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By Clark Podiatry Center
February 13, 2019
Category: Shoes
Tags: blisters   calluses   ingrown toenails   overpronation   Running   injury   fit  

Gearing up to participate in a running event is no simple task. If you want to do your best, you’ll want to start training months in advance, especially if you are running a long race. Additionally, you’ll want the best gear to support you and keep you safe from injury.

What gear could we mean? Your running shoes, of course! To keep your feet supported and as comfortable as possible during your training and the actual race, look for the following features when choosing your running shoes:

  • Shoes designed for running – While cross-trainers and other athletic shoes could work, running shoes are designed with running in mind.
  • Fit – Make sure that the shoes fit the feet well. They shouldn’t be too big or too small as that can also cause problems.
  • Lots of cushion – The repetitive impact you encounter while running can impact your feet, ankles, knees, and hips. This can cause pain while you run, which can limit your performance.
  • Arch and heel support – The arches will be working hard to keep your entire foot engaged. If the arches become tired, they may flatten out, which can cause you pain toward the end of your race and for days after. Additionally, the heels need to be planted in heel cups so that they don’t slide about in the shoes, causing instability.
  • Firm heel counter – A firm heel counter will increase support in the shoes. It will help prevent overpronation (straining the arches) and keep the feet stabilized in the shoes.
  • Good outer sole grip – You’ll most likely be running outdoors during these events, so you’ll want shoes that have a good grip on the outer soles. At any point, if there are slippery or slick surfaces, it can create instability for your feet while you run if you don’t have good or enough tread.
  • Breathable material that supports and flexes at appropriate points – When you check the shoes and take it for a test run, make sure that your feet are not overheating. This is a sign that your shoes are not breathable and can cause you to excessively sweat. That will make perfect conditions to cause foot issues like foot odor, blisters, and calluses.

As you prepare, make sure you keep good hygiene, trim your toenails properly (to prevent ingrown toenails), and stretch your feet and ankles before and after each run. If you experience an injury, it’s important to rest and recover, rather than continuing to train on it.

If you experience foot pain while you are training, see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and find the best treatment for any concern you may have. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep you walking (or running!).

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 06, 2019

Your children grow up in what seems like a blink of the eye. They start to crawl, take their first steps, are running, and jumping, and before you know it, tying their own shoelaces! Then it’s off to college!

Okay, so it’s not quite that quick, but time sure can fly by. That’s why we want to encourage you to start teaching your children to take care of their feet early. Children are pretty perceptive and can learn by example starting from a young age. Take advantage of the years when they are soaking up knowledge and teach them some of the following ways to take care of their own feet:

  • Washing feet – This is a skill they can learn as they learn to wash their bodies during bath time. Have them reach their toes while they are sitting, and gently rub, rub, rub. Remind them to clean the tops and bottoms of their feet, as well as in between the toes and under the toenails. Teach them to properly dry their feet and moisturize if their skin is dry.
  • Wearing socks with shoes – Other than with sandals, teach them that they need to always wear socks before they put on their shoes. Children’s feet can get just as sweaty and stinky as our feet, so it’s important that they wear socks. That way, their shoes will not become stinky! Additionally, wearing shoes without socks can lead to blisters, corns, and calluses, which can be painful for your little one.
  • Understanding how their feet fit into shoes – As your children’s feet grow, observe their feet when they seem to either not put their shoes on, or want to take them off quickly. Look for any redness or swelling as these signs can indicate that shoes are too small. When you buy new shoes, have them try the shoes on and ask them if their toes have room to wiggle. Are the feet sliding around in the shoes? Do they feel snug or are they clunky? As they get older, they will recognize whether or not shoes fit them correctly.
  • Feeling out when they need to have their toenails trimmed – It’s not always easy to be on top of when your children need to have their toenails trimmed. When they are old enough, you can teach them to trim their own toenails, but before then, you’ll need to teach them an approximate length in which they should come to you for a trim. When the whites reach the edge of their toes, or when they feel the nails hit the top or front of their shoes (which can cause ingrown toenails) are both good times to trim toenails.
  • Foot exercises – Children generally get a lot of foot exercise from their general playtime. However, it doesn’t hurt to teach them some exercises by example. When watching TV together, you can help them with motor skills by doing foot circles or testing their ABCs in a silly way – draw them with your feet!

