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By Clark Podiatry Center
May 29, 2019
Category: Foot Pain

There are many things that can cause pain in your feet. One is called a Neuroma. A Neuroma is the thickening of the skin and irritation of a nerve between your toes. Neuromas can affect the ball of your feet and is usually found between your 3rd and 4th toes. This is also called Morton’s Neuroma.

Symptoms of a Neuroma include:

  • Feeling like you have a pebble in your footwear
  • Sharp, burning pain in your feet especially between your toes
  • Toes may feel numb

Risk factors for a Neuroma include:

  • High heel footwear – can put undue pressure on your toes and ball of your feet
  • High impact sports – jogging, running, basketball and/or gymnastics
  • Inherited or other foot issues – bunions, hammertoes, flat feet or high arches

Home treatments can include:

  • Ice – 15 minutes on and off for several hours to reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory meds – Tylenol. Make sure you take them only as directed.
  • Better fitting footwear – that do not put undue pressure on your toes or ball of the foot
  • Reducing or stopping the aggravating activity – take a break from running or basketball for awhile

It is very important to see you podiatrist if you think you are developing a Neuroma. Your podiatrist can treat the condition in the following ways:

  • Use specifically designed orthotic – your podiatrist can recommend which one is best for you
  • Inject steroids to alleviate the pain
  • Surgery – a cutting and thereby loosening of the ligament around the affected area
  • Surgery – the removal of the affected nerve. This can, however, result in permanent numbness
  • Injections of something called sclerosing alcohol. This treatment has seen some positive results, but not in all cases. Your podiatrist is the best person to decide.   

Do you suspect you have a Neuroma or have any other foot concerns,  schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center  at 732-382-3470 to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy who is  associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute . Come see us at our Clark, New Jersey office today!

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 01, 2019

Choosing the right Orthotics for a child can be much more important than for an adult. A child’s orthotic will guide the proper growth of their feet for the rest of their lives and help with the proper alignment of the ankle, knees, hips and lower back, hopefully eliminating the need for one when they are older.

Of course, not all children’s feet will need an orthotic because their feet are growing. By age 5 or 6, if a child has not developed an arch or is having other problems, call your podiatrist. They will diagnose the problem and, if needed, make sure their feet are appropriately matched with the correct orthotic.

Common reasons for an orthotic include:

  • Over pronation – when your feet tilt inward. Can lead to shin splints, stress fractures and a collapsed arch.
  • Supination – when your feet tilt toward the outside. Can lead to stress fractures.
  • Flat feet – No arch.
  • High arch – Is not usually not supported in a regular shoe.

Each of the above conditions requires a different type of orthotic. The 3 main types are:

  • Rigid – controls the motion of the foot with some arch support
  • Semi-rigid – a less stiff orthotic that will provide more cushioning than a rigid orthotic yet provides good arch support
  • Soft or cushioned – an orthotic that provides cushioning and shock absorption

With supination and pronation usually comes some type of pain that will indicate a problem, but not all pain of course will be eliminated with an orthotic. Other unseen issues may be contributing to your child’s foot pain making it all the more important to make an appointment to see your podiatrist. 

If you believe your child may need an orthotic, or you have any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to make sure your child’s feet are corrected and back on track to a healthy, active and productive life. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
April 24, 2019
Category: Orthotics

There are many reasons to wear an orthotic, depending on the type of foot problem you may have.

Reasons to wear an orthotic include:

  • Flat feet – low arches
  • Supination – an outward roll of the foot when stepping
  • Overpronation – inward roll of the foot when taking a step
  • Diabetes – lack of insulin in your bloodstream
  • Shin splints – painful swelling of the shin from repeated pounding on hard surfaces
  • Morton’s neuroma – tingling in your forefoot caused by damaged nerve
  • Metatarsalgia – pain in the ball of your foot
  • Heel spurs – painful swelling of the heel usually caused by a buildup of calcium
  • Morton’s toe – where your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Plantar Fasciitis – the inflammation of the bottom of your foot

In each of the above cases, a specific orthotic can be of great help. Many orthotics provide much needed extra cushioning for such conditions as diabetes, shin splints or flat feet, yet each provides cushioning different from the other. Those suffering from diabetes need a softer orthotic, whereas shin splints need cushioning that will absorb the shock of pounding feet. Flat feet, however, need greater support in the arch. Each condition requires knowledge about your specific foot problem. While there are many orthotics or insoles on the market, the best resource for this is your podiatrist who will diagnose your exact condition and determine just what orthotic is best for you.

