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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 27, 2016
Tags: cracked heels   dry feet  

Summer footwear sometimes leaves you with dry, cracked skin on your feet, especially around the heels. The extra exposure to the elements from sandals and flip flops cause this issue, but most of the time, with a little bit of TLC, this problem can be taken care of easily.

Superficial dry, cracked skin on the feet can be treated at home. However, when the cracks are deep and infected or bleeding, it is a more serious issue and needs the attention of our podiatrist. Please call our team at Clark Podiatry Center where our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will provide the podiatric care your family needs.

For those with dry, cracked skin on the surface of the feet, the following are some home remedies for preventing and reducing the problem. 

  1. Hydration: make sure you and your children drink plenty of water so that your overall body has enough to nourish all of your skin.

  2. Creams: Use a thick cream to spread onto your feet. Socks or keeping your feet up for a while will be recommended to prevent slipping and falling after applying the creams.

  3. Pumice Stone: Use one to scrub off the dead skin cells after a warm foot soak.

  4. Antibacterial Soap: Will help to prevent or treat infections.

  5. Paraffin Wax: This covers the feet and helps to retain moisture in the skin.

  6. Epsom salt or Honey: Adding these to baths or soaks will also help to heal and moisturize.

  7. Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice: Apply directly to the dry, cracked areas as it will soften the skin.

  8. Rotate in some walking shoes or sneakers so that your feet are not always exposed to the air.

Some dry skin may persist even when treating at home. You can make an appointment with us at the Clark, NJ office by calling (732) 382-3470. Dr. Macy and his team will provide excellent care for your family’s adult and pediatric podiatry needs.

Don’t forget! The Grand Opening for the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is on July 30th, where we will offer a free foot screening for your children!


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“The Pediatrician said my child would grow out of it…but something still doesn’t look right”. 

 

Have you noticed that your child’s feet turn in when they walk (intoe gait) or do they walk on their toes, have flat feet or does he or she seem to trip a lot?  Countless parents have noticed such issues and brought it to the attention of their pediatrician, only to be told that the child will grow out of it. Only after months and sometimes years, things don’t look any different.  The good and trusted pediatrician has said one thing, but the parental instincts say another.

 

The fact is that many of these issues do NOT change over time.  They set in, persisting as they grow through the school years and into adulthood.  You know they do--you've had your own foot problems and they may have started when you were a child!  

 

How is a parent to know what to do?  That’s what we’re here for at the New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute.  One idea is to look at the feet of older siblings, parents and even grandparents.  Do they look familiar?  That may be a strong hint as to what’s in store. The picture above shows a mom with two of her children.  Notice the resemblance there?  If you have foot deformities or other problems, you have a 50% chance of passing it on to your child.

 

Better yet, bring your child, siblings and both parents, if possible, into our office for an in depth evaluation.  We’ll determine whether it is a stage of normal or if there’s something to be done where we can protect your child’s feet as they grow.  Often it is a simple matter, as many problems are related to improper mechanics which can be addressed with inexpensive Little Steps orthotics.  

 

Maybe the pediatrician is right and they will grow out of it.  Maybe not.  But bring them in and we'll do our best to determine which is more likely to happen.

 

We participate with most insurance plans, but if you want an even better deal, we’re hosting a day of FREE screening exams for children up to the age of 17 on Saturday July 30 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The event will be held at our office at 1114 Raritan Rd. in Clark.  We’ll be happy to examine all of your children and review their situations and make treatment recommendations. 

 

We’ll accept walk-ins on the day of the screenings, but to make things easier on your busy schedule, we recommend you call the office at 732-382-3470 to reserve a time in the schedule.

 

Either way we look forward to meeting you and your children soon!

#NJCFHI #NJChildsFoot


Have you been waiting for your child to get old enough to come with you on your hikes and backpacking trips? Spending time outdoors is not only great for physical health, but also for developing imagination and exploration skills. But before you run out the door, make sure you have the right gear for your children’s feet!

The Right Fit

Children’s feet grow constantly, and at times, exponentially. Shoes that fit last summer can suddenly be too small to wear this year. So before you child goes on the first or 100th time, make sure that the shoe fits properly.

You may also be tempted to pass shoes down from one child to another or take a family friend’s hand-me-downs. Keep in mind that children’s feet are different in shape and size, so if the soles are too worn down or molded to another child’s feet, they may not be the best choice for safe and comfortable hiking.

Foot and Ankle Support

Hiking shoes should be breathable but sturdy. The soles of the shoes should be sturdy but flexible for traction. The inner soles should have comfortable cushioning for long hikes. Additionally, if your child has issues with his or her arches, make sure the shoes have good arch support to prevent cramping or muscle fatigue. Furthermore, the ankle cut should be mid to high so that there is some ankle support to prevent injury on rocky trails.