If you need tips on how to help your child with foot care, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your child’s feet at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute and find the best treatment for any concern you may have for your child’s feet. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep your child walking.

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
November 13, 2018
Category: skin conditions
Tags: blisters   corns   calluses   warts   Athlete's Foot   Shoes   diabetic   ulcer  

Your skin is one tough organ. It literally holds you together! But it’s also your first defense, making it more prone to attack from the outside world (and maybe some from inside your body). Your skin might not have 99 problems, but they surely are at risk of a lot!

Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi, Oh My!

  • These microorganisms usually live on and around us, but when we have a break in the skin and they get inside, that’s when an infection can occur. In most cases, cleaning and treating any cuts and scrapes can help to stop infections. However, other infections like Athlete’s foot (caused by the fungus tinea) might need more special care. Viral infections, like warts, can be more difficult and stubborn, ultimately needing podiatric intervention. Hygiene is the first defense and prevention tactic against these little troublemakers.

The attack of the shoes

  • You chose them and bought them – how could they be out to get you? Well, all of us have encountered uncomfortable shoes at one point or another. They can cause blisters, corns, and calluses if they are uncomfortable or cause excessive pressure on certain parts of the feet.
  • Don’t forget that bacteria and fungus can thrive in the moist and warm environment of your shoes, especially if you wear the same shoes every day.

Oops! and Ouch!

  • Oops, you dropped a heavy object on your foot! Ouch! That can really cause swelling, bruising, and turn your toenail black.
  • Oops, you forgot to wear sunblock with your sandals on a hot summer day! Ouch, sunburn got you good. Yes, even your feet are prone to sunburn!

Attack from within

  • Your own body can be your skin’s worst enemy. How? When you have neuropathy (such as diabetic neuropathy), your feet lose feeling. The nerves stop communicating and you can have poor circulation. Your skin can begin to break down and become an ulcer. When left untreated, that ulcer can lead to a really bad infection, gangrene, or even amputation!

Have we made our case for you to take care of your feet, including the skin? Be sure to wash your feet with soap and warm water each day. This is especially important if you go to communal locker rooms where you can easily pick up microorganisms while barefoot.

Noticed a skin problem on your foot? We can help assess your skin. Make an appointment today for a consultation at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best solution for stinky feet! We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 11, 2018
Tags: blisters   Shoes   foot problems   toe walking   in-toeing   out-toeing   ingrown  

She loves to take walks but recently seems to want to stop earlier than before. She doesn’t seem to want to put shoes on and fights you when you try to convince her that she needs them.

He is usually running around and forcing you to play “catch the toddler” but lately, he doesn’t even want to walk. Instead, he wants you to carry him everywhere.

What might be going on?

Your toddler might not be able to properly express that he or she is feeling foot discomfort. Instead, you might hear whining or frustration.

The foot problems can be congenital (from birth), developmental, or even due to ill-fitting shoes. Check the following for signs that point to foot problems as the source of unexplained crankiness:

  • Resisting putting shoes on: This could mean that the shoes are uncomfortable. Make sure they are wearing the right size and make sure they have socks on with closed-toed shoes. After wearing shoes, do their feet have redness or blisters?
  • Toe and Toenail problems: Are the toenail beds inflamed? Are the toenails cracked? You might be cutting their toenails too short (making them ingrown), or you may not be cutting them often enough.
  • Walking abnormalities: If they seem to be walking abnormally, such as in-toeing or out-toeing, tripping often, or toe-walking, they may have foot problems. They can be traits that are inherited or developmental problems.
  • Limping or uneven stance: After an injury, your child might walk with a limp for a bit. However, if it seems to be a severe limp or a limp that lasts more than a few days, it’s important to have it checked out.

If your child is complaining of foot pain, come in for an assessment with our friendly board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Make an appointment today at the New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute at the Clark Podiatry Center. Your children will get the best treatments and foot care tips at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. We keep you walking!



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