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Some people have a limited idea of what a podiatrist does (“I didn’t know you take care of that!”) and as a result are surprised about what help is available for people of all ages.  Here’s a list of reasons it’s best to see your favorite podiatrist.

  1. Pain.  Pain is never normal—heel pain, arch pain, painful bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses.  
  2. Skin conditions.  Warts, rashes, identifying skin cancers in the feet, fungal conditions of skin and nails. Ingrown toenails.
  3. Sports injuries. Sprains, strains, fractures of the toes, feet and ankles. (and without the long waits in emergency rooms only to be seen by non-specialists)
  4. Specialized care for diabetics.  Treatment of ulcers and infections, preventive foot care that is vital for diabetics.
  5. Specialized care for children.  Besides common ingrown nails and warts, most adult foot issues have their roots in how the child develops structurally. Getting an early start on treating and preventing problems pays off in the long run. “Prevention is better than correction”.

There’s actually more to the list.  As you can see, the podiatrist is a generalist on a specific area of the body—part primary care, orthopedist, dermatologist, rheumatologist, radiologist, pediatrician, surgeon, and more.  For most any issue involving the foot and ankle, some of which can cause leg, knee, hip or back pain as well, the podiatrists office is the place to go!

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!

There are a lot of you out there who know that your two shoes don’t fit exactly the same. One may be a half size or more different from the other.  Why is that?

 Other than the obvious issue of someone who has had a traumatic injury to one of their feet, it is actually fairly common occurrence.  You may notice that one of your arches may appear different from the other.  That’s a big hint.

 Here’s the surprising fact:  the underlying cause may actually be a curvature or rotational problem—in your spine!  When this happens, your body makes up for it in different ways.  The pelvis can tilt, with the result that one of your legs functions as if it is longer than the other.  Your body compensates even more for this, with the longer leg turning outward a bit and that same foot will flatten out more than the other.

As the arch lowers in that longer leg, the foot naturally lengthens, so that foot may wind up a quarter to a half size larger than the other. Your shoes will wear out differently on the short and long side as well.  The majority of symptoms will occur on the longer side with the arch that flattens more and could be in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, or even your neck.

What to do about this? First, you should buy your shoes for the larger foot.  We’ll treat any symptoms which develop on either side and only about 5% of the time will we have to address the inequality of your leg lengths with some sort of in-the-shoe lift.

The takeaway point:  Different shoe sizes are common, and very often because of back issues.  We’re ready, willing and able to deal with any structural imbalances that are present so we can keep you walking—comfortably!

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

This is Dr. Brandon Macy and I want to keep you walking! 

#ClarkPodiatryCenter #NJCFHI

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 06, 2017
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: arthritis   osteoporosis  

If you’ve been reading our blog posts, you may remember that we have 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot (including the ankle). That’s a lot of moving parts that can be affected by musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis or osteoporosis. That’s why we are taking part in raising awareness, as part of Bone and Joint Action Week, which takes place from October 12th to the 20th.

We’ve gathered some facts and tips for our patients so that you may be well-informed about these issues. We hope they will help you take preventative measures, as well as learn the signs and symptoms related to musculoskeletal disease so that you can treat them early.

  • If you are over the age of 18, you’ve got over a 50% chance of being affected by one of the many musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions.
  • Common musculoskeletal issues include: arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal problems and back pain, as well as traumatic injury.
  • Musculoskeletal issues are a leading cause of physical disability and severe long-term pain.
  • “Movement is Medicine – Keep moving for health and wealth!” is the theme put forth by the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade. This is to stress the importance of physical activity, not only to prevent bone and joint issues, but also to remind those with musculoskeletal disease to keep moving to feel better.
  • Keep your bones and joints healthy! Take care of them through regular lifelong activity, eating a healthy and wholesome diet, as well as healthcare maintenance with regular checkups. See your doctor at first sign of pain or discomfort in your bones, before disease progression. Developing strong bones earlier is important for bone health later, as your bones begin to deteriorate as you get older.
  • Prevention Tips: Developing your strength, endurance, flexibility, and posture are essential to maintaining good bone and joint health. Learn how your body reacts to certain activities and foods, especially if you or someone in your family has arthritis. Furthermore, take caution when engaging in certain activities, making sure to use protective gear and equipment, as well as wearing the correct types of shoes.

