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“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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From simple athlete’s foot to eczema to skin cancers such as melanoma, all sorts of skin disorders can be found on the feet. Some are nuisances but others can be much more serious, however the most important factor in successful treatment is proper and prompt diagnosis.

Athlete’s foot can have many appearances—it can look like dry skin, may or may not be itchy and can be on any part of the foot, not just the toes.  But not all rashes are athlete’s foot.  Eczema, psoriasis and other disorders are all possible.  How to differentiate them?  Simple and usually painless skin biopsies sent to the lab will give us the right diagnosis and set us in the right direction for treatment.

Regardless of the season, whether you go on an island vacation in winter or the Jersey shore in summer, you can’t forget about skin cancers.  Melanoma constitutes 1 percent of skin cancers, but causes more cancer deaths than any other skin cancer. Between 3 and 15 percent of melanomas occur on the foot. 

The first symptom in feet is usually a changing or unusual mole.  Sometimes it can be a dark streak under a nail plate.

The surprising fact is that just because a mole has been there ‘forever’, doesn’t guarantee that it is benign.  Early diagnosis is critical for skin cancers.  A biopsy will provide either peace of mind or a prompt entry into treatment protocols with improved chances of positive outcomes.

Here’s the takeaway point:  Have skin rashes examined and biopsied as needed for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Check suspicious symptoms with the ’CUBED’ acronym:  Is it Colored, Uncertain, Bleeding, Enlarged, or is there a Delay in healing of the lesions?  Don’t shy away from having a simple biopsy performed.  It could save your life.

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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5 Reasons Seniors Should Visit a Podiatrist.

Proper foot health is often overlooked but an extremely important issue for senior citizens. It is vitally important to maintain an active lifestyle. Seniors need to visit a podiatrist for a proper assessment and, if necessary, treatment of and foot or ankle problems to ensure good foot health.  Here are 5 reasons why.

  1. Nail care.  Many seniors suffer from ingrown nails due to pressures on the nails or improper cutting.  This can often result in various kinds of infections which require professional care. There are also thick, painful and ugly fungal nail conditions.  If physically unable to perform regular nail care, podiatrists are positioned to do so safely.

  2. Specialized care for diabetics, people with poor circulation and those on anticoagulants.  Even for simple trimming of nails and corns/calluses, this population is at-risk for complications of self-care. Podiatrists are also able to prescribe appropriate foot care measures to treat and hopefully prevent serious problems.

  3. Fall risk assessments and footwear advice are vital to maintain mobility and a healthy, active lifestyle.  This is a particular need for diabetics or anybody with peripheral neuropathies or gait abnormalities due to strokes, joint replacement surgery or other problems.

  4. Skin conditions/dermatological exams. Many seniors have little lumps, bumps and rashes in their skin, particularly in the sun-exposed areas. There are the more common athlete’s foot and psoriasis conditions, the surprising fact is that it is not at all uncommon for skin cancers to manifest on the feet and lower legs. These skin conditions need to be identified, often by biopsy, so they can be dealt with properly and promptly.

  5. Injuries and other painful conditions.  Pain in the feet of seniors is not always age-related “arthritis”.  Pain is never normal.  There are injuries and other conditions which need to be evaluated and treated properly and promptly so as not to become something potentially far worse and debilitating.

The takeaway point is that seniors should not take their feet for granted.  There are many options for proper evaluation, treatment and advice on maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle.

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!

#ClarkPodiatryCenter #NJCFHI   

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