Basic types of orthotics:

  • Semi-rigid – more flexible orthotic providing cushioning without a lot of arch support
  • Rigid – a stiffer orthotic that is considered aggressive support often used for arches.

Other types of orthotics may include athletic, gel, heat moldable, high heel, children’s and memory foam. Each treat different types of problems so just getting a basic insole is not enough. Your foot has a specific need and must have a specific type of orthotic. The best person to determine what your foot requires is your podiatrist.

If you believe you need an orthotic or have any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute. He will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 27, 2019

There is no better time to begin taking care of our feet than when we are a child. From the very beginning it is crucial our children maintain good foot health and knowing which problems are most likely to occur early on can help greatly. So, what are some of the more prevalent issues with our children’s feet? Good question.

As an infant, it is very important for children to be able to move and stretch their feet as their bones are growing. Undue pressure can damage this and can lead to much more serious problems later on. Also make sure that socks and shoes are not too tight. Don’t rush a child into walking. He or she will develop on their own according to their individual needs, but do keep an eye on their gait so if some type of intervention is needed, it can be addressed immediately.

It is not uncommon for children to inherit many of the same problems their parents have. These include:

  • Flat feet - Poor arch support can often be passed on to a child but can also be treated.
  • Heel problems – problems with the Achilles tendon can cause discomfort.
  • Pigeon toes – walking with your feet and toes pointed inward.
  • Knock knees – knees that touch each other as you walk can and often is treated with braces.
  • Bowlegs - a curvature of the legs which can be indicative of other more complex issues like Rickets caused by a lack of vitamin D and Blount’s disease or abnormal growth on the top of the tibia.

Indications your children may have foot issues can include:

  • Tired legs – this may indicate flat feet.
  • Difficulty in sports – not being able to compete may indicate issues with their feet and gait.
  • Tripping and falling – the inability to keep their balance.
  • Foot shyness – when a child doesn’t want anyone to see their feet for the fear of embarrassment.
  • Pain - pain is never a good sign and can indicate poor fitting shoes, bad bone development or other more serious conditions.

Early recognition is very important for our children’s foot health. If you believe your child may suffer from any of the above conditions or if you have any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 05, 2019
Category: Heel pain
Tags: x-ray   Flat Feet   Plantar Fasciitis   Orthotics   Shoes   stretch   MRI  

The foot is one of the most complicated parts of the human body. With 19 separate muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and at least 107 ligaments and tendons, it is easy to see why taking care of your feet is very important. One of the common ailments many people experience is called Plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of connective tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the rest of the foot.  Plantar Fasciitis is commonly experienced by people whose feet constantly pound hard, flat surfaces and are often caused by Heel Spurs or bony protrusions of calcium on the heel.

Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Age - Between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Diabetes
  • Exercise -  Activities that put a lot of stress on your heel - long-distance running, jumping activities, basketball, ballet, and aerobic dance.
  • Foot mechanics - Having flat feet, a high arch or an abnormal pattern of walking that distributes weight unevenly on the foot.
  • Obesity - Being overweight.
  • Occupation - Factory workers, teachers, construction workers, athletes, nurses and others who walk or stand a lot on hard surfaces.

Some of the ways to avoid Plantar Fasciitis

  • Lose weight.
  • Always wear appropriate athletic shoes.
  • Wear shoes that are supportive, have good arch support and absorb shock well.
  • Stretch and warm up before exercising.
  • See your doctor if you suspect you have Plantar Fasciitis.

If you do see your doctor, there are several ways to treat the ailment depending on the severity of the inflammation. They include:

  • Examination- Physical examination of the inflamed site.
  • X-Ray or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to see if there is a damaged nerve or fracture.
  • Ultrasound
  • Medicine - Doctor prescribed mostly over the counter pain meds.
  • Stretching - ligaments, tendons, and muscles before exercise especially.  
  • Therapy -  Physical Therapy, Night Splints and the use of Orthotics.
  • Surgery - At times this may be necessary if other methods are not successful.

If you have any questions or would like to see a podiatrist, please make an appointment with our friendly staff. Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470. If you have concerns with your children’s feet, Dr. Macy specializes in pediatrics and can assess your children’s feet at New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute.



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