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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 30, 2019

Ever since the day you brought them home from the hospital, you’ve probably thought that every part of your child is precious – from the strands of hair at the top of his/her head to the tickly bottoms of his/her feet. One of the most dreaded acts you had to perform was probably cutting the fingernails and toenails without accidentally drawing blood!

Today, we’ll talk about those cute toenails you cared for. Let’s start by saying that children’s toenail problems are not very common. However, there are a few things you should know about possible problems they can encounter.

  1. For one, if your child has toe deformities, they are more at risk of having toenail issues. The combination of toe shape, tightness of shoes, and toe grooming habits (which you may be in charge of) can lead to problems like ingrown toenails. To lower the risk of this painful issue, make sure your child’s toenails are cut straight across and not too short.
  2. You may consider fungal toenails an adult foot problem, but children are also susceptible. After all, some children do go to the same areas where fungal infections are easily spread, such as community pools, and gym locker rooms with their parents. It can even spread at home – by sharing a foot towel with a parent or sibling who is already infected.
  3. Some overall health issues will manifest as toenail problems. Autoimmune diseases or viral infections can lead to toenails separating from the nail bed and possibly even fall off.
  4. Spots, lines, or indentations in the nails can indicate a lapse in nutrition (like low zinc or iron), a period of sickness (fever), or slight trauma from repeatedly dropping something on the foot or kicking something (such as the front of a tight shoe).

Again, these problems are pretty rare, but they can happen. Practicing good hygiene, grooming correctly, having a nutritious diet, and ensuring a good fit in shoes will help to prevent these problems. If you suspect something is going on with your child’s toenails, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your child’s feet at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute and find the best treatment for toenail problems. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep your child walking.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
July 25, 2018
Category: Smoking
Tags: ulcers   cancer   child   ischemic feet   toe deformities  

Unless you don’t own a television and don’t look at billboards, you have probably seen campaigns against smoking. That’s because of the many negative health effects that it is known to cause. Most parts of your body can be affected by cigarette smoking in the following ways:

  • Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood circulation.
  • There are at least 43 cancer-causing substances in the cigarettes.

There are superficial reasons to quit smoking, like the strong smell, yellowing teeth and eyes, and discolored fingertips. Additionally, there are adverse health effects to you and your family:

  • Smoking causes poor circulation from the constricted blood vessels and plaque build-up, leading to peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and ischemic feet. This can also lead to slow wound healing, like with ulcers.
  • Smoking has been known to cause cancer in the mouth, throat, lungs, esophagus, liver, stomach, bladder, pancreas, kidney, cervix, and in the blood.
  • Second-hand smoke can also affect your children’s health as well – possibly even worse than it affects your own health.
  • Smoking while pregnant can make it more likely for a fetus to develop finger and toe deformities, such as webbed feet or extra or missing toes.
  • Adults are at risk of blood clots in the feet and/or legs. If a child or teen picks up smoking, they are at increased risk of blood clots in the legs and feet.
  • Long-term smoking can also cause eventual numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.

The best way to reduce the risk of problems from smoking is to quit and never go back. Smokers affect not only themselves but also the people around them, even in outdoor settings. Put your family (including yourself) first. Quit smoking now; if you need help quitting, speak to your doctor.

If you have foot problems or suspect that your smoking has caused you problems with your feet, let us help you. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!



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