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Posts for: October, 2019

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 28, 2019
Category: Toenail problems

At Clark Podiatry Center, we know it’s the time of year for ghoulish costumes and horror movies, but ghastly toe troubles are definitely something patients do not enjoy. We often take our toes for granted until something goes wrong. Below are some common toe problems and their sometimes gruesome symptoms.

Ingrown Toenails—this insidious condition can develop slowly, almost without you realizing it, until you start to experience pain and notice that your toenail appears to be blowing up with swelling. When a toenail grows downward and back into the skin, it’s called an ingrown nail. When the nail actually punctures the skin, it causes redness and swelling, and the area becomes incredibly tender and painful. It can also become infected, and if this happens, you may notice pus or other discharge as well.

Black Toenails—looking down and noticing your toenail is black can be frightening, but it is most often the sign of repetitive trauma or stress to the toe. If you are a runner, for example, the constant pounding of the toe up against the front of the shoe can cause bleeding under the nail, which pools and causes the black appearance. It’s still a good idea to have the foot doctor examine the toe to rule out any more serious conditions.

Fungal Toenails—a nail that has a fungal infection can appear discolored, and the edges may be brittle and crumbly. In some cases, the nail may even separate from the bed, and there can be a foul odor as well. The foot doctor has several treatment options available, including laser therapy, to restore your nail to health.

If you notice any unusual or concerning symptoms about your toes, nails, or any other part of your foot, make an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy will examine your feet and provide a prompt diagnosis of your disorder and the best course of treatment. We are proud to say that New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center.

We look forward to serving you at our Clark, New Jersey office.


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care   foot doctor  

What enables you to get up in the morning, go to work, play with your children, dance, shop, and enjoy nearly every other activity? Your feet, of course! At Clark Podiatry Center, we want all of our patients to enjoy an active and healthy life, and that requires patients to take good care of their feet. There are many simple steps you can take today to ensure a lifetime of excellent foot health.

Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you get started:

Do: wash your feet every day and dry them completely, paying special attention to the spaces between your toes.

Don’t: walk barefoot in public places. Viral and fungal infections and plantar warts are all spread by direct contact. Keeping feet covered with shower shoes or flip-flops at the gym, community pool, and nail salon will greatly lower your risk of contracting one of these infections.

Don’t: wear shoes that are too small for your feet. When your toes are squeezed together regularly,   there is a much greater likelihood of ingrown toenails and deformities, such as hammertoes and bunions.

Do: maintain an appropriate weight. Carrying extra pounds puts extra strain on your feet. This increases your risk of several foot problems, including arthritis. Overweight or obese people tend to experience more foot pain.

Don’t: cut your toenails too short. This allows the skin to start to overlap the nail and the nail to become ingrown. Ingrown toenails are not only incredibly painful but become a site for infection if the nail punctures the skin.

Do: Make an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470 if you are experiencing foot pain or have concerns about a foot or ankle issue. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, will do a complete physical examination of your feet and provide a prompt diagnosis of your foot problem and the best course of treatment. We are proud to say that New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center.

We look forward to serving you at our Clark, New Jersey office!


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 14, 2019
Category: Shoes

One of the most important pieces of equipment an athlete can have is proper footwear. Whether its baseball, basketball, football or soccer or any other sport, wearing the right footwear is key to performance. Choose something that is not fitted properly or suited for your sport and you will have trouble competing.

No matter what sport you compete in, you will want to visit a specialty sport shoe store. There you will have the best of selections in sizes and types. Don’t be afraid to try different styles and brands as each is different. Also, the best time to buy an athletic shoe is at the end of the day as it is for any shoe because your feet are largest then from all the previous day’s activity.

Athletic shoes can be categorized into 3 groups.

  • Running – good arch support, lightness, good traction and stability in the heel
  • Walking – comfortable upper, good cushioning and smooth tread
  • Training- good support in the arches, good traction and light weight

Specific sports like football, soccer or baseball which will have some type of cleat, short or long, attached or detachable, for traction on natural grass or artificial turf. Each surface will require a different type of cleat and therefore different shoe.

