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By Clark Podiatry Center
February 07, 2018

Ask friends who are parents and they’ll tell you, raising a child is no walk in the park. It seems like the work is never ending and there are so many things to keep track of to make sure that they grow up happy and healthy. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to help make that process a bit easier. Here’s a little cheat sheet with general foot care tips for your children:

DO:

  1. Pay attention to the way your children’s feet are growing. In many cases, your child can outgrow foot problems, but foot pain usually indicates a more serious issue, such as Sever’s Disease.
  2. Check out these tips for purchasing shoes for children. Their feet grow quickly, so make sure you have them measured often.
  3. Have them engage in physical activity several times a week to keep them strong and fit. They will also be less likely to be holding a phone or tablet if they are engaged in martial arts, dance, or rock climbing instead.
  4. Consult with our podiatrist about custom orthotics for children who have developmental problems.

DO NOT:

  1. Ignore complaints about foot pain. Growing pains are not normal in the feet, so they should be tended to before symptoms worsen.
  2. Use hand me downs for children’s shoes, since they will not have the correct support for your children’s feet. Depending on how long the first child has worn the shoes, they can be molded to that particular child’s feet and the younger child’s feet will not fit that well.
  3. Use shoes indoors when your child is first learning to walk. Being barefoot when indoors will help them develop strength, balance, and coordination in the feet. However, use shoes when they will be outside, to protect from sharp objects or disease.

Do your children complain of foot pain during or after physical activity? Make an appointment at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center to have your child see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your children’s feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 19, 2014
Tags: foot pain   Falls   Fall prevention  

Seniors can Reduce Risk of Falling by Fixing Painful Feet

 

 

It’s just not true that foot pain is a normal consequence of growing older. In addition to healthy feet and ankles contributing to a full and active lifestyle, they can also reduce a senior’s risk for dangerous and deadly falls.

seniors2Falls have become the leading cause of injury deaths among Americans age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Painful foot conditions such as osteoarthritis, corns, bunions, hammertoes, and diabetic complications can make it difficult for seniors to maintain balance and coordination when walking or standing.

Lower body weakness and gait and balance problems are frequently-cited risk factors for falls among seniors. Exercises to enhance lower body strength can reduce this risk. But for seniors with painful foot and ankle conditions, exercise can be difficult.

Just one fall can permanently rob a senior of their independence and dramatically reduce their quality of life. Minimizing or eliminating foot pain in seniors improves their balance, coordination and stability when walking or standing.

A foot and ankle surgeon can recommend simple, effective pain-relief measures such as stretching exercises or padding for painful corns and hammertoes. But when surgery is the most appropriate treatment for a senior’s painful feet, simple surgical techniques often allow treatment to be performed on an outpatient basis.

 

Reprinted from Foot Health Facts, a publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 17, 2013

Sitting Is the New Smoking II –Keeping Seniors Walking

[This is the second in a series, the first dealt with childhood obesity]

How would you like to save money on your heating bills this winter?  It’s NOT an advertisement to get a new furnace or switch utility suppliers. Details below.

Everyone knows --or should know that smoking is not good for you. It affects your lungs, your cardiovascular health, your circulation, your skin, your weight, lowers your resistance to disease, it even affects your attitude. What you need to understand is that sitting has precisely the same effect.  A recent article in Parade Magazine cited a study where it was demonstrated that the life span of sedentary people is significantly shorter—no surprise there—but that even overweight people who are active fare much better than slender people who are not active.

Older people with arthritis, poor circulation or balance problems are often afraid of falling or intimidated by their pain. But the pain of arthritis can be eased by keeping active. There's an old axiom "use it or lose it".  The more you do, the more you can do, the less you do, the less you can do.  In either direction it's a spiral. The spiral can work for you or against you--it's a choice to be made each and every day. 

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association was devoted in its entirety to fall prevention in older people.  Several challenges were addressed, along with recommendations such as proper shoegear, non-skid socks, and dealing appropriately with painful foot problems. 

Very often it is a matter of confidence that keeps seniors from walking more.  Aside from arthritis in the feet, knees, hips and back, weakness in the large muscles in the thighs and core abdominal muscles adds to the difficulty and frustration. Exercise programs at senior centers, health clubs, even those simple things which can be done at home all help.  The key lies in making exercise a habit.  Start small, and with a doctor’s advice.  But you have to take that first step, even if you need to use a cane or a walker. 

