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Now that we are in full swing of winter, it’s time to talk about all the fun you and your children will have during the cold winter months! Most winter activities, related to snow and ice can be a lot of fun but come with their share of possible foot and ankle injuries too.

The most common injuries that children and adults encounter while having winter fun include:

  • Stress fractures or broken bones: These are common from slips and falls on the slippery ice and snow.
  • Overuse injuries: Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are common overuse injuries from straining the feet and ankles. If they seem to affect you often, we can help you with custom orthotics.
  • Ankle sprain: These injuries are also common from slips and falls, or twists of the ankles.
  • Blisters: Certain types of shoes or ill-fitting shoes can often cause blisters with winter activities.

Many of these injuries have to do with wearing the right shoes for the activity and making sure they fit well. Prevent winter fun foot injuries by checking your winter footwear habits:

  • Ski/snowboard boots and snowshoes – These are specific to the activity and need to fit properly to enjoy the activity without injury. Footwear that is too big or loose can cause you to lose control, as well as require a lot of strain and effort from your feet. Footwear that is too small or tight can leave you with cramped toes and blisters.
  • Ice skates – To glide effortlessly across the ice, you’ll need to have skates that fit well. Most skates tend to be pointy in the front, so be sure that your feet are not too cramped when trying them on. Otherwise, you can aggravate bunions, neuromas, and other toe issues like hammertoes. If you tend to blister in the same areas, use padding or a bandage to prevent excessive chafing of the skin.
  • Hiking boots – If you like taking winter hikes, be sure to have boots with thick tread to help you grip the snowy trails. Check out our tips on choosing your children’s hiking shoes.
  • Winter boots (in general) – If your children’s favorite activity in the winter is to go sledding, snow tubing, or snowball fights, there aren’t special shoes for those activities. You’ll still want to use winter boots, which we talked about here.
  • Socks - Okay, so these are not shoes, but are important to think about. Try on all winter shoes and boots with socks to make sure that thick socks can be accommodated comfortably.

More tips for preventing injuries during winter activities:

  • Start slowly, stretch, and warm up.
  • Prevent Frostbite. Children and adults should make sure that snow and ice do not get into the shoes. When socks and shoes are wet on the inside, the feet can be at risk for frostbite in cold temperatures. If socks get wet during winter fun activities, change them so that feet are not exposed to the cold for a long period.
  • Supervise children when they are participating in outdoor winter activities like sledding and snow tubing. If they are too rowdy, it can cause collisions with other children and injuries to many other parts of the body, including the head.

Have you or your child suffered an injury while trying to have some winter fun? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet, and find the best treatment for any winter foot injuries. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep you walking.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 02, 2018
Category: Pregnancy

During pregnancy, many things change. Your body reacts to the internal and external environment differently. And as the body begins to prepare for the last few months of pregnancy and giving birth, it retains more fluids and even allows for bones to shift. It’s amazing what the body is capable of doing!

Here’s what to look for during pregnancy, for baby and mama’s feet.

Baby’s Feet:

  • Feet will begin to form with separated toes at about 10 weeks
  • They will use the feet to help them move and explore the amniotic sac
  • Closer to the end of the pregnancy, toe or foot deformities can be detected, such as clubfoot, overlapping toes, amniotic band syndrome, or polydactyly. Don’t worry though, as these are not common occurrences.

Speak to our podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center if you have concerns about your baby’s foot development in the womb.

Mother’s Feet:

  • Water retention and natural weight gain will cause edema. The swelling can cause discomfort in the feet and even change sensation.
  • The extra weight that the mother carries can flatten the arches and cause the ankles to roll inward, as with overpronation. Over time, this can cause chronic issues like plantar fasciitis and/or Achilles tendonitis.
  • Cramping can occur in the feet and/or legs as part of pregnancy. The exact cause is unknown but stretching, walking, hydration, and comfortable footwear can help prevent cramps.
  • As the feet change, pressure points can change as well. Pain can occur in the heel, arch, or balls of feet as a consequence of problems like edema and overpronation.