Sports like basketball require a sole that can grip a wooden or concrete surface. Most basketball shoes allow for this. Fit is important here as it is for any footwear.  So when visiting the shoe store, always check your size before trying on a shoe. Your toes should have plenty of room to move. Your feet should feel supported, not tight especially with regards to length and width. Also, when fitting your shoe, fit to the largest foot. Oftentimes, it is the left foot that is a little larger than the other, but measure both anyway. When lacing the shoe, lace from the bottom of the foot back, pulling the laces tight as you proceed up the foot. This will make sure your shoe fits snuggly. Also, wear the same type of sock you use when competing.

Need some more help and encouragement in caring for your feet or choosing the right shoes?  Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy. He can assess your feet to ensure that there are no issues making sure that you not only choose the right shoes, but also keep your feet healthy. We are a proud to say that the New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center. Come see us at our Clark, New Jersey office today!


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 09, 2019
Category: Athletic Foot Care
Tags: exercise   stretching  

As a former athlete, it was always important to stretch before competing. Coaches stressed it and so did trainers to make sure muscles warmed up and to lessen the possibility we’d pull or strain them. Of course, being in good shape also helped, but stretching probably prevented a lot of unnecessary injuries. But what is a good stretch and how do we do it?

One thing we need to keep in mind is that stretching is meant to warm up or loosen the muscles which otherwise are tight from inactivity. Like many activities, pacing ourselves is a good idea. Pushing ourselves too far and too fast while stretching can result in an injury as well. A tight muscle can pull easily. Start out with slow repetitive stretches counting to five one thousand with each stretch, then back to your normal position for the same period of time, then back to stretching. This is called the stretch, hold and release method of stretching. Do not push too hard or bounce.

10 or 15 stretches should be good at first, but be careful how your muscles feel as you complete each stretch. If you feel pain, sharp pain - stop. If you feel soreness, that’s ok as it shows you are working the muscle. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes.

Basic muscles to stretch include:

  • Calf muscles – sitting with your legs extended, pull your toes back to you
  • Back muscles – with feet spread slightly apart while standing, bend over slowly at the waist and try to touch the floor with your palms
  • Hamstring muscle – while standing, put your foot on a chair with your leg outstretched and bend over slowly to your knee. Repeat for the other leg
  • Shoulder muscles – while standing, outstretch your arms and slowly roll them one at a time in a circular motion
  • Groin muscles – while standing with your legs wide apart, slowly shift your weight to one side and hold for 5 seconds, then to the other side. Slowly increase the distance with each stretch

Basic stretching exercises should be completed before every practice or game and then completed after to ‘wind down’ the muscle. Doing basic stretching exercises can help combat injuries making participating in sports much more fun.

If you have questions about stretching or are concerned about your feet, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.


By Clark Podiatry Center
October 03, 2019
Category: Exercise

Walking is a basic human activity and has been for centuries. As we make our way to and from destinations, it is estimated that an average person takes 7,500 steps in a day, and if you live to the age of 80, you will likely take close to 216,000,000 steps. Considering this, keeping an eye on your foot health is very important.

Some of the benefits of walking include:

  • Burning calories – every mile walked you burn off 100 calories
  • Heart rate – walking increases the heart rate strengthening the heart muscle pumping blood to necessary parts of the body
  • Blood sugar – helps keep your blood sugar level stable
  • Cholesterol levels – works to reduce cholesterol levels
  • Improve circulation – pumping of blood increases the size of blood vessels
  • Mood – walking is also said to improve mood and may relieve some aspects of depression

Overall, walking is a very good activity, but if you haven’t done a lot, you need to see your doctor or podiatrist before you take up a regimen. Sudden physical exertion can also be a stressor if done too intensely depending on your overall physical condition.

Another thing a podiatrist can do is help you find the right shoe. Depending on your feet, you may need to have an orthotic to help you walk properly as some people have different ways of walking. Two different ways of walking include:

  • Pronator – have flat feet and roll their ankles inward. Pronators need a sturdier shoe
  • Supinator - have high arches and need shoes that provide cushioning for shock absorption

Not all shoes or footwear provide the same support, so choosing the right shoe or sneaker is very important for your foot health. Most running shoes provide good support but must be fit carefully to your feet. Measuring your feet at the end of the day is best because your foot is slightly swollen from walking all day and will allow you room for a comfortable fit.

Your podiatrist will also check for any issues that you have that need to be compensated for such as corns and calluses, bunions, hammertoe, heel spurs, or other.

If you have any questions about walking or have any other concerns about your feet, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.




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