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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 26, 2018
Category: Shoes

You don’t have to be an older adult to have foot, ankle, knee, or hip problems from your job that requires you to stand all day. Those who work in healthcare, food service, or retail know all too well, how worn out the feet and legs can become at the end of a long shift. In order to survive the day-to-day, make sure you have the right footwear to support your feet and prevent pain all the way up to your back.

Here’s a checklist of features you want to look for in shoes to wear for standing all day:

  • Do they fit well? If shoes are too large or small, they can cause problems for your feet, either by causing instability or by cramping the toes. They should also have enough space in the toe box so that you can wiggle and stretch your toes a bit. Shoes that constrain the toes, like pointed-toe shoes, can cause cramping and chafing between the toes.
  • Is the outer sole non-slip, wide, and flat? The wider the surface area of the outer sole, the more stability in the shoes. You also want to make sure you have a non-slip grip on the outer soles so that you do not slip while walking.
  • Do you have good arch support? When standing, your ankles should not be rolling inward, especially if you have flat feet. Over time, pronating your ankles will cause pain to the Achilles tendon. Additionally, without arch support, plantar fascia can become strained and tight, causing inflammation (plantar fasciitis). 
  • Do you have enough cushioning? The inner sole should feel stable but have some cushion for comfort. If shoes do not have enough cushioning, use orthotic inserts to soften your surface.
  • Is the material protective? There are many who are at risk of workplace hazards. Dropping heavy objects, fumbling needles, or falling sharp knives all pose dangers to your feet. Depending on the type of work you do, be sure that you wear shoes made of a material that will protect your feet, even if it’s just for a short time.

Having the right shoes can make or break your mood after work. If you are tired and have pain from poor posture, you may not be in the mood to go meet friends or attend another of your kids’ sports practices. Far worse, it can eventually be what prevents or causes foot problems for you. If you have foot pain and have to stand all day, come in for a consultation with our podiatrist. Make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and are ready to serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns! 


 

Some people have a limited idea of what a podiatrist does (“I didn’t know you take care of that!”) and as a result are surprised about what help is available for people of all ages.  Here’s a list of reasons it’s best to see your favorite podiatrist.

  1. Pain.  Pain is never normal—heel pain, arch pain, painful bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses.  
  2. Skin conditions.  Warts, rashes, identifying skin cancers in the feet, fungal conditions of skin and nails. Ingrown toenails.
  3. Sports injuries. Sprains, strains, fractures of the toes, feet and ankles. (and without the long waits in emergency rooms only to be seen by non-specialists)
  4. Specialized care for diabetics.  Treatment of ulcers and infections, preventive foot care that is vital for diabetics.
  5. Specialized care for children.  Besides common ingrown nails and warts, most adult foot issues have their roots in how the child develops structurally. Getting an early start on treating and preventing problems pays off in the long run. “Prevention is better than correction”.

There’s actually more to the list.  As you can see, the podiatrist is a generalist on a specific area of the body—part primary care, orthopedist, dermatologist, rheumatologist, radiologist, pediatrician, surgeon, and more.  For most any issue involving the foot and ankle, some of which can cause leg, knee, hip or back pain as well, the podiatrists office is the place to go!

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep you walking!


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 20, 2018

“Why are my feet so swollen?”

At the end of some days, you might notice that your feet are larger than they were when you woke up this morning. If you’ve been on your feet all day, whether from a job that requires standing or from walking all day, there’s a good chance that your feet will be a bit swollen. A slight swelling of the feet is natural in these cases, but edema (swelling) that is chronic, uneven, or severe can indicate a larger health problem.

Read on to find out if one of the causes below (other than standing for long periods of time) apply to you:

Injury, infection, Insect Bite, Inactivity

  • Injuries, including sports injuries to the feet, can cause swelling for several minutes to several days, depending on the severity of the impact.
  • An infection can cause swelling to the feet, especially if it is not treated properly, right away.
  • Those who are allergic to insect bites will also experience swelling if pests get a taste on the feet.
  • If you sit still or lie down for too long, the lack of circulation of blood and fluids can cause them to pool in the lower extremities, resulting in swollen feet.