If your feet hurt for any reason, that certainly puts a damper on your enthusiasm and ability to get moving.  Do you have heel pain? ingrown nails? painful bunions, hammertoes? painful calluses? We can help--quickly and easily.  Are your shoes causing you pain? Are they the wrong size because your feet and ankles swell later in the day, so you buy shoes that are too large? We can advise you about what to look for. 

Our office has a Fall Prevention Program to keep seniors on their feet and moving.  From bracing to shoe modifications to recommendations for treating painful foot conditions, our goal is to get you moving and KEEP you moving.

Your body is a walking machine that may not have been built properly by your parents.  Imbalances in the structure can be the underlying cause of so very many deformities and pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.  Lightweight, custom orthotics often make a major difference in being able to perform your daily activities and exercise in comfort.

Our motto at Clark Podiatry Center is “We Keep You Walking”.  It’s about looking, feeling and being healthier.  It’s about walking the walk instead of talking the talk about how you know you should exercise and want to, but [fill in the excuse].  While you may need a walker for assistance, you don't have to go to the extent of the man pictured who created an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) walker!

    4 wheel drive ATV-walker!

Look around our website for information regarding any specific problems you may have.  If you can’t find something that sounds familiar, use the Contact Us link to ask a question.  Or call 732-382-3470 for an appointment.  We’ll fit you into the schedule as soon as possible and then we’ll work together to do what it takes to keep you walking.

Oh, and how can you save on your heating bills this winter?  Get up and move.  When you sit around, watching TV or other sedentary activities, you feel colder.  Whether you’re puttering around the house, or take a few minutes at a time to walk around or otherwise engage in light exercise, you’ll generate your own body heat and feel much warmer.  You’ll be able to turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees and save! You’ll feel a lot better, too.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
November 11, 2013
Category: Heel pain
Tags: heel pain   foot pain   Thanksgiving   Christmas   Hanukkah  

It's that time of year again.  Already.  The heat of summer is gone and the memories of warm sunshine and outdoor activities are fading into the fall colors, chilly air and thoughts of Thanksgiving dinners. This yeah, Hanukkah is beginning during the Thanksgiving holiday with December holiday parties and Christmas right after.

What comes with holiday preparations are the delicious aromas of home cooking.  Whether hosting dinners, making someting to 'bring with', or baking holiday cookies, there's nothing quite like walking into a house with the warmth and smells of your favorite foods.  To me, it isn't Thanksgiving without the aroma. There has to be something in the air.

What does this have to do with foot care other than putting on extra weight from all the good food or dressing up in tight shoes for some of those holliday parties?  It starts with all the preparation.  I see plenty of patients with heel pain starts up, or a flareup of heel pain that has previously been resolved at this time of year.  Why?  Because the food preparation people tend to do wo while barefoot, in slippers or in stocking feet, spending a great deal of time standing pretty much in one place.  

Humans were meant to walk, not stand.  The standing in one place, for such a period of time, with little or no protection for the feet is what can trigger the pain.  Add on the house cleaning and decoration in preparing for company or even just for the decorating process and you have a recipe for pain at a time when you don't have time to deal with the pain.  Did I also mention the hours spent shopping in the malls and other stores? Ouch.

Let's leave you with a few helpful hints to deal with the stress that the holiday season can place on your feet.

1. If you're on your feet, protect them.  Socks or slippers are NOT enough when you are spending so much time on the hard floors of the kitchen.  Wear supportive shoes, sneakers, Crocs, anything that will substantially protect your feet.

2. As possible, do as much of the preparation while sitting on a chair or kitchen stool.  Even propping one foot up onthe rung of a stoll can be of help.

3. The same goes for while you're decorating the house.

4. You know the malls are crowded, lots of waiting on line, many hours of being on your feet.  Dress for comfort, not show.  It's cold out in most areas of the country.  Leave the flip flops and junk shoes at home.

5. Uggs are warm and toasty but have absolutely no support.  But if you absolutely can't live without them, let us provide you with our Powerstep OTC orthotics for immediate comfort and support.  For what it's worth, the orthotics you get from the pharmacies, shoe stores and displays with the computerized images aren't worth the packaging. Right idea, but inferior quality.  Really inferior. And a waste of your hard-earned money.  Depending on your particular situation, we may recommend custom orthotics for long-term relief.

6. If you do develop some arch pain or heel pain, contact us for an appointment.  We'll schedule an appointment quickly, we have a tremendous 'on-time' record, so you won't have to worry about fitting an appointment into your tight holiday schedule.  More importantly, we'll do our best to relieve your pain quickly so you can enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, comfortably.  

 

I hope you can enjoy the preparations, meals, and company of family and friends over the holiday season in perfect comfort.

 

 

 

 

 



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