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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 07, 2019

There are many types of doctors a person can see, depending on what part of the body needs attention. For the heart it is a cardiologist, for the kidneys, it is a nephrologist, and for the skin, it’s a dermatologist. For your feet, though, it’s a podiatrist. But why see a podiatrist? Aren’t foot problems really minor and something you can handle yourself? Well, the answer is not quite so simple.

While some foot conditions can be treated at home, many can become very serious if they’re not treated appropriately and treated immediately. It is not uncommon for people to try to treat themselves, but it is also quite common for these treatments to really need professional care.

Some conditions that are best treated by a podiatrist and why include:

  • Corns and calluses – if not treated correctly can lead to blisters and infections
  • Bunions – usually are painful and indicative of more complicated factors. Also, it may require surgery
  • Hammertoe – can lead to other conditions and can also require surgery
  • Heel issues – will affect your gait if not properly diagnosed and lead to other issues, possibly with your back
  • Metatarsalgia – painful condition that is best diagnosed and treated by a professional
  • Athlete’s feet – can spread to hands and beyond and may require strong medicine prescribed by a doctor.
  • Plantar fasciitis – will likely require specific doctor prescribed medicine
  • Flat feet – can affect your gait and cause back issues. May require a custom orthotic
  • Severs disease – common in children, but not easily diagnosed unless by a trained professional
  • Neuromas – can feel like several other conditions. Only a podiatrist can properly diagnose
  • Diabetes – this is perhaps the most serious of conditions and if not cared for properly can lead to a series of very serious medical conditions and even amputation

In fact, just about any foot-related concern, a person can have needs to be looked at by a podiatrist. What may be a more complicated, but easily treated condition, can very easily be mistaken for something else? So why take the risk and especially regarding your children? With so much to do every day, why not leave the doctoring to the doctor? Take the time to let a professionally trained person handle foot related medical issues. It is, after all, why they went to school.

If you have any concerns about the health of your feet or just have questions, 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.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 03, 2016
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

If you have pain or a burning feeling in the ball of your foot, especially when you're walking barefoot or during sports or workouts, you may have a chronic inflammation condition called metatarsalgia. Some patients also develop a callus under the inflamed area because of the extra pressure on the ball of the foot.

Metatarsalgia is an inflammation problem caused by the stress of repetitive pressure and impact. Your foot has 5 metatarsal bones running from the toes to the ankle. Over time the adjacent tendons and ligaments may become irritated and inflamed as well as the actual bone coverings.

Causes of Metatarsalgia

This condition is an overuse injury, where the foot experiences repeated stresses and does not have enough time to heal between activities. Amateur and professional athletes, especially those who enjoy high-impact sports, are at high risk for metatarsalgia. Sports that involve running or jumping can be especially problematic.

Other causes of this inflammation include:

  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Excess weight
  • Toe muscles that are too weak or too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Intense weight-bearing activities
  • Certain foot deformities like hammertoe, claw toe or a very high arch
  • Footwear that does not fit properly
  • Excessive foot pronation or inward roll when running or walking

Try Conservative Treatments First

Conservative or at-home remedies are often successful in treating metatarsalgia:

  • Take some time off from your intense workouts and sports. This lets the pressure off the affected area and allows it to rest and heal.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications - with your doctor's permission - can relieve the inflammation.
  • Ice the area several times a day.
  • Wear shoes that are supportive and well-fitting.
  • Try to lose weight to lessen the stress on your feet.

Contact Clark Podiatry Center if your pain and discomfort continues even after trying these methods. The first thing we will do is take x-rays in our office to rule out any possible fracture. We'll do a comprehensive examination to check for any other similar problems like Morton's neuroma or bursitis.

We've found that wearing custom-fitted orthotics can be very successful in reducing the over-pronation and relieving excess pressure. Once the inflammation and pain have lessened, we will work with you on getting you back into your workout program with some appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises.

We Can Successfully Treat the Pain of Metatarsalgia

Don't let your discomfort continue - reach out for Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center. Please call us today at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment or use the contact information at the website. It's important to treat the symptoms of metatarsalgia as well as address any underlying causes to get long-lasting relief.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
February 15, 2013
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

Heel PainMetatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.

Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot -- the part of the sole just behind the toes
  • Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
  • Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes
  • A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
  • Pain that increases when walking barefoot

Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:

  • Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
  • Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
  • Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
  • Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
  • Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.

When conservative treatments aren't affective and pain persists, visit Clark Podiatry Center for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist at our Clark office may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.



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