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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
October 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care   foot doctor  

What enables you to get up in the morning, go to work, play with your children, dance, shop, and enjoy nearly every other activity? Your feet, of course! At Clark Podiatry Center, we want all of our patients to enjoy an active and healthy life, and that requires patients to take good care of their feet. There are many simple steps you can take today to ensure a lifetime of excellent foot health.

Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you get started:

Do: wash your feet every day and dry them completely, paying special attention to the spaces between your toes.

Don’t: walk barefoot in public places. Viral and fungal infections and plantar warts are all spread by direct contact. Keeping feet covered with shower shoes or flip-flops at the gym, community pool, and nail salon will greatly lower your risk of contracting one of these infections.

Don’t: wear shoes that are too small for your feet. When your toes are squeezed together regularly,   there is a much greater likelihood of ingrown toenails and deformities, such as hammertoes and bunions.

Do: maintain an appropriate weight. Carrying extra pounds puts extra strain on your feet. This increases your risk of several foot problems, including arthritis. Overweight or obese people tend to experience more foot pain.

Don’t: cut your toenails too short. This allows the skin to start to overlap the nail and the nail to become ingrown. Ingrown toenails are not only incredibly painful but become a site for infection if the nail punctures the skin.

Do: Make an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470 if you are experiencing foot pain or have concerns about a foot or ankle issue. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, will do a complete physical examination of your feet and provide a prompt diagnosis of your foot problem and the best course of treatment. We are proud to say that New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center.

We look forward to serving you at our Clark, New Jersey office!

A very common foot ailment is an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail is just that, a nail that has grown into the nail bed and if not taken care of can become infected. Most ingrown toenails occur in the big toe but can occur in all nails.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Pain – can occur on both sides of the nail
  • Swelling - irritation in the toe will cause swelling
  • Redness – in and around the nail and nail bed
  • An infection of the toenail – can include infected liquid around the nail

If you believe you have an ingrown toenail, your best bet is to contact your podiatrist to make the right diagnosis. An infected ingrown toenail can get worse fast, so let a trained professional treat you and avoid any unnecessary future problems.

Causes of an ingrown toenail are:

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight – especially around the toes
  • Cutting toenails too short – injures the nail bed
  • Injured toes – can deform the nail’s growth
  • Unusually curved toenails – promotes ingrown growth

Treatments for an ingrown toenail include both those applied at home and by a doctor. Home treatments include:

  • Soaking your feet in warm water – this loosens up the skin in and around the toenails
  • Applying cream – anti-biotic cream to prevent infection
  • Pain relievers – ibuprofen or similar
  • Good supportive footwearfootwear that doesn’t crowd the toes

If these treatments don’t help, then you need to see a podiatrist who can do any of the following:

  • Lifting the nail – if not infected, the doctor can lift the nail and place cotton under its edge so it grows above the skin
  • Removing the nail – if infected this is a more severe treatment, but will stop the nail from growing into the nail bed 
  • Removing the nail and root – this is the most severe treatment as it removes the nail and the nail’s root preventing the nail from growing in the same spot again

If you believe you are developing an ingrown toenail 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, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

 

With fall on its way, some new sports will soon come into season. Long-distance running, football, soccer, and basketball are all sports which at one time or another may cause the athlete to put a lot of weight on their feet and can cause a fracture. Often associated with falls, twisting or a high impact of a foot against a hard surface, a fracture of one of the foot bones is, unfortunately, more common than expected. 

What is a fracture? A fracture is another term for a broken bone and is usually very painful. If you are experiencing serious foot pain after falling unusually or abnormally twisting them, you will want to contact your podiatrist. They will immediately take an x-ray to determine if you have a fractured or broken foot.

Symptoms can include:

  • Severe pain – pain in your foot will be severe especially if you try to walk on it
  • Bruising – broken bones or fractures can often come with a bruise
  • Swelling – as a defense mechanism the body tries to create a natural ‘caste’ for the area thereby causing swelling

Home treatments include:

  • Splints – even the application of a pillow wrapped around the foot may help
  • Ice – the application of ice will help reduce swelling
  • Elevation – keeping your feet up will reduce the blood flow to the area and help reduce pain
  • Pain medicine – Tylenol or other types of pain relievers can also help. Make sure to use only as directed as overuse can seriously damage organs

Of course, the above treatments are short term until you get to your doctor. Your podiatrist will take x-rays and determine the next steps for treatment. They can include:

  • Crutches – used to help keep pressure off the foot while it heals
  • Flat bottomed shoes – in less extreme cases, flat bottomed shoes serve as a less dramatic ‘caste’ for healing
  • Castes and splints – open toed are more long term and provide for stabilizing the foot for healing
  • Surgery – used in more dramatic cases, surgery may be needed to remove the damaged bone or insert metal supports for proper growth and healing
  • No weight bearing – your feet must be allowed to heal on its own without pressure or impact

Recovery time could be weeks or months.

If you believe you or your child may be suffering from a foot fracture 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 most appropriate treatment for your condition. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 29, 2018
Category: Shoes

An important aspect of foot care is to make sure that you have good shoe habits. That includes long-term shoe maintenance and wearing them properly so that they provide maximum support to your feet.

Here are some habits you should adopt, as well as some habits you should drop!

DOs:

  • Keep your shoes clean, which includes keeping your feet clean. This will help prevent the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that could rot your shoes and make them smell! You might use a shoe spray or an activated charcoal bag to absorb moisture if your feet tend to sweat a lot. Additionally, keeping them clean of dirt (and in the winter, of rock salt) can reduce the rate at which they degrade.
  • Wear socks with shoes, especially closed-toe shoes. You are more likely to have bacterial or fungal growth/infection without socks to absorb some of the moisture from your feet. Got hyperhidrosis? You may want to bring an extra pair of socks with you to change into midday.
  • Unlace your shoes before taking them off to reduce wear and tear on the materials that make up the structure of your shoe. Overstretching the material can reduce the supportiveness of the shoes and prevent your shoes from fitting with the proper snugness for your feet.

DO NOTs:

  • DON’T wear one pair of shoes every single day.  Not only are you wearing them down quicker, they can also become smelly and harbor bacteria and fungi, as these microorganisms thrive in damp, dark, warm surfaces. Try to rotate between at least two pairs of shoes to allow them to dry out completely. Additionally, do not put shoes in an enclosed space right away. Instead, allow them to air out overnight and then put them away if need be.
  • DON’T fold shoe backs. Some shoes have flexible backs that can forcibly be folded down if you’re in a hurry to get out the door. After a few instances of folding the back, you will notice that they stay folded down. This means that the structure of the shoe becomes compromised and your feet may have to strain more to remain stable. You might suffer from chronic overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis.
  • DON’T drag your feet. Dragging the feet will wear down the outer soles of your shoes and can also make you more prone to tripping over your own feet or a curb. You can sustain an injury like an ankle sprain or broken toe if you’re not careful!
  • DON’T continue to wear shoes that hurt. If shoes hurt your feet, you can either donate them or try adding cushioning with orthotic inserts to better support your feet.

Have your shoes turned on you and started causing you pain? Let us help you find a solution to your foot or ankle woes. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 



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