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June 26, 2019
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Foot problems are not only the issue of older people.  In fact, many foot ankle   and leg issues in adults can be traced back to things missed or neglected from   childhood.  Here are 5 examples:

  1.   Gait abnormalities. Toe walking, intoe (pigeon-toe) gait, flat feet,   developmental delays in early walkers are best evaluated and treated at the   earliest age possible.  Just because there is no pain doesn’t mean it isn’t a       problem that should be addressed.
  2.   Pain or fatigue in the feet, legs or knees.  Pain is NEVER normal.
  3. “Growing pains”.  Largely a myth, but heel or knee pain in the 9-14 year old age group is often a minor but annoying injury to the growth plates which can be addressed easily and with little or no downtime from sports
  4. Sports injuries.  Sprains, strains and fractures.  Podiatrists are more familiar with anatomy and mechanisms of injury than emergency rooms—without the long waiting times.
  5. Dermatological issues: warts, ingrown nails, athlete’s foot, and excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis) are all common in children.

At Clark Podiatry Center and the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, we firmly believe that ”prevention is better than correction”. To that end, we are hosting our 4th Annual (Free) Kids Foot Screening event in our office on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM. Bring all your children and we’ll evaluate them and make treatment recommendations according to their needs.  It’s a popular event, so to economize on time, we recommend scheduling an appointment for the screening examination

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

At Clark Podiatry Center and the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, we want to keep you walking!

 

 

Some people have a limited idea of what a podiatrist does (“I didn’t know you take care of that!”) and as a result are surprised about what help is available for people of all ages.  Here’s a list of reasons it’s best to see your favorite podiatrist.

  1. Pain.  Pain is never normal—heel pain, arch pain, painful bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses.  
  2. Skin conditions.  Warts, rashes, identifying skin cancers in the feet, fungal conditions of skin and nails. Ingrown toenails.
  3. Sports injuries. Sprains, strains, fractures of the toes, feet and ankles. (and without the long waits in emergency rooms only to be seen by non-specialists)
  4. Specialized care for diabetics.  Treatment of ulcers and infections, preventive foot care that is vital for diabetics.
  5. Specialized care for children.  Besides common ingrown nails and warts, most adult foot issues have their roots in how the child develops structurally. Getting an early start on treating and preventing problems pays off in the long run. “Prevention is better than correction”.

There’s actually more to the list.  As you can see, the podiatrist is a generalist on a specific area of the body—part primary care, orthopedist, dermatologist, rheumatologist, radiologist, pediatrician, surgeon, and more.  For most any issue involving the foot and ankle, some of which can cause leg, knee, hip or back pain as well, the podiatrists office is the place to go!

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep you walking!

Among the various possible childhood health problems, foot problems often take a back seat. It’s not until they begin to walk, run, and have injuries that make you realize that the feet can have problems. When it comes to feet, the first things you might notice are the way they walk, as well as the way their feet are growing. If you notice that their feet are flat, should you be worried?

Let’s start with some pediatric flat foot facts:

  • Children are born with extra padding on their cute little feet. This makes their feet look flat, but at this point, it’s nothing to be worried about.
  • As they begin to stand and walk, the arch should begin to form.
  • Arches continue to form as children become adults, meaning that childhood flat feet problems can still resolve as they get older.
  • Not all people with flat feet have associated pain or other chronic problems. Some flat-footed people do not have any problems at all.

So when should you be concerned and bring your child in for an evaluation?

  • If the child complains of foot pain where the arch should be. Pain in the feet is never normal and is not part of “growing pains”.
  • If the flat feet cause your child to over-pronate in their ankles when they walk, it could also cause ankle problems. If he or she has pain in the ankles, come see our podiatrist.
  • If your child does not complain of foot or ankle pain, but you notice that they are over-pronating (which would also cause the inner part of the shoe’s outer sole to wear down faster), it is a good idea to consult our podiatrist for preventative measures.

What are some ways to help a child with painful flat feet?

Depending on the severity of the flat feet and symptoms your child experiences, Dr. Brandon Macy might recommend orthotic inserts or custom orthotic devices to correct for flat foot issues. Orthotics will be helpful, especially for children who over-pronate.

Make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your child’s feet and give them the treatment and care that they need at the New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. 

June 07, 2016
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There's been a news report out of a Chicago TV station suggesting that Crocs are either bad for your feet or should be worn on a limited basis.  Click on this to see for yourself:   http://wgntv.com/2016/06/06/wearing-crocs-may-be-bad-for-your-feet/

 

Are Crocs actually bad for your feet?  I think not.   I'm more inclined to see the report as sensationalism on a slow news day heading into summer. Real Crocs (not the cheap imitations--"faux crocs") have tremendous shock absorption, great if you spend time on hard floors.  In fact, a lot of people find that their backs feel better when wearing Crocs.

They're roomy. Corns and calluses are caused by anatomy,not shoes. and with so much room in the toe box area, corns on the toes are even less likely to form.

Being fairly wide, they don't work as well for people with narrow feet--the right width is too short and the right length is too wide. They're truly meant to be beach and pool shoes, but are far better for more widespread use than your inexpensive flip-flops. I find them great to be used in the house as slippers where you have a lot of tile/hardwood floors--particularly if you already have arch pain, heel pain or are otherwise painful when barefoot on hard floors.  

 

Some find them ugly, but, as with everything, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and comfort beats all.

 

My rules about shoes are as follows:

1. Shoes should be appropriate for the activity

2. Shoes should fit and feel comfortable, regardless of the number/letter on the label referring to the size.

 

If you have any questions about Crocs or any other type for shoe, please contact us  to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 



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