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By Clark Podiatry Center
May 12, 2020

Having a difficult time talking with your children about COVID-19? It’s OK. We understand. For something that many adults are still trying to process, this experience can be even more complicated for children. The team at Clark Podiatry Center wants to support you during this time. Here are a few suggestions for starting your conversation with our youngest community members. The CDC offers a helpful resource.

Focus on facts — not fear

The CDC provides regular updates, including new symptoms and recommendations on how to prevent the spread of germs. Use reliable and trusted sources to talk about the virus with your children. Avoid social media accounts that haven’t been verified or recommended by your local officials.

Provide practical ways to help

Everyone is doing their part to protect their neighbors from COVID-19. It includes first responders, delivery and service members, teachers, and other community members. Encourage your children to record a “thank you” video for their teacher. Help your children pick a favorite song that helps them wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Teach your child how to cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing.

Share how adults will keep them safe

Reassuring children that they are safe is important. Talk with your children about the brave men and women who are working tirelessly to protect people from the virus and find a cure. Sharing with your children how adults are here to help and provide safe ways to move and play is a great step in the right direction. Find age-appropriate videos or research online to help with your conversation.

As a reminder, we ask that appointments only be made for emergencies such as infections or injuries and high-risk patients. A person with diabetes or severe circulatory issues is considered in this group. 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. For concerns about your children, The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

By Clark Podiatry Center
April 06, 2020
Category: Exercise

Times are a bit different right now. As community members practice social distancing to protect their neighbors, people are staying inside much more. On beautiful days, they’re safely taking advantage of fresh air and being outdoors. The team at Clark Podiatry Center is on your side during this new season of our lives. We’re also here to provide some helpful, fun ways to enjoy the fresh air.

Stretching and reflecting

Whether you have a spacious backyard or a small balcony, we encourage you to step outside. Enjoy the fresh air. Bring your mat, a towel, some music, and even a cup of coffee. Take time to stretch and reflect. If you have exercise plans, stretching is even more important. Prepare your body for the day.

Walking and talking

Even if it’s a quick trip to the mailbox, practice social distancing and give a friend a call. You can use this time to check in on a friend who may be new to working from home or homeschooling children. Walking is also an effective yet gentle way of exercising. Always be sure to wear shoes when going outside — even if you’re grabbing the mail.

Playing and staying

Step outside and bring a game of chess — or your favorite puzzle. You don’t need much space to take on your favorite activities. Doing your favorite things on a sunny day can become even more exciting. If you have roommates or live with family members, invite them to join in on a game or activity. Do your part to keep everyone involved in getting a little fresh air each day.

If you have any questions or urgent concerns, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. At this time, we ask that appointments only be made for emergencies such as infections or injuries and for high-risk patients. This includes people with diabetes and severe circulatory issues. Our office is located in Clark, New Jersey; call us at (732) 382-3470. For concerns about your children, The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

 

Many families have older relatives living in their homes. This multi-generational experience is different for every family, but it requires involvement. As kids now do schoolwork from home and parents continue their 9-5 jobs online, older relatives are also practicing social distancing. How do you consider them during this time? The Clark Podiatry Center has some practical ways to keep everyone involved.

Invite a new workout buddy

While a senior may move differently, physical activity is a benefit for everyone. Since you’ve moved your gym routine to your home, invite another person to tag along. Be open to modifying exercises or taking it slower than your usual pace. The invitation will be welcoming — even if they choose to simply cheer you on.

Respect their space

With the whole family home all at once, this may be overwhelming. Set boundaries and schedules to allow for all family members to have time to be alone or join the family for group activities like meals. For older relatives, this may mean being sensitive to their eating schedule or when they need additional rest. Be considerate of loud noises.

Stay on schedule

After many days at home, one day can feel like the next. If you’ve established schedules with older relatives, keep them. Check their feet often, provide meals on time, and find a safe, creative way for exercise. Also, pay attention to any changes in their feet or indicators of discomfort. If your loved ones have diabetes, encourage regular glucose checks and healthy eating. Continue to provide support.

