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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 28, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: proper foot care  

As your family goes on its next adventure to a water park, make sure you pack (or purchase if you haven’t already) everyone’s water shoes. They may not always be the best looking footwear that you purchase, but they can be very useful for protecting your children’s feet at a water park

Consider the many people, hot weather, and different terrains that those little feet will encounter. They pose dangers to your children’s feet because they are exposed to different bacteria and fungi, possibly very hot and rough pavement, as well as slippery surfaces. Why risk the possibilities of infection, blisters, or slips that could lead to other bodily harm?

So what should you look for in water shoes?

  • Good arch supports for a long day of walking.

  • Secured heel supports to prevent the foot from sliding around in the shoe.

  • Closed toes to prevent sunburn or scraped toes.

  • Some mesh to allow for airflow.

  • Good grip to prevent slips.

  • Material that won’t chafe the skin or cause blisters when wet.

Additional tips at the water park: rest, drink lots of water, apply sunscreen to your entire body – including the feet and toes, bring extra socks, bring adhesive bandages or blister covering product for any part of the shoes that may be chafing the skin.

If you would like specific recommendations for shoes to wear at a water park, please make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy of Clark Podiatry Center. He will work with you to provide the best care for your family’s podiatric needs.


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 23, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

The graceful movements and incredible positional achievements of ballet dancers leave us with an impression of beauty and strength. However, behind the elegant and silky ballet shoes hide purple toes and for some, broken bones. It is not uncommon to see more than one injury tucked inside their footwear, including bloody toes, corns, calluses, blisters, bunions, and ingrown or black toenails. Even more hidden are the strains on the tissues and muscles of the feet and ankles. Some dancers even perform on stress fractures and broken toes!

 

Why do ballet dancers keep their issues invisible and untreated? For one, they are embarrassed at the condition of their feet. Though podiatrists have seen all sorts of conditions, those who are self conscious about their feet will not see their foot doctors for long periods of time. Another big reason is the pressure for the dancers to get and keep their parts. They continue to ignore issues and go on dancing amidst their pain and disfiguration because they need to guard their roles and try to get bigger ones.

 

Of course that comes with the sacrifice and huge risk of small issues turning into very large ones. Corns can become ulcers, nails can become embed in the callused skin, compensating for one injury can cause another, and some injuries require reconstructive surgery.

 

Podiatrists can provide continued care to relieve pain, treat infections, provide healing technology, and try to prevent further injury. While the most important treatment is to rest and allow for recovery, it is not always doable for dancers who depend on their feet, broken or not, for their livelihood.

 

That is why if you are a dancer experiencing foot and ankle issues, it is best to contact our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, earlier than later. He and his team at Clark Podiatry Center will find the best solution for maintaining foot and ankle health, as well as use innovative technology to help treat your issues. Make an appointment today at our Clark, NJ office to have your podiatric needs met with high quality care.


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: blisters   ankle injuries  

Your children’s school may have good reason to prohibit beach footwear during the last few months of school. While it is enticing to wear flip flops to stay cool during the summertime, they may not be the best choice for everyday footwear.

When it comes to footwear for you and your family, there are important factors to consider. Shoes should have a proper fit, arch support, cushioned and reinforced heels, as well as a shape that does not cause blisters or chafing. While convenient and casual, flip flops generally do not have these supportive features. They are acceptable for short distances or as transitional footwear, like from the house to the pool or from the car to the beach. However, because most summer activities include outdoor play and a lot of walking, flip flops are not necessarily the best choice for summer footwear. Though we see them everywhere, wearing them for long periods of time in the summer actually makes you more prone to foot and ankle injuries due to improper gait, in-toeing or out-toeing, blisters from the strap components, and no arch support. They also usually do not have half sizes, so they can be a bit too big or small. 

Instead of flip flops, then, the best summer footwear would be supportive sandals. We at Clark Podiatry suggest that you consider the following when choosing the summer footwear for you and your family:

  • Find sandals that have good heel support and sole cushioning.

  • Stay away from sandals with straps that are too constricting on your toes and around the ankles, which can cause pain, blisters, and/or swelling.

  • Children’s shoes should fit them when you purchase them. Do not purchase shoes that they will “grow into” as it can lead to tripping, improper gait, and blisters if their feet slide around. Hand-me-down shoes can also be problematic as sole supports can be worn down.

Are you or your child are experiencing pain or have injury from non-supportive footwear like flip flops? Make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy in Clark, NJ to find solutions to care for your foot or ankle issues.


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 08, 2016

Early identification and treatment is best to prevent chronic pain and other further injuries from altering the way you walk. Most can be done at home, but you should consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, at Clark Podiatry Center for a proper diagnosis and before beginning a treatment plan.

The following are some common treatments to ease symptoms:

  • Rest – Keep weight off the foot to prevent further inflammation or pain.

  • Ice packs – With mild pain, you can do ice treatments to the sore area for 15-20 minutes at a time, 3-4times a day.

  • Stretching exercises – Stretching the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia will encourage healing and reinforce the tissue to prevent further injury.

    • Example: Stand with one foot forward with knee bent, back knee straight and the heel on the ground. This will stretch the heel cord and foot arch. Do this for each side for about 10 seconds, 20 times, relaxing the foot in between.

  • Orthotic devices – Shoes with shock-absorbing soles or rubber heel inserts may be suggested to help with pain and increase stability. You may need a walking cast or a splint for sleeping.

  • Physical Therapy – Like the stretching exercises, physical therapy can help to speed up healing and strengthen to prevent reoccurrence.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications – NSAIDs can help reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. If issues persist, you may be prescribed with a steroidal injection.

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) – This therapy may be used when other treatments have been ineffective. Shockwaves are sent to stimulate the body’s healing process and possibly to reduce sensitivity and pain.

  • Surgery – This is usually a last resort for those suffering chronic and long-lasting pain.

If you have been suffering from plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients.

 


June 07, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

 

There's been a news report out of a Chicago TV station suggesting that Crocs are either bad for your feet or should be worn on a limited basis.  Click on this to see for yourself:   http://wgntv.com/2016/06/06/wearing-crocs-may-be-bad-for-your-feet/

 

Are Crocs actually bad for your feet?  I think not.   I'm more inclined to see the report as sensationalism on a slow news day heading into summer. Real Crocs (not the cheap imitations--"faux crocs") have tremendous shock absorption, great if you spend time on hard floors.  In fact, a lot of people find that their backs feel better when wearing Crocs.

They're roomy. Corns and calluses are caused by anatomy,not shoes. and with so much room in the toe box area, corns on the toes are even less likely to form.

Being fairly wide, they don't work as well for people with narrow feet--the right width is too short and the right length is too wide. They're truly meant to be beach and pool shoes, but are far better for more widespread use than your inexpensive flip-flops. I find them great to be used in the house as slippers where you have a lot of tile/hardwood floors--particularly if you already have arch pain, heel pain or are otherwise painful when barefoot on hard floors.  

 

Some find them ugly, but, as with everything, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and comfort beats all.

 

My rules about shoes are as follows:

1. Shoes should be appropriate for the activity

2. Shoes should fit and feel comfortable, regardless of the number/letter on the label referring to the size.

 

If you have any questions about Crocs or any other type for shoe, please contact us  to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 




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