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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 25, 2018
Category: Smoking
Tags: ulcers   cancer   child   ischemic feet   toe deformities  

Unless you don’t own a television and don’t look at billboards, you have probably seen campaigns against smoking. That’s because of the many negative health effects that it is known to cause. Most parts of your body can be affected by cigarette smoking in the following ways:

  • Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood circulation.
  • There are at least 43 cancer-causing substances in the cigarettes.

There are superficial reasons to quit smoking, like the strong smell, yellowing teeth and eyes, and discolored fingertips. Additionally, there are adverse health effects to you and your family:

  • Smoking causes poor circulation from the constricted blood vessels and plaque build-up, leading to peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and ischemic feet. This can also lead to slow wound healing, like with ulcers.
  • Smoking has been known to cause cancer in the mouth, throat, lungs, esophagus, liver, stomach, bladder, pancreas, kidney, cervix, and in the blood.
  • Second-hand smoke can also affect your children’s health as well – possibly even worse than it affects your own health.
  • Smoking while pregnant can make it more likely for a fetus to develop finger and toe deformities, such as webbed feet or extra or missing toes.
  • Adults are at risk of blood clots in the feet and/or legs. If a child or teen picks up smoking, they are at increased risk of blood clots in the legs and feet.
  • Long-term smoking can also cause eventual numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.

The best way to reduce the risk of problems from smoking is to quit and never go back. Smokers affect not only themselves but also the people around them, even in outdoor settings. Put your family (including yourself) first. Quit smoking now; if you need help quitting, speak to your doctor.

If you have foot problems or suspect that your smoking has caused you problems with your feet, let us help you. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
July 18, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: arthritis   swelling   RICE method   gout   healthy diet  

If you or a loved one suffers from gout, you know that it can be a crippling condition. This intense form of arthritis can suddenly cause pain, swelling, and redness in a joint – most commonly in the big toe joint. It can cause pain to most of the forefoot and even in the ankles and/or knees as well.

NOTE: If you feel that you might have gout, make sure that you have made an appointment with your doctor and received a proper diagnosis.

After some time, gout patients may get really good at recognizing symptoms of an oncoming attack. You may feel sensations of burning or tingling, stiff or sore joints, and eventually, redness, swelling, and pain. For some, the pain can come suddenly in the middle of the night, causing you to wake up.

Gout attacks generally occur after drinking more than usual, eating foods that are high in purine (like liver or mussels), being dehydrated, ingesting a lot of sugar, or as a side effect of taking certain medications.

When you feel an attack coming on, try the following:

  • RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression*, Elevation to reduce symptoms. *If even the littlest bit of contact with the gout joint causes you pain, you may not want to use compression.
  • Drink a LOT of water. Hydration will help you flush out the buildup of uric acid in your joints.
  • Take NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
  • If possible, get moving. Low-impact exercise can help to get blood and fluids circulating to reduce the uric acid build up. Even doing some exercises while resting the affected foot/feet in bed can help your symptoms.

When a gout attack is in full swing, you may be in too much pain to do much. You’ll want to have friends or family members help you with daily tasks and take it easy in general. Eat a nutritious and healthy diet and drink lots of water. Additionally, use cushiony, soft slippers when you do need to walk around (like going to the bathroom) to alleviate pain.

If you experience more than 2 or 3 attacks per year, you’ll probably want to take prescription gout medications. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
July 11, 2018
Category: Toenail problems

Helen has always had nails that were crooked and curled downward instead of straight out. Her mother and grandmother also had toenails like these and so she rarely wears open-toed shoes.

Peter was about to take a shot at the goal when another soccer player tried to interfere. Their feet collided and Peter suffered a toenail injury. The toenail turned black and then eventually fell off. The new toenail started to grow back out, but then grew into the skin.

Taylor hates cutting toenails, and so cuts them short in hopes to lengthen the time between having to trim them again. But recently, the toenails have been growing into the skin and causing pain.

Jaime wears fancy shoes for work. However, they put lots of pressure down on the toes and the toenails are forced to grow into the skin. Ouch!

Helen, Peter, Taylor, and Jaime now all suffer from ingrown toenails. Some of them have pain while others just feel bothered by the way the nails are growing. What can they do?

