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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
January 31, 2020
Category: Heart Health
Tags: Foot Health   healthy heart  

What’s holding you back from moving?

During the month of February, Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center are celebrating American Heart Month, and all of the benefits of a healthy heart, including the ones to your feet and ankles. While many people know that getting up and moving a bit more is a great first step, they are being held back from foot and ankle pain. So, what’s holding you back from moving more often, improving your circulation, and getting steps closer to a healthier heart? 

Here are some common conditions:

Ingrown toenails

This condition doesn’t seem like a big deal until it hurts to put on your shoes and take steps. An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail begins to grow into your skin. This can be very painful and can even lead to an infection. Look for redness and inflammation near the ingrown toenail.

Plantar fasciitis

In short, plantar fasciitis is heel pain. This discomfort is typically felt in the morning after a period of rest. With simple treatments, including switching footwear or using orthotics, your pain can greatly decrease. Moving around with heel pain is neither normal nor fun. Address your pain at the earliest stage.

Undiagnosed pain

If your feet or ankles hurt, there’s a reason. Don’t ignore this pain and assume that additional movement will make things better. You may have an undiagnosed ankle sprain, a fracture or a condition that hasn’t fully healed. To avoid worsening a condition, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis and individual treatment plan.

Receive a diagnosis, learn about treatment options, and listen to the advice of your podiatrist on how to continue your journey to a healthier heart. Don’t let these conditions hold you back in your pursuit. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470; he is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office in Union County. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.

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!

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 03, 2019
Category: Exercise

Walking is a basic human activity and has been for centuries. As we make our way to and from destinations, it is estimated that an average person takes 7,500 steps in a day, and if you live to the age of 80, you will likely take close to 216,000,000 steps. Considering this, keeping an eye on your foot health is very important.

Some of the benefits of walking include:

  • Burning calories – every mile walked you burn off 100 calories
  • Heart rate – walking increases the heart rate strengthening the heart muscle pumping blood to necessary parts of the body
  • Blood sugar – helps keep your blood sugar level stable
  • Cholesterol levels – works to reduce cholesterol levels
  • Improve circulation – pumping of blood increases the size of blood vessels
  • Mood – walking is also said to improve mood and may relieve some aspects of depression

Overall, walking is a very good activity, but if you haven’t done a lot, you need to see your doctor or podiatrist before you take up a regimen. Sudden physical exertion can also be a stressor if done too intensely depending on your overall physical condition.

Another thing a podiatrist can do is help you find the right shoe. Depending on your feet, you may need to have an orthotic to help you walk properly as some people have different ways of walking. Two different ways of walking include:

  • Pronator – have flat feet and roll their ankles inward. Pronators need a sturdier shoe
  • Supinator - have high arches and need shoes that provide cushioning for shock absorption

Not all shoes or footwear provide the same support, so choosing the right shoe or sneaker is very important for your foot health. Most running shoes provide good support but must be fit carefully to your feet. Measuring your feet at the end of the day is best because your foot is slightly swollen from walking all day and will allow you room for a comfortable fit.

Your podiatrist will also check for any issues that you have that need to be compensated for such as corns and calluses, bunions, hammertoe, heel spurs, or other.

If you have any questions about walking or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.



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