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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 14, 2020
Category: Exercise
Tags: sports injuries   fitness  

Starting your exercise journey can be exciting as you begin a fresh start for the new year. It can also be a bit intimidating if you feel like you’re approaching the goal alone. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center works hard to keep you walking, and this includes speeding things up a bit during an exercise program or sporting activity. Don’t forget that your feet and ankles will be feeling the pressure during these new activities. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from sports injuries:

Stretch and rest

Set yourself up for success by stretching before and after fitness activities and resting when it’s time for a break. Stretching allows your muscles to become stronger and more flexible. As you’re moving back and forth, well-stretched muscles also improve your range of motion. If you experience pain while stretching, stop. It’s okay to ease into stretches based on your level of flexibility.

Keep your bones healthy and strong

Limit your chances of a fracture, or broken bone, by increasing your intake of calcium and Vitamin D. Don’t underestimate the benefits of a glass of milk, a Vitamin D supplement or a healthy amount of time in the sun (wearing sunscreen, of course). Healthy, strong bones help to protect you from the consequences of a trip, a bump or a fall. 

Don’t push through the pain

If you’re experiencing pain, it’s time to stop. The further along you continue in pain, the more likely you are to worsen your condition. Your pain could have a simple solution, such as a change of footwear. It could also be something that needs more attention, such as Achilles tendonitis.

Start exercising the right way, so that you can continue throughout the year. If you have questions about getting started, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 20, 2018

“Why are my feet so swollen?”

At the end of some days, you might notice that your feet are larger than they were when you woke up this morning. If you’ve been on your feet all day, whether from a job that requires standing or from walking all day, there’s a good chance that your feet will be a bit swollen. A slight swelling of the feet is natural in these cases, but edema (swelling) that is chronic, uneven, or severe can indicate a larger health problem.

Read on to find out if one of the causes below (other than standing for long periods of time) apply to you:

Injury, infection, Insect Bite, Inactivity

  • Injuries, including sports injuries to the feet, can cause swelling for several minutes to several days, depending on the severity of the impact.
  • An infection can cause swelling to the feet, especially if it is not treated properly, right away.
  • Those who are allergic to insect bites will also experience swelling if pests get a taste on the feet.
  • If you sit still or lie down for too long, the lack of circulation of blood and fluids can cause them to pool in the lower extremities, resulting in swollen feet.

Hormonal changes

  • Hormonal changes can sometimes cause swelling, particularly during the menstrual cycle and especially during pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women are likely to have swollen feet because of their changing body structure. As the baby grows, it can restrict circulation of blood and fluids back up from the legs and feet. The result is swollen feet that may require you to get shoes up to 2 sizes larger! You’ll want to put your feet up as often as you can.

Other health problems

  • Those who have varicose veins may experience poor circulation.
  • A blood clot is a serious problem in which the foot, ankle, or leg will show swelling. This usually occurs in one leg, as opposed to both legs.
  • Lymph problems can cause you to have poor circulation of fluids in your legs, causing swelling in the feet (lymphedema).
  • A symptom of heart, liver, or kidney problems is edema.

If you have swollen feet, try using the RICE method to reduce symptoms. If that doesn’t work, or if swelling persists, make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment and make sure that you do not have underlying health problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and are ready to serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 17, 2016


More and more children are encouraged to play sports and explore athletic abilities at young ages (though admittedly, there’s also a trend in more sedentary lifestyles as well). The positive benefits that children gain from team sports include healthy lifestyle, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills. On the other hand, growing children are more likely to encounter injuries that need critical attention, such as broken bones.


In particular, children who practice a sport and have to repeat certain motions can end up with small cracks at the surface of the bone, called stress fractures. These small cracks in the foot or toes can be very painful for children. If left untreated, it can lead to larger fractures over time, or even broken bones

If your child sustains a sports injury, first remain calm and assess the situation. Try to remove shoes and socks from their feet if it doesn’t cause too much pain to get a better picture of the injury. If the pain is too severe even after initial shock, you should seek medical advice immediately.


Sports that require kicking, such as soccer or martial arts are likely culprits of these types of fractures, especially if they are just learning and do not use proper technique. Safety equipment such as shin guards and protective shoes will help to reduce the chances of incurring these fractures. Proper stretching and warming up will also reduce the likelihood of other injuries, such as sprains or torn ligaments.


If your child sustains a sports injury, first remain calm and assess the situation. Try to remove shoes and socks from their feet if it doesn’t cause too much pain to get a better picture of the injury. If the pain is too severe even after initial shock, you should seek medical advice immediately.


Regardless of whether or not there was a specific injury, foot or ankle pain should be tended to sooner than later. If your child complains of pain, call our Clark, NJ office at 732-382-3470 to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy of Clark Podiatry Center. Using the on-site X-ray machine, he will be able to assess the location of the pain and treat the injury or stress fracture.

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