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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 11, 2021

October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. What do you know about this condition that affects 5-10 percent of Americans? The disorder is a response to cold or stress, and the results are an interruption to the blood vessels to different parts of the body, including your feet and toes. Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center knows that the experience, also known as an attack, can be painful. Here are ways to lessen the impact, which could last for minutes or hours.

Stop Smoking   

There’s no surprise here. Smoking doesn’t offer any positive health benefits, and the damage that it does to narrow blood vessels only worsens with Raynaud’s. Put down the cigarettes to take charge of your attacks and reduce the discomfort.

Keep Warm

From dressing in layers to using foot warmers, find safe and creative ways to keep out of the cold. If you’re not able to move to a warmer climate, try to stay inside on cold days or make sure to dress the part. Keep in mind, air conditioning in warmer climates can create problems, too.


Find Support

If you have Raynaud’s, you are not alone, and other people are working to manage their attacks, too. Connect with trusted organizations and resources to provide safe and effective ways to decrease the severity of your attacks.

Stress Less

Stress is another cause of an attack. Finding ways to cope with the stressors of life can help to limit how often these events occur. For people with Raynaud’s, their stress response is much more sensitive. Connect with your doctor for stress-relieving tips. We’re here to help.

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 Center
September 08, 2021

Have you forgotten about your risks for accidental falls? September is Falls Prevention Month, and each year, older Americans are at an increased risk for this event. Do you know that 25% of older Americans will fall annually, according to the US CDC?

Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center offers three quick ways to help your loved ones at home, especially our senior citizens:

Watch and listen
Have you noticed your loved one is having a difficult time moving around the house? Maybe they are in pain, or perhaps they are having a challenging time moving around furniture. Ask them how they feel and make simple adjustments. From adding nightlights to removing slippery rugs, there are ways to help.

Don’t miss appointments

From podiatry appointments to visits to the optometrist, staying on top of medical visits is important. Worsening vision and foot pain are among the causes of falls. Encourage your loved ones to schedule their appointments regularly. What’s even more helpful? Driving them to their appointment and joining them during the visit. Your presence can empower them to take charge of their health. 


Provide healthy food and exercise options

Who says older Americans should stop exercising? Now is the time to encourage movement. From water aerobics to strolls around the neighborhood, exercising is one way to strengthen muscles. Adding calcium-rich meals and snacks is also another way to boost bone health. Help reduce the risk of a fall and an injury that could come along. We want to see healthy, strong bones and muscles. You can help.

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.

What’s on your back-to-school schedule? For parents, staying a few steps ahead of common pediatric foot conditions is the best way to start the new school year.

Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center recommends three steps to add to your routine this fall. Starting now will help your child reduce their risk of developing common foot problems.

Wear clean, dry socks

 
When shoe shopping, don’t forget to pick up new pairs of socks, too. Make sure that socks are breathable. If your child plans to wear their favorite pairs from home, check for holes or other signs of distress. Dirty, moist socks are a hot spot for fungus. Your child can be at risk for fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, etc.

Shop for supportive, comfortable footwear

Help your child put their best foot forward with the right pair of shoes. Choose comfort — and style. These qualities exist, so teach your child how to value their foot health while still being fashionable. Measure your child’s feet each time before buying shoes. A child’s development can be unpredictable at times, so make sure they are wearing the right size.


Start healthy foot care habits

Are daily foot checks a way of life? Just like brushing teeth, picking out clothes, and packing lunch, add healthy foot care habits to your child’s routine. Now is one of the best times to introduce another healthy habit to the daily routine. Children do well with repetition, so teach them the value of keeping an eye on their foot health — every day. Listen to them if they share discomfort or ask questions about the new routine.

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 Center
July 12, 2021

What happens if you have inflammation in your Achilles tendon? You have a condition known as Achilles tendonitis, which can be painful and impact the way you move. The Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle. It plays a critical role in your movement. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to take your daily walk or play your favorite sport.

Do you know the signs of an Achilles tendon injury?

  • Thickness and stiffness of your Achilles tendon, especially in the morning
  • Swelling or pain that worsens as you keep moving
  • Pain after exercising, particularly the next day

Dr. Brandon A. Macy has a few tips to help you prevent this type of injury. It starts with listening to your body, choosing footwear properly, and allowing time for rest.

Tips to prevent Achilles tendonitis:

  • Warm-up  
    Before you start moving, warm up. Allow your body time to stretch. Don’t forget to hydrate, too. To perform your best and avoid an injury, ease into physical activity. We also recommend you watch how you change intensity during your workout. Choose a gradual change over a sudden one.
     
  • Wear the right shoes
    If your shoes are lacking support, it’s time to switch. If you’ve noticed your shoes are worn, you have another reason to go shoe shopping. Reduce the pressure on your tendon by giving it the best support with your shoe choice.

  • Wind down 
    Warming up is great, but don’t forget to cool down. This period also includes a time of stretching. Be proactive to reduce your risk for a future injury.

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.

Sun, sand, and waves! Nothing says summer fun like a day at the beach. Below are some potential podiatric problems and how to prevent them from ruining your seaside outing.

  • Jellyfish Stings - many people don't realize that jellyfish that have washed up on the shore can still sting you if you step on them. If this happens, carefully remove the tentacles from your feet. Keep a small container of baking soda or vinegar in your beach bag to apply to the site of a sting. This should relieve the pain and swelling.
  • Puncture Wounds - glass, shells, bottle caps, and other sharp objects can be hidden under the sand. Slip on your water shoes or flip-flops before taking a walk down the beach. If you do get a puncture wound, don't go swimming. Bacteria in the water can cause an infection. It's best to have a podiatrist check out any puncture wounds within 24 hours.
  • Sunburn - don't forget to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet as well as the rest of your body. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and reapply after going in the water or every two hours-whichever comes first.
  • Ankle Sprains, Tendon Strains, and Other Injuries - if your beach day plan includes volleyball, frisbee, or another physical activity, be sure to throw a pair of athletic shoes in your beach bag. Playing these or other sports in flip-flops or sandals in shifting sand is likely to result in a sports injury to your feet.
  • Swollen Feet and Ankles - stay hydrated! It will help reduce edema (swelling) of your feet and ankles.

If you sustain an injury or experience foot pain after your day at the beach, make an appointment to get it evaluated. We want to keep you walking!

 




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