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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 25, 2016
Tags: edema   swollen feet  

With all the changes that your body is growing through to grow a baby in your belly, a most noticeable one will be edema. The swelling becomes more obvious at or around 20 weeks into your pregnancy, when your hands, breasts, butt, calves, ankles, and feet begin to swell. Uncomfortably, it will show at least a little bit in the beginning but will last until you give birth.

The swelling happens because your body shifts to protect itself. The fluid it retains softens the body to allow for expansion of the different areas of the body. Blood flow and blood pressure also increases near the uterus due to the baby’s growth and the increase in weight that your pelvic area is carrying. Pregnancies have a reputation of giving you “giant clown feet” because of the excess fluid that does not return back up to the top half of the body as the baby’s growth restricts fluid movement.

Most of these changes and swelling is normal. However, if you are concerned about excessive swelling in your feet or ankles during your pregnancy, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office with our board-certified foot and ankle doctor, Brandon Macy, DPM. He will help you manage swelling and make sure that there are no further issues that may affect your mobility during pregnancy.

Managing Edema during Pregnancy

  • Avoid high sodium and caffeine.

  • Eat foods that are high in potassium

  • Try not to stand for long periods of time or have long days of activity, especially on hot days.

  • Use compression socks and ice packs to reduce swelling.

  • Stay hydrated.

  • Keep your feet and ankles moving to increase circulation.

Remember: Excessive swelling can be a sign of other issues. Be vigilant about any uneven swelling on one side (arm or leg) as this may be a sign of a blood clot. Also, if there is excessive overall swelling, especially in the face and hands, it may be a sign of pregnancy complication.

Our team at Clark Podiatry Center will do their utmost to care for your feet and ankles during your pregnancy. Since pregnancy is an important time of many changes, we want to be a source of consistency for you to keep you walking. If you have any questions or concerns about edema during your pregnancy, make an appointment today!


By Clark Podiatry Center
August 17, 2016

 

More and more children are encouraged to play sports and explore athletic abilities at young ages (though admittedly, there’s also a trend in more sedentary lifestyles as well). The positive benefits that children gain from team sports include healthy lifestyle, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills. On the other hand, growing children are more likely to encounter injuries that need critical attention, such as broken bones.

 

In particular, children who practice a sport and have to repeat certain motions can end up with small cracks at the surface of the bone, called stress fractures. These small cracks in the foot or toes can be very painful for children. If left untreated, it can lead to larger fractures over time, or even broken bones

If your child sustains a sports injury, first remain calm and assess the situation. Try to remove shoes and socks from their feet if it doesn’t cause too much pain to get a better picture of the injury. If the pain is too severe even after initial shock, you should seek medical advice immediately.

 

Sports that require kicking, such as soccer or martial arts are likely culprits of these types of fractures, especially if they are just learning and do not use proper technique. Safety equipment such as shin guards and protective shoes will help to reduce the chances of incurring these fractures. Proper stretching and warming up will also reduce the likelihood of other injuries, such as sprains or torn ligaments.

 

If your child sustains a sports injury, first remain calm and assess the situation. Try to remove shoes and socks from their feet if it doesn’t cause too much pain to get a better picture of the injury. If the pain is too severe even after initial shock, you should seek medical advice immediately.

 

Regardless of whether or not there was a specific injury, foot or ankle pain should be tended to sooner than later. If your child complains of pain, call our Clark, NJ office at 732-382-3470 to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy of Clark Podiatry Center. Using the on-site X-ray machine, he will be able to assess the location of the pain and treat the injury or stress fracture.


By Clark Podiatry Center
August 10, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot   HFMD  

Most of the time, we associate Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HMFD) with babies and young children. However, this viral infection can spread to older children, teens, and adults as well. Because it is spread via droplets, it is usually spread through coughing, sneezing, other bodily fluids, and even stool. Parents can get it while changing a diaper!

The most apparent symptoms are fever, sore throat, and loss of appetite. Then, come the sores in the mouth, as well as skin rash or blisters on the hands and feet – hence the name. However, the disease can affect people differently, so foot blisters may seems to be the first or most painful problem. These symptoms may be similar to other foot issues such as athlete’s foot. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, of Clark Podiatry Center would be more than happy to assist you with the proper diagnosis if you were to come in for these symptoms. As a physician who is interested in your overall health and well-being, Dr. Macy welcomes you to his office with whatever foot issues that may bother you. He will know how to relieve your symptoms so that you can keep walking.

A very important moment for you to come see Dr. Macy would be if you notice any fingernail or toenail loss, which is rare, but could be associated with having HFMD. In most cases, the nails grows back, but because any symptoms like this could point to other issues, it is important that you make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today!

Remember: Preventing the spread of HFMD is the most important aspect of managing the disease. Wash your hands often and avoid close contact with others if you have the disease. Cover your coughs and sneezes! There’s no treatment, so the viral infection will have to run its course. To alleviate symptoms and prevent other issues, make sure you manage fever, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. You can use topical creams to manage any pain from blisters and rash.


By Clark Podiatry
August 03, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: blisters   warts   Athlete's Foot  

For growing children and teenagers, an often-overlooked issue is foot pain. However, what you may not realize is that foot health is very important to overall growth and development. Foot and ankle issues that are left untreated during teenage years can cause other issues down the line. 

 

So you might be concerned that as many as 60% of teenagers live with some kind of foot or ankle pain. Most issues are caused by sports injuries, uncomfortable or ill-fitting footwear, and ignoring early signs of foot or ankle issues. Most teens are simply unaware of proper foot health and care practices. 

 

If your teenager or pre-teen has foot or ankle issues, come see us at Clark Podiatry Center sooner than later to prevent further problems as they continue to grow. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, will not only address any foot health issues, he will also provide foot health education for your family. 

 

Some tips that Dr. Macy may share with you:

 

Take Care of Your Feet

  • Teen feet come into contact with all kinds of surfaces. Feet should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water, especially in between the toes and around toenails. Then they should be dried to prevent fungal growth.
  • Treat warts, athlete’s foot, cuts and blisters, as well as ingrown toenails ASAP and through full treatment length. 
  • If there is any pain in the feet or ankles, don’t “walk it off”. Instead, pay attention to it and visit Dr. Macy if the problem persists or worsens. 

 

Choose Appropriate Footwear

  • Make sure the fit is right. Get measured each time you purchase shoes since foot size can continue to change. 
  • The shoes should match the activity – basketball shoes will give different support from running sneakers. 
  • Arch and heel supports are very important in the shoes you choose. If your shoes are falling apart, they are not supporting your feet – it’s time to replace them!
  • Make sure they are comfortable – fashion over function is not a good for foot health as it can cause pain, blisters, and can even disfigure feet as they grow. 

 

For more information and to treat your teens’ foot and ankle issues, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy uses the latest technology and especially focuses on children’s foot health to best treat your family’s needs. 

 




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