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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 08, 2021
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Did you know that November is American Diabetes Month? This condition impacts millions of Americans. For patients, the complications can require attention from various specialists, including optometrists, physical therapists, and podiatrists. As the holiday season approaches, Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center wants to empower his patients by helping them choose meals wisely. Diet and exercise are among the lifestyle habits that can positively impact diabetes management.

Do you have a plan?

Pre-holiday check-up   
Before the holidays, approach the dinner table with confidence about your current health. While visiting the podiatrist, share any updates or concerns. A podiatrist will examine your feet closely to look for non-healing wounds or foot ulcers. They may also look for signs of dry, cracked heels, poor circulation, and ingrown toenails.

Pre-holiday shopping

We’re not talking about gifts! We’re talking about groceries. As the holidays approach, there will be goodies and snacks around the house, and we recommend that you shop around for diabetes-friendly items, too. Having these snacks in your home and within reach will make it easier to choose the right option. This holiday season, keep up the great work of monitoring your blood sugar levels.


Pre-holiday support

Suppose you know that the holidays are a difficult time that can lead to stress eating, get help now. Family and friends want to see you enjoy the holiday season, too. Guess what? Podiatrists are here also to make healthy suggestions. Remember that many people make up your care team, and reach out to them for encouragement.

Here are specific ways to request help:

  • ask for diabetes-friendly meals,
  • reminders for checking your blood sugar,
  • and support while exercising.

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
June 08, 2021
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Don’t let diabetes get you down this summer! Dr. Brandon A. Macy is here to help you enjoy the family vacation, summer sports, and beach trips without complications to your foot and ankle health. Here are some tips to take along this summer. Share these helpful recommendations with your family and friends, too. Infection and dangerous blood sugar levels are concerning for patients with diabetes, so stay steps ahead to prevent unplanned stops to the doctor.

Store your medicine properly

If you have insulin, store your medicine according to the instructions. Patients who use insulin depend on this medication to keep their blood sugar at a healthy level. The goal is to keep insulin cool but not too cold. Check with your doctor about the best way to store insulin, especially when outdoors or traveling.

Wear comfortable, breathable socks

Now is the time when toes and feet can become even more sweaty, creating the ideal environment for foot fungus to grow. Dark, moist spaces are very welcoming. To prevent foot fungus, allow your feet (and shoes) to dry and wear breathable socks. Also, choose socks that have additional cushioning and support in problem areas.


Check-in before travel

Before you travel, check-in with your doctor. Refill any prescriptions, share updates about blood sugar levels, and express any concerns. Your doctor may have diet and exercise recommendations while you’re away. They may also recommend items to take along on the trip, including diabetic socks, orthotics, and more.

Check your blood sugar

This tip is simple: check your blood sugar — and check it often. To prepare for food changes, pack healthy snacks from home. Listen to your body, and alert your doctor to any changes.

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
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
November 19, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

The temperatures are dropping, and winter is on the way. In colder weather, it’s important to keep your feet and toes warm. For patients with diabetes, this requires a few safety measures to ensure that your feet are staying warm — and safe. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that impacts patients who have diabetes. In short, peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage, and this damage impacts a patient’s ability to determine if something is too cold, too hot, sharp or dull.

If you have diabetes, keep these tips in mind as you’re keeping your feet warm:

Avoid direct heat

Electric blankets, hot baths, and space heaters may seem like the best option for a quick warm-up. For a patient with diabetes, however, these options are dangerous. Since a person with peripheral neuropathy may be unable to feel that something is too hot, they are at risk for serious burns on their feet. If you need to take a bath, have a family member test the water first. Use layers instead of an electric blanket. Always avoid direct heat on your feet.

Choose the right socks

Did you know that there are socks made specifically for people with diabetes? These socks provide warmth, and they also provide additional cushion to reduce the friction or pressure that can further irritate corns, calluses, bunions or blisters. Fungal infections are still lurking in the fall, so be sure to always wear clean, dry socks with your shoes.

Don’t walk barefoot

Although you’re nice and warm in your house, always wear at least a pair of socks. This provides another layer of warmth for your feet, as well as protection against the unknown.

Protect your feet during the cold weather. If you need additional suggestions or have questions about how to manage your neuropathy, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist. Don’t forget that New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Visit us at our Clark, New Jersey office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
July 17, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

One of the most serious conditions a podiatrist has to contend with is diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where your blood sugar or glucose levels are too high. Diabetes can cause nerve damage that in some cases, can lead to amputation. It is estimated that 100 million Americans suffer from diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Unusual thirst – the need for fluid
  • Unusual hunger – the constant need for food
  • Frequent urination – use of bathroom more than usual
  • Unusual weight loss – unexplained
  • Exhaustion - tiredness
  • Moodiness - depression
  • Blurred vision – lack of focus
  • Sores - take a long time to heal

There are 3 types of diabetes. They are:

  • Type 1 diabetes – Requires the use of insulin. Insulin helps break down sugar to be used by the body as energy.  The body doesn’t produce insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes – lower amounts of insulin still produced by the body
  • Gestational diabetes – often developed during pregnancy

Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Obesity – excessive weight
  • High cholesterol – Having low levels of good – LDL -cholesterol
  • Age – the older the person, the more likely you are to develop diabetes
  • Race – more often found in blacks, Hispanics, Asian and Native Americans
  • Genetics – can be passed from family members
  • High blood pressure – Above 140/90 can develop diabetes
  • Lack of exercise – sedentary lifestyle

Ways to treat diabetes include frequent inspections of your feet for cuts and bruises and infections, a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein and exercise. Diabetes can cause something called neuropathy or damaged nerves, which can lead to infection. Other complications can include blindness, loss of a limb, kidney damage, heart disease, skin irritations, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression.

The good news about diabetes is that it is a treatable condition if you catch it early and follow the doctor’s orders. If you believe you have, are developing diabetes, or have any other concerns about your feet, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy. He can assess your feet to ensure that you keep your feet healthy. Visit us at our Clark, New Jersey office today!



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