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Posts for: November, 2015

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 27, 2015
Category: Common Treatments

The latest treatment being offered at the podiatrist’s office is known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. This is a new and non-invasive technique that is now being used to successfully treat many foot conditions. The Shock Wave Therapy treatment essentially delivers high pressure shock waves that travel deep within the skin to heal affected skin tissues and bones without harm to the rest of the body. Although the term ‘shock wave’ sounds scary and painful, this is a quick and painless procedure that sends no electricity to the body. Ultrasonic waves and pulses are sent to the skin to stimulate and kick start the body’s natural healing process. This device works similar to some of the new high-end medical facials such as micro current treatments and light therapy.

What is Shock Wave Therapy Used for?

Shock Wave Therapy is being used to bring relief and comfort to people with many foot conditions such as:

  • Chronic heel pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs

Who is Shock Wave Therapy for?

If you have been suffering from chronic heel pain and have not found relief or adequate healing through medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy or orthotics, you may be a good candidate for Shock Wave Therapy.

Who is Shock Wave Therapy NOT FOR?

  • Children
  • Pregnant Women
  • Patients prescribed with blood clotting medications

Is there any downtime?

You will most likely not feel any pain while undergoing the treatment. Patients do not require anesthesia or any injections. As this is a non-surgical treatment, you will not require any downtime post treatment. Patients may feel mild stinging or a tingling sensation that will usually subside within hours.

How is the Shock Wave Therapy treatment performed?

Consult with Dr. Brandon Macy who is a board certified podiatrist with expertise and focused training in the Shock Wave Therapy treatment. He treats men, women and children with all their foot and ankle care needs. First, he will complete a thorough evaluation followed by a manual examination of the affected areas. The areas affected will be marked and the Ultrasonic Transmission gel will be applied on the treatment areas to prepare for the procedure. The treatment will begin with the doctor gliding the Shock Wave Therapy device over the injured areas. The treatment will last from 15-30 minutes. Multiple sessions may be required to see results and maximize relief. Dr. Brandon Macy is a highly experienced podiatric surgeon and has treated many patients at our office in Clark, New Jersey with Shock Wave Therapy. Call Clark Podiatry today at (732) 382-3470 to find out if you’re a good candidate for this treatment or schedule your online appointment now.


By Clark Podiatry Center
November 18, 2015
Tags: Frostbite  

What is hard to predict, hard to prepare for and something that changes from year to year? You guessed it, it’s the weather! Here in the Northeast, we have been experiencing some strange weather phenomena. Every year, the summers and the winters have been hard to forecast accurately, and most days, it ends up being sunnier than average or cooler than normal. Let’s blame global warming.

We all know that we need to keep our heads and bodies covered and wrapped up in winter, but did you know that your fingers and toes need equal protection? So, next time you look out the window and the bright, sunny sky fools you, don’t be fooled. Take out your phone weather app or check the news to check the temperature and the wind chill factor. You may need those boots and gloves after all, as this is the only way to prevent a common winter condition known as frostbite. It takes just 5 minutes to develop frostbite in very low temperatures.

What is frostbite?

Frostbite means that a part of your body freezes. Generally, toes and feet are affected. But, even your nose and ears can get frostbite. Not to worry though, frostbite although serious, can be treated.

What are the symptoms?

Frostbite happens quickly and worsens without treatment. It usually occurs in stages:

1st stage:

You are outside, in the cold, without weather appropriate clothing. Your skin turns white or a faint yellow and starts to burn.

2nd stage:

Your skin turns hard and appears shiny. You may form blisters. When your skin thaws, it may be filled with fluid or pus or blood.

3rd stage:

Skin is very hard and feels cold. It turns dark and looks more like a bruise. You will most likely feel numb in the area at this stage and it is in its most advanced stage.

How to treat Frostbite:

  • Get out of the cold and warm up.
  • Warm the area in a tub of hot water for 30 min.
  • Dry the area with a soft towel. Don’t pick or rub the blisters.
  • Protect area by wrapping in socks or wear a glove.
  • Drink adequate water to hydrate your body.
  • Go see a podiatrist or your general physician immediately.

Frostbite is no fun. If you experience symptoms such as numbness or severe pain, go to the emergency room immediately. For non-urgent symptoms and care for blisters on the feet, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon Macy. Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist and he is ready to provide you the best care for frostbite on the feet.