If you have any questions or urgent concerns, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. To practice social distancing, we ask that appointments only be made for emergencies such as infections or injuries and for high-risk patients. This includes people with diabetes and severe circulatory issues. Our office is located in Clark, New Jersey; call us at (732) 382-3470. For concerns about your children, The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 24, 2020
Category: Foot Health Tips

We’re all spending much more time at home these days as we seek to limit the spread of the coronavirus. While we work from home, keep up with our children, or step outside for a moment, it’s still important to protect our feet. Clark Podiatry Center has a few safety tips that you and your family can practice during this time. Healthy feet and ankles are an important part of your overall health, too.

Stepping outside? Wear shoes.

Whether it’s a quick trip to the mailbox or a phone call in the backyard, always wear shoes. If you have diabetes, it is even more important to avoid walking barefoot. A small cut or bruise can have dangerous consequences and may also lead to a foot ulcer. Keep a pair of shoes by the door as a reminder.

Keep up with your foot hygiene

Don’t skip foot hygiene maintenance. It includes daily check-ups and keeping your feet clean and dry. Healthy foot care routines are a great way to prevent foot issues or detect them earlier. If you’re wearing socks or shoes in the house, be sure to let your shoes air out each night to prevent a fungal toenail infection. Also, don’t wear the same pair of socks to avoid smelly feet.

Fall proof your house

There are simple things that you can do to reduce your chances of falling or tripping in your house. It includes switching out slippery rugs with non-slip options or rearranging furniture that might be a hazard. Fall-proofing your home may also include choosing footwear wisely. Avoid wearing slippers without non-slip soles. Also, if you choose socks, look for those to be non-slip, as well.

While you enjoy the comforts of home, be sure to keep up the great work of monitoring and caring for your feet. If you have any questions or concerns, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. He is located at our Clark, New Jersey office. Call (732) 382-3470. For concerns about your children, the New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

Here's the latest update regarding our services during the COVID-19 crisis and Governor Murphy’s orders issued over this past weekend.

Our office is doing what we can to operate in the best interest of our patients and staff.

To that end, we're taking the following measures;

1.  As an essential service, our office will remain open from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM on Monday-Friday. We may adjust hours according to demand.

2.  The goal of offices such as ours remaining open is to keep our patients safe, out of danger and out of emergency rooms. This refers to people with emergencies such as injuries or infections and our regular at-risk patients with conditions such as diabetes and severe circulatory issues.

3.  If you have an urgent matter such as an infection or injury, we'll work to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible. We have an x-ray in the office, so you don’t have to visit a separate facility if you're in need.

4.  If you are ill, please stay home. If you have a regular appointment, feel free to call us and we’ll reschedule at a later date when things return to normal.

5.  Due to the social distancing recommendations, at the office, we request that you come alone if possible. If not possible, then bring no more than one person with you. Once checking in we'll request that you return to your car until we are ready to place you into a treatment room.

The State and Federal Governments have eased regulations concerning telemedicine and insurance companies have agreed to cover telemedicine visits as they would for an in-person office visit. We have made arrangements to provide telemedicine visits for those of you who have questions, need follow-ups or want to know if a problem warrants an in-office visit. These appointments need to be scheduled much like any other visit and can be performed outside of normal office hours.

The telemedicine process is quite simple, safe and secure. No programs need to be downloaded.  When you schedule an appointment we'll send you the personalized room link to connect to the program to start the visit at the scheduled time. Webcam and microphone capabilities are obviously required, along with Chrome, Firefox or Safari internet browsers.

At any time, you may reach us at 732-382-3470. There's an emergency number on the recording if you reach us outside of office hours. You can also make an appointment request on our website.

We want you to remain safe and err on the side of caution. We urge you to follow the recommendations of all government authorities until this crisis passes so we can "flatten the curve". As always, we at Clark Podiatry Center remain at your service to provide the best podiatry care possible.

Sincerely,
Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
and the Staff of Clark Podiatry Center





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