If you’ve got symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions affecting your bones and joints, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment of your feet and ankles. We are here to treat your family’s needs at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
December 28, 2016
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: stretching   massaging  

Lose weight. Learn to cook healthy. Try something new every day.

These are all great resolutions to have as we begin the New Year! Each year, many people embark on the goal of getting into shape, but many people end up stopping because of lack of motivation, or worse, injury.

We at Clark Podiatry Center want you to get this year started safely and successfully! Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, and his team encourage you and your family to take the right steps to put your best feet forward as your start this new year. The following are some suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for your feet to feel healthy and strong:

  • Check and take care of your feet daily. This includes washing your feet, drying them fully, moisturizing dry skin, and cutting your toenails to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Starting a new workout plan? Consult a doctor if you’ve never done an exercise regimen before, and especially if you have any pains. You don’t want to risk getting even more hurt before you even begin! Start slow and listen to your body. If you try too much, too quickly, you can lose steam after just a week of exercising.
  • Take time to stretch and massage your feet. For those that stand for long hours at work or are constantly on their feet due to busy lives, it can cause pain and overuse injury if you don’t sit and take care of those hardworking muscles and tissues.  
  • Function over fashion! It may be a good time to clean out the shoe closet and donate any shoes that you do not wear anymore because they are just so uncomfortable. Pain should not be a regular part of your day, especially when it comes to feet since they are carrying your entire body weight. Find supportive, comfortable shoes for better long-term health.

Finally, make an appointment with our friendly podiatrist at our Clark, NJ office. What a better way to start off your new year than to get to your annual visit with Dr. Macy to make sure your feet and ankles are in tip top shape? Perhaps you haven’t been in a while and have a resolution to be kind to your body. Our team here will be happy to help you get started with treating those recurring ingrown toenails or fungus issues. Treat your foot woes early so that you don’t have to bother with them throughout the year! Happy New Year!!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 19, 2016
Category: Foot Health Tips

OK. So it’s not peanut butter & jelly day, but the other PB&J day – World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day! October 19th celebrates and raises awareness for bone and joint health in children and youth. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to do our part by giving you some tips about healthy pediatric bone and joint growth. Remember that for children, prevention and early treatment are key for averting problems later in life.

  • Eat foods for healthy bone and joint growth:

    • Foods with Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids: such as nuts, fatty fish, and veggies.

    • Foods with calcium: from nutrient enriched cereal, dark leafy greens, yogurts, cheese, and milk alternatives.

    • Foods with vitamin D: nutrient enriched cereal, egg yolks, and cheese. Getting some sun also helps you get your vitamin D intake.

  • Watch your child’s eating habits:

    • Overeating can lead to overweight and obesity issues. Extra weight can cause pain in the joints.

    • Teenagers may become anorexic or bulimic, which can affect growth through lack of nutrition, or altering hormones levels.

  • Exercise to protect and strengthen your joints and bones:

    • Always stretch and warm up to lower risk of injury or strain.

    • Children should do bone-strengthening exercises, as a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Cycling or running games, as well as gymnastics, group sports, or jumping-related activities are necessary to build strong bones.

    • Sitting for long periods of time can lead to stiff joints or swelling.

  • Pay attention to injury or stress fractures:

    • During growth spurts, and puberty, there is a higher chance of injury as bones and joints are not fully developed.

    • Children and youth who play sports are more likely to experience injury – which can have more painful consequences when bones and joints are not fully formed.

Keep in mind that swollen, painful, red joints are not normal. Your children should see a doctor if they have this symptom. Of course, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, can assess and treat your child’s foot and ankle-related bone or joint issues. He and his team specialize in pediatric podiatry, so that we keep you (and your family walking). Make an appointment with us today at our Clark, NJ office



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