Function over Fashion

While hiking shoes are not really the most fashionable footwear, children may be tempted to choose shoes that look “awesome” or “pretty”. It may be a decision maker when choosing between two, but should not be the most important factor. Fit and support are the key ingredients to successful and injury-free hikes.

Always have your children try on boots before purchasing and before going out on the hikes. As they are ever-changing, children’s feet need careful attention before, during, and after a hike to ensure there are no podiatric issues.

If your child has podiatric issues, but wondering if they would be able to go with you on hikes, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. Specializing in children and family foot care, our doctor will address any concerns as your child learns to engage in outdoor activities with you. You can find our office in Clark, NJ and make an appointment by calling (732) 382-3470.

Don’t forget! The grand opening for the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is on July 30th. Bring your child in for a free foot screening!


By Clark Podiatry Center
July 13, 2016
Tags: Flat Feet  

Are you worried that your child might have a flatfoot issue? Children are usually born with little or no arch, but when they begin to walk, the tissues along the sole tighten and for the arch. When the arch does not tighten, the child may have flatfoot. Depending on the age, development of the feet, and type of flatfoot, he or she may have no painful symptoms and may eventually outgrow it.

There are two kinds of pediatric flatfoot – flexible and rigid. Flexible pediatric flatfoot will seem flat when standing, but when sitting or standing on tiptoe, the arch will appear. Rigid flatfoot is when the arch does not reappear when the child sits or stands on tiptoe.

Children may experience pain or discomfort while walking, cramping on the bottom of the feet, or foot deformity that tilts the heel outward. Children or teens may experience more pain or issues with rigid flatfoot.

Ask your pediatric podiatrist

Uncertain or worried about your child’s flat feet? It is best to have your child’s feet looked at sooner rather than later so that issues can be corrected before worsening. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, who also specializes in pediatric podiatry, will give your child’s feet the care they deserve.

If your child does not experience pain with flat feet, he or she may grow out of it. However, if there is pain, Dr. Macy may recommend orthotic inserts or orthotic devices to help with arch support and pain relief. In rare cases, flatfoot conditions may need corrective surgery depending on the extent of flatfoot and deformity.

Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy’s team at Clark Podiatry Center will do their best to use the latest technologies to help your family care for its feet!

Announcement: Exciting news! On Saturday, July 30th, 2016, we will be holding a grand opening of our new pediatric podiatry center, The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute. Bring your children by for free foot screenings!


By Clark Podiatry Center
July 06, 2016
Tags: ingrown toenails  

One of the most commons foot problems that babies and children may experience is an ingrown toenail. This condition, which is medically called onychocryptosis, can occur when toes are injured, toenails are too long, or toenails experience pressure in and down due to tight socks or shoes. Those who inherit toenails that tend to curve downwards are more likely to experience ingrown toenails.                                                                            

How to tell if your baby or child has an ingrown toenail

Most ingrown toenails are identifiable by redness or swelling of the skin near toenail edges. If the ingrown toenail is not prevented or treated early, the toe can feel very tender and painful. Babies may cry and keep touching the toes. Toddlers and older children may tell you about pain or show a painful expression when walking or moving their feet.

If an ingrown toenail becomes infected, you should treat your child’s feet sooner rather than later. You may see a blister and red skin near the toenail. If the below home treatment suggestions are not effective, or the infection has already become a big problem, please make an appointment for your child to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, D.P.M of Clark Podiatry Center.

Early (home) treatment for ingrown toenails

Babies and children should have a foot soak in warm, soapy water, a few times a day. When the foot has been soaking for at least 10 minutes, the skin should be softened enough to allow for you to pull back the skin that is over the ingrown toenail. You can try to put a small piece of sterile cotton or gauze under the toenail to keep it away from the skin. If the skin is red, apply some over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to treat any infection.

Babies should not have any shoes until they are walking, so we recommend keeping shoes off of babies. For toddlers and children, we recommend loose-fitting shoes or open-toed sandals until the ingrown toenail is treated and healed. Stay away from physical activity that involves the front of the toes (soccer, climbing, dancing). Remember to keep toenails trimmed straight across to prevent any other ingrown toenails.

If your children’s ingrown toenails are too deep or infected to the point of dramatic redness, swelling, bleeding or discharge, please bring him/her into the office as soon as possible. Also, if you feel any uncertainty about treating your child’s ingrown toenail at home, Dr. Macy will take necessary steps to prevent it from worsening. Make an appointment at our Clark, New Jersey office today to meet your children’s pediatric podiatry needs!




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