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Posts for: September, 2016

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 28, 2016
Category: proper foot care
Tags: Footwear   Fall sports  

For kids and adults alike, autumn weather signals another opportunity to engage in sports. The daytime provides the warmth for outdoor time, and in the evening, the cooler weather prevents folks from overheating as they train. Footwear choices are changing from flip-flops and sandals to walking shoes, flats, and boots. With all the changes (including the colors of the leaves), it gives an opportunity to get new shoes!

Children and Fall Sports

At this time of year, school or town leagues are in full swing. Soccer, football, cross-country, and tennis are in competition mode and children are trying to rack up points for their team. This is a good time to inspect equipment and especially footwear to make sure that your children are protected from possibly injury.

Footwear - Each sport usually has a specific type of footwear suited for the movements of the sport. Soccer and football usually require cleats to allow for traction on grassy fields. For those who are prone to ankle injury, there are some cleats with high tops to support the ankle. Cross-country and tennis will require supportive, cushiony sneakers for caring for the feet and ankles during impact and lateral movements. The wrong shoes can leave your child at higher risk for injury or even with an accident that takes them out of the sport for the season.

Equipment – Some sports have protective equipment as part of their uniforms. Football players have shoulder pads and helmets and some other sports have shin guards for impact situations. Inspect equipment to make sure that they are in shape to protect against those impacts that could lead to broken or fractured bones.

Adults and Fall Sports

There are also many adult leagues outside of the professional groups like the NFL and MLS. For recreational sports, adults should also make sure that you have protective gear and footwear. In addition to the common fall sports, hiking and marathons are also popular fall activities. As adults, we are not less at risk for injury, so make sure to wear any protective gear. We at Clark Podiatry Center want to encourage you to train with supportive and properly cushioned sneakers for running. Hikers should use boots that are “broken-in” before the first hike and make sure to stretch and warm up feet, ankles, and legs.

For those who have injuries or foot/ankle issue, but want to participate in fall sports, we recommend that you make an appointment to see Dr. Brandon Macy before you engage in anything that might worsen your problems. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Macy, serves the Clark, NJ area, as well as the town of Westfield and surrounding Union County to keep you walking.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 22, 2016
Tags: school shoes  

It’s that time of year again – the kids are back in school! Most of you have already gone and done some back to school shopping to prepare for the new school year, but some may still be catching up (or shopping again). While school supplies and clothing are a given when you think about back to school shopping, don’t forget about the importance of finding good shoes for your growing children. Since their bodies, and feet in particular are growing rapidly, it is possible that children will need to buy bigger sizes more often than you think.

Things to keep in mind when back to school shoe shopping:

  • Your child(ren)’s feet should be measured each time new shoes are purchased. The best time is in the afternoon when feet are slightly bigger/swollen from pressure through the day.

  • Your child(ren) should try the shoes on to see if they are comfortable. Shoes that are too tight in the toebox or not cupping the heel properly can cause foot issues.

  • Shoes should be tried on with socks as they would normally be worn.

  • Do not rely on hand-me-downs. As children wear shoes, the soles mold to the wearer. The next person who gets the shoes may not have the proper support if the soles have lost cushion.

  • Socks should also be purchased for the appropriate foot size.

  • Fashion should not be the determining factor of a purchase. While the “classic look” or sparkly shoes seem to be more attractive, it’s more important that your children go to school with supportive, well-fitting shoes. If they participate in Physical education classes or have time in the gym, they should definitely have sneakers so that it appropriately fits the activity. Children who walk to and back from school should also have comfortable walking shoes.

Remember that for feet, “growing pains” are not normal. Children with foot or ankle issues should see a podiatrist before purchasing shoes, orthotic inserts, or even orthotic shoes. Come see Dr. Brandon Macy, our board-certified podiatrist at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, which is now part of the Clark Podiatry Center. As a foot doctor specializing in pediatric podiatry, he provides personalized care for you and your family to keep you walking. Make an appointment today! Our office in Clark, NJ serves the Westfield area and surrounding Union County.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 15, 2016
Tags: Foot Odor   hyperhidrosis  

You may have heard that if you are not having a good night’s sleep, you may want to try sticking one or more feet out from under the covers. The feet become exposed to cooler air, which helps your overall body temperature to cool down as well. Why does this seem to work? Well, the feet have many special blood vessels that can open up and send heat out through them. Additionally, they have about 3,000 glands per square inch to release sweat and heat as well.

All the heat and sweat being released through the feet is great when barefoot, but what happens if they get trapped in socks and shoes? The increased heat and moisture together create an ideal environment for odor-causing bacteria to flourish. If the situation is not treated properly, the situation can continue to cause embarrassing issues for you.

Prevention Tips

One way to fight foot odor is to prevent it from happening in the first place. We at Clark Podiatry Center suggest the following:

  • When wearing closed-toed shoes, always wear socks. Even better if they are moisture-wicking socks.

  • Try to wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe – e.g. leather, canvas, mesh.

  • Clean your feet each day in warm water with soap. Let them dry thoroughly and check for signs of rash or infections.

