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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: blisters   ankle injuries  

Your children’s school may have good reason to prohibit beach footwear during the last few months of school. While it is enticing to wear flip flops to stay cool during the summertime, they may not be the best choice for everyday footwear.

When it comes to footwear for you and your family, there are important factors to consider. Shoes should have a proper fit, arch support, cushioned and reinforced heels, as well as a shape that does not cause blisters or chafing. While convenient and casual, flip flops generally do not have these supportive features. They are acceptable for short distances or as transitional footwear, like from the house to the pool or from the car to the beach. However, because most summer activities include outdoor play and a lot of walking, flip flops are not necessarily the best choice for summer footwear. Though we see them everywhere, wearing them for long periods of time in the summer actually makes you more prone to foot and ankle injuries due to improper gait, in-toeing or out-toeing, blisters from the strap components, and no arch support. They also usually do not have half sizes, so they can be a bit too big or small. 

Instead of flip flops, then, the best summer footwear would be supportive sandals. We at Clark Podiatry suggest that you consider the following when choosing the summer footwear for you and your family:

  • Find sandals that have good heel support and sole cushioning.

  • Stay away from sandals with straps that are too constricting on your toes and around the ankles, which can cause pain, blisters, and/or swelling.

  • Children’s shoes should fit them when you purchase them. Do not purchase shoes that they will “grow into” as it can lead to tripping, improper gait, and blisters if their feet slide around. Hand-me-down shoes can also be problematic as sole supports can be worn down.

Are you or your child are experiencing pain or have injury from non-supportive footwear like flip flops? Make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy in Clark, NJ to find solutions to care for your foot or ankle issues.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
February 10, 2011
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Fractures   ankle injuries   x-ray   broken toes  

A patient presented this morning after injuring her ankle the other day, having slipped on some ice. While she was fortunate in that nothing appears to have been broken, people are often caught trying to decide on their own whether they've broken a bone or not, using that information to determine whether to seek professional care. Here are some common statements and questions I've heard over the years:

 

"If I can move it/walk on it, that means it isn't broken". Not true. Broken bones hurt. A lot. You can walk on a broken foot, but it can hurt. A lot. Moving your foot may be difficult and painful, but it can be moved. The best way to determine if it is broken is by x-ray. As an aside, many people are unaware that we take x-rays in our office--we don't send you out to a radiologist. The results are obtained within a few minutes and your injury is treated appropriately--and immediately.

 

"A fracture is not as bad as a break". Not true. A fracture IS a broken bone. It may be described that way as not as serious of a break, such as in a "hairline fracture" where the break is noted as a fine line on x-ray. Sometimes we have to perform an ultrasound/sonogram study to help diagnose one of those hairline fractures [also performed in our office]. But in either case, the healing time remains the same. Broken bones heal in 6-8 weeks, even though most of the pain is relieved sooner.

 

"You can't do anything about a broken toe". Not true. At the very least, an x-ray needs to be taken to determine whether the toe(s) are broken and, if so, whether the fracture is in good alignment or not (displaced). Broken toes which are in good alignment are treated by "buddy taping" to the next toe. If not, then the fracture needs to be set before the taping. Minor malalignments are typically set in the office under local anesthesia.

 

"Ice or heat--which is best?" In the first 24-48 hours following an injury such as an ankle sprain, think "RICE": Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Get off your feet. Elevate you foot to the level of your hip. Apply ice for 15-20 minutes out of every hour (followed by 40-45 minutes without icing). Mild compression consisting of an elastic ankle support or ace wrap will also help keep swelling to a minimum.

 

Contact Us if you have any concerns or questions about an injury. Again, we have an x-ray machine in the office, so your injury can be taken care of promptly and in one location. Outside of regular office hours, our voice mail box has an emergency number for you to call if you're in need. 24/7/365.

 

 

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 28, 2010
Category: Uncategorized

Winter is here. 20+ inches of snow on Boxing Day in the northeast was Mother Nature's holiday greeting to us all. It was light and fluffy, but still quite a chore to dig out, and with so much, there's still plenty of slush and ice to make things dangerous for drivers.

 

The most dangerous spots may well be on your own driveways, sidewalks and front steps at home. I can't begin to tell you how many patients have had serious injuries as a result of slips and falls after stepping outside just to do some innocent chore. Picking up a newspaper, taking garbage cans to the curb, checking the mailbox. Typically, they were wearing indoor shoes or slippers and the steps or walkway were a bit more slippery than expected.

 

I've treated my share of ankle sprains and fractures as a result, but I've also had patients suffer worse injuries to hips, backs, broken wrists and arms. All because "I was just going out for a minute".

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even if you're going out for a moment, such as checking the mailbox, dress appropriately. Besides keeping warm, wear appropriate footwear such as boots. If you don't want to use salt on the sidewalks and driveways, use sand or cat litter to improve traction.

 

If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, get somebody else to do the cleaning up, have somebody else pick up your mail and newspaper and stay inside until it is safe to go out. Please!

 

When the weather is bad, many times we can still make it into the office to see those patients who can make it in, BUT...please don't feel obligated to keep your appointment if conditions outside are icy or otherwise dangerous. For most conditions, there's nothing that can't wait a few days. Call the office

or contact us via our website to reschedule your appointment. We'd rather you arrive safe and sound and a few days later.

 

One last thing: If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, be a good Samaritan and help them dig out. Offer to sand. or salt sidewalks, bring in their mail, perhaps make a quick grocery store run if they need a couple of items. Its a neighborly thing to do.

 

Be safe!

 



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