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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Did you know that January is Thyroid Awareness Month? At Clark Podiatry Center, we believe it’s important for patients to understand how this butterfly-shaped gland can affect the body, including feet and ankles. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is underactive. The results can influence everything from metabolism to organ function. An underactive thyroid can also cause an increased thickening of the skin.

While there are other causes for dry skin, including eczema, psoriasis, and diabetes, a thyroid disorder should not be ignored.

Here are some ways to move forward if you notice dry skin:

Talk to your family

Did you know you are at an increased risk of developing a thyroid disorder if you have a family member with the same condition? Talk to your family. Ask about symptoms, treatments, and more. Bringing this information to your next appointment can be a valuable resource for you and your doctor.

Talk to a professional

Dry skin isn’t the only sign of thyroid disease. It can also be a symptom of other common conditions. To avoid self-diagnosing and the additional guesswork, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Adding moisture to your daily hygiene routine remains an important part of daily foot hygiene.

Take the test

Changes to your hair, skin, and nails are among the most visible signs of thyroid disease. For this reason, dermatologists and podiatrists help patients notice the symptoms early. A blood test is the only way to confirm you have a thyroid disorder. Make an appointment today. Make an appointment today.

Are you concerned about your thyroid? Let’s talk today to learn more about your risk or if you have another condition. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

By Clark Podiatry Cente
December 07, 2020
Category: Foot Pain

December is here, and we will soon be welcoming 2021.  At Clark Podiatry Center, we’re encouraging our patients to make time for their feet and ankles this month. It’s time to address ongoing issues or new symptoms. Now is not the time to ignore your discomfort and bring it into the next year.

We’re here to help you keep walking. Here are three types of pain to consider as you set a date for your next appointment:
 

1. Persistent Foot Pain

Walking in pain every day can be discouraging, but there is hope. If you have persistent heel or ankle pain, we’re here to help. It’s our job to provide the right diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Don’t get complacent with your discomfort. Check-in often with your podiatrist.

2. New Foot Pain

What’s changed? If you’re noticing new signs of discomfort, start taking notes, and make an appointment with your podiatrist. Ignore the myth that pain is normal or that it will eventually go away. Instead, have confidence about treating your body by receiving a diagnosis from a foot and ankle specialist.

3. Returning Foot Pain

If it has been a long time since you have had foot pain, you know exactly how it feels when it returns. Call your podiatrist to make an appointment. Returning symptoms could be the sign of a reinjury or another condition. To keep you walking, we want to know about any discomfort that you experience. Let us know exactly how you feel, including when you noticed returning symptoms.

Temporary relief is helpful, but it doesn’t resolve the problem. With a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, we can find the root cause to prevent future issues. If you notice any pain — persistent, new, or returning — call us at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We want to remind our patients that children should not have foot pain either.

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 09, 2020
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

November is the month that kicks off holiday meals, beginning with Thanksgiving. While the gathering may look different this year, the delicious dishes are still part of the plan. This month is also American Diabetes Month, which raises awareness about this chronic condition and shares ways to reduce the risk of a diagnosis. At Clark Podiatry Center, we’re looking forward to celebrating, too. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your meals while caring for your feet and ankles.

Start with a plan

If this is your first holiday with diabetes, start by understanding the foundations of a healthy meal plan. The American Diabetes Association highlights fruits and vegetables, lean meats and plant-based protein sources, less added sugar, and less processed foods.

Read the labels

Without reading the label, you may think you’re picking a healthy food option. Canned fruit, for example, is something to notice. When grocery shopping, look for labels that include “unsweetened,” “no added sugar,” or “packed in its own juices.”

Shop for superfoods

Many food choices are rich in all the good stuff, including vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more. While doing everything in moderation, these foods have tremendous health benefits. Add foods like beans, citrus fruit, sweet potatoes, berries, tomatoes, nuts, and other choices to your grocery list. Learn more here.

Save some for later

Although Thanksgiving is one day, there’s always room for leftovers. Don’t feel pressure to finish your plate. Instead, leave room to enjoy your favorite dishes the next day. Staying on track with your blood sugar will help you feel your best throughout the holiday weekend.

Preparing for Thanksgiving? Make sure that you test your blood sugar often and continue to check your feet daily. If you notice any changes to your feet, including a diabetic foot ulcer or a painful ingrown toenail, call us at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care

It takes a team to support each patient while they journey with a chronic condition. One of those teammates can be a physical therapist. October is National Physical Therapy Month, and it’s important to raise awareness about these movement specialists who support our work each day. The team at Clark Podiatry Center regularly works with patients who have conditions that cause chronic pain while moving. This form of therapy may be one of the treatments we suggest.

What is physical therapy?

A patient needs to understand their body, including the cause of pain and what it means for movement. Therapists use exercise, hands-on care, and educational resources to empower patients, reduce pain, and prevent future injuries. This therapy focuses on improving mobility and function.

How else can physical therapy help?

For patients with arthritis or diabetes, this form of therapy is a helpful treatment for pain management. A physical therapist can help you better understand what’s causing the pain, manage it, and even ways to make lifestyle changes.

Physical therapy helps to improve how patients move and perform their daily activities. It is also beneficial for patients who would rather not have surgery or are recovering from an injury. Lastly, this form of therapy reduces the need for opioids and other prescription medication.

Where can I get these services?

There are many convenient options. You’re not limited to receiving treatment in a rehabilitation facility. Patients can schedule an appointment at a gym, their house, a fitness facility, or another approved location.

If you’re dealing with chronic foot and ankle pain, let’s talk about your options. It’s best to start with a podiatrist, who can help recommend the right specialists for your care team. Call us at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

Children can benefit from physical therapy, too. Explore treatment options when you make an appointment.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 08, 2020

Falls can cause long-lasting injuries for our patients, especially for senior citizens. More specifically, falls cause 40% of nursing home admissions. September is National Falls Prevention Month, and there are many ways to start at home and reduce the risk of falls. The team at Clark Podiatry Center challenges you to begin with one feature: lighting. Older Americans not only suffer severe injuries after a fall, but they may be ashamed to tell anyone about what happened. Let’s do our part to prevent a fall.

Why does lighting matter?

Poor lighting makes it more difficult to see. It sounds simple, but seeing a corner table or a slippery rug in the middle of the night can make a big difference. Whether someone is taking a midnight trip to the kitchen or the restroom, make it easy for them to move around. Home layouts look different for each family, so find a setup that helps you improve your lighting.

Where should I start?

Lighting helps in each room, but feel free to start with hallways, bathrooms, and entryways to main areas. Nightlights are helpful solutions for hallways and bathrooms. Some options only turn on as the room darkens; this helps to lower your energy costs. Small table lamps are helpful, too, but help your family avoid the dangerous journey of trying to find a lamp in the dark. Make things easier by using a light switch to turn on the lamp.

It is best to skip the telemedicine appointment option if you have fallen. Instead, call us at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

Although you may not see an injury, it is always best to talk to a medical professional, who will want to check for any fractures, bruises, or a head injury. Time is vital after a fall, so get medical help as soon as possible.





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