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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 08, 2020
Category: toe injuries
Tags: toe pain   toe warning signs  

Are your toes in trouble? Are you walking into the new year with some pain, discomfort or noticeable changes? Start the new year with confidence by visiting our office for a checkup. If you’re not sure of what kind of toe trouble requires a visit to our office, Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center has a few warning signs for you to consider. Here’s the first tip: Pain is never normal. If you have pain, consider yourself warned. 

New colors

If your toe — or toenail — has changed color recently, it’s time to make an appointment with our office. Changes to your feet, especially color changes, should not be ignored. Different colors can be signs of infection, bruising, or a circulation issue, among other possibilities. Don’t wait for the color to disappear, find the cause of the change as soon as possible.

Painful steps

It may not seem like a big deal at the time, but that slight pain could be something serious. As you’re walking, pain should not define each step. Discomfort could be the sign of a fracture, a sprain, an ingrown toenail, or infection.

Itchiness or an odor

Are you trying to reach that itchy part between your toes? Are you suddenly shy about kicking off your shoes? Itchy feet or an odor can be a sign of a fungal infection. These symptoms are not only annoying but also harmful to others. Conditions like athlete’s foot can be easily spread. One of the big mistakes that people make is using an over-the-counter medication to treat an infection that may require something different.


If something feels different about your toes, let us do the investigation. Don’t ignore this very important part of your feet; your mobility depends on it. Add to your resolutions list by scheduling an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center and calling 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
August 24, 2017
Tags: turf toe   toe pain  

It doesn’t only affect people who play sports on turfs. While they do affect those that play football and soccer, it’s an injury that can affect anyone that may incur impact on the big toe. Turf toe occurs when there is a hyperextension of the ligaments around the big toe joint. When the big toe joint is stretched while the heel is lifted off the ground, right as soon as running begins, the tissues can be torn or ruptured. 

Turf toe causes symptoms of pain, tenderness, and swelling at the big toe joint. Because there are many other possible injuries regarding the big toe joint, it’s possible the injury can be mistaken for other issues. The pain can also go away or be ignored, and the athlete can keep going on the injury, making it worse later.


Here’s how you can tackle turf toe:

  • At first sign of injury to the big toe joint, start with the RICE method of treatment. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can help with pain-relief and swelling reduction.
  • Use better or alternative equipment or practice sports on a better surface, like actual grass. However, playing on an injury can make it worse, so be sure to rest up. 
  • If pain persists, you may be able to take NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain and inflammation. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.
  • Depending on the severity of the injury, our podiatrist may prescribe a walking boot or cast, taping, and rest for 2 weeks or more. Physical therapy may be required if the rest period is long to stretch and strengthen the toe joint.
  • For severe injuries, surgical treatment may be required to repair the soft tissues. This is a last resort and not a common treatment.

If you or a family member has a big toe joint injury, and experience recurring and consistent pain, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. 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! 

 


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