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Posts for: July, 2021

By Clark Podiatry Center
July 12, 2021

What happens if you have inflammation in your Achilles tendon? You have a condition known as Achilles tendonitis, which can be painful and impact the way you move. The Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle. It plays a critical role in your movement. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to take your daily walk or play your favorite sport.

Do you know the signs of an Achilles tendon injury?

  • Thickness and stiffness of your Achilles tendon, especially in the morning
  • Swelling or pain that worsens as you keep moving
  • Pain after exercising, particularly the next day

Dr. Brandon A. Macy has a few tips to help you prevent this type of injury. It starts with listening to your body, choosing footwear properly, and allowing time for rest.

Tips to prevent Achilles tendonitis:

  • Warm-up  
    Before you start moving, warm up. Allow your body time to stretch. Don’t forget to hydrate, too. To perform your best and avoid an injury, ease into physical activity. We also recommend you watch how you change intensity during your workout. Choose a gradual change over a sudden one.
     
  • Wear the right shoes
    If your shoes are lacking support, it’s time to switch. If you’ve noticed your shoes are worn, you have another reason to go shoe shopping. Reduce the pressure on your tendon by giving it the best support with your shoe choice.

  • Wind down 
    Warming up is great, but don’t forget to cool down. This period also includes a time of stretching. Be proactive to reduce your risk for a future injury.

At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.


Sun, sand, and waves! Nothing says summer fun like a day at the beach. Below are some potential podiatric problems and how to prevent them from ruining your seaside outing.

  • Jellyfish Stings - many people don't realize that jellyfish that have washed up on the shore can still sting you if you step on them. If this happens, carefully remove the tentacles from your feet. Keep a small container of baking soda or vinegar in your beach bag to apply to the site of a sting. This should relieve the pain and swelling.
  • Puncture Wounds - glass, shells, bottle caps, and other sharp objects can be hidden under the sand. Slip on your water shoes or flip-flops before taking a walk down the beach. If you do get a puncture wound, don't go swimming. Bacteria in the water can cause an infection. It's best to have a podiatrist check out any puncture wounds within 24 hours.
  • Sunburn - don't forget to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet as well as the rest of your body. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and reapply after going in the water or every two hours-whichever comes first.
  • Ankle Sprains, Tendon Strains, and Other Injuries - if your beach day plan includes volleyball, frisbee, or another physical activity, be sure to throw a pair of athletic shoes in your beach bag. Playing these or other sports in flip-flops or sandals in shifting sand is likely to result in a sports injury to your feet.
  • Swollen Feet and Ankles - stay hydrated! It will help reduce edema (swelling) of your feet and ankles.

If you sustain an injury or experience foot pain after your day at the beach, make an appointment to get it evaluated. We want to keep you walking!

 



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