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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 11, 2021

October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. What do you know about this condition that affects 5-10 percent of Americans? The disorder is a response to cold or stress, and the results are an interruption to the blood vessels to different parts of the body, including your feet and toes. Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center knows that the experience, also known as an attack, can be painful. Here are ways to lessen the impact, which could last for minutes or hours.

Stop Smoking   

There’s no surprise here. Smoking doesn’t offer any positive health benefits, and the damage that it does to narrow blood vessels only worsens with Raynaud’s. Put down the cigarettes to take charge of your attacks and reduce the discomfort.

Keep Warm

From dressing in layers to using foot warmers, find safe and creative ways to keep out of the cold. If you’re not able to move to a warmer climate, try to stay inside on cold days or make sure to dress the part. Keep in mind, air conditioning in warmer climates can create problems, too.


Find Support

If you have Raynaud’s, you are not alone, and other people are working to manage their attacks, too. Connect with trusted organizations and resources to provide safe and effective ways to decrease the severity of your attacks.

Stress Less

Stress is another cause of an attack. Finding ways to cope with the stressors of life can help to limit how often these events occur. For people with Raynaud’s, their stress response is much more sensitive. Connect with your doctor for stress-relieving tips. We’re here to help.

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
August 28, 2019
Tags: diabetes   foot   children   podiatrist  

If we stop and think about it, the human foot is quite an invention. Made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and numerous tendons, it is both complicated and simple. Complicated in design but simple in performance, it balances our body weight as we walk, stroll, run, or stand. Amazing if we think about it. Yet, how, many times do we take our feet for granted?

Our feet literally carry us as we go through our day. Is it any wonder that they get tired or sore or a bump or two suddenly appears from out of nowhere? If the rest of us worked that hard, wouldn’t we want to take a ‘time out’ and spoil ourselves awhile? Why not our feet?

Good thing there is a specific person trained to keep our feet healthy and working called a podiatrist. If you have a pain in the toe, sharp pain in the heel, your feet turn inward or have lost feeling in your toes due to diabetes; a podiatrist can help.

They are especially trained and ready to help your children as their feet go from newborn to toddler to a full-grown youngster. They are trained to recognize problems and what appears as a problem and make sure they don’t become more. Throughout all this, Clark Podiatry is ready to guide your children as they learn to stand, take their first steps, walk, and finally run.  

As a member of the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, we look at possible foot problems that may be passed down from family member to family member. If we can identify these early on, then it is possible we can help your child avoid problems that would otherwise show up down the road. If we can address these foot issues now, all the better.

If you or your child need help and encouragement in caring for 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 there are no issues making sure that you not only choose the right shoes but also keep your feet healthy. See us at our Clark, New Jersey office today!

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 07, 2019

There are many types of doctors a person can see, depending on what part of the body needs attention. For the heart it is a cardiologist, for the kidneys, it is a nephrologist, and for the skin, it’s a dermatologist. For your feet, though, it’s a podiatrist. But why see a podiatrist? Aren’t foot problems really minor and something you can handle yourself? Well, the answer is not quite so simple.

While some foot conditions can be treated at home, many can become very serious if they’re not treated appropriately and treated immediately. It is not uncommon for people to try to treat themselves, but it is also quite common for these treatments to really need professional care.

Some conditions that are best treated by a podiatrist and why include:

  • Corns and calluses – if not treated correctly can lead to blisters and infections
  • Bunions – usually are painful and indicative of more complicated factors. Also, it may require surgery
  • Hammertoe – can lead to other conditions and can also require surgery
  • Heel issues – will affect your gait if not properly diagnosed and lead to other issues, possibly with your back
  • Metatarsalgia – painful condition that is best diagnosed and treated by a professional
  • Athlete’s feet – can spread to hands and beyond and may require strong medicine prescribed by a doctor.
  • Plantar fasciitis – will likely require specific doctor prescribed medicine
  • Flat feet – can affect your gait and cause back issues. May require a custom orthotic
  • Severs disease – common in children, but not easily diagnosed unless by a trained professional
  • Neuromas – can feel like several other conditions. Only a podiatrist can properly diagnose
  • Diabetes – this is perhaps the most serious of conditions and if not cared for properly can lead to a series of very serious medical conditions and even amputation

In fact, just about any foot-related concern, a person can have needs to be looked at by a podiatrist. What may be a more complicated, but easily treated condition, can very easily be mistaken for something else? So why take the risk and especially regarding your children? With so much to do every day, why not leave the doctoring to the doctor? Take the time to let a professionally trained person handle foot related medical issues. It is, after all, why they went to school.

