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Posts for: October, 2016

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 26, 2016
Category: Common Treatments

Are you suffering from your ugly fungal infections? Are they discolored, brittle, painful and/or even causing ingrown toenails? When your toenails have a fungal infection, it is hard to treat topically because of the location. Because creams will not penetrate under the nail, the alternative medication option is an oral medication. However, oral meds can come with side effects and may not be the safest option for children.

 

One of the services we offer here at Clark Podiatry Center is Laser Therapy for Fungal Nails. It’s another option to treat fungal toenails quickly and painlessly. Laser can be focused and penetrated deeply so as to kill the fungus spores living beneath the nails without having to resort to surgery or a bad infection that may leave you with no toenail. Treatment can be done in just one 10 minutes session, and if deemed necessary by our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, some follow-up treatments to prevent recurrence. While laser therapy kills the fungus, it does not clear up the color or look of the toenail and will take a normal growth cycle to grow healthy toenails.

 

Laser therapy is also helpful in therapies related to healing muscles and tissues. The laser draws nutrients to the affected area promoting healing through increased circulation. The benefits include decreasing inflammation, arthritis, and other painful symptoms. It accelerates cell metabolism, increases joint flexibility, and reduces pain associated with muscle or tissue injury. Because it optimizes healing conditions, treatment time and recovery time is reduced. At Clark Podiatry Center, we use it to treat issues such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, sprains, and other painful podiatric issues.

 

If you have fungal nails or other podiatric issues that could be treated with Laser therapy, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy would be glad to discuss treatment options with you. Our aim is to keep you walking!

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 19, 2016
Category: Foot Health Tips

OK. So it’s not peanut butter & jelly day, but the other PB&J day – World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day! October 19th celebrates and raises awareness for bone and joint health in children and youth. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to do our part by giving you some tips about healthy pediatric bone and joint growth. Remember that for children, prevention and early treatment are key for averting problems later in life.

  • Eat foods for healthy bone and joint growth:

    • Foods with Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids: such as nuts, fatty fish, and veggies.

    • Foods with calcium: from nutrient enriched cereal, dark leafy greens, yogurts, cheese, and milk alternatives.

    • Foods with vitamin D: nutrient enriched cereal, egg yolks, and cheese. Getting some sun also helps you get your vitamin D intake.

  • Watch your child’s eating habits:

    • Overeating can lead to overweight and obesity issues. Extra weight can cause pain in the joints.

    • Teenagers may become anorexic or bulimic, which can affect growth through lack of nutrition, or altering hormones levels.

  • Exercise to protect and strengthen your joints and bones:

    • Always stretch and warm up to lower risk of injury or strain.

    • Children should do bone-strengthening exercises, as a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Cycling or running games, as well as gymnastics, group sports, or jumping-related activities are necessary to build strong bones.

    • Sitting for long periods of time can lead to stiff joints or swelling.

  • Pay attention to injury or stress fractures:

    • During growth spurts, and puberty, there is a higher chance of injury as bones and joints are not fully developed.

    • Children and youth who play sports are more likely to experience injury – which can have more painful consequences when bones and joints are not fully formed.

Keep in mind that swollen, painful, red joints are not normal. Your children should see a doctor if they have this symptom. Of course, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, can assess and treat your child’s foot and ankle-related bone or joint issues. He and his team specialize in pediatric podiatry, so that we keep you (and your family walking). Make an appointment with us today at our Clark, NJ office


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 13, 2016

Did you know that October 12th is World Arthritis Day? About 50% of Americans over 65 years old suffer from arthritic foot pain. A lesser-known fact is that about 294,000 American children under the age of 18 have arthritic or other rheumatic conditions (NIAMS-NIH). Since arthritis mainly affects joints, it is possible that your children can suffer from arthritic foot and ankle pain as well. We at Clark Podiatry Center want to bring more awareness to the way that arthritis may affect you and your family.

Arthritis often presents with symptoms of pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Since each foot has 33 joints, it’s likely that arthritis would affect our feet. This is especially true since our foot and ankle joints are constantly bearing our weight and providing us with mobility and stability. Arthritis pain and swelling in the feet or ankles need to be treated early so that it doesn’t lead to more severe issues as a result.

Symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis

When children show symptoms of arthritis, they usually present in the following ways:

• Symptoms that last for a long period time (i.e. 6 weeks or more)
• Stiff knee, ankle, or toe joints in the morning or after a long nap
• Excessive clumsiness or instability
• Immobility of the joint(s)
• Recurring pain, tenderness, redness, or heat in a joint
• Skin changes, including rashes and growths
• Swelling in joint(s) (for example: sausage toes)
• Joint cracking or popping sounds when walking
• Toenails that separate or become ingrown due to swollen toes
• Swollen lymph nodes

Children can be affected by arthritis where symptoms can flare up or calm down. When arthritis is severe enough, it can cause bones and joints (which are not yet fully developed) to grow unevenly. This is why you should come see your board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, at the New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at the Clark Podiatry Center, as soon as possible. Early assessment and diagnosis can help to prevent more severe issues later. Make an appointment with us today at our Clark, NJ office, serving Union County patients. We want to keep you walking!


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: dog walking   exercise  

How are you celebrating? In addition to walking your dog each day and giving them extra love, we at Clark Podiatry Center would like to suggest some of the following ways to spice up your week of walking your dog:

  • Explore a new walking path or trail – Does your walk usually consist of just going to the sidewalk in front of your building or house? Maybe it’s time you explore that nearby dog park that you’ve been meaning to check out. Or perhaps there is a walking trail that might make your walk more interesting.

  • Walk your dog during your lunch hour – If it’s possible, run home to give your dog a walk instead of hiring a dog walker. Not only will it be a special treat for your dog, you’ll also get the benefit of some lunchtime exercise and fresh air.

  • Head to a shelter and volunteer to walk a shelter dog – This is also an option for those who don’t even have a dog. Animal shelters have so many animals to take care of, so helping them out by taking out a shelter dog would be great for everyone involved! Dogs will get some loving that they deserve, and you and your own dog will be happy to have new company.

Benefits of walking (with your dog)

  • Many dog owners, while enjoying the company of dogs, do not give their pets enough exercise. Going outside for your dog to relieve itself is not enough activity to help your dog release energy. Taking the time to walk your dog for about 30 minutes a day will help your dog and YOU stay healthy and in shape.

  • Exercise can raise the levels of endorphins in your brain, which would help to combat depression and anxiety, and a change in your dog’s behavior too!

  • While walking on sidewalks and on a flat path is still beneficial, walking on a trail or uneven surface can allow for your feet and ankles to get more exercise. It’s a good way to stretch and strengthen your feet and ankles.

  • Take your children out with you (if you have them) for family bonding time. Your kids can learn to walk the dog and the whole family can get some fresh air and exercise!

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and go to areas that are safe. If going out in the evening or night, make sure you have a reflective vest or clothing so that you are easily visible by cars or bikes. It also helps to have a reflective leash and/or collar for your shorter or smaller dog(s) as well, since they are often not easily noticeable in the dark.

Working out your feet and ankles is beneficial to your overall health. If you have any questions or concerns about walking or running with your pets, especially due to any injuries, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office to consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. We want to keep you walking.




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