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Posts for: February, 2014

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
February 21, 2014
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: Summer Feet  

Beautify Your FeetThe summertime is a great time to show off your new sandals and allow your feet to breathe. But since the warmer months can be rough on your feet, it's important to give your feet a little extra care to keep them looking great and feeling healthy. Here are a few tips from Clark Podiatry Center for keeping your feet in tip-top shape during the summer.

Keep feet clean

The best line of defense against fungal infections is proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes. Wash feet with soap and water daily, and dry them thoroughly to prevent infection. Wear shower shoes in public places, like pools and locker rooms. And to prevent ingrown nails and toenail fungus, keep toenails trimmed straight across.

Avoid walking barefoot

Walking outside in the summertime without shoes increases the risk of injury and infection.

Protect feet from the sun

Wearing sunscreen is extremely important in the summertime- and that means lathering up the exposed skin on your feet and ankles too.

Keep your feet fungus free

Coupled with good foot hygiene, you can also prevent toenail fungus by alternating your shoes. And if you suspect a fungus infected nail, visit Clark Podiatry Center right away for early treatment.

Treat your feet to a pedicure

Eliminate rough, dead, winter skin and improve the appearance of your toenails with a pedicure. Do it yourself or pamper yourself to a professional one for attractive summer feet you'll be proud to show off. But don't leave nail polish on all summer long. Remove it periodically to allow your nail bed to breathe.

Prevent painful blisters

Sandals and flip flops can lead to irritating blisters when they rub against your bare skin. Use padding or bandages to prevent and reduce friction.

Examine your flip flops

Flip flops are great for allowing your feet to breathe all summer long, but thong sandals can result in sore feet and ankles. Choose styles with arch and heel support to keep feet healthy and pain free.

Following these easy steps during the summer months can go a long way in keeping your feet looking and feeling their very best. Inspect your feet daily, and if you encounter any unusual foot problems or experience pain, contact our Clark office for a thorough evaluation.


By Brandon Macy. D.P.M.
February 12, 2014
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: Dry skin   cracked heels   Valentine's Day   Urea   lotions  

It's Valentines Day! Show your feet some love!

On this day we show our love for those we care about the most, how about taking some time to care for the most neglected part of your body--your feet!  

It is the nature of winter where feet are stuffed into warm boots where, combined with the dry indoor heat can result in dry, scaly, cracked skin around the heels.  This is the time where soothing soaks and treatment with a thick, rich, medicated moisturizing lotion such as Kera-42 can make a world of difference in how your feet look and feel!  Feel free to stop by our office to pick up a large tube of Kera-42. It works great and lasts a long time too.

Treat your feet real sweet and lavish some TLC on them. Whether you are using lotions, treating yourself to some comfortable new running shoe or moisture-wicking socks, your feet will love you for it!  And don't forget the stretching exercises and foot massages, either!

Are the aches and pains of walking around in boots that are warm but not very supportive?  Ask us about prescription orthotics and how they can help you stay pain-free, even after the winter ends (it WILL end soon, won't it?).

Do you have another problem with your feet, but don't quite know where to take that first step towards relief?  Contact us for an appointment on our website or call us at 732-382-3470 and we'll steer you in the right direction to make a love connection with your feet!


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
February 10, 2014
Category: Foot Pain

TransDerm Solutions Treatment System of Resolution of Plantar Porokeratosis (PK) Lesions

 No Anesthesia Required!

Do you suffer from the severe pain of rock-like calluses on the soles of your feet? They can feel like sharp needles or like you have stones in your shoes, don't they?

There are two common maladies that appear as "calluses" on the sole (plantar surface) of peoples' feet.  I many cases, these can be extremely painful conditions that are diffcult to resolve: Plantar porokeratosis (PK) and Plantar warts. Each condtion is fundamentally different and, as such, effective treatments must address them differently in order to resolve them.

Warts (plantar warts occur on the soles of the feet) are caused by a human papilloma virus (HPV) that infects the surface of the skin.  The wart develops an overlying callus layer that continually thickens and as a result can become very painful depending on the specific location on the foot.

The plantar porokeratosis callus is caused by mechanical stresses generated on the plantar skin, typically as a result of anatomical structureal deformity or biomechanical instability of the foot. These are commonly treated by various palliative approaches such as having the calluses scraped or pared to reduce their thickness and pain along with other measures such as pads, creams and accommodative orthotics. This results in a chronic palliative cycle of self care and frequent office visits with less than satisfactory results.

PK is often misdiagnosed and treated as a wart by non-professionals and occasionally by family physicians who don't regularly treat these conditions. Most wart treatments, including the various OTC products are not effective in treatng PKs and can, in fact, result in ulcerations or infections when used inappropriately.

Sometimes warts can be resolved by other methods such as surgery, but the painful lesions of PK are singularly difficult to resolve. Surgery on the lesions themselves doesn't work and surgery on underlying bone deformities involves at least a short term disability and can occasionally present more problems than solutions.

The situation is not hopeless for the person suffering from the knife-like pain of the PK.  There's the TransDerm Solutions Treatment Systems, a painless, non-invasive, topical treatment system that can resolve the condition in just two days. While simple, the system requires a careful attnetion to detail in its method of application to achieve consistent results. 

The TransDerm Treatment System is composed of specially compunded topical solutions that are applied in a 3-step treatment cycle that spans approximately 2 days. To obtain the optimum results, it is important to follow the timing of each step of the process. Failure to do so may compromise results and necessitate an additional treatment cycle.

It is wise to do so and results can be improved by addressing underlying structural issues, so often an orthotic device with accommodations for the pressure spots will be prescribed to further deal with the cause of the PKs.

Do you or someone you know have one of these miserably painful PK lesions?  Contact us for more information or call for an appointment  to have them removed--painlessly and without needles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  




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