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Posts for: June, 2017

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Now that it’s officially the summer season, our toes are coming back out to see the light! For many women (and some men) pedicures are a summer staple for presenting clean, well-groomed feet. And while they can be helpful for that, pedicures can also increase the risk of contagious toe and foot diseases. Pedicurists, as well as the tools and facilities they use for pedicures need to be properly washed and sanitized after each use or some contagious diseases may spread.

Tips for Avoiding Problems from Pedicures

Salon Pedicures:

  • Schedule a pedicure as the first appointment of the day. This way, your toes are the first they see and are the first time the tools are utilized after they’ve been sanitized. If you are unsure about their cleanliness, ask them to sanitize their tools again.
  • If you have an infectious foot or toe disease, such as warts, an infected cut, or fungal infection, it’s best to treat them before going to the salon as you can spread the disease to others. Make an appointment at our office before you make an appointment at the salon.
  • If they ask you if you want the nails straight or rounded, choose straight as this helps prevent the risk of ingrown toenails.

Home Pedicures

  • Make sure you soak your feet in warm soapy water before you begin. This will help clean your feet, but also soften the skin and nails before you manipulate them. Moisturize after you dry your feet.
  • Use clean tools – if someone in your family has foot disease, it’s best not to share tools. Make sure to clean between uses.
  • Do not be forceful or use tools that cause pain. This can lead to a cut and therefore an infection.
  • Give yourself a foot massage or roll a ball under your foot so that you get the royal treatment you would get if you went to the salon.

General Tips for Pedicures

  • Give your toenails a break from nail polish after each pedicure. This will allow the toenail to breathe and recover from less oxygen. The toenail can turn yellow if it is constantly painted.
  • If you are diabetic, be extra careful with tools, as you may not be able to feel pain. For safe grooming, it’s best to have it done by our podiatrist. You can paint your own toenails, though.

Have issues grooming your toenails or do you suspect an infection from a pedicure? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your toes to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 22, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   calluses   Hammertoes  

Hammertoes can be a pain. Literally. Typically, the deformity affects your second toe (closest to the big toe), but can happen to your other small toes as well. A weakened toe muscle begins to put pressure on the toe’s joints and tendons, making the toe’s second toe joint stick up. It makes a tented shape with the toe. Related conditions include mallet toe and claw toe, in which the end joint or both end and middle joints are bent upward. 

When you’ve got hammertoes, it can be uncomfortable at the least. Shoes may not fit properly and you may become unhappy with the shape of your feet. Worse, hammertoes can cause you pain because the shape of the toes can cause you to have corns or calluses on the bent joint. The friction from wearing tight shoes makes it worse.

Why you get Hammertoes: Genetics plays a major part in why you may develop hammertoes. The foot type you are born with can make you prone to certain conditions like hammertoes. Shoes that do not fit well can make things worse. If they tend to make you put more pressure on the front of the foot (like with high heels), hammertoes can become aggravated. Additionally, if you’ve got an injury, arthritis, or even diabetes, you may be at higher risk of developing hammertoes. 

 

Prevention and Treatment:

If your family is prone to hammertoes or if you sense that your toes are starting to show signs of hammertoes, there are some steps you can take to prevent them from getting worse.

  • It’s best for you to wear comfortable and supportive shoes. Arch supports can help slow progression of hammertoes. Also, shoes that have high heels and/or a narrow toebox will cramp your toes and make it much more likely for you to develop hammertoes. 
  • Some foot exercises can help to keep up strength in your toes so that the deformity does not become worse. Exercises involving extending and curling the toes, as well as picking up small objects to move them can help strengthen toes. 

 

For hammertoes that have progressed, the following treatments are available:

  • If the hammertoes are still flexible, it’s possible to slow the progress of the deformity by using some strips and splints. Additionally, you can use pads to cushion the bent portion of your toes, especially if you have corns or calluses. You can also do a warm foot soak and use a pumice stone to file down corns. 
  • For severe cases where hammertoes that have become rigid and painful, surgery is probably the best option. It can be performed in an outpatient setting with a short recovery period. 

If you suspect development of hammertoes, it’s best that you come to see us sooner than later so that the problem does not get much worse. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your toes to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 16, 2017

Caring for a growing child has its many stresses. We have to make sure that (s)he eats right, get enough exercises, stays on top of developmental and learning milestones, keep up their hygiene, maintain their appearance, and make sure they grow up loved and secure. Easy peasy! Right?

