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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 26, 2018
Category: Foot safety
Tags: Shoes   sprains   children   broken  

Batman, Iron Man, Spiderman, Wonder Woman!

A Mummy, a Witch, the Grim Reaper!

A Butterfly, Lion, T-Rex!

For children, Halloween is probably one of their favorite times of the year. It’s hard for them to contain the excitement of picking out costumes, choosing a treat basket, and seeing how much candy they can collect. They’ll compare with siblings or friends as to who got more candy or who got the better treats. Some will be able to take their time with eating the candy while others will have a tummy ache from eating it all, this very night.

We’ll leave it up to you, how you’ll monitor their candy intake, but we do want to encourage you to take some precautions about their safety before they scamper around the town.

To protect against foot injuries while they haunt (or brighten!) the neighborhood, keep the following in mind:

  • Your child should wear shoes that are: supportive and comfortable. If they are difficult or painful to walk in, they will not have a fun time! They should also fit well so that your children don’t have cramping pain at the end of the night.
  • If your child has clown shoes or animal paws covering their feet, have them practice walking around. The bulkiness can cause them to trip up on lawn decorations, piles of fallen leaves and branches, and the sidewalk curb. It can cause strains, sprains, or even a broken bone as your child runs around.
  • Go into the light. Stay on brightly lit paths and areas with bright street lamps to prevent unseen dangers. Additionally, you never know if a child might run out into the street when a car is passing by!
  • Be sure they layer up! Wear socks with shoes since the weather has been getting colder. Frostbite is probably not a major threat, but if feet get wet in the cold, they will be painful when they “defrost”.

Does your child already have an injury, prior to Halloween? Get creative and incorporate a brace, crutch, knee walker, or wheelchair into being part of the costume, Maybe as Robocop or a racecar driver in a race car! Doable with some innovative power, cardboard, and paint!

If you are worried about how your child’s costume may have caused him or her pain, make an appointment today at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your child’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for growing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 24, 2018
Tags: Shoes   sprains   children   fungal   broken  

Most children love the prospect of going to the playground. They will even be on their best behavior when promised a reward of time at the park. Because playgrounds are mostly designed for children, we tend not to think twice before letting them loose once inside the playground gates.

However, the unfortunate truth is that playgrounds can be dangerous for children. Factors such as surface, structural integrity, maintenance, and safe play can determine whether or not children leave a playground with an injury. 

To protect against injuries, especially foot injuries, keep the following in mind:

  • Be sure that your child wears shoes that are: supportive, sturdy, comfortable, and fit properly. These features will help your child stay stable and protected as they play on the different surfaces at a playground. While some surfaces are chosen to reduce impact for falls, they can also make for slightly unstable surfaces that can cause ankle twists and sprains as your children run around.
  • Your child’s feet will be at risk of splinters, cuts, bruises, and bacterial or fungal infections if you allow them to go barefoot at a playground.
  • Don’t ride with your children down the slide. This may be something you have always done, but a common injury involves your child’s foot getting wedged in between the slide and your leg. The foot can become severely twisted/sprained or even broken!

Unsafe Playground Equipment/Areas – Be sure that our child is supervised and that they know which areas are safe for play. In particular, be wary of:

  • Aging structures – if not properly maintained, playground structures can be wobbly or degraded. Fraying ropes can snap or become loose, bridges might collapse, and hanging rings might fall. Be sure to check structural integrity before allowing your children on an old playground.
  • Climbing structures – one wrong step can lead to a fall with as much of a drop as 5 feet!
  • Merry go rounds – as children try to get on while it’s spinning, they can become injured; on the other hand, they can suffer an injury if it spins too quickly and they are thrown off.
  • Swings – Not only can a child be injured from a moving swing (with a person on it or not), they can be injured while jumping off as well. It may be a fun challenge, but an incorrect landing can mean a sprain or broken ankle.

It’s not to say that you should be afraid of the playground. Rather, be smart and safe with your children. Make sure they are supervised and able to enjoy the appropriate parts of the playground.

If your child has suffered an injury while at the playground, make an appointment today at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute 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 growing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 16, 2018
Category: bone health
Tags: Fractures   osteoporosis   vitamin D   calcium  

For Bone and Joint Action Week (Oct. 12th-20th) we thought it might be a good time to talk about how osteoporosis can affect your feet and ankles. After all, your feet have 26 bones each!

As you get older, your bones begin to absorb calcium at a slower rate. For those who experience calcium loss at a faster rate than its absorption, it’s likely that osteoporosis is playing a part. This is a disease that might have many different causes and risk factors, such as genetics, hormone changes, excessive drinking, or smoking.