Hormonal changes

  • Hormonal changes can sometimes cause swelling, particularly during the menstrual cycle and especially during pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women are likely to have swollen feet because of their changing body structure. As the baby grows, it can restrict circulation of blood and fluids back up from the legs and feet. The result is swollen feet that may require you to get shoes up to 2 sizes larger! You’ll want to put your feet up as often as you can.

Other health problems

  • Those who have varicose veins may experience poor circulation.
  • A blood clot is a serious problem in which the foot, ankle, or leg will show swelling. This usually occurs in one leg, as opposed to both legs.
  • Lymph problems can cause you to have poor circulation of fluids in your legs, causing swelling in the feet (lymphedema).
  • A symptom of heart, liver, or kidney problems is edema.

If you have swollen feet, try using the RICE method to reduce symptoms. If that doesn’t work, or if swelling persists, make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment and make sure that you do not have underlying health problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and are ready to serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 13, 2018
Category: Sweaty Feet

Everyone gets a little bit sweaty when the nerves kick in. It’s also normal to drip sweat during a difficult workout. But how much sweat is too much?

Ask yourself some of the following questions:

  1. Do you sweat a lot, even when you are not nervous or stressed?
  2. Do you sweat even when the temperature is cool?
  3. Do you sweat when you are at rest? (For example: while sleeping, sitting and watching TV, relaxing, etc.)
  4. Do you make a sweat puddle from excessive sweat on the floor where you are working out?
  5. Do your armpits or feet tend to smell at the end of your day?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, you might have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Sweat glands help keep us cool when they are functioning normally but seem to be overactive in those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. The exact cause is unknown, but it seems to be hereditary or secondary when you have certain conditions like an overactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease, or lung disease.

So then, you might ask, “Well, what can I do about it?”

While body odor is of most concern for those with hyperhidrosis in the armpits, those with overactive sweat glands in the feet have to contend with slippery feet, unstable shoes, blisters, wet socks, damp shoes, and smelly feet. Some of the following tips may help you reduce your anxiety, stress, or embarrassment due to hyperhidrosis:

  • Speak to your physician about possible underlying medical conditions that might be causing you to sweat excessively.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash your feet every day. Wear a new pair of socks each day. Change into a fresh pair of socks midday to mitigate symptoms of foot odor and wetness.
  • Let your shoes dry out completely before re-wearing or putting them away to reduce bacterial growth. If you have specific pairs of shoes you wear for work, it may suit you to get multiple pairs.
  • Use antiperspirant spray or powders to reduce or absorb sweat.
  • If it gets worse when you feel hot, try to wear open-toed shoes when available, to keep your feet cool.

Is your hyperhidrosis beyond the point of being helped by these tips? Consult our podiatrist for other possible treatments, such as iontophoresis, botox injections, and maybe even a sympathectomy. Make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


As your child continues to grow taller and stronger, they may experience what we commonly call “growing pains”. But did you know that there is no evidence that growth causes pain? So what’s going on when your child complains of aches and pains in the legs and is sometimes even woken up by it?

Well, it’s most likely the body’s way of telling your child that he or she has overused muscles throughout the day. As your child learns the limits of what the body can do, (s)he might play (run, jump, or climb) to the point of overexertion. The thighs, knees, or calves may feel stiff or sore and the pain may not go away until morning (with adequate rest).

But what if the pain continues to bother them? Or what if the pain is in the feet or ankles? These symptoms may indicate more of a problem.

Ongoing or chronic pain can indicate that there are misalignment issues in the feet, ankles, or legs, causing repetitive strain on certain muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Children who are pigeon-toed or are in-toeing can experience ongoing pain in different parts of the feet, ankles, or calves.

If the pain is localized to a specific part of the foot or ankle, there’s a good chance that there is a foot problem, such as:

Actually, pain in the feet and ankles are never “growing pains”. So if your child complains of pain in the areas of the leg with muscles, they may find relief with some massage or a warm bath with Epsom salt. However, if the pain is in the joint itself, or the feet or ankles, make an appointment to see us at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your child’s feet and ankles to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!




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