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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.

Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? It’s another opportunity to show how we love and care for the men in our lives. It starts by checking in and asking some of the tough questions. It looks like tagging along for a doctor’s visit. Caring for the men in our lives is shown by telling them they don’t have to stay in pain while walking. The team at Clark Podiatry Center is here to help. Here’s how you can do your part: 

Ask about health maintenance

Scheduling regular appointments is a great practice and encourage healthy living. It is important to have check-ins with health professionals to monitor — and adjust. For men with diabetes, regular appointments can mean the difference between the early signs of an ulcer or a worsening infection.

Become a health ally

You may need to help with finding a doctor or scheduling an appointment. You may also need to drive your husband, or son, brother, or dad to the appointment. Whatever it takes — show the men in your life that you value their health and are committed to journeying with them. Being a health ally also provides accountability.

Don’t ignore the pain

From your head to your toes, pain is not normal. It shouldn’t be accepted — or ignored. We appreciate the men in our lives, and we don’t want them to have lives filled with pain that can be treated. When it comes to discomfort while moving around, contact a podiatrist. We’re here to help determine the cause of the pain and find ways to reduce it or remove it completely.

Thank you for your patience and support over these past months. We’re pleased to share we are now accepting all podiatry appointments. We are taking the necessary steps to remain vigilant and protect our patients and staff. Telemedicine appointments are also still available. 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.

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.





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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470