What can be done?

The best way to reduce the risk of suffering from osteoporosis is to get enough calcium and vitamin D, as well as to perform weight-bearing exercises when you are young. The weights increase resistance and compacts the bones to make them stronger.

However, if you already have an osteoporosis diagnosis, there are medications that could be effective in stopping or slowing the rate of calcium loss. There might be some drugs that could even help re-build bones.

When your feet suffer from osteoporosis:

  • Your foot can easily suffer from stress fractures or broken toes. (This can actually be the first sign of osteoporosis in your bones.)
  • You can experience bone pain, especially at the tops and sides of the feet.
  • You might get a fracture or broken bone from the smallest injury or high impact activity (like jumping or tripping).

Since osteoporosis can be hereditary, find out if it runs in your family. If it does, you might want to have a bone evaluation. Additionally, if you have received a diagnosis, you may need custom prescription shoes. Orthotics might be the answer for your foot support needs. Come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy to be sure. Make an appointment today at the Clark Podiatry Center. You’ll receive the best treatments and foot care tips at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. We keep you walking!

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 11, 2018
Tags: blisters   Shoes   foot problems   toe walking   in-toeing   out-toeing   ingrown  

She loves to take walks but recently seems to want to stop earlier than before. She doesn’t seem to want to put shoes on and fights you when you try to convince her that she needs them.

He is usually running around and forcing you to play “catch the toddler” but lately, he doesn’t even want to walk. Instead, he wants you to carry him everywhere.

What might be going on?

Your toddler might not be able to properly express that he or she is feeling foot discomfort. Instead, you might hear whining or frustration.

The foot problems can be congenital (from birth), developmental, or even due to ill-fitting shoes. Check the following for signs that point to foot problems as the source of unexplained crankiness:

  • Resisting putting shoes on: This could mean that the shoes are uncomfortable. Make sure they are wearing the right size and make sure they have socks on with closed-toed shoes. After wearing shoes, do their feet have redness or blisters?
  • Toe and Toenail problems: Are the toenail beds inflamed? Are the toenails cracked? You might be cutting their toenails too short (making them ingrown), or you may not be cutting them often enough.
  • Walking abnormalities: If they seem to be walking abnormally, such as in-toeing or out-toeing, tripping often, or toe-walking, they may have foot problems. They can be traits that are inherited or developmental problems.
  • Limping or uneven stance: After an injury, your child might walk with a limp for a bit. However, if it seems to be a severe limp or a limp that lasts more than a few days, it’s important to have it checked out.

If your child is complaining of foot pain, come in for an assessment with our friendly board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Make an appointment today at the New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute at the Clark Podiatry Center. Your children will get the best treatments and foot care tips at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. We keep you walking!


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 02, 2018
Category: Pregnancy

During pregnancy, many things change. Your body reacts to the internal and external environment differently. And as the body begins to prepare for the last few months of pregnancy and giving birth, it retains more fluids and even allows for bones to shift. It’s amazing what the body is capable of doing!

Here’s what to look for during pregnancy, for baby and mama’s feet.

Baby’s Feet:

  • Feet will begin to form with separated toes at about 10 weeks
  • They will use the feet to help them move and explore the amniotic sac
  • Closer to the end of the pregnancy, toe or foot deformities can be detected, such as clubfoot, overlapping toes, amniotic band syndrome, or polydactyly. Don’t worry though, as these are not common occurrences.

Speak to our podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center if you have concerns about your baby’s foot development in the womb.

Mother’s Feet:

  • Water retention and natural weight gain will cause edema. The swelling can cause discomfort in the feet and even change sensation.
  • The extra weight that the mother carries can flatten the arches and cause the ankles to roll inward, as with overpronation. Over time, this can cause chronic issues like plantar fasciitis and/or Achilles tendonitis.
  • Cramping can occur in the feet and/or legs as part of pregnancy. The exact cause is unknown but stretching, walking, hydration, and comfortable footwear can help prevent cramps.
  • As the feet change, pressure points can change as well. Pain can occur in the heel, arch, or balls of feet as a consequence of problems like edema and overpronation.

To find relief from these symptoms and changes, try some of the following:

  • Rest often so that your feet do not have to overwork. Schedule in times to rest.
  • Use compression socks and elevate your feet to reduce swelling.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with good supportive features and cushioning.
  • Stay active to increase circulation of fluids back up from your feet and ankles, and to prevent cramping.

If you notice that your feet are swelling unevenly or excessively, you might have a clot. Get medical care immediately. With other mild concerns, come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment throughout your pregnancy. Make an appointment today to have your feet treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!




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