The pressures of parenting can drive people nutty! With so many things to think about, one of the last things we take care of is our little ones’ feet. Even less attention is given to their toenails. Most of the time, we just have to make sure they are clean and cut, but what happens when there are problems? The following are common issues that can affect your children’s toenails and what you can do to take care of them:

  • Toenail Trauma – When a child has an injury by either dropping something heavy on the toes or by stubbing them on something hard, the toenail can appear black and blue. Most times, ice and rest can be the only treatment required. However, when the bruise is severe and causing a lot of pain, a podiatrist may need to treat it by removing the toenail.
  • Ingrown Toenails – When toenails are not cut properly, or after an injury, a toenail can begin to grow into the skin. As the nail grows deeper and deeper in to the skin, not only are the toes more prone to infection, the skin around the toe will become red, inflamed, and tender to the touch. Infections will require antibiotics, but otherwise, a podiatrist can separate the toenail from the skin. Worst case scenario, the toenail may have to be separated or removed completely.
  • Fungal Toenails – While not commonly found to affect children, some do get a fungal toe. The nail may become disfigured, thick, and/or discolored (gray or yellow). If Athlete’s Foot affects your child, antifungal creams may be used. Other options include oral antifungals or laser therapy on the toe.

Proper hygiene and grooming will help prevent ingrown toenails and fungal toenails. Make sure that your child’s feet are cleaned every day, especially when they have been barefoot in a community area, such as a pool or locker room. Fungus can spread easily in these warm, moist areas. When cutting toenails, make sure they are cut straight across, instead of in a round shape. Also, be careful not to cut them too short. This will help prevent toenails from growing into the skin and causing them to be ingrown. For babies, make sure to use baby clippers as they will be safer to use.

Do your children have toenail issues? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your little ones’ feet to find the best treatments or solutions for their toenail problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   exercise  

While it seems that the step count competitions are phasing out, maintaining an active lifestyle remains very relevant. With more and more studies revealing that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health, finding every excuse to incorporate more walking into your day is beneficial for you and your children.

We’ve compiled a list of easy and fun ways to add a few extra steps in your day-to-day routine. It will help to promote circulation, increase energy, burn a few more calories, and hopefully improve your mood too!

Morning Routine:

  • Put your phone/alarm across the room so that you have to get up and walk to it in order to turn if off. For added “fun”, get an alarm clock that rolls or flies away from you!
  • Not a morning person? Do a big stretch with your entire body before getting out of bed. Then do another one when you stand up. Then, wake yourself up while brushing your teeth. Softly step in place, being mindful not to stomp.
  • Instead of vocalizing to make sure other people in your family are awake, walk to their rooms and check in on them.
  • Live in an apartment? Unless you are super high up, try taking the stairs to get down to the street or garage level.

School/Work Routine:

  • If you can, walk or bike to work or school. If you take public transportation, think about getting off a stop earlier if the stops tend to be close together.
  • If you drive, park the car in a farther spot in the parking lot. It’s only about 30 seconds to a minute longer, but you definitely add more steps to your day.
  • If you have a desk job where you sit in front of a computer for most of the day, set a reminder to get up and walk around the office every 1 or 2 hours. You can also get up to fill your water cup or bottle and consequently, to use the bathroom that is farther away or up or down one floor. Take a walk to get lunch instead of going for the closest takeout spot.

Evening Routine:

  • Take a family walk (or walk the dog together) around the neighborhood after dinner, instead of watching TV. You can switch things up by biking or skating too.
  • Get some steps in while brushing your teeth again before bedtime.

It may be helpful to get an activity tracker to see just how much or how little activity you’re getting. Experiencing any kind of pain while trying to increase your steps? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for any problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 02, 2017

Our children’s health is always of top concern. With the myriad of information out there about things that can go wrong, it can be hard for parents to determine when something is actually a problem for our growing children. The older they get, their bodies go through many changes, and sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what’s normal and what isn’t.

At least with regards to their feet, we at the New Jersey Foot Health Institute of Clark Podiatry Center have some tips as to when you should pay close attention to possible children’s foot problems. Look out for the following symptoms or issues:

  • Pain, swelling, redness, and/or heat that does not subside after using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Remember that growing pains or NOT normal in the feet.
  • Blisters, corns, or calluses on one part of the feet.
  • Chronic ingrown toenails.
  • Walking issues – Look for problems in the gait, such as in-toeing, out-toeing, or toe walking. Look for shape the shape of legs when they stand or walk, focusing on whether or not the legs are bowed out or caving inward.
  • Deformities in the way their feet look – e.g. clubfoot, curly toes, hammertoes, flat feet.
  • Ankles that seem to easily roll or twist often.

Inspect your regularly for changes in the skin of the feet as well, especially after your child has been playing barefoot or in socks. Check for cuts, bruises, color change, rashes, or odor, and treat accordingly. Children are also prone to fungal or viral infections, so foot hygiene is very important. Many older children may ignore foot pain or try to shake it off, so it’s best to be vigilant about any changes in walking or behavior.

If you suspect that your child might have a foot problem, or if your child is complaining of foot pain, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for their developing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!




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