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By Clark Podiatry Center
June 08, 2021
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Don’t let diabetes get you down this summer! Dr. Brandon A. Macy is here to help you enjoy the family vacation, summer sports, and beach trips without complications to your foot and ankle health. Here are some tips to take along this summer. Share these helpful recommendations with your family and friends, too. Infection and dangerous blood sugar levels are concerning for patients with diabetes, so stay steps ahead to prevent unplanned stops to the doctor.

Store your medicine properly

If you have insulin, store your medicine according to the instructions. Patients who use insulin depend on this medication to keep their blood sugar at a healthy level. The goal is to keep insulin cool but not too cold. Check with your doctor about the best way to store insulin, especially when outdoors or traveling.

Wear comfortable, breathable socks

Now is the time when toes and feet can become even more sweaty, creating the ideal environment for foot fungus to grow. Dark, moist spaces are very welcoming. To prevent foot fungus, allow your feet (and shoes) to dry and wear breathable socks. Also, choose socks that have additional cushioning and support in problem areas.


Check-in before travel

Before you travel, check-in with your doctor. Refill any prescriptions, share updates about blood sugar levels, and express any concerns. Your doctor may have diet and exercise recommendations while you’re away. They may also recommend items to take along on the trip, including diabetic socks, orthotics, and more.

Check your blood sugar

This tip is simple: check your blood sugar — and check it often. To prepare for food changes, pack healthy snacks from home. Listen to your body, and alert your doctor to any changes.

At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 08, 2021
Category: Heart Health

What is our top recommendation to a patient who smokes? Stop. This habit is harmful to your health overall, including your heart — and your feet. February is American Heart Month, and the Clark Podiatry Center team is reminding patients of the dangers of smoking. With each cigarette, you are increasing your risk for health complications. In the United States, cigarette smoking causes about 1 in every 5 deaths each year, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

How smoking impacts your heart

The chemicals in tobacco cause damage to your blood cells. The same chemicals may also impact how your heart functions as well as its structure. Combining smoking with other risk factors for the disease, such as high blood pressure or obesity, a patient further increases their risk. As time progresses, additional health complications may follow:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Death

How smoking impacts your feet

Poor circulation and Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) are among the top ways smoking impacts your feet. Poor circulation limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body, including to your feet. Circulation also plays a critical role in healing wounds and is a common complication for patients who have diabetes. PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to the head, organs, and limbs. PAD can cause pain in your legs and feet.

Quit smoking today. According to researchers, no matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting will benefit your health. We want to help you stop and limit the damage to your body, including your feet and ankles. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

By Clark Podiatry Cente
December 07, 2020
Category: Foot Pain

December is here, and we will soon be welcoming 2021.  At Clark Podiatry Center, we’re encouraging our patients to make time for their feet and ankles this month. It’s time to address ongoing issues or new symptoms. Now is not the time to ignore your discomfort and bring it into the next year.

We’re here to help you keep walking. Here are three types of pain to consider as you set a date for your next appointment:
 

1. Persistent Foot Pain

Walking in pain every day can be discouraging, but there is hope. If you have persistent heel or ankle pain, we’re here to help. It’s our job to provide the right diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Don’t get complacent with your discomfort. Check-in often with your podiatrist.

2. New Foot Pain

What’s changed? If you’re noticing new signs of discomfort, start taking notes, and make an appointment with your podiatrist. Ignore the myth that pain is normal or that it will eventually go away. Instead, have confidence about treating your body by receiving a diagnosis from a foot and ankle specialist.

3. Returning Foot Pain

If it has been a long time since you have had foot pain, you know exactly how it feels when it returns. Call your podiatrist to make an appointment. Returning symptoms could be the sign of a reinjury or another condition. To keep you walking, we want to know about any discomfort that you experience. Let us know exactly how you feel, including when you noticed returning symptoms.

Temporary relief is helpful, but it doesn’t resolve the problem. With a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, we can find the root cause to prevent future issues. If you notice any pain — persistent, new, or returning — call us at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We want to remind our patients that children should not have foot pain either.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 24, 2020

It’s easy to forget, but children can have foot pain, too. In fact, undiagnosed pain can have lasting consequences on the future health and development of their feet. We’re in the business of keeping you walking, and that includes your children. Here are a few questions to consider as your child moves from one shoe size to the next. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center are trained and experienced in pediatric foot health

What are common foot conditions that could impact my child?

Should I wait for the pain to go away?

No. One common myth about foot pain in children is that this is simply a growing pain. As with adults, pain is never normal and should not be ignored. Many pediatric foot conditions have simple solutions, but delayed treatment can worsen symptoms and impact recovery time. Even if your child is dismissing pain to their feet because they want to play in the next game, for example, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Are there ways to prevent these conditions?

Some conditions, like flat feet, are a common part of childhood development that should eventually resolve without intervention. Other conditions, such as warts and ingrown toenails, can be prevented with healthy foot habits like regular washing and drying and proper toenail trimming. When caring for the health and happiness of your child, don’t forget to include their feet.

How can I detect problems?

Regularly inspect your child’s feet and respond quickly to any changes. Also, listen to ways that your child may share pain or discomfort. You may notice non-verbal cues, too, such as facial expressions when moving around or putting on shoes.

If you’re noticing signs that your child is experiencing pain in their feet or ankles, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center. He 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. Call 732-382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 17, 2020
Category: Shoes
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care   Best Shoes  

Have you ever wondered about the parts that make up a shoe? Around here, we think it’s important that you become a confident shoe shopper so that you can make the best decisions for the health and comfort of your feet. Let’s talk about the five major components of a shoe and how you can use this information during your next shoe shopping trip. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center are here to answer your questions.

What are the five major components of a shoe?

  • Toe box
  • Vamp
  • Sole
  • Heel
  • Curve (helps you identify the left shoe from the right)

Does the shoe material matter?

Yes, even this detail matters. The material can play a role in how a shoe fits as well as its durability. Softer materials can lessen the amount of pressure that the shoe places on your foot. Think additional comfort. Stiff materials, however, can cause blisters.

What should I look for in a toe box?

The toe box is the top part of the shoe that offers wiggle room for your toes. Generally, this part is either rounded, pointed, or squared. You will want to look for shoes that provide enough space in the toe box to avoid the pain and discomfort that may be caused by additional friction.

What about the vamp?

It is the part of the shoe where you can typically find shoelaces. Velcro also goes into this area. Based on your comfort level, choose a vamp option that works best for you.

What kind of sole should I get?

A softer sole is better. It means that the sole will be able to absorb more shock as you walk.

Any suggestions on the heel?

Remember, the higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the front of your foot. Keep your heel height low.

Any more questions? Schedule an appointment with a board-certified podiatrist. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center is at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.



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