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1114 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066




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Posts for: December, 2015

Unless your child is a swimmer or perhaps a gymnast, well-fitting athletic shoes are essential for every sport. At Clark Podiatry we know how important it is to choose the right shoes for athletics based both on the needs of each activity and your child's specific foot.

Your child's natural movement and physical development will be restricted by shoes that are poorly shaped, inflexible or don't fit well. A bad fit can affect performance and cause pain and even result in foot problems and injuries. Poorly fitting shoes also can actually cause certain foot deformities like bunions and set the stage for serious problems in the future.

Follow These Tips To Choose the Right Children's Athletic Shoes

  • Shop at the end of the day when your child's feet are largest and bring their athletic socks along.
  • Always have both feet measured professionally each time you shop.
  • Visit Union County athletic footwear stores that have a wide variety of brands and styles on hand.
  • Buy for specific activities. For example, tennis shoes are designed for side-to-side movement while running shoes have extra cushioning with forward movement in mind.
  • Choose durable, high quality materials like leather, canvas and suede. Synthetic materials that don't breathe can restrict the movement of the feet and lead to problems like foot odor, ingrown toenails or hammertoes.
  • Lace the shoe up all the way at the store - but not too tightly.
  • Check that there is adequate toe room. There should be at least 1/2 inch between the tip of the shoe and the longest toe to allow for wiggle room.
  • Encourage your child to walk around the store to try the shoes out. They should feel good immediately - there should be no "break in" period. Look for heels that don't slip and watch for any red rub marks on your feet that signify a poor fit.

Be careful - as a parent, your job is not over yet! Children's feet grow quickly so check their shoes regularly, especially during growth spurts. They will probably outgrow the shoes before the shoes themselves wear out.

A Special Note about Cleats

All cleats are not the same. If your child's pair has too few cleats on the heel, it could subject them to excessive pressure and heel pain. Look for footwear with multiple cleats on the heels. For younger children, shoes with shorter cleats - up to 1/2 inch long - may help reduce knee and ankle injuries.

We Can Help Your Child Put Their Best Foot Forward in Sports Activities

With any activity, no matter how vigorous, a child should not play while experiencing foot or ankle pain.

Please contact Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist with any concerns about your child's feet or footwear. You can reach our Clark office at 732-382-3470 or via the website. We will carefully examine your child's gait and feet and address any issues. We hope to see you and your child in our office soon!

By Clark Podiatry Center
December 17, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: x-rays  

In the past ten years, we have made significant strides in the field of medicine and technology. Today, there are a myriad of options available for patients who do not want to undergo complex procedures and invasive surgeries with long periods of downtime.

An X-ray is a type of technology that is now so frequently used in medicine. X-ray or X-radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation. In an X-ray, a photographic or digital image is taken of a part of a body. This is done by beams of energy passing through your body and being absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material it passes. An X-ray is used to take images of the structures of the inside of your body, ex. your teeth, your bones and tissues.

X-rays are widely used in podiatry but you may be worried about getting an x-ray and being exposed to a radiation. Long ago, doctors did not know about the risks of exposure to radiation, but now X-ray technology is more advanced and the risks of radiation induced cancer is better understood and thus, doctors always exercise caution and take the ‘less is more’ approach. Pregnant women and children should speak to their physicians before having an X-ray due to possible risks to the unborn baby.

Your podiatrist may recommend you have an X-ray done before they can diagnose your foot or ankle problem.

What are X-rays used for?

  • Identify if there are any broken bones
  • Identify if there is a fracture in the foot or ankle
  • To rule out dislocated joints
  • To diagnose arthritis by taking x-rays of your joints
  • To measure bone density by using special x-rays
  • To detect and reveal bone tumors and cysts
  • To ensure that a broken bone has properly healed

What Happens During and After an X-ray?

A technician will seat you in the examination table and ask you to keep the foot or ankle area revealed. This may mean taking off your shoes and socks so the X-rays can be done accurately. Then, you will be given a lead apron to shield and protect the rest of your body from the radiation.

The technician will take several different images of your injured area and take images from various angles.

The X-ray images will be sent to the laboratory and a report will be prepared. Your podiatrist will discuss the results of your X-rays at your next appointment.

Do you need a foot X-ray?

If you suspect a broken bone or any foot or ankle injury, ask your podiatrist if they would advise an X-ray. Dr. Brandon Macy of Clark Podiatry is an excellent choice when finding a board certified podiatrist. Clark Podiatry, located in Clark, New Jersey has an excellent staff, working hard to help men, women and children recover from foot and ankle problems. Call Dr. Brandon Macy for a complete consultation at (732) 382-3470 or schedule your online appointment with us today!

