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By Clark Podiatry Center
May 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain   blisters   corns   calluses   Bunions   arch pain  

No, we don’t mean it like your shoes are not your soulmates, but maybe they are not your “sole-mates”! We always stress the importance of buying shoes that are comfortable and supportive, and that’s really to help you prevent pain and problems in your feet and ankles. So if your feet are complaining to you or feel out of whack, it may be a sign that you are wearing shoes that are wrong for your feet.

Look for the following signs that you may need different shoes:

  • Blisters, Corns, Calluses – If you experience blisters, corns, or calluses on your feet, it means that you’ve got friction on your skin from your shoes. The shoe structure may be too tight or laces may be pulled too tightly. If you have a blister on the back of your shoes, you’ll need to put a pad on the back or wear shoes that do not irritate the skin. Other areas of the foot that experience continuous friction may develop corns or calluses, where the skin thickens to protect itself.
  • Toenail Bruising or Tight/Cramping Toes – If you have painful toes, toenails, or cramps in the toes, the toebox of your shoes may be too small or tight. Often called Jogger’s Toe, the nail can turn a dark color if there is repeated or continuous impact on the toes. Additionally, a small toebox can cause your toes to have to cramp up in the tight space.
  • Arch or Heel Pain – If you are experiencing arch or heel pain, it can be due to a lack of support or cushioning in the shoes. Shoes that have worn down inner soles can have reduced cushioning, causing more impact on the feet. The strain put on the feet can cause heel spurs or plantar fasciitis. 
  • Unevenly worn down outer soles – Check the bottom of the shoes to see if your shoes are worn down a certain way. If you tend to intoe or outtoe, the outer soles will be worn down unevenly. Not only do certain unsupportive shoes make the problem worse, if you keep wearing these shoes, you can experience pain.
  • Bunions or other growths/deformities – When shoes are not supportive or constantly put your feet in an uncomfortable position, your feet can become disfigured. This can happen, especially with women’s shoes, where the front can be pointy-tipped and high heels can put too much strain on the balls of the feet.

If one pair of shoes tends to make your feet hurt more than others, check the structure and comfort levels of the shoes. Even if they are really fashionable, they may be wrong for you and you’ll need to break up with them. Donate them to someone else that might fit into them well.

Having foot problems due to your footwear? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!



By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
October 14, 2013
Category: Pregnancy

This topic has a great deal of personal interest to me.  No, I'm not pregnant--that would be a medical miracle. But my oldest daughter Jennifer is pregnant with my first grandchild--no secret, its a girl!  The anticipated arrival of the little lady is in mid-December and we're all very excited about the new addition to the family, including (and especially) my son-in-law Ben.

Jennifer has been feeling good all along and looks fantastic too, as you can plainly see! (No paternal bias here, I assure you).  We'll check on the baby's feet once she arrives, but for now we'll mention issues that many expectant mothers have with their own feet.

Pregnancy does a couple of things to the feet: swelling/water retention and lowering of the arch.  This makes for challenges in shoe fit, along with varying kinds of foot pain.  

Swollen feet are mostly caused by pressure of the baby on the veins, resulting in a back pressurein the legs and water retention.  Support stockings, elevating the feet and legs as often as possible and watching dietary sources of salt are the best ways to minimize the swelling.

There's a ligament under the arch--the spring ligament--which is made up of a special kind of fibers, similar to those in the pelvic area, that responds to the hormones of pregnancy.  It stretches more to accommodate the extra weight being carried, resulting in a lowering of the arch (pronation).  This can have some negative consequences as well.  Feet whcih flatten out too much can cause fatigue in the feet and legs, arch pain and heel pain among other things.  Plantar fasciitis is very common in pregnancy.

What to do?  Wear comfortable shoes--Jennifer has opted for comfortable shoes which don't lace--in the 8th month, it is a challenge to bend down far enough to tie shoelaces!  For heel pain, arch pain and more generalized fatigue, an orthotics will also be recommended and they can be a godsend.  Oh yes, and keep walking!  The muscle action of the legs will help support the veins and lessen water retention.

In younger women and with first pregnancies, the spring ligament will usually snap back into shape after delivery.  However, in older women, multiple pregnancies and heavier women, often we'll see that the changes don't reverse.  In these cases, many will note a change in their shoe size during and after pregnancy, sometimes by as much as two full sizes!  Women have to watch for this not only during pregnancy, but after the baby has arrived. By all means contact us for an appointment or if you have any questions.

Pregnant and having foot pain?  Know somebody who is pregnant?  We'll be happy to evaluate and make recommendations to make the pregnancy as comfortable as possible. There will be enough sleepless nights after the baby arrives, so let's do what we can to make the last few months of pregnancy easier. 

Updates on Jennifer and my granddaughter-to-be will follow. 












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