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By Clark Podiatry Center
April 25, 2018
Category: Laser therapy

Some of the worst villains in movie history use “lasers” in their plan to destroy the world. In the podiatry world, however, we use lasers for good, not for evil. When the terrible, horrible symptoms of pain and inflammation wreak havoc on your feet and ankles, you look to lasers for help.

Laser therapy is typically an option after conservative treatments prove to be unsuccessful. It uses a focused light beam to stimulate healing by encouraging cell metabolism. The treatment is easy and healing time is reduced. What would normally take months to properly heal now takes only a few treatments (about 10-12) of about 10 minutes per session.

For foot pain, a laser is commonly used to treat:

  • Plantar fasciitis – arch or heel pain due to strained plantar fascia ligaments; usually affects people with flat feet or high arches.
  • Achilles tendonitis – heel pain in the back of the heel bone (Achilles) due to a strained foot or ankle sprain; often due to over or under pronation.
  • Neuromas – numbness or pain due to thickened nerve tissue in a specific area; typically experienced if you wear shoes that put excessive force on a specific part of your feet, such as the balls of the feet.

If you’ve been suffering from foot pain, well why wouldn’t you want fast, easy, painless treatment?

But did you know that a laser can also be used to fight the battle against fungal toenails! While the fungal infection might not be causing terrible, horrible pain, they could be the cause of your ugly, brittle, discolored toenails. Unfortunately, you probably picked it up from a family member or from walking barefoot in the gym locker room.

If left untreated, the fungal infection can spread to the surrounding skin on the feet and cause a rash or scaly dry skin. It can spread from one part of the foot to the other because fungal toenails and Athlete’s foot are caused by the same fungus. Laser therapy can be used to treat the toenails so that new toenails do not grow back with a fungal infection!

So if you’ve got a persistent heel pain or fungal infection that won’t respond to conservative treatments, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment. If laser therapy is right for you, we can get started on treatments right away. Using orthotics in conjunction with laser therapy might be a treatment option too! Make an appointment today to have your feet treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 16, 2017

Caring for a growing child has its many stresses. We have to make sure that (s)he