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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!

By Checking the Way You Walk
August 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Have you ever checked the way that your outer soles wear down? If you tend to pronate as you walk, you may see that it wears down at an angle. If you tend to drag your feet when you walk, the back of the soles will be unevenly worn down when compared to the front of the shoes. 

If you haven’t recently taken the time to check your gait (the way you walk), it may be a good time to do so! Take a few moments to review the following:

  1. Check your standing posture. If you stand up straight, do you tend to lean on one side? Do you hunch? This is a good starting point to fix any gait issues. 
  2. Walk across the room barefoot. Now walk back in slow motion. Your foot should strike the ground in this sequence: heel, middle, ball of foot, toes. You should be rolling off your toes on one foot as the other foot’s heel hits the ground. 
  3. Walk slowly across the room again. Which way are your toes pointing? Are your toes (especially the big toes) pointing inward or outward? They should be facing straight ahead. If your toes face inward, it’s called in-toeing. When they are facing outward, it’s called out-toeing. This is something you want to pay attention to, especially for children
  4. Check for flatfootedness or stomping. If you tend to pronate (roll your ankle inwards), it can put weight on the inside of your feet and make your feet flat. Additionally, if you tend to stomp, rather than walking lightly, it can cause high impact on ankles and knees. This can cause future joint pain. 

Walking properly is important to prevent future issues. In-toeing, out-toeing, pronating, supinating, or other gait problems can cause deformities or other painful issues, including plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis

If you’re not sure whether or not you have a proper gait, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for a gait analysis. Make an appointment today to have your feet assessed and treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 02, 2017

Our children’s health is always of top concern. With the myriad of information out there about things that can go wrong, it can be hard for parents to determine when something is actually a problem for our growing children. The older they get, their bodies go through many changes, and sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what’s normal and what isn’t.

At least with regards to their feet, we at the New Jersey Foot Health Institute of Clark Podiatry Center have some tips as to when you should pay close attention to possible children’s foot problems. Look out for the following symptoms or issues:

  • Pain, swelling, redness, and/or heat that does not subside after using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Remember that growing pains or NOT normal in the feet.
  • Blisters, corns, or calluses on one part of the feet.
  • Chronic ingrown toenails.
  • Walking issues – Look for problems in the gait, such as in-toeing, out-toeing, or toe walking. Look for shape the shape of legs when they stand or walk, focusing on whether or not the legs are bowed out or caving inward.
  • Deformities in the way their feet look – e.g. clubfoot, curly toes, hammertoes, flat feet.
  • Ankles that seem to easily roll or twist often.

Inspect your regularly for changes in the skin of the feet as well, especially after your child has been playing barefoot or in socks. Check for cuts, bruises, color change, rashes, or odor, and treat accordingly. Children are also prone to fungal or viral infections, so foot hygiene is very important. Many older children may ignore foot pain or try to shake it off, so it’s best to be vigilant about any changes in walking or behavior.

If you suspect that your child might have a foot problem, or if your child is complaining of foot pain, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for their developing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

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