Dr. Brandon Macy specializes in treating children and adults with all types of foot and ankle conditions. Visit us today at Clark Podiatry located in Clark, New Jersey. Call us today (732) 382-3470 and see how we can keep your feet warm, all winter long!

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
November 13, 2015
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Every year, millions of people are affected by diabetes. Did you know that diabetes can affect your feet as well? Yes, diabetes is responsible for causing two major types of foot problems.

Diabetic neuropathy is when diabetes is not managed or controlled well and leads to nerve damage. This means that if the nerves in your feet or legs are affected, you may not feel hot and cold temperature or pain.

Diabetes can also cause peripheral vascular disease, where diabetes affects your blood flow. In this circulation disorder, your blood does not circulate well throughout your body, thus, causing poor wound healing and risk of infections such as gangrene or ulcers. You may notice scars, cuts and wounds healing very slowly due to poor blood circulation.

It is important then, if you are living with diabetes, to follow your physician’s guidelines for medication, proper diet and exercise. It is also imperative to make a practice of examining your feet every day or at least on a regular basis. Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing foot problems which can lead to infection and in severe cases, may require amputation.

Common Foot Problems Seen in Diabetics

  • Fungal Infections
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Calluses
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Blisters
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Foot ulcers
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Hammertoes

Foot Examination for Diabetics

You can try to manage your symptoms with basic foot care guidelines such as hot water soaks, wearing good fitting shoes, drying your feet and toes completely, and not walking barefoot in public spaces. Do not attempt to treat your symptoms with home pedicures or over the counter remedies as these could make your condition worse. For symptoms that not go away, consult with a board certified podiatrist to seek the necessary treatment. Check daily/weekly for the following symptoms and be sure to report them to your physician or podiatrist:

  • Bruising or swelling
  • Redness due to irritation
  • Blisters, corns, or bunions forming
  • Peeling skin
  • Patches of skin or hair missing
  • Cuts or breaks in the skin

For the latest and the best diabetic podiatric care, consult with Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist who practices at Clark Podiatry. We are conveniently located in Clark, New Jersey and we are ready to serve you with all your foot and ankle care needs. Call us with any questions or concerns at (732) 382-3470 or visit our online website, where you can request an online appointment


By Clark Podiatry Center
November 06, 2015
Tags: peeling feet  

My baby’s feet are peeling!! Ahh!! What is wrong? Why is this happening and why is my baby shedding skin like a snake? Don’t worry - this has happened to all of us at one point or another, either in our childhood or our adult life. And it’s nothing to worry or be scared or paranoid about. There are many different reasons for peeling skin and there are treatments and cures for all of them.

Causes of Peeling Skin

  • Allergies - environmental, pet related, household chemicals, food
  • Inflammation - Bacterial or Viral
  • Infections
  • Skin diseases - eczema, rashes, contact dermatitis
  • Reactions - perfume, detergent, bath wash, soap, shampoo or clothing fabric.
  • Drug reactions
  • Sunburn or heat rash
  • Mosquito bites

Auto - Immune Causes

  • Kawasaki disease
  • Psoriasis

As you can see, there are a multitude of causes for peeling skin. This is very common in children of all ages and usually doesn’t pose any danger. The first step would be to thoroughly examine the child and chart down all the signs and symptoms you see. Next, note the changes in diet, environment, weather, medication, etc. to try to identify the culprit. Also look for changes – are they peeling small or large chunks of skin? Is the peeling evident in other parts of the body? Is your child itchy and scratching the area? This can cause infection so it would be best to leave it alone. Analyzing these signs and symptoms is a great practice since the doctor would also ask you these same questions and thus, you will be able to provide ample information to your physician for an accurate diagnosis.

In some cases, peeling skin can be severe and life threatening. If your child is suffering from peeling skin that does not go away in a few days and is in severe discomfort, go and visit a doctor. If your child’s feet are red, blistery or inflamed, they should be examined by a board certified podiatrist. Peeling skin can cause infections, sores, lesions that can spread and also lead to permanent scarring if not treated immediately.

Visit Dr. Brandon Macy in Clark, New Jersey who is a board certified podiatrist and the expert in children’s foot care matters. You will feel welcome and cared for from your initial consultation to your post treatment follow-up visit. Visit Clark Podiatry and put your children’s feet in the best hands. Call Dr. Brandon Macy at (732) 382-3470 or schedule your online appointment. 




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