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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 22, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   Hammertoes   Neuroma   Shoes   injury   orthotic   dancing  

A neuroma is a condition in which the tissue around a nerve becomes thickened.

You might have a neuroma in your foot if you:

  • feel like you want to remove a small stone that you keep stepping on, but when you take your shoes off, it’s never there.
  • feel like you have a pinched nerve in the ball of your foot.
  • have burning pain, numbness, or tingling between the third and fourth toes.

A neuroma in your foot is called Morton’s Neuroma and it’s usually caused by inflammation, irritation or injury. Repetitive motions with high pressure on the balls of the feet can cause chronic inflammation on the soft tissues near the nerve. This can include wearing shoes with high heels and/or narrow toe boxes for long periods of time. Participating in activities like dancing or sports that involve running, sprinting, or jumping are also likely culprits. Additionally, if you injure the foot by dropping something on it or stepping hard on a pointed object, it can cause a prolonged inflammation in that nerve.

Some foot deformities can also put you at higher risk of developing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma. Hammertoes, bunions, flat feet, or very high arches can all shift your body weight so that the ball of the foot has to unevenly bear more weight. 

Once symptoms set in, it’s important to rest the foot and reduce inflammation and pain to prevent worsening and ongoing symptoms. Using orthotic inserts, applying ice, massaging the foot, and/or anti-inflammatory drugs may help you feel better. You may also consider how your shoes might be affecting the way your feet feel on a day-to-day basis. If they are too tight, your toes might need more room to relax throughout the day. If you don’t have enough arch support or cushioning, the balls of your feet might have to strain more.

If conservative at-home treatments and adjusting your shoes do not help, our podiatrist might use cortisone injections or sclerosing alcohol injections to relieve pain. At worst case scenario, the nerve may need to be surgically removed.

Don’t suffer from Morton’s Neuroma! We can help you feel better! 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!

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 08, 2018
Category: Orthotics

Do you ever find yourself wanting your shoes to be more comfortable? Maybe if they had a little more padding on this part of the shoe, you would be able to wear them for a bit longer. If only there was more arch support, you wouldn’t suffer from chronic plantar fasciitis. Is there a way to find comfort without buying new shoes altogether?

orthotics

Yes! Orthotics to the rescue!

Sometimes, finding comfort and extra support can be as simple as adding over-the-counter orthotic inserts. If your shoes are in good condition, other than making your feet tired, you may just need some arch pads, ball of feet pads, or heel cups to stabilize your feet. Shoes like high heels, flats, and some sandals need some orthotic inserts to reduce foot pain for a long day of standing or walking.

For other issues, like foot deformities (e.g. bunions or hammertoes), you may need custom-made orthotics. They might be inserts or whole shoes that are custom-formed for your specific needs. For example, your feet may not fit into typical shoe shapes if you have a severe bunion deformity. The orthotic shoe can help prevent worsening symptoms and allow for foot comfort from chronic pain and other symptoms.

Additionally, some people may need temporary orthotic support when rehabilitating from an injury. Foot or ankle braces can ensure that bones and soft tissues heal properly. It can also support the ankle joints so they may continue to function while the healing tissues are gaining strength.  

Furthermore, children who might have developmental issues or injuries can also benefit from orthotics. Using orthotics can help correct problems like pigeon-toeing, overpronation, or Sever’s Disease.

There is a broad range of orthotics that can help with many different situations for your family’s feet and ankles. If you think that you or a family member can benefit from orthotics, 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!

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 01, 2018
Tags: Hammertoes   Neuroma   stretching   injury  

Looking for another way to spend family time together? It might sound strange, but how about a night of foot fitness? Yep, you read that right. Specifically, we want to focus on exercising the toes. It’s not a body part you usually think about when working out, such as the biceps or abs, but strengthening the toes are just as important.

Why should we exercise the toes?

  • Stretching out the toes can help prevent certain chronic issues and toe deformities like toe cramping, hammertoes, and Morton’s neuroma.
  • Strong toes help you with balance and stability to improve performance for athletic activities.  
  • Healthy and flexible toes help prevent serious injury.

