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Posts for: December, 2010

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 28, 2010
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Winter is here. 20+ inches of snow on Boxing Day in the northeast was Mother Nature's holiday greeting to us all. It was light and fluffy, but still quite a chore to dig out, and with so much, there's still plenty of slush and ice to make things dangerous for drivers.

 

The most dangerous spots may well be on your own driveways, sidewalks and front steps at home. I can't begin to tell you how many patients have had serious injuries as a result of slips and falls after stepping outside just to do some innocent chore. Picking up a newspaper, taking garbage cans to the curb, checking the mailbox. Typically, they were wearing indoor shoes or slippers and the steps or walkway were a bit more slippery than expected.

 

I've treated my share of ankle sprains and fractures as a result, but I've also had patients suffer worse injuries to hips, backs, broken wrists and arms. All because "I was just going out for a minute".

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Even if you're going out for a moment, such as checking the mailbox, dress appropriately. Besides keeping warm, wear appropriate footwear such as boots. If you don't want to use salt on the sidewalks and driveways, use sand or cat litter to improve traction.

 

If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, get somebody else to do the cleaning up, have somebody else pick up your mail and newspaper and stay inside until it is safe to go out. Please!

 

When the weather is bad, many times we can still make it into the office to see those patients who can make it in, BUT...please don't feel obligated to keep your appointment if conditions outside are icy or otherwise dangerous. For most conditions, there's nothing that can't wait a few days. Call the office

or contact us via our website to reschedule your appointment. We'd rather you arrive safe and sound and a few days later.

 

One last thing: If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, be a good Samaritan and help them dig out. Offer to sand. or salt sidewalks, bring in their mail, perhaps make a quick grocery store run if they need a couple of items. Its a neighborly thing to do.

 

Be safe!

 


By cl7219
December 18, 2010
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Thinking of giving a pedicure at a local nail salon as a holiday gift? Getting one for yourself in advance of a holiday party? '

 

There's nothing wrong with looking good and giving a bit of TLC to your feet, especially after a month of holiday shopping and attending parties in those attractive, but not so comfortable shoes. Let's go over a few things to watch for and I'll leave you with some gift ideas at the end.

 

One of the things that gives me the most cause for concern is that I haven't heard of too many nail technicians asking a client whether they are diabetic or if they're taking a blood-thinner such as coumadin. There are extra risks involved in either case if trimming nails or calluses results in bleeding or if a fragment of nail is left in one of the corners.

 

Next is the matter of ingrown toenails. Now, there's a bit of a misconception as to whether improper cutting of nails can cause ingrown toenails. Not exactly. But if the sides of the nails tend to curve in deeply, it is very easy to leave a piece behind and that piece can cause an infection if it were to break through the skin. Again, it is even a bigger risk in the presence of diabetes or if you are taking a blood thinner. If you have a tendency towards ingrown toenails, they can be treated quickly and safely in the office. "Permanent" correction can be achieved via a simple in office procedure with little or no disability. Contact us for an appointment to discuss your options.

 

Lastly, there's the matter of cleanliness and fungus infections. Most nail salons do a fairly good job in this regard, but they aren't held to the same standards of cleanliness and instrument sterility that you'll find in a podiatrist's office. Spa soaks and instruments are used by all the clientele and that makes plenty of people skittish about receiving pedicures.

 

If it is too late and you have already contracted a fungus infection of the nails, we have several means of treating it. There are oral and topical treatments,along with laser therapy. While treating fungus in nails is a difficult challenge, we have had plenty of success and good results can be obtained before the warm weather and open-toed shoes become a part of your daily wardrobe.

 

This brings us to prevention and some gift ideas. Either through the home page of our Clark Podiatry Center website or directly through the link to our online store, there are a few products you can use (or gift) that can give some peace of mind when receiving a pedicure. There is an anti-fungal nail polish, available in several colors, all natural and without dangerous chemicals.

 

Another good idea is to have the technician utilize instruments that are your and tours only. We'll even help you out. Should you order a stainless steel toenail cutter from our website, bring it to our office and we'll sterilize it in our autoclave for you whenever you get a pedicure, FREE!

 

Those are gifts that keep on giving!

 

 

Questions? Comments? Suggestions for future blog ideas? Drop us a line!

 

 


By cl7219
December 12, 2010
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Uggs™! They're popular, they're attractive, at this time of year they're also quite warm and cozy. The main problem with them that I've encountered is that they don't provide a whole lot in the way of support.

 

I was asked to do a 'consultation' via text message a few weeks ago by my daughter at the University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!). It seems that one of her friends there was having some pain on the top of her foot and under her arch, with no history of any injuries. My question to the friend was to ask what types of shoes she wears when walking all over campus. The answer came back that she wore her Uggs everywhere and all the time!

 

That wasn't the first time I've encountered somebody with that problem with Uggs, but it is also common with most any shoe that offers so little in the way of arch support. Yes, that includes those omnipresent flip-flops, but since those are supposedly more for warm weather wear, I'll pass on dumping on them for now.

 

Midfoot pain, arch pain, heel pain. Wearing Uggs or other shoes with so little support is an open invitation to these problems. I'm not knocking the shoes or suggesting that they shouldn't be worn, but if you're going to wear them frequently or for long periods in a given day, I recommend adding extra support in the shoe. Without any major problems being present, a prefabricated orthotic device such as Powersteps™ available in our office or our on line store would make a huge improvement in your comfort. There are a few varieties of the orthotics available to suit your needs. The on line store can be accessed from the Clark Podiatry Center Home Page).

 

Inexpensive inserts, cushions and gel pads from pharmacies and supermarket aisles may feel OK when you first put them on, but they offer very little support and are generally not worth what you paid. If you'd like an evaluation of something you've purchased, feel free to ask me about them or bring them into the office to evaluate them out before they are worn.

 

Its all about being comfortable while you're being stylish, right?

 

 


December 06, 2010
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Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Clark, NJ area, we're excited you are here. With the podiatry industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote podiatric awareness as a vital part of your healthy, active lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including the latest developments in podiatry, podiatric treatments and helpful foot care advice from Dr. Macy and his staff.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure the long-term health of your feet.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


By cl7219
December 05, 2010
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Welcome to my new and improved website and blog.

 

The website at www.clarkpodiatry.com was redesigned to make it easier for you to find out information about any foot problems you may have, to find information about me and the practice and to be able to contact the office to schedule an appointment.

 

Moving forward, I plan to post pieces about a variety of podiatric topics, be it information about a particular disorder or treatment modality, things new to the office, seasonally related topics or even insurance issues. Some of the first topics to be covered will be about various forms of heel pain, ingrown toenails and diabetic foot care. All coming soon.

 

Feel free to comment on anything posted here or to suggest a topic for a future blog entry. The idea is to better identify and serve YOUR needs.

 

Dr. Macy




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