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Posts for: December, 2016

By Clark Podiatry Center
December 28, 2016
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: stretching   massaging  

Lose weight. Learn to cook healthy. Try something new every day.

These are all great resolutions to have as we begin the New Year! Each year, many people embark on the goal of getting into shape, but many people end up stopping because of lack of motivation, or worse, injury.

We at Clark Podiatry Center want you to get this year started safely and successfully! Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, and his team encourage you and your family to take the right steps to put your best feet forward as your start this new year. The following are some suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions for your feet to feel healthy and strong:

  • Check and take care of your feet daily. This includes washing your feet, drying them fully, moisturizing dry skin, and cutting your toenails to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Starting a new workout plan? Consult a doctor if you’ve never done an exercise regimen before, and especially if you have any pains. You don’t want to risk getting even more hurt before you even begin! Start slow and listen to your body. If you try too much, too quickly, you can lose steam after just a week of exercising.
  • Take time to stretch and massage your feet. For those that stand for long hours at work or are constantly on their feet due to busy lives, it can cause pain and overuse injury if you don’t sit and take care of those hardworking muscles and tissues.  
  • Function over fashion! It may be a good time to clean out the shoe closet and donate any shoes that you do not wear anymore because they are just so uncomfortable. Pain should not be a regular part of your day, especially when it comes to feet since they are carrying your entire body weight. Find supportive, comfortable shoes for better long-term health.

Finally, make an appointment with our friendly podiatrist at our Clark, NJ office. What a better way to start off your new year than to get to your annual visit with Dr. Macy to make sure your feet and ankles are in tip top shape? Perhaps you haven’t been in a while and have a resolution to be kind to your body. Our team here will be happy to help you get started with treating those recurring ingrown toenails or fungus issues. Treat your foot woes early so that you don’t have to bother with them throughout the year! Happy New Year!!

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
December 20, 2016
Tags: Dry skin   moisturize   eczema  

Have you noticed that your skin has been feeling drier lately? You come out of the shower, and when the water has dried off, you feel tightness in your skin and notice dry patches on your hands or shins. You have to moisturize your skin more than normal. What’s causing this?

Well, when winter hits, the air becomes cold and dry. The reduction in humidity in the air most visibly affects your skin. Other effects include increased thirst, dry eyes, dry mouth, and dry, brittle hair. These changes may be slight at first, but the longer you are exposed to the elements, it’s likely that you’ll experience that the dry air affects your overall body.

This applies to your children too. Dry, cracked skin, especially on the feet can cause pain and discomfort to your children. It’s pretty likely that after they shower or even just wash their hands and face, children are not very diligent about moisturizing their skin. They probably don’t think much about moisturizing their feet either. This is where you, as a parent, can assist them.

Children can experience dry, itchy feet due to a number of reasons:

  • As mentioned above, children should moisturize skin from head to toe during the winter to combat dry air.
  • Long, hot baths, while tempting in the cold weather, can remove natural oils in the skin that help keep moisture.
  • Children who walk to school may layer up on socks to keep warm. Once inside, the feet can overheat and sweat, but the sweat may not evaporate in multiple socks. This can cause irritation, chapping, and cracking, especially if your child scratches itchy skin.
  • Rain and snow boots can lead to the same type of irritation. Keep aware of how long your children are in these types of shoes to prevent sweat buildup and dry skin when shoes are taken off. Plus, bacteria and fungi are more likely to grow in these dark, damp spaces.
  • Children who are predisposed to dry skin due to eczema or other dermatitis are more likely to experience changes in their skin in the winter.
  • Dehydration can make dry skin worse in the winter. Make sure your children drink plenty of fluids, as well as foods containing vitamin A and E to help nourish skin.

Always remember to always keep your feet warm, but dry. If you have any questions or concerns about excessive dry skin on the feet or ankles, make an appointment to come see our board-certified foot doctor, Brandon Macy, DPM. He and his team will be more than happy to help you at our Clark, NJ office. We wish you and your family health, warmth and joy during the holiday season!

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
December 14, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: stretching   yoga   strengthening  

We all know the importance of exercise and stretching when it comes to overall body health. In fact, there are magazines, books, and other blogs about the many different ways to maintain good health like eating a healthy diet and performing activities to stay in shape. However, feet are often overlooked when they mention tips on stretching and strengthening.

Dr. Brandon Macy, our board-certified podiatrist would like to encourage you and your family to get those feet and ankles moving! Here are some suggestions that our team at Clark Podiatry Center recommends that you and your children follow to maintain health from the top of your heads to the tips of your toes:

  • Before starting new fitness routines, contact your doctor to make sure that you and your family are performing activities that are right for you.
  • In cold weather, wear layers, and even a hat to keep warm. In warmer weather, wear light-colored, loosely woven clothing to prevent from overheating.
  • Use comfortable but snug sneakers that give proper support and cushion. Remember, function over fashion.
  • Stretch before and after, warm up, and cool down. This includes all muscles, tendons, and ligaments, including the neck, back, ankles, and feet, which are often passed over.
  • In particular, activate your lower extremities. Wiggle and stretch your toes, do some tiptoe raises, make circles with your feet in both directions, bend and straighten knees, and stretch quadriceps and hamstrings.
  • To test and challenge the strength, flexibility, and balance of your feet and ankles, try some Yoga poses, including: Downward-Facing Dog, Tree pose, Chair pose, and seated half or full Lotus.
  • Make sure to regularly wash or wipe down your exercise equipment, including yoga mats, exercise mats, hats, clothing, and socks. Disinfect your shoes if they start to smell; try to have more than one shoe if you exercise every day and sweat a lot.

Without proper foot care, hygiene, and regular exercise of the feet and ankles, it is possible to experience pain or other issues like Athlete’s foot, blisters, corns and calluses, as well as heel spurs, sprains and torn ligaments. If you need more information about proper foot care or ways to stretch and strengthen your feet, make an appointment to come see us at our Clark, NJ office. We want to keep you walking!

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
December 07, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot injury   safety   ankle injury  

It’s a pandemic! People everywhere can’t seem to take their eyes off their phones! It’s become part of daily rituals, as if they are a body part. So it’s no surprise that there are people constantly on their phones – during dinner, laying in bed, while walking, and even while driving. For some, it’s gotten to the point that it’s impossible to imagine how life happened before phones.

For the most part, it seems harmless, and even useful or protective (as recording devices or companionship on the other end of the line). However, lately, it seems that lines are being crossed. Even the simple act of walking has become an increased risk factor for injury because of the attention taken from looking at the path ahead and instead given to checking phones. 

The problem is that walkways, sidewalks, and floors in general are not always smooth and flat. It’s common to find that people have twisted or sprained their ankles because they weren’t paying attention to their environments. What’s worse is that there are increased risks of folks crossing the street while on their phones, leaving them more prone to getting hit by a car or bike. Safety is the biggest issue, with children and adults being at risk of kidnapping or assault.

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want our patients to be safe and alert when walking on the streets. We care about your foot and ankle safety, as well as overall safety. So we remind you to put the phone in your pocket or purse, and watch where you are walking – or stop to do what you need to do. If you have suffered an injury to your feet or ankles from uneven sidewalks, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM. He and his team will be more than happy to help you at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today!




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