To find relief from these symptoms and changes, try some of the following:

  • Rest often so that your feet do not have to overwork. Schedule in times to rest.
  • Use compression socks and elevate your feet to reduce swelling.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with good supportive features and cushioning.
  • Stay active to increase circulation of fluids back up from your feet and ankles, and to prevent cramping.

If you notice that your feet are swelling unevenly or excessively, you might have a clot. Get medical care immediately. With other mild concerns, come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment throughout your pregnancy. Make an appointment today to have your feet treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!

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!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 30, 2018
Category: Foot safety

It’s summertime! You might be going (or at least thinking of going) to the gym more often now to get your body beach-ready. But before you go too crazy exercising, consider the following tips for keeping your feet and ankles (and the rest of your body) safe at the gym:

Wear appropriate gym shoes. One of the most important ways you can protect your feet and ankles is to wear shoes that are right for the type of workout you are doing.

  • If you are primarily doing cardio, you’ll want to wear running shoes that have extra cushioning to reduce the impact on your joints.
  • If you are weight-lifting, you want stable shoes with a raised heel.
  • If you will be doing a variety of different exercises, including plyometrics, calisthenics, weight-training, etc., cross-training shoes will be best.

Use gym equipment safely and be wary of hidden dangers. Whether you will be working out at your home gym or fitness club, you can prevent injury if you use equipment safely.

  • If you don’t know how to use a machine, ask a staff member or look at a manual.
  • Do not alter equipment unless it is made to do so. For example, do not add or remove weights from the weight stack.
  • Make sure that your workout area is not wet from spilled water, pooled sweat, or recent mopping. If the floor seems to be a bit slippery, use a rubber mat or change your shoes to ones with more traction.

Use a spotter. If you will be lifting heavy weights, it’s best to have a spotter. You may accidentally misstep and tweak your foot or ankle.

Increase speed/intensity slowly. Whether you are sprinting, squatting, or spinning, make sure you increase the intensity of your workout slowly. Dramatic increases in speed or intensity can cause excessive strain on your soft tissues. It can aggravate overuse problems like sesamoiditis or Achilles tendonitis.

Wash feet and use flip-flops. It’s best to shower after a sweaty workout, but this is especially true for your feet if you did your work out barefoot. Additionally, if you are walking around barefoot in communal locker rooms, you should wash your feet as well to prevent contagious disease like Athlete’s Foot. In fact, it’s best to wear non-slip flip-flops when in the communal shower.

If you sustain an injury while working out, be sure to use the RICE method to find pain relief until you can make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and ankles to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 23, 2018
Category: Shoes

You traded in your high heels for flats, because it’s probably the better decision. Or is it?

While it’s true that most high heels are not supportive enough for the feet and can cause ongoing foot problems, it’s not necessarily true that flats are the antidote. In most cases, flats are probably less problematic, but that depends on whether or not they have supportive features.

Because both high heels and flats are usually worn with fashion in mind, they tend to lack supportive features that are necessary to keep feet healthy and pain-free. High heels can cause pain in the balls of the feet and the toes, but flats can cause pain along the bottom of the feet. So if you have foot pain even when you thought you remedied the problems caused by high heels, it’s probably due to the flatness of flats.

Flats can be your arch nemesis if they lack the following supportive features:

Arch support - Most flats have flat inner soles. This can cause excessive straining for the plantar fascia, which aggravates any problems that folks with fallen arches or flat feet might have, like plantar fasciitis.

Supportive heel cups and solid heel contours - When heels are not supported with specific heel grooves, they may be prone to sliding around, which can result in blisters and calluses, or Achilles tendonitis as feet can under- or over-pronate.

Cushioning in the soles - Most inner soles tend to have a very thin lining and lack cushioning. This can increase the impact felt by the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back.

Roomy toe boxes - Many flats tend to become narrow in the front and are tight around the feet because they do not have straps or laces to keep them secured on the feet. Tight toe boxes can cause problems like hammertoes or worsen pre-existing problems like bunions.

This doesn’t mean that you should never buy flats. Instead of swearing off all flats, you can find flats with built-in support. Alternatively, you can use over-the-counter orthotic inserts. However, if you need custom-made orthotics, we can help! Make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office.



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