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By Clark Podiatry Center
April 18, 2018
Category: Common Treatments
Tags: corns   calluses   Bunions   Hammertoes   High Heels   Shoes   orthotic   deformities   gaits  

Do you have hardened bumps on your toes or patches of thickened skin on the bottom of your feet? Because of the various surfaces on which your feet walk, they have a way to protect themselves from harm. Skin begins to thicken in spots where they experience a lot of pressure or friction.

Who is likely to get corns and calluses?

Corns: Those with foot deformities like hammertoes, curly toes, claw toes, or bunions are more likely to experience corns. This is especially the case if you wear shoes that are too tight or too short. Additionally, those who stand or walk for long periods of time can experience constant friction. Corns are usually localized to a small, specific location, such as the toes.

Calluses: Those who wear high heels, have lost fat padding on the balls of the feet, or have abnormal gaits can experience constant pressure on certain wider parts of the feet, like at the base of the balls of the feet.

Should you treat corns and calluses at home? Or go see a podiatrist?

You may have noticed some over-the-counter corn and/or callus medications. Before applying any type of medications, try some of these following adjustments before corns or calluses become painful or to relieve painful symptoms:

  • Try wearing shoes that are snug, but not too tight. You shouldn’t buy shoes expecting that they will stretch out. Make sure you always wear socks with shoes to reduce friction on the skin of the feet.
  • There are pads you can apply to the areas of the shoes that seem to cause friction against the skin of the feet.

When the abovementioned tips don’t do trick, you may need to have corns or calluses filed down or removed by a podiatrist.  They may use one or more of the following:

  • Trim down or cut away thickened skin with a scalpel. Trying it at home can lead to an infection, so it’s best not to try this at home.
  • Use salicylic acid in patches or gels to remove corns or calluses.
  • Prescribe or custom-make orthotic inserts to cushion problems that develop from deformities or bony protrusions.

If your corns or calluses are painful and you need help treating them, make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM at Clark Podiatry Center. He can find the best treatment options to get you feeling better. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas.

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 26, 2016
Category: Common Treatments

Are you suffering from your ugly fungal infections? Are they discolored, brittle, painful and/or even causing ingrown toenails? When your toenails have a fungal infection, it is hard to treat topically because of the location. Because creams will not penetrate under the nail, the alternative medication option is an oral medication. However, oral meds can come with side effects and may not be the safest option for children.

 

One of the services we offer here at Clark Podiatry Center is Laser Therapy for Fungal Nails. It’s another option to treat fungal toenails quickly and painlessly. Laser can be focused and penetrated deeply so as to kill the fungus spores living beneath the nails without having to resort to surgery or a bad infection that may leave you with no toenail. Treatment can be done in just one 10 minutes session, and if deemed necessary by our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, some follow-up treatments to prevent recurrence. While laser therapy kills the fungus, it does not clear up the color or look of the toenail and will take a normal growth cycle to grow healthy toenails.

 

Laser therapy is also helpful in therapies related to healing muscles and tissues. The laser draws nutrients to the affected area promoting healing through increased circulation. The benefits include decreasing inflammation, arthritis, and other painful symptoms. It accelerates cell metabolism, increases joint flexibility, and reduces pain associated with muscle or tissue injury. Because it optimizes healing conditions, treatment time and recovery time is reduced. At Clark Podiatry Center, we use it to treat issues such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, sprains, and other painful podiatric issues.

 

If you have fungal nails or other podiatric issues that could be treated with Laser therapy, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy would be glad to discuss treatment options with you. Our aim is to keep you walking!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 27, 2015
Category: Common Treatments

The latest treatment being offered at the podiatrist’s office is known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. This is a new and non-invasive technique that is now being used to successfully treat many foot conditions. The Shock Wave Therapy treatment essentially delivers high pressure shock waves that travel deep within the skin to heal affected skin tissues and bones without harm to the rest of the body. Although the term ‘shock wave’ sounds scary and painful, this is a quick and painless procedure that sends no electricity to the body. Ultrasonic waves and pulses are sent to the skin to stimulate and kick start the body’s natural healing process. This device works similar to some of the new high-end medical facials such as micro current treatments and light therapy.

What is Shock Wave Therapy Used for?

Shock Wave Therapy is being used to bring relief and comfort to people with many foot conditions such as:

  • Chronic heel pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs

Who is Shock Wave Therapy for?

If you have been suffering from chronic heel pain and have not found relief or adequate healing through medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy or orthotics, you may be a good candidate for Shock Wave Therapy.

Who is Shock Wave Therapy NOT FOR?

  • Children
  • Pregnant Women
  • Patients prescribed with blood clotting medications

Is there any downtime?

You will most likely not feel any pain while undergoing the treatment. Patients do not require anesthesia or any injections. As this is a non-surgical treatment, you will not require any downtime post treatment. Patients may feel mild stinging or a tingling sensation that will usually subside within hours.

How is the Shock Wave Therapy treatment performed?

Consult with Dr. Brandon Macy who is a board certified podiatrist with expertise and focused training in the Shock Wave Therapy treatment. He treats men, women and children with all their foot and ankle care needs. First, he will complete a thorough evaluation followed by a manual examination of the affected areas. The areas affected will be marked and the Ultrasonic Transmission gel will be applied on the treatment areas to prepare for the procedure. The treatment will begin with the doctor gliding the Shock Wave Therapy device over the injured areas. The treatment will last from 15-30 minutes. Multiple sessions may be required to see results and maximize relief. Dr. Brandon Macy is a highly experienced podiatric surgeon and has treated many patients at our office in Clark, New Jersey with Shock Wave Therapy. Call Clark Podiatry today at (732) 382-3470 to find out if you’re a good candidate for this treatment or schedule your online appointment now.



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