel comfortable right away.
  • Shoes especially made for individuals with diabetes offer plenty of room in the toe box with good foot protection. Try them even if you don't have diabetes.
  • Don't wear flimsy sandals for any length of time and stay away from sandals with straps between the toes that can cause undetected blistering.
  • If you have any foot deformities along with neuropathy, consider therapeutic shoes that are prescribed just for you. Some models have room for any custom-fitted inserts.
  • Ladies - avoid high heels unless for very brief periods.

Those with peripheral neuropathy must always protect their feet to avoid injury that may not be noticed. Never go barefoot even around your home. You may get a small cut, bruise or blister on your feet that can quickly worsen into an ulcer if unseen.

At Clark Podiatry Center, we are experts at assessing a patient's gait and foot anomalies along with any special health conditions like peripheral neuropathy. Our Online Medical Products Store carries many comfortable shoes and sandals that are protective and good for your feet. They're stylish too!

Patients with Neuropathy Need Regular Foot Care

Because nerve damage reduces the sensation of pain or heat in the feet, it's easy to miss a small injury that can escalate into a big problem. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to quickly and effectively treat any type of foot or ankle issue. Please call our Clark, NJ office for an appointment at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Call us today to get started on the road to good foot health!

It's spring in New Jersey and, while you may not have hit the beach or pool yet, you are probably spending more time outside in the sunshine. Have you broken out your tube of sunscreen yet?

The deadliest skin cancer, melanoma, can be caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. And guess what? Feet and ankles are also susceptible to skin cancers caused by sun exposure as well as by chemical exposure, chronic inflammation and even viruses.

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month as sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. Their goals are to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer and to help the public learn how to prevent and detect the different types of skin cancer.

Skin Cancers that May Appear on the Feet

Basal cell carcinoma is caused by sun damage and so usually isn't found on the feet. Squamous cell carcinoma is common and can resemble other skin conditions on the feet such as plantar warts, fungus, ulcers or eczema. These may be itchy but are usually painless.

Watch out for melanoma skin cancer. This malignant form of cancer grows inward rather than along the surface of the skin. Once inside the body, it can spread through the lymphatic system or blood vessels.

Melanomas are masters of disguise and may look like lesions, moles, plantar warts, blood blisters, bruises and even ingrown nails. Because they are not always caused by the sun's UV rays, they can even appear under a toenail or on the soles of the feet.

Clark Podiatry Center urges you to check your feet regularly - about once a month - to look for unusual skin appearance or anything out of the ordinary. Be sure to monitor your child's feet also. 

Learn How To Lower Your Risk of Skin Cancer

  • Avoid exposing your skin to the sun during its strongest hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Stay away from tanning booths.
  • Select a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Learn the right way to apply sunscreen - you need more than you think. Apply 1 fluid ounce 30 minutes before venturing out in the sun, and reapply every 2 hours or when you have been swimming or sweating. Don't forget your feet!
  • Protect children with sunscreen too, age 6 months and above. Read package directions carefully.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has lots more information and tips on preventing skin cancer, detecting melanoma and how to do a monthly skin check.

Come See Us with Any Foot and Ankle Concerns

If you notice any unusual skin condition or have any foot or ankle pain, please contact Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist. We have extensive experience with all types of foot problems. Call our Clark, NJ office for an appointment at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Early detection is important in the successful treatment of foot skin cancers.

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