  • Rotate shoes from day to day and wear a clean pair of socks (or 2) each day. Allow your shoes to fully dry in between wears.

  • Use baby powder or foot powder on your feet to absorb sweat.

Treatment Options

Embarrassing foot odor can prevent you from going to social events and even cause discomfort for others in enclosed spaces, like planes. You may be embarrassed even to bring up your foot odor issues with your foot doctor. Dr. Brandon Macy, our board-certified podiatrist understands that you may have discomfort with this and will treat your foot issues with care and respect. Some options he may give you are:

  • Home treatment: Soak your feet in a solution of strong black tea (plus cool water) for 30 minutes each week to kill off bacteria and close pores. A mixture of vinegar and water works as well.

  • Ongoing foot odor can be caused by an infection or hereditary excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Dr. Macy may prescribe a prescription ointment, which you can use overnight with a wrap.

  • Iontophoresis may reduce the sweating for those with hyperhidrosis.

  • In the most severe cases, a surgeon can cut the nerve that controls sweat to stop sweating in the feet, but it may increase sweating in other areas instead.

If you are undergoing hormonal changes, taking certain medications, or enduring a stressful time in your life, you may be more prone to sweating. Whether this is a new or persistent issue, make an appointment today by calling us at Clark Podiatry Center: (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 08, 2016
Tags: toe walking  

If you have a young child or are around babies just learning to walk, you may notice that they walk on their tiptoes. At first it might look cute, but then you may wonder if that is normal. Well, most likely, yes – it is normal. Most toddlers learn to walk and begin with a habit of toe walking that can continue into young childhood. Beyond the age of 5 or 6, it may be a sign of something other than habit. However, as long as they are growing and developing normally otherwise, toe walking should not be of concern.

When should I bring my child to a doctor?

Before panicking that your child has developmental issues, try to assess the reasons why your child might be toe walking. Keep in mind that it could be habitual and your child can outgrow it. Next, check if your child has appropriate footwear. If his or her shoes are causing pain in some way, your child might be toe walking in order to adjust for this pain. Another thing to look for is whether or not they can stand with their feet flat on the floor. A short Achilles tendon can cause tightness in the back of the heel and ankle, preventing the heel from touching the floor.

If your child cannot stand with their feet flat on the ground or flex their feet, you should bring your child to a podiatrist. You should also bring your child to a doctor if he or she walks on their toes most of the time, falls or trips a lot, complains of pain, or has a delay in other development (fine motor skills or speech delay).

The abovementioned symptoms may be caused by a more complex issue, such as:

  • A short Achilles tendon

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Autism

You can find more information about these causes on the Mayo Clinic Website.

In order to properly evaluate and treat the issue, you should make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. As a foot doctor that focuses on children’s foot issues, he will properly diagnose and provide treatment for your child’s podiatric needs at our office in Clark, NJ. He will assess whether or not there is a more complicated issue such as a physical or mental developmental problem in order to keep you and your family walking.

Some of the clear stars of the Rio 2016 Olympics were The Final Five – our US Women’s Gymnastics Team. In particular, Simone Biles blew us away with stellar performances, leaving Rio with 5 medals at her first Olympics.

Like Simone and the rest of The Final Five, successful gymnasts all over the world generally start their careers by learning and training from a young age. It requires a lot of emotional and physical strain, not only from the gymnast, but also from supporters around him or her. Gymnasticsrescue.com has more tips about supporting young gymnasts, as well as information about preventing and caring for injuries.

What are some common gymnastics injuries to feet and ankles? Since most gymnasts are children and teenagers whose bodies are still developing, any number of injuries may occur. In particular, the following are important to pay attention to:

  • Ankle sprains happen often due to the amount of ankle and foot use in the different maneuvers in gymnastics. Young athletes need to strengthen the muscles around the ankles to prevent severe injury.

  • Achilles Tendonitis or Sever’s Disease can occur due to overuse of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel. It can cause the center of the heel bone to thicken or fragment, making it painful around the heels.

  • Stress fractures tend to occur when there is repetitive impact or trauma from dismounts and landings. It can start from a small fracture that continues to grow with each impact, which then can cause a large fracture or broken bone.

The pain that is associated with each type of injury can be tolerable to severe. Just because pain is tolerable, it should not be ignored. Little injuries can develop into larger ones (e.g. stress fractures).

Teenage gymnasts should pay particular attention to injuries since their bodies are rapidly changing. During growth spurts, bones are growing and muscles and tissue are lengthening. Bones may not fully harden so they may fracture or break more easily and ligaments may stretch or loosen more easily.

Finally, young gymnasts should also keep focus while training. When training is repetitive, they may lose concentration and/or worsen any injuries they may have. While the abovementioned injuries may prevent further participation in training, other injuries can be more severe – gymnasts can suffer broken bones or worse, life-altering or life-threatening injuries, especially if they are injured in the head, neck, or spine.

If your child experiences acute, severe pain, see a doctor immediately. For mild sprains, make sure to use R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression, elevation. Use NSAIDs to reduce pain and swelling.

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