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Posts for: January, 2020

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 28, 2020
Category: Diabetes issues
Tags: foot ulcers  

Ulcers and P.A.D.

Many of our patients have diabetes and decreased circulation is another symptom that defines this chronic disease. Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, is the common cause of this decreased circulation. For patients with diabetes, this lessened circulation can have damaging consequences to daily movement, including ulcers and infection. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center likes to educate his patients on the many ways this condition directly impacts their feet. Learn more today about PAD.

It’s all about your arteries

PAD is a condition that is caused when plaque builds up in your arteries; this plaque build-up is called atherosclerosis. As time progresses, this buildup can harden and narrow your arteries, which affects how blood flows throughout your body. This condition typically impacts your lower extremities, like your legs, but other areas can be impacted, too. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, and quitting smoking are a few things that you can do today to decrease your risk of developing PAD.

People with diabetes are at risk

Smoking is a huge risk factor, but people with diabetes are also at risk because a high amount of sugar in the blood can cause damage to arteries. If you are 70 or older, or if you have a history of smoking or diabetes, we recommend that you get checked for peripheral arterial disease. Poor circulation impacts the body’s ability to heal. Wounds that are slow to heal can worsen or become infected, leading to ulcers.

Your symptoms are saying something

If you have non-healing wounds, you may be experiencing a symptom of PAD. Discolored skin, weak pulses in your legs or feet, and a lower temperature in your feet or legs may also be symptoms.

If you’re at risk for PAD, increase your physical activity, quit smoking, and improve your diet. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470 to see if this condition is impacting your ability to move. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.

 


By Clark Podiatry Center
January 22, 2020
Category: bone health
Tags: osteoporosis   vitamin D   strong bones  

Your New Year’s Resolutions list may be longer than you’d like, but here’s one more goal: strengthen your bones. That’s right — just like you want to strengthen your muscles. Stronger bones help with coordination and balance. They also help to reduce injuries, like a fracture, after a fall or a trip. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center is here to help you take more steps in 2020. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Take it easy

If you’re ready to exercise, consult a doctor, choose the right exercise, and ease into your new lifestyle. It’s best to choose two types of exercises: weight-bearing and resistance. For weight-bearing exercises, it’s important to know your limits and have supervision. For resistance exercises, such as walking, jogging, or dancing, make sure that you’re wearing the proper footwear.

Bring out the calcium — and sunshine

Calcium is an important mineral that should be a part of your regular diet. If you don’t have calcium in your meal plan, start today. Most dairy items, including milk, yogurt, and cheese, have calcium. If you’re unable to tolerate dairy, there are many other non-dairy items that provide this source of nutrition. Consider almonds and beans, for example. Next, spend some time outside to get some Vitamin D; don’t forget sunscreen. Vitamin D supplements are helpful, too.

Know your bones

Does osteoporosis run in your family? Do you frequently suffer from sprained ankles? These are questions to consider as you evaluate ways to strengthen your bones. Talking with a podiatrist is a valuable way to determine risk factors and a game plan for proper treatment.

Avoid sprains and broken bones by strengthening your support system. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office, and he’s here to help you on our journey. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.


By Clark Podiatry Center
January 14, 2020
Category: Exercise
Tags: sports injuries   fitness  

Starting your exercise journey can be exciting as you begin a fresh start for the new year. It can also be a bit intimidating if you feel like you’re approaching the goal alone. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center works hard to keep you walking, and this includes speeding things up a bit during an exercise program or sporting activity. Don’t forget that your feet and ankles will be feeling the pressure during these new activities. Here are a few ways to protect yourself from sports injuries:

Stretch and rest

Set yourself up for success by stretching before and after fitness activities and resting when it’s time for a break. Stretching allows your muscles to become stronger and more flexible. As you’re moving back and forth, well-stretched muscles also improve your range of motion. If you experience pain while stretching, stop. It’s okay to ease into stretches based on your level of flexibility.

Keep your bones healthy and strong

Limit your chances of a fracture, or broken bone, by increasing your intake of calcium and Vitamin D. Don’t underestimate the benefits of a glass of milk, a Vitamin D supplement or a healthy amount of time in the sun (wearing sunscreen, of course). Healthy, strong bones help to protect you from the consequences of a trip, a bump or a fall. 

Don’t push through the pain

If you’re experiencing pain, it’s time to stop. The further along you continue in pain, the more likely you are to worsen your condition. Your pain could have a simple solution, such as a change of footwear. It could also be something that needs more attention, such as Achilles tendonitis.

Start exercising the right way, so that you can continue throughout the year. If you have questions about getting started, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.


By Clark Podiatry Center
January 08, 2020
Category: toe injuries
Tags: toe pain   toe warning signs  

Are your toes in trouble? Are you walking into the new year with some pain, discomfort or noticeable changes? Start the new year with confidence by visiting our office for a checkup. If you’re not sure of what kind of toe trouble requires a visit to our office, Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center has a few warning signs for you to consider. Here’s the first tip: Pain is never normal. If you have pain, consider yourself warned. 

New colors

If your toe — or toenail — has changed color recently, it’s time to make an appointment with our office. Changes to your feet, especially color changes, should not be ignored. Different colors can be signs of infection, bruising, or a circulation issue, among other possibilities. Don’t wait for the color to disappear, find the cause of the change as soon as possible.

Painful steps

It may not seem like a big deal at the time, but that slight pain could be something serious. As you’re walking, pain should not define each step. Discomfort could be the sign of a fracture, a sprain, an ingrown toenail, or infection.

Itchiness or an odor

Are you trying to reach that itchy part between your toes? Are you suddenly shy about kicking off your shoes? Itchy feet or an odor can be a sign of a fungal infection. These symptoms are not only annoying but also harmful to others. Conditions like athlete’s foot can be easily spread. One of the big mistakes that people make is using an over-the-counter medication to treat an infection that may require something different.


If something feels different about your toes, let us do the investigation. Don’t ignore this very important part of your feet; your mobility depends on it. Add to your resolutions list by scheduling an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center and calling 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.




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