Toe exercises to do together (in the form of games):

  • Tiptoe competition: How many times can you raise your heels while your toes remain on the ground? This is a great exercise for the calves too!
  • Moving Marbles: Using just the toes, move marbles from one plate to another. Race each other or see who can do it in the quickest time. This can also be done with small towels or other small objects.
  • Big Toes Game: If you’ve played the Thumbs Game as a group icebreaker, you know that it can be a fun prediction game. At each person’s turn, everyone raises 0, 1, or 2 thumbs, as the person whose turn it is calls out a number from 0 to the number of total available thumbs (a group of 4 would have 8 thumbs). In this version, use your big toes instead of your thumbs. It’s a fun way to learn to control your toes.
  • Spelling Game: Use the toes to spell words in the air – the first person to guess what you’re trying to write wins a point!
  • You can choose your own prizes and/or consequences, but one idea is that the winners can get foot massages from the losers!

If you find that you have pain or problems in your feet while you play some of these games, come to see our foot doctor for an assessment. 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!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
July 11, 2018
Category: Toenail problems

Helen has always had nails that were crooked and curled downward instead of straight out. Her mother and grandmother also had toenails like these and so she rarely wears open-toed shoes.

Peter was about to take a shot at the goal when another soccer player tried to interfere. Their feet collided and Peter suffered a toenail injury. The toenail turned black and then eventually fell off. The new toenail started to grow back out, but then grew into the skin.

Taylor hates cutting toenails, and so cuts them short in hopes to lengthen the time between having to trim them again. But recently, the toenails have been growing into the skin and causing pain.

Jaime wears fancy shoes for work. However, they put lots of pressure down on the toes and the toenails are forced to grow into the skin. Ouch!

Helen, Peter, Taylor, and Jaime now all suffer from ingrown toenails. Some of them have pain while others just feel bothered by the way the nails are growing. What can they do?

If they noticed that the toenails are just beginning to grow into the skin they can try to reduce inflammation and swelling (with ice, Epsom salts, and/or NSAIDs) and gently push the skin away from the toenail. Then:

  • Trim toenails straight across and not too short. Rounding the toenails make it more likely for the toenails to grow into the skin. It also makes it harder to pull the skin away if they begin to grow into the skin. Cutting them short can cause the skin around the toenail to swell a bit, making it easier for the nail to become ingrown.
  • Wear shoes with a roomier toe box. People who work on their feet all day have experienced all sorts of toe issues, including ingrown toenails and even toe deformities like hammertoes.
  • Use bandages on ingrown toenails to cushion the pressure from shoes.

If the toenails are severely ingrown, causing pain deep in the toe, and/or infected, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. This is especially important if you are diabetic since the risk of infection and ulceration are larger for you. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. This may include a partial nail avulsion or matrixectomy (nail removal), depending on your specific case. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

As your child continues to grow taller and stronger, they may experience what we commonly call “growing pains”. But did you know that there is no evidence that growth causes pain? So what’s going on when your child complains of aches and pains in the legs and is sometimes even woken up by it?

Well, it’s most likely the body’s way of telling your child that he or she has overused muscles throughout the day. As your child learns the limits of what the body can do, (s)he might play (run, jump, or climb) to the point of overexertion. The thighs, knees, or calves may feel stiff or sore and the pain may not go away until morning (with adequate rest).

But what if the pain continues to bother them? Or what if the pain is in the feet or ankles? These symptoms may indicate more of a problem.

Ongoing or chronic pain can indicate that there are misalignment issues in the feet, ankles, or legs, causing repetitive strain on certain muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Children who are pigeon-toed or are in-toeing can experience ongoing pain in different parts of the feet, ankles, or calves.

If the pain is localized to a specific part of the foot or ankle, there’s a good chance that there is a foot problem, such as:

Actually, pain in the feet and ankles are never “growing pains”. So if your child complains of pain in the areas of the leg with muscles, they may find relief with some massage or a warm bath with Epsom salt. However, if the pain is in the joint itself, or the feet or ankles, make an appointment to see us at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your child’s feet and ankles to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!



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