By Clark Podiatry Center
December 11, 2015
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Having healthy feet and toenails is very important in order to prevent nail disorders such as toenail fungus and toenail fungal infections. These nail disorders are more common than you think and should never be ignored. Bacteria and fungi are present everywhere in our daily environments but shoes are particularly a favorite spot.

Since this is such a common and frequently seen condition in people throughout the world, it is thus also an easily preventable condition. Podiatrists know a great deal about toenail fungal infections and know how, why and where it develops. Although there are treatments available, some infections are resistant to treatment and can reoccur. So prevention is the key to healthy toenails!

There are many quick and easy steps you can take to decrease your risk of developing fungal infections in your toes and toenails.

Top Tips for Healthy Toenails

  • Wash your feet daily.
  • Use a soft cloth or pumice stone to exfoliate your heels to remove dead skin and flaking between toes.
  • Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing.
  • Cut your toenails straight and always use new or sterilized tools.
  • Use a disinfectant spray or foot powder if you tend to get sweaty feet.
  • Wear the right size shoe. They shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. Make sure your toes are not squished.
  • Change your shoes day to day.
  • Choose shoes made of genuine leather or breathable materials such as canvas or mesh.
  • Wear slippers or flip flops in public areas.
  • In summertime, opt for light, airy, comfortable shoes with cushioning.
  • In the wintertime, choose boots made for rain or snow and let them dry out completely before your next use.

If you follow the above steps, toenail fungal infections are easily preventable and you can also avoid other foot disorders and conditions. These basic tips will not only keep your feet clean, smelling fresh and far away from foot problems, but they will also ensure that your feet look great even without a pedicure.

If you suspect that you already may have developed a toenail fungal infection or have other concerning symptoms present in your toenails, look at the signs below to see whether you may need to visit a board certified podiatrist to seek treatment or medication.

Signs of Unhealthy Toenails

  • Dark nails
  • Yellow nails
  • Rigid or brittle nails
  • Bluish discoloring in nails
  • Thinning, scaling or peeling nails
  • Any type of ridges present in nails – horizontal or vertical ridges

Visit Clark Podiatry in Clark, New Jersey to seek treatment for any of your foot and ankle problems. Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist who specializes in treating men, women and children of all ages. He will meet with you to learn of your symptoms and problems and carefully diagnose you and suggest the best treatment for you. Call Clark Podiatry today at (732) 382-3470 or book your appointment online!

By Clark Podiatry Center
December 03, 2015
Tags: swelling  

Many people suffer from swollen feet. Although it is more common in the summer months, people can be affected by swelling in the feet even in the wintertime. Swollen feet are not usually painful, but can be concerning and warrant attention.

If your job or daily routine involves a lot of standing or walking, you may be at risk for developing swelling in the feet. If this is a temporary condition and goes away after adequate rest or exercise, you need not be worried. However, if swelling in your feet is a reoccurring problem and if you also have other health conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis, it is advisable to consult with a doctor or your primary care physician.

Swollen feet can sometimes indicate an underlying problem or injury such as:

  • Foot Injury - Common foot conditions that come with symptoms of swelling and inflammation are sprained ankles. A sprained ankle causes the bones in your ankle to be stretched abnormally and causes strain which leads to swelling. Strains in the foot or ankle, fractures, and Achilles Tendonitis are also foot conditions that may cause swelling.
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Infection – Patients who suffer from diabetes can have nerve problems that make them more prone to foot infections. These infections can worsen rapidly without a treatment plan.
  • Clots – Blood clots can be life threatening and if you ever experience foot swelling along with fever, pain and changes in the color of the leg, you must visit a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Kidney, blood or lung disease
  • Obesity
  • Side effects from medications

There are many home remedies out there to treat foot swelling. Most treatments bring relief by increasing circulation. Thus, it is very important to keep your body hydrated by drinking water and other fluids, have a regular exercise routine, and take time to rest. If you work at a desk all day long in a sitting position, stretch and move around every hour or two. This may be as simple as taking a walk downstairs for some fresh air or walking around the office for 5 minutes.

While the above remedies will help you prevent and relieve temporary bouts of swollen feet, if you also suffer from other foot conditions or have recently had a foot or ankle injury, it is important to consult with a board certified podiatrist. After a thorough examination and evaluation, a podiatrist will be able to point you in the best direction and suggest the best form of treatment for you. Dr. Brandon Macy of Clark Podiatry is an excellent choice when it comes to finding an experienced, board certified podiatrist. Dr. Brandon Macy and his licensed staff will help you feel brand new and alleviate all your foot concerns. Visit Clark Podiatry located in Clark, New Jersey and call us today at (732) 382-3470 to book your appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online. We look forward to treating you with care and expertise!

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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470