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Posts for: February, 2020

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 24, 2020

It’s easy to forget, but children can have foot pain, too. In fact, undiagnosed pain can have lasting consequences on the future health and development of their feet. We’re in the business of keeping you walking, and that includes your children. Here are a few questions to consider as your child moves from one shoe size to the next. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center are trained and experienced in pediatric foot health

What are common foot conditions that could impact my child?

Should I wait for the pain to go away?

No. One common myth about foot pain in children is that this is simply a growing pain. As with adults, pain is never normal and should not be ignored. Many pediatric foot conditions have simple solutions, but delayed treatment can worsen symptoms and impact recovery time. Even if your child is dismissing pain to their feet because they want to play in the next game, for example, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Are there ways to prevent these conditions?

Some conditions, like flat feet, are a common part of childhood development that should eventually resolve without intervention. Other conditions, such as warts and ingrown toenails, can be prevented with healthy foot habits like regular washing and drying and proper toenail trimming. When caring for the health and happiness of your child, don’t forget to include their feet.

How can I detect problems?

Regularly inspect your child’s feet and respond quickly to any changes. Also, listen to ways that your child may share pain or discomfort. You may notice non-verbal cues, too, such as facial expressions when moving around or putting on shoes.

If you’re noticing signs that your child is experiencing pain in their feet or ankles, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center. He is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.


By Clark Podiatry Center
February 17, 2020
Category: Shoes
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care   Best Shoes  

Have you ever wondered about the parts that make up a shoe? Around here, we think it’s important that you become a confident shoe shopper so that you can make the best decisions for the health and comfort of your feet. Let’s talk about the five major components of a shoe and how you can use this information during your next shoe shopping trip. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center are here to answer your questions.

What are the five major components of a shoe?

  • Toe box
  • Vamp
  • Sole
  • Heel
  • Curve (helps you identify the left shoe from the right)

Does the shoe material matter?

Yes, even this detail matters. The material can play a role in how a shoe fits as well as its durability. Softer materials can lessen the amount of pressure that the shoe places on your foot. Think additional comfort. Stiff materials, however, can cause blisters.

What should I look for in a toe box?

The toe box is the top part of the shoe that offers wiggle room for your toes. Generally, this part is either rounded, pointed, or squared. You will want to look for shoes that provide enough space in the toe box to avoid the pain and discomfort that may be caused by additional friction.

What about the vamp?

It is the part of the shoe where you can typically find shoelaces. Velcro also goes into this area. Based on your comfort level, choose a vamp option that works best for you.

What kind of sole should I get?

A softer sole is better. It means that the sole will be able to absorb more shock as you walk.

Any suggestions on the heel?

Remember, the higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the front of your foot. Keep your heel height low.

Any more questions? Schedule an appointment with a board-certified podiatrist. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center is at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.


By Clark Podiatry Center
February 10, 2020
Category: Toenail problems

If you have an ingrown toenail, act fast. Without treatment, you may one day begin to notice that the skin surrounding your toenail is increasing in redness and pain. What is typically a simple fix may turn into a painful infection in need of much more attention. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center want to share warning signs for a worsening ingrown toenail; they also want to share ways to avoid an infection.

What is an ingrown toenail?

When your toenail begins to dig into the surrounding skin, you have this condition. For most people, an ingrown toenail can be caused by an inherited toenail shape, an injury, or wearing the wrong type of footwear.

When can this condition become a problem?

If your toenail cuts or breaks the skin, you now have an open wound. Once this happens, you are at risk of developing an infection. Symptoms include increased redness and pain, swelling, or discharge near the ingrown toenail.

How can I prevent my toenail from becoming infected?

For mild cases, you can treat ingrown toenails with warm, soapy water. We always recommend that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist so that they can assess the severity of your condition. If you frequently have ingrown toenails, you have another reason to seek medical help.

Any suggestions on how to avoid an ingrown toenail from the start?

As with most conditions, prevention is key. While some people may have an increased likelihood of developing an ingrown toenail because of heredity, most people can prevent this condition by trimming their nails properly, wearing shoes that fit well, and being aware of injuries to the toenail.

If you have an ingrown toenail, come in for a visit as soon as possible. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center; he is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.




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