If they noticed that the toenails are just beginning to grow into the skin they can try to reduce inflammation and swelling (with ice, Epsom salts, and/or NSAIDs) and gently push the skin away from the toenail. Then:

  • Trim toenails straight across and not too short. Rounding the toenails make it more likely for the toenails to grow into the skin. It also makes it harder to pull the skin away if they begin to grow into the skin. Cutting them short can cause the skin around the toenail to swell a bit, making it easier for the nail to become ingrown.
  • Wear shoes with a roomier toe box. People who work on their feet all day have experienced all sorts of toe issues, including ingrown toenails and even toe deformities like hammertoes.
  • Use bandages on ingrown toenails to cushion the pressure from shoes.

If the toenails are severely ingrown, causing pain deep in the toe, and/or infected, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. This is especially important if you are diabetic since the risk of infection and ulceration are larger for you. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. This may include a partial nail avulsion or matrixectomy (nail removal), depending on your specific case. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 


“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” goes the song sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald.  Only summertime can wreak havoc on your feet.

1. Let’s start with the ever-present flip-flops and sandals.  Cheap flip-flops were meant for beaches, pools and locker rooms—only! If you want to wear them as every day casual shoes, spring for the extra few dollars and get the kind with real support. Save the fancy ones for dress-up wear and your feet will thank you. 

2. Wearing sandals of any kind can result in dry, cracked skin at the heels. There is no heel counter as found in closed shoes to keep the skin at the perimeter of the heels from being pinched and exposure to the elements dries the skin. Use moisturizing lotions to maintain hydrated skin.

3. Apply sunscreen to the top of your feet before spending time on the beach, at the pool or wearing those sandals and flip-flops. The skin is thin and very prone to painful sunburn—and the top of the foot is a particularly annoying place to get sunburn.

4. Summer safety: if you’re working in the yard, cutting grass and other such activities, you must wear appropriate shoes. Don’t let the laziness of convenience leave you open to an unfortunate accident.

5. Diabetics, particularly those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy need to be especially careful. Hot pavement, sidewalks and sand can result in serious burns. Wear something on your feet at all times!

Enjoy the summer to the fullest, but be careful out there!

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to keep you walking!

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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 03, 2018
Category: Foot safety
Tags: diabetes  

The warmer weather might be inspiring a family trip to the Jersey Shore! Spending a weekend at the beach can be a fun activity-filled time for everyone in the family. You can enjoy rides and games on the boardwalk, play volleyball on the sandy beach, throw a Frisbee around, and boogie board through the waves. It’s a great way to get vitamin D, breathe in some fresh ocean air, and incorporate physical activity.

While going to the beach sounds like a fun and healthy activity, you’ll want to take precautionary measures to also make it safe, especially for your feet and ankles. The following are tips for an enjoyable beach weekend:

  • Wear sunblock – Be sure to apply sunblock, including on the tops and bottoms of your feet! Yes, they are susceptible to burning, especially if you’ll be lying out on beach chairs or on your beach towel.
  • Use water shoes in the water – When jumping under, over, and through the waves, your safest bet is for you and your children to wear water shoes to protect from any sharp objects like broken shells. If you’ll be at the beach in tropical areas, be careful of coral, which can be sharp and cut your feet.
  • Use flip-flops on the sidewalk to prevent burns – On a hot sunny day, the pavement and asphalt can become very hot and you can burn your feet on those hot surfaces.
  • Warm up before physical activity– before running on the sand or playing beach sports, be sure to warm-up and stretch. This will help prevent injury from the uneven surfaces of the sand. If you have weak ankles or are prone to injury, you may want to wear some shoes with good support and a flat outer sole to give you stability.
  • Wash your feet every night – After a day at the beach, make sure to clean your feet and wash off the sand and other debris that might be on your feet and in your shoes. Help your children check their feet as well.
  • Treat injuries like cuts, scrapes, and jellyfish stings – Skin injuries can become infected and sand can get into the cuts. Clean out your injuries and treat them promptly. If you get a jellyfish sting, wash it out with vinegar and water; if the pain persists, see a medical professional.

Protecting your feet is especially important if you have diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. You may not be able to feel an injury, big or small, and it can become a bigger problem if it’s not treated promptly. Always wear shoes, even on the beach, and check frequently for any signs of cuts or scrapes on your feet.

Have additional questions about foot safety at the beach? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for growing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

 

 




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