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Posts for: January, 2017

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 25, 2017
Category: Exercise
Tags: Martial Arts  

Have you ever seen those movies or videos where a martial artist kicks through several wooden boards in succession and at different heights? It’s not an illusion or trick – it’s very concentrated energy and practice, practice, practice.

So how do they do that without hurting their toes, feet, and ankles? The answer lies in
physics!  When the foot hits the wood, it causes the board to vibrate, stretching and compressing the wood until it can no longer hold together. The force of the kick breaks the elasticity of the wood since our feet (bones, fat, and tissues) have a higher elasticity than wood does.

To get the movement just right to break the elasticity, however, it requires focused energy and sharp, accurate movement. The only way to do this is to perfect your technique and your strength in martial arts classes. Without proper instruction and practice, you may quickly become frustrated and even risk major injury, from swelling and bruising to fractured or broken bones.

Does someone in your family want to explore the martial arts? A good way to get exercise and develop self-discipline, martial arts is a great activity for both parents and children. Make sure to check with your pediatrician and podiatrist to make sure you are clear to begin classes, since previous injury or growth issues can worsen with certain exercise or repeated movements. Make an appointment today with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. Our team is ready to help at our Clark, NJ office. We keep you walking (and Kiai-ing!).

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 18, 2017

Whenever possible, it is best to address disease or other health issues as soon as they develop. In the case of childhood obesity, actions taken as soon as possible will reduce the risk of poor health outcomes later in life. More immediately, the important factor to address is the fact that obesity can affect developmental growth and cause pain or deformity as your child grows.

The statistics are worrisome: more than a third of children and adolescents in the United States are eight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These children are more likely to have issues related to bone and joint development, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and mental wellness issues (CDC 2015).

The following are some of the foot health effects that childhood obesity can cause to your young ones:

  • Flat Feet: While babies are born with flat feet, they usually form arches as they start to walk. Some children do not form them until even 7 years old, but obesity can prevent proper formation of arches. Obese children have feet that must bear much more weight and therefore are flattened and widened out. They may experience foot pain along the bottom of the feet, including pain in the heel. Arch supports may help reduce pain.
  • Joint pain: Since children grow at faster rates during childhood than in adulthood, misalignment in joints can grow into bigger issues that cause pain from the bottom to
    the top of the leg. Obese children’s weight can cause joints to slip out of place and grow incorrectly. As the misaligned joints try to bear the weight, it causes children pain.
  • Blount’s Disease: This condition happens when there is a bowing of the legs and improper development of the ankles due to obesity. If spotted early enough, children may correct the issue with orthotics and therapy,
  •  but later on, it would require stronger measures and possibly even surgery.

Prevention is key to managing extra weight gain. Overweight and obese children may have been less active to begin with, but the increased weight gain can cause them to be even less active. When healthy foods and strengthening activities are avoided, the body is more susceptible to injury, including strained muscle tissues and stress fractures. 

Does your child have foot or ankle pain due to being overweight? Make a plan with your pediatrician to help him or her lose weight and eat right. In addition, we can help address their foot or ankle pain using orthotics. Make an appointment today with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. Our team is ready to help at our Clark, NJ office. We keep you and your family walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 11, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: diabetics   cracking skins  

As the winter weather fluctuates as much as it has, it is important as ever to pay attention to dressing properly for the weather. This is especially important when it comes to footwear for folks who have diabetes. There are higher risks for injury or foot health issues in the colder weather.

It’s hard enough for diabetics to care for themselves, so we at Clark Podiatry Center would like to offer tips to hopefully help you with self-care this winter.

  • Maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, even if it’s cold. Keep your sugar levels in check and try to keep moving. If you’re braving the cold, make sure to bundle up and keep your extremities warm. Improper footwear or getting wet from cold rain or snow can put you at risk of frostbite! Staying indoors? Get creative and find ways to get your blood pumping.
  • Gear up with the right footwear. Our previous post was about this, but for diabetics in particular,it is important to wear shoes that are not too constricting or loose to prevent injury.
  • Always wear socks during winter weather. Also, try to keep your feet warm, but dry. If they get sweaty, use powder as a solution.
  • Warm showers and baths are great for warming up. However, make sure you test the water temperature before you hop in as you may burn your skin without knowing that. Afterwards, remember to dry your feet and then moisturize as the winter cold can cause dry, cracking skin.
  • If you are warming your body (and feet) with a heating pad, heater, or fireplace, make sure you are aware of just how hot those items get. Again, you don’t want to burn yourself by mistake.
  • As always, inspect your feet every day. For those who have or are losing feeling in their feet, injuries or diseases may arise without you noticing if you are not paying attention to your feet. In particular, look for cuts and blisters, as well as for signs of infections.

If you have any further questions or concerns about caring for your feet in this winter weather, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today so we can keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The team at Clark Podiatry Center hopes you are having a wonderful start to the new year! In order to keep you walking, we want to make sure that you have information for the best winter footwear for you and your family. It’s a good time to check how your winter weather shoes are doing, and if necessary, get new shoes to best suit your needs.

Check your winter gear – is it time to change them? During these cold weather months, 
winter shoes or boots are a must. However, if they are worn down or have holes in them, it might be worth replacing them. Check for holes, worn down outer soles, weakened or shredded insoles, and compatibility with your feet. As children grown and even adults go through periods of developmental changes in the feet, shoes that suited you well last year may not be the best fit this year. Look for signs of discomfort, chafing, blisters, and any other pain when wearing shoes from previous years.

Ready for new shoes? Here are some tips on purchasing new winter footwear:

  • Always try them on. While there is a “breaking in” period for some shoes, do not purchase shoes with 
  • the hopes that they will widen out. Find ones that fit your feet and feel comfortable from the get-go. Make sure they are your correct size, too. If you’re not sure of your size, it’s best to get it measured by a sales consultant at the store.
  • Do you usually need orthotic inserts? When purchasing new shoes, it’s best to bring the inserts so that you can feel how the shoes fit with them in. 
  • For activity-specific shoes, such as skiing or snowboarding, it may be tempting to purchase a size up for your children so that they can use them for this year and next. However, this puts your children at higher risk for injury in the feet and ankles. Trying to squeeze into last year’s pair is also a risk since toes that are bunched up can cause cramps, blisters or corns.
  • Unless you are going hiking or mountain climbing, shoes do not need to be heavy duty or bulky. While the “tough” looking boots seem to be the safest or most durable, they may be a burden for people with poor balance or weak ankles. Lightweight and well built shoes are best, especially for older adults or young children.

If you have questions about winter boot shopping, or have a strain from shoes that fit poorly, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He and his team will help you find solutions to your winter footwear needs so that you can face the winter with confidence. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office today! 

Pediatric foot problems contribute to childhood obesity.  Watch this!

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