If you have any concerns about the health of your feet or just have questions, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 20, 2018

“Why are my feet so swollen?”

At the end of some days, you might notice that your feet are larger than they were when you woke up this morning. If you’ve been on your feet all day, whether from a job that requires standing or from walking all day, there’s a good chance that your feet will be a bit swollen. A slight swelling of the feet is natural in these cases, but edema (swelling) that is chronic, uneven, or severe can indicate a larger health problem.

Read on to find out if one of the causes below (other than standing for long periods of time) apply to you:

Injury, infection, Insect Bite, Inactivity

  • Injuries, including sports injuries to the feet, can cause swelling for several minutes to several days, depending on the severity of the impact.
  • An infection can cause swelling to the feet, especially if it is not treated properly, right away.
  • Those who are allergic to insect bites will also experience swelling if pests get a taste on the feet.
  • If you sit still or lie down for too long, the lack of circulation of blood and fluids can cause them to pool in the lower extremities, resulting in swollen feet.

Hormonal changes

  • Hormonal changes can sometimes cause swelling, particularly during the menstrual cycle and especially during pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women are likely to have swollen feet because of their changing body structure. As the baby grows, it can restrict circulation of blood and fluids back up from the legs and feet. The result is swollen feet that may require you to get shoes up to 2 sizes larger! You’ll want to put your feet up as often as you can.

Other health problems

  • Those who have varicose veins may experience poor circulation.
  • A blood clot is a serious problem in which the foot, ankle, or leg will show swelling. This usually occurs in one leg, as opposed to both legs.
  • Lymph problems can cause you to have poor circulation of fluids in your legs, causing swelling in the feet (lymphedema).
  • A symptom of heart, liver, or kidney problems is edema.

If you have swollen feet, try using the RICE method to reduce symptoms. If that doesn’t work, or if swelling persists, make an appointment to see us at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment and make sure that you do not have underlying health problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and are ready to serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
April 26, 2017

For some, the foot fungus, commonly known as Athlete’s foot can be a recurring condition that keeps coming back. Depending on exposure, hygiene, treatment, as well as immune system condition, some people can have Athlete’s foot continuously reappear on their feet. Also known as tinea pedis, this fungal infection causes itchy, red bumps between the toes, as well as dry, cracked, peeling skin along the bottom of the feet and heels. If it gets under the toenails, they become thick and discolored, making them unsightly and harder to manage.

Athlete’s Foot is Contagious

Chances are, you got Athlete’s foot from a shared space with someone else who had it. Walking barefoot in community pools, saunas, bathhouses, communal showers, and locker rooms, or sharing shoes or towels are typically how you may contract the fungal infection. They enter the body through breaks in the skin or between the toenails where it meets the skin and can spread to other parts of the feet as they thrive in your shoes. These fungi grow well in moist, warm, dark places, so your socks and shoes can be the problem.

Here are some tips to prevent contracting and spreading Athlete’s Foot:

  • You and your children should make sure to clean your feet each day. Wash your feet with warm water and soap and then let them fully dry before putting on new socks.
  • If you are barefoot in communal areas, use flip-flops instead to prevent coming into direct contact with the shared floors. Washing after being barefoot is very important, especially in activities that require bare feet, such as rock climbing or slacklining.
  • Rotate the shoes you wear each day so that they can completely dry out between wears. This will help kill off bacteria and fungi that are living in the shoes.

Because Athlete’s foot can affect anyone, including children, it is important to pay attention to the symptoms mentioned above. Treating foot fungus promptly will help prevent spreading and worsening of the problem. You can try using antifungal medications when you first notice the signs. However, if the condition keeps persisting, you may need to come in for treatment, possibly laser therapy at our office.

Need additional help? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatment for your foot fungus. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 



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