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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 12, 2021

What happens if you have inflammation in your Achilles tendon? You have a condition known as Achilles tendonitis, which can be painful and impact the way you move. The Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle. It plays a critical role in your movement. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to take your daily walk or play your favorite sport.

Do you know the signs of an Achilles tendon injury?

  • Thickness and stiffness of your Achilles tendon, especially in the morning
  • Swelling or pain that worsens as you keep moving
  • Pain after exercising, particularly the next day

Dr. Brandon A. Macy has a few tips to help you prevent this type of injury. It starts with listening to your body, choosing footwear properly, and allowing time for rest.

Tips to prevent Achilles tendonitis:

  • Warm-up  
    Before you start moving, warm up. Allow your body time to stretch. Don’t forget to hydrate, too. To perform your best and avoid an injury, ease into physical activity. We also recommend you watch how you change intensity during your workout. Choose a gradual change over a sudden one.
     
  • Wear the right shoes
    If your shoes are lacking support, it’s time to switch. If you’ve noticed your shoes are worn, you have another reason to go shoe shopping. Reduce the pressure on your tendon by giving it the best support with your shoe choice.

  • Wind down 
    Warming up is great, but don’t forget to cool down. This period also includes a time of stretching. Be proactive to reduce your risk for a future injury.

At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 11, 2017

While not very common, babies can have birth defects related to the feet. Many of them can be due to developmental issues, but others can have hereditary factors that cause the problem. When infants’ feet show to have rigid in-toeing, it’s likely that they have what’s called metatarsus adductus. This occurs when the bones in the front half of the foot curve in toward the big toe. About half of the babies have this issue in both feet.

Possible Causes

The infant’s position in the womb can affect the whether or not he or she is born with a problem. It can depend on a few things, like a family history, baby’s position during birth (breech position), or if the mother did not produce enough amniotic fluid during pregnancy.

Treatment

Most times, treatment is not necessary for this problem if the curve is not severe. The problem can fix itself as children use their feet. However, when the case is not as mild but the feet are still flexible, treatment with a cast or special shoes may start when the child is 6 to 9 months old to straighten the foot. For severe cases, surgery may be required, but will be delayed until the child is between 4-6 years old.

Regardless of the treatment required, children will still be able to use their feet. The only problem might be deformity and developmental problems, including ankle or knee pain. Long-term effects can include developmental dislocation of the hip, where the thigh bone can slip out of the hip socket.

Does your baby have curved feet? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your child’s feet to find the best treatment, if any is required. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!



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