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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 28, 2013
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2013 has been a most interesting year, amazing that it has passed so quickly. For some, this has been a blessing in its own right--starting the year off with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy at Newtown, then the ever-present turmoil in Washington, including apprehension regarding the Affordable Care Act.  Closer to home, there have been more than enough heartaches, as we lost a few of our favorite and long-time patients.  Members of our office staff have lost loved ones as well.

As life tends to balance things out over time, there have been many blessings to be had as well.  Good news from good friends, new homes, graduations, new freinds in our practice, more ways found to help more patients.  Nothing more important than good health of friends and family members.

The biggest blessing for me this year was saved for the end, as my oldest daughter Jennifer and her husband Ben presented us this past week with my first grandchild, Maggie.

This little cutie graced our presence on December 23--8 lbs, 5 oz. of delicious. Healthy, happy and with perfect feet (I checked).  It is definitely a different feeling becoming a grandfather, although it is difficult to put my finger on exactly what that is.  How can you NOT fall in love with such a precious little angel the minute you lay eyes on her?  This lucky little lady has plenty of peole around to love her--aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts, great uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents, not to mention her wonderful mom and dad.

There's so much in the way of good thing to anticipate in 2014.  Graduations, vacations, milestone birthdays and hopefully more. We also have plans in the coming days, weeks and months to unveil new services to help our patients look better and feel better, to prevent and treat problems to keep them walking.

Let's look for the 2014 to bring everybody  more happiness than heartaches.  Here's to a year full of good things good health, along with more blessing than you could possibly count.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
December 18, 2013
Category: Shoes

WalkingLooking for a safe, easy and inexpensive way to stay healthy, increase your energy level and improve your figure? Start walking. Walking is one of the easiest and most popular forms of exercise, and when done properly, can significantly improve your health.

The basic kind of walking -- often called healthwalking -- can be done almost anywhere and at any time, year around. And for individuals with a long history of inactivity or problems with obesity, walking is an excellent way to begin an exercise program.

If the Shoe Fits- Get Walking

Footwear plays a vital role in the duration and achievement of your walking routine, and shoes that don't fit properly or that lack support can lead to foot pain or injuries, such as blisters, corns, calluses, nail fungus and plantar fasciitis.

Not sure which shoe will offer you the most support? Come into our Clark office for an examination. We can help determine the best shoe for your feet based on your arch, walking experience and foot mechanics. Your shoes should be well-cushioned and stable, offering you comfort and fit that enables you to walk smoothly and without discomfort.

Keep Your Feet Healthy

To gain the most health benefit from walking, it's important to pay close attention to your feet. Trim your nails regularly, keep your feet clean and dry, and inspect your feet for signs of sores, blisters, corns, calluses or other infections. Serious foot ailments, such as bunions or hammertoes, should be checked by our Clark office before you begin your exercise regimen.

Once you're ready to hit the road, you'll want set appropriate goals based on your overall health and walking experience. Start slow and build upon your distance gradually. And don't forget to stretch in order to prevent injury and keep muscles loose.

Walking is meant to be safe, easy and fun, but in order to do so, you must have healthy feet. Experiencing foot pain and discomfort isn't normal. Talk with a podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center if you encounter any problems while walking. Every step you take is one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Take a stroll in the mall, walk your dog in the park, or grab a friend and go for a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. It's easy and fun, and when done regularly can lead to a healthier you!


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 17, 2013

Sitting Is the New Smoking II –Keeping Seniors Walking

[This is the second in a series, the first dealt with childhood obesity]

How would you like to save money on your heating bills this winter?  It’s NOT an advertisement to get a new furnace or switch utility suppliers. Details below.

Everyone knows --or should know that smoking is not good for you. It affects your lungs, your cardiovascular health, your circulation, your skin, your weight, lowers your resistance to disease, it even affects your attitude. What you need to understand is that sitting has precisely the same effect.  A recent article in Parade Magazine cited a study where it was demonstrated that the life span of sedentary people is significantly shorter—no surprise there—but that even overweight people who are active fare much better than slender people who are not active.

Older people with arthritis, poor circulation or balance problems are often afraid of falling or intimidated by their pain. But the pain of arthritis can be eased by keeping active. There's an old axiom "use it or lose it".  The more you do, the more you can do, the less you do, the less you can do.  In either direction it's a spiral. The spiral can work for you or against you--it's a choice to be made each and every day. 

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association was devoted in its entirety to fall prevention in older people.  Several challenges were addressed, along with recommendations such as proper shoegear, non-skid socks, and dealing appropriately with painful foot problems. 

Very often it is a matter of confidence that keeps seniors from walking more.  Aside from arthritis in the feet, knees, hips and back, weakness in the large muscles in the thighs and core abdominal muscles adds to the difficulty and frustration. Exercise programs at senior centers, health clubs, even those simple things which can be done at home all help.  The key lies in making exercise a habit.  Start small, and with a doctor’s advice.  But you have to take that first step, even if you need to use a cane or a walker. 

