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By Clark Podiatry Center
March 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Odor   Athlete's Foot   Shoes   Foot Care   orthotic inserts   arch   heel   bunion   callus  

As the weather slowly levels out, you may get bitten by the springtime travel bug. If you haven’t really left the comfort and warmth of your home this winter season, it may be a good time to stretch your legs and explore some new areas of the world. This is especially true since it’s still off-peak travel season.

Already have plans for early spring travel? Great! As you pack your bags, don’t forget to take into consideration, items that you need for foot care. You might be wondering what we mean since you might not have thought about it before. Read on and check out the following tips for what you can pack for foot care while you travel:

  • Socks – Whether you are staying closer to home or going to a foreign country, you want to make sure you have enough socks. Otherwise, running out of clean pairs might mean wearing shoes without socks, which can lead to foot odor and irritated skin on the feet.
  • Comfortable shoes – In most cases, travel would probably include a lot of walking as you explore the area you are visiting. If your shoes are uncomfortable, you may miss out on seeing more of your travel destination since you may not want to walk around as much. Be sure to bring shoes that are supportive, including arch and heel support, as well as insoles with ample cushioning. If any of these supportive features are missing, you may want to try out some orthotic inserts.
  • Flip  Flops – Keeping your feet safe from infectious disease is as simple as using flip-flops in hotel rooms and bathrooms, communal showers, or any other public areas (e.g. swimming pools) where you might be barefoot. You never know how “clean” public areas are, and that can leave you prone to diseases like Athlete’s foot.
  • Bandages or other protective padding – For those who are prone to blisters or bunion pain, you should pack bandages, medical tape, or callus/bunion pads. This will, again, keep you more comfortable as you enjoy the food, culture, and sights of your travel destination.

If you have foot or ankle issues, or an injury that may prevent you from traveling, make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and give you options to make your travel plans possible. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. 

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The team at Clark Podiatry Center hopes you are having a wonderful start to the new year! In order to keep you walking, we want to make sure that you have information for the best winter footwear for you and your family. It’s a good time to check how your winter weather shoes are doing, and if necessary, get new shoes to best suit your needs.

Check your winter gear – is it time to change them? During these cold weather months, 
winter shoes or boots are a must. However, if they are worn down or have holes in them, it might be worth replacing them. Check for holes, worn down outer soles, weakened or shredded insoles, and compatibility with your feet. As children grown and even adults go through periods of developmental changes in the feet, shoes that suited you well last year may not be the best fit this year. Look for signs of discomfort, chafing, blisters, and any other pain when wearing shoes from previous years.

Ready for new shoes? Here are some tips on purchasing new winter footwear:

  • Always try them on. While there is a “breaking in” period for some shoes, do not purchase shoes with 
  • the hopes that they will widen out. Find ones that fit your feet and feel comfortable from the get-go. Make sure they are your correct size, too. If you’re not sure of your size, it’s best to get it measured by a sales consultant at the store.
  • Do you usually need orthotic inserts? When purchasing new shoes, it’s best to bring the inserts so that you can feel how the shoes fit with them in. 
  • For activity-specific shoes, such as skiing or snowboarding, it may be tempting to purchase a size up for your children so that they can use them for this year and next. However, this puts your children at higher risk for injury in the feet and ankles. Trying to squeeze into last year’s pair is also a risk since toes that are bunched up can cause cramps, blisters or corns.
  • Unless you are going hiking or mountain climbing, shoes do not need to be heavy duty or bulky. While the “tough” looking boots seem to be the safest or most durable, they may be a burden for people with poor balance or weak ankles. Lightweight and well built shoes are best, especially for older adults or young children.

If you have questions about winter boot shopping, or have a strain from shoes that fit poorly, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He and his team will help you find solutions to your winter footwear needs so that you can face the winter with confidence. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office today! 

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