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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 05, 2019
Tags: blisters   fungus   ingrown toenails   Bunions   Hammertoes   stretch   callus   corn   podiatrist   ballet   black nails  

Dancing is one of man’s oldest activities. Either as a celebration or entertainment, dance has been around for many years. Some historical records show dance as an active part of a human culture dating as far back as 3300 B.C. in India and Egypt. Just where and when it began is unknown, but it would not be unusual to imagine ancient man celebrating a successful hunt with a ‘dance’ around the communal campfire millions of years ago.

One type of modern dance that is still popular today is ballet. Ballet dancing includes, music, costumes and stage scenery and is usually done on the dancer’s toes. Because of this, ballet dancing can take a heavy toll on a dancer’s feet.

Some of the foot problems ballet dancers experience include:

  • Blisters – a sore on your foot filled liquid. Some can be popped while others should be left to heal on their own
  • Bunions – a deformity at the base of the big toe
  • Hammertoes – where the toe is buckled up at a joint
  • Callus – the development of a thick and hard layer of skin often over the ball of the foot, heel or outer edge of the big toe
  • Corn – smaller thickening layer of skin with a soft core
  • Black nails – bruising or bleeding under the nail
  • Ingrown toenails – where the sides of the nail grow into the nail groove

Basic Footcare for Ballet:

  • Alternate shoes – changing the shoes you perform in will allow them to dry and help prevent the growth of foot disease causing fungus
  • Moisturize your feet
  • Wear padding to help support your toes
  • Proper fitting ballet shoes – see a ballet store to determine if your ballet shoes fit properly
  • Stretch your feet when not dancing
  • See your podiatrist – regular visits to your podiatrist will help maintain foot health especially with all the stress and potential for foot problems that can come with ballet

Like any sport or activity, ballet requires dedication and hard work. Keeping in shape is very important to be your best when it comes to ballet. This applies especially to your feet.

If you or your children are considering ballet or have any foot concerns, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

It's spring in New Jersey and, while you may not have hit the beach or pool yet, you are probably spending more time outside in the sunshine. Have you broken out your tube of sunscreen yet?

The deadliest skin cancer, melanoma, can be caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. And guess what? Feet and ankles are also susceptible to skin cancers caused by sun exposure as well as by chemical exposure, chronic inflammation and even viruses.

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month as sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. Their goals are to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer and to help the public learn how to prevent and detect the different types of skin cancer.

Skin Cancers that May Appear on the Feet

Basal cell carcinoma is caused by sun damage and so usually isn't found on the feet. Squamous cell carcinoma is common and can resemble other skin conditions on the feet such as plantar warts, fungus, ulcers or eczema. These may be itchy but are usually painless.

Watch out for melanoma skin cancer. This malignant form of cancer grows inward rather than along the surface of the skin. Once inside the body, it can spread through the lymphatic system or blood vessels.

Melanomas are masters of disguise and may look like lesions, moles, plantar warts, blood blisters, bruises and even ingrown nails. Because they are not always caused by the sun's UV rays, they can even appear under a toenail or on the soles of the feet.

Clark Podiatry Center urges you to check your feet regularly - about once a month - to look for unusual skin appearance or anything out of the ordinary. Be sure to monitor your child's feet also. 

Learn How To Lower Your Risk of Skin Cancer

  • Avoid exposing your skin to the sun during its strongest hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Stay away from tanning booths.
  • Select a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Learn the right way to apply sunscreen - you need more than you think. Apply 1 fluid ounce 30 minutes before venturing out in the sun, and reapply every 2 hours or when you have been swimming or sweating. Don't forget your feet!
  • Protect children with sunscreen too, age 6 months and above. Read package directions carefully.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has lots more information and tips on preventing skin cancer, detecting melanoma and how to do a monthly skin check.

Come See Us with Any Foot and Ankle Concerns

If you notice any unusual skin condition or have any foot or ankle pain, please contact Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist. We have extensive experience with all types of foot problems. Call our Clark, NJ office for an appointment at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website. Early detection is important in the successful treatment of foot skin cancers.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
February 08, 2015
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: fungus   Athlete's Foot  

Athletes Foot , also known as tinea pedis, is a superficial fungal infection of the skin.  It is the same fungus that is in tinea cruris (jock itch) and can also appear on the scalp or hands.  Often, the fungal infection can spread into the toenails, where it is especially difficult to treat.

Some people believe that athlete's foot only occurs between the toes or that if it doesn't itch or burn it can't be athlete's foot--but neither case is true.  In fact, oftentimes people think the skin on the soles of their feet is dry, where there is actually a significant fungal component.

There’s a fungus among us”.  Fungus is an environmental pathogen and can be found virtually everywhere.  It does prefer warm, dark, moist environments, such as occurs in public locker rooms, pools and health clubs.  However, plenty of people can get athlete’s foot without ever having been in such public places.  Fungus can be found in your own bathroom, no matter how well you keep it clean, in your shoes, on your floors.

Why do some members of a household get athlete’s foot while others manage to avoid it?  There may be a genetic susceptibility to fungal infections, just as some people catch colds more easily than others.  Some members of the household may naturally perspire more than others or have different personal hygiene habits. And sometimes it is just plain luck.

The keys to prevention include keeping the feet clean and dry; using powder on between the toes, wearing socks/stockings made of materials that wick away perspiration and avoiding (if possible) wearing the same shoes every day.  For those who perspire heavily, there are medicated lotions that can help in this regard.  Active cases need to be treated aggressively with topical medications and the prescription varieties tend to be more effective in this regard.

For more information about athlete’s foot, products to help prevent infection or a list of preventive measures or if you have other questions about foot problems you’d like answered, visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  You can also call for an appointment at 732-382-3470

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 28, 2011
Category: Uncategorized

I was home this afternoon helping nurse my wife past a bit of minor surgery and the famous Dr. Oz was on he TV. He had segments on athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis) and fungal nail infections (onychomycosis, tinea unguium).

 

He recommended terbinafine-based topical creams as over the counter remedy for athlete's foot infections.

 

For the nails, he mentioned that laser treatment of the nails is a very promising and effective way to treat fungal nail infections. While he said that laser therapy for the nails is fairly expensive, here at Clark Podiatry Center, we have set a treatment protocol that is much more reasonably priced.

 

Laser therapy is both safe and effective for treating fungus in the toenails. Contact us for more information or schedule an appointment so that you can be examined and we'll discuss your treatment options.

 

Dr. Oz recommends it!



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