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December 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: HSA   FSA  

The end of the year is fast approaching (it seems too fast!) and time is running out for utilizing the remaining benefits of your HSA and FSA accounts. These benefits can be used for any products or services not typically covered by your insurance plans. Examples are our Quadrastep, Footstep and LittleStep orthotics, along with custom orthotics not covered by insurance plans. This also applies to the medical grade retail products available in the office.

Moreover, if you've been thinking about making an appointment for your foot problem, consider scheduling during December before your 2019 insurance deductible kicks in. Has your child outgrown their orthotics? Would you like a second pair of orthotics for a different style of shoe?  

Due to outside vendor cost increases, some of our fees for the orthotics and other products will be increasing in 2019. Save on your out of pocket expenses by using those benefits available to you and beat the price changes before it's too late. Use those HSA or FSA benefits before the end of the year or lose them forever!

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  

At Clark Podiatry Center and the NJ Children's Foot Health Institute, we want to keep you walking!

#ClarkPodiatryCenter #NJCFHI

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: pedicure   pamper   supportive shoes  

It seems like only yesterday that it was Halloween. Now, all of a sudden, it’s Thanksgiving. Soon, it will be Hanukah, Christmas, and then the New Year! It goes by quickly, doesn’t it?

And in the madness of the time passing so quickly, you may forget to take care of yourself as you prepare your travel plans, pack your bags, and make it to the holiday gatherings with loved ones. But maybe you should stop right there and take a moment to remember to take care of your body – especially your feet and ankles.

In this season of giving thanks and giving gifts, why not give thanks and gifts to your feet? While you travel, consider including some (or all) of these tips to pamper your (very) deserving feet:

  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes during your long plane, train, or car ride. Too often, we think more about how our outfits will be completed by our footwear selection, and not enough time is spent on thinking about how our feet will feel. Turn it around this time. Wear and pack only comfortable shoes so that you can properly thank your feet (and they’ll thank you too!).
  • Schedule a pedicure. Whether it’s by making time to do your own at home (with sanitized tools) or by calling your favorite pedicurist (who should also use sanitized tools), give your feet a proper foot soak, toenail trim, and massage. This could be a perk you enjoy with family and friends as you celebrate the holidays!
  • Get a foot massage. Before or after (or both) your travels, ask a partner, friend, do it yourself with a golf ball. Give some relief to those hard-working muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet. You can also buy your feet a nice gift by going for a foot massage or buying a foot massager (yay for holiday sales!).

The best treat you can give your feet is a checkup with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your feet, making sure they are healthy. Come to see him at Clark Podiatry Center. You can call 732-382-3470 or make an appointment online at our Clark, NJ office so that you can treat your feet and we can keep you walking

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” goes the song sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald.  Only summertime can wreak havoc on your feet.

1. Let’s start with the ever-present flip-flops and sandals.  Cheap flip-flops were meant for beaches, pools and locker rooms—only! If you want to wear them as every day casual shoes, spring for the extra few dollars and get the kind with real support. Save the fancy ones for dress-up wear and your feet will thank you. 

2. Wearing sandals of any kind can result in dry, cracked skin at the heels. There is no heel counter as found in closed shoes to keep the skin at the perimeter of the heels from being pinched and exposure to the elements dries the skin. Use moisturizing lotions to maintain hydrated skin.

3. Apply sunscreen to the top of your feet before spending time on the beach, at the pool or wearing those sandals and flip-flops. The skin is thin and very prone to painful sunburn—and the top of the foot is a particularly annoying place to get sunburn.

4. Summer safety: if you’re working in the yard, cutting grass and other such activities, you must wear appropriate shoes. Don’t let the laziness of convenience leave you open to an unfortunate accident.

5. Diabetics, particularly those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy need to be especially careful. Hot pavement, sidewalks and sand can result in serious burns. Wear something on your feet at all times!

Enjoy the summer to the fullest, but be careful out there!

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep you walking!

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By Clark Podiatry Center
March 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Odor   Athlete's Foot   Shoes   Foot Care   orthotic inserts   arch   heel   bunion   callus  

As the weather slowly levels out, you may get bitten by the springtime travel bug. If you haven’t really left the comfort and warmth of your home this winter season, it may be a good time to stretch your legs and explore some new areas of the world. This is especially true since it’s still off-peak travel season.

Already have plans for early spring travel? Great! As you pack your bags, don’t forget to take into consideration, items that you need for foot care. You might be wondering what we mean since you might not have thought about it before. Read on and check out the following tips for what you can pack for foot care while you travel:

  • Socks – Whether you are staying closer to home or going to a foreign country, you want to make sure you have enough socks. Otherwise, running out of clean pairs might mean wearing shoes without socks, which can lead to foot odor and irritated skin on the feet.
  • Comfortable shoes – In most cases, travel would probably include a lot of walking as you explore the area you are visiting. If your shoes are uncomfortable, you may miss out on seeing more of your travel destination since you may not want to walk around as much. Be sure to bring shoes that are supportive, including arch and heel support, as well as insoles with ample cushioning. If any of these supportive features are missing, you may want to try out some orthotic inserts.
  • Flip  Flops – Keeping your feet safe from infectious disease is as simple as using flip-flops in hotel rooms and bathrooms, communal showers, or any other public areas (e.g. swimming pools) where you might be barefoot. You never know how “clean” public areas are, and that can leave you prone to diseases like Athlete’s foot.
  • Bandages or other protective padding – For those who are prone to blisters or bunion pain, you should pack bandages, medical tape, or callus/bunion pads. This will, again, keep you more comfortable as you enjoy the food, culture, and sights of your travel destination.

If you have foot or ankle issues, or an injury that may prevent you from traveling, make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and give you options to make your travel plans possible. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. 

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care

It can be hard to remember about your feet in the middle of winter.  They have usually been covered in thick socks and boots and we adopt an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.  However, take some time to include some TLC (tender loving care) for your feet.

Here are some ways to love your feet:

  • Draw yourself a foot bath. It can be in the tub or in a large bucket. If you have a massaging foot spa from a gadget store, this is the time to use it!  Use essential oils like lavender, add Epsom salts, and throw in some rose petals. This will be such a great treat if you’ve worked on your feet all day!
  • Give yourself a nice foot rub. Grab some lotion and use your thumbs in a circular motion on the top or bottom of the feet. Increase pressure as you like, making sure to include points of tightness, such as: along the plantar fascia (especially if you suffer from plantar fasciitis), and under the big toe joint. If you’re really in the mood for pampering, why not schedule a foot massage?
  • Treat your feet to a wonderful gift like a foot-warming blanket, memory foam cushioned slippers, massaging foot spa/bath, cozy socks, a gift certificate to a foot massage, or a luxurious foot massager.
  • Unless you have diabetes and have lost sensation in the feet, you could cozy up by the fireplace, and warm up your feet.
  • Finally, do yourself a favor and stay away from the fancy dress shoes, as those are rarely comfortable. Your feet will thank you!

One of the best things you can do to love your feet is to make an annual podiatry appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and give them the treatment and care that they need. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office.



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