If your feet hurt for any reason, that certainly puts a damper on your enthusiasm and ability to get moving.  Do you have heel pain? ingrown nails? painful bunions, hammertoes? painful calluses? We can help--quickly and easily.  Are your shoes causing you pain? Are they the wrong size because your feet and ankles swell later in the day, so you buy shoes that are too large? We can advise you about what to look for. 

Our office has a Fall Prevention Program to keep seniors on their feet and moving.  From bracing to shoe modifications to recommendations for treating painful foot conditions, our goal is to get you moving and KEEP you moving.

Your body is a walking machine that may not have been built properly by your parents.  Imbalances in the structure can be the underlying cause of so very many deformities and pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.  Lightweight, custom orthotics often make a major difference in being able to perform your daily activities and exercise in comfort.

Our motto at Clark Podiatry Center is “We Keep You Walking”.  It’s about looking, feeling and being healthier.  It’s about walking the walk instead of talking the talk about how you know you should exercise and want to, but [fill in the excuse].  While you may need a walker for assistance, you don't have to go to the extent of the man pictured who created an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) walker!

    4 wheel drive ATV-walker!

Look around our website for information regarding any specific problems you may have.  If you can’t find something that sounds familiar, use the Contact Us link to ask a question.  Or call 732-382-3470 for an appointment.  We’ll fit you into the schedule as soon as possible and then we’ll work together to do what it takes to keep you walking.

Oh, and how can you save on your heating bills this winter?  Get up and move.  When you sit around, watching TV or other sedentary activities, you feel colder.  Whether you’re puttering around the house, or take a few minutes at a time to walk around or otherwise engage in light exercise, you’ll generate your own body heat and feel much warmer.  You’ll be able to turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees and save! You’ll feel a lot better, too.


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 10, 2013

Sitting Is the New Smoking I

Everyone knows --or should know that smoking is not good for you. It affects your lungs, your cardiovascular health, your circulation, your skin, your weight, lowers your resistance to disease, it even affects your attitude. What you need to understand is that sitting has precisely the same effect.  A recent article in Parade Magazine cited a study where it was demonstrated that the life span of sedentary people is significantly shorter—no surprise there—but that even overweight people who are active fare much better than slender people who are not active.

This is the first in a series of blog entries where we’ll explore and make recommendations for dealing with this issue in different patient populations.  First we’ll deal with the serious problem of childhood obesity.

Children spending too much time on the computer, cell phone, game console, television--there's little argument that they need to get out and participate in some physical activity. The National Football League is in agreement.  They sponsor the nflplay60 experience, an effort to get kids physically active for at least 60 minutes per day in an effort to combat childhood obesity.

Another article in Parade stated that fit children get better grades in school.  At a Back to School Night I attended when one of my daughters started high school, a teacher said that he loved having students participate in athletics.  Not only was it healthier, he said, but it was a driving force for the students to better budget their time for studies.

What’s the answer? There’s more to the matter than limiting junk food intake.  Encouraging—insisting—on some regular physical activity.  Your child doesn’t have to be a superstar to participate in team sports.  I’ve coached and now referee youth soccer games and there are multiple flights for all levels of skill.  Gymnastics and dance classes are preferred by many as an alternative.  You don’t have to restrict things to one activity, at least not until your child expresses a strong preference for one.

Another idea is to mix in a regular shared activity with your children.  Brisk walks, hiking trails, jogging, bicycling, swimming are a few examples of healthy activities you can share with them.  They grow up so fast—spend as much time with them as you can!

The key lies overcoming the physical law of inertia—the one that says “objects [and people] at rest tend to stay at rest”.  It can be a challenge to develop the good habits in your children.  Besides encouragement and insistence, it would be wise to start by using the principle of SAGE—set a good example!  Get out there and get moving yourself.  “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t fly.

How can we be of help? All sorts of problems resulting in foot pain can interfere with the enjoyment of any activity. Our motto at Clark Podiatry Center is “We Keep You Walking”.   It’s about doing our best to relieve foot pain and keep you participating in your favorite activities.

If your feet hurt for any reason, that certainly puts a damper on your enthusiasm and ability to get out there.  The most common problems I encounter in the youth population are ingrown toenails, warts and heel pain, which is most commonly (in children from 9-14) a growth plate injury known as calcaneal apophysitis, or Sever’s Disease.  None of these problems has to be debilitating but, left untreated, each can make your child miserable and reluctant to participate. 

Look around our website for information regarding these or other specific problems you may have encountered.  If you can’t find something that sounds familiar, use the Contact Us link to ask a question.  Or call 732-382-3470 for an appointment.  We’ll fit you into the schedule as soon as possible and then we’ll work together to do what it takes to keep you and your child walking.

Next in the series: Keeping seniors walking, including information about a Fall Prevention program.

 




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