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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.

Kids grow fast. You check their shoes for one month, but it’s time for another pair a few months later. It is common with children and a great sign of development. If overlooked, it can lead to periods of discomfort simply because of the wrong shoe size. Each year around this time, the team at Clark Podiatry Center supports parents as they prepare for another Back to School Season. While things will look quite different this year, let’s not lose focus on noticing discomfort and learning when to size up.

What might happen if my child wears shoes that are too small?

In addition to discomfort, children will also be more likely to develop ingrown toenails. Also, excessive friction between your child’s feet and shoes may lead to blisters, corns, and calluses that can later become painful. Lastly, children need wiggle room as their feet continue to grow. Let their feet develop naturally and without restriction.

I’m going to guess a half-size up. Is that OK?

Every child develops differently, so it’s best to get their specific measurements. You may compare their growth to yours as a child and put them in the wrong size. Guessing with your eyes is also not a safe assumption. If possible, get your child’s feet professionally measured and always try on shoes before making a purchase.

What about orthotics?

Remember, we customize orthotics. It means that each pair is just for your child and based on specific measurements. Don’t try to use orthotics for another pair of shoes; instead, schedule an appointment with us so we can provide the best recommendations. Orthotics for children are helpful with correcting issues like flat fleet or in-toeing.

Questions or concerns about shoe sizes? We’re here to help. We understand if you’re not ready to come into our office, so telemedicine appointments are available. We are also now open four days a week for all podiatry appointments. 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
July 07, 2020

Last month, we announced we were reopening for all of our podiatry services. Our priority for keeping our patients and staff healthy has remained the same. Among our requirements and safety guidelines, we kindly ask that you please wear a mask. The CDC continues to stress the importance of face coverings. They help to protect not only you but also our community. The team at Clark Podiatry Center joins our nation’s efforts to see fewer people impacted by COVID-19.

Why do I need to wear a mask?

Even if you don’t think you have symptoms of COVID-19, you still may be putting your loved ones at risk. There are cases where people have little or no symptoms of the virus, but they still pass it on. Help to protect your health and the health of the staff by wearing a face covering. While we are limiting the number of guests that can accompany each patient, a mask is requested.

How do I know if I’m wearing my mask the right way?

Visit the CDC’s website to learn more about face coverings. The first step is to wash your hands thoroughly and only to wear a clean mask. You then want to make sure you are covering your mouth and nose, and the cloth is secure under your chin. Lastly, your mask should fit well around the sides of your face.

Are cloth face coverings the same as the ones in the doctor’s office?

No, medical staff and first responders use PPE (personal protective equipment). Examples include N95 respirators, in addition to surgical masks. These critical supplies should only be reserved for this group, as they are in high-risk situations.

We remain at your service for your foot and ankle needs. Telemedicine appointments are available if you are more comfortable with this option. If you have any questions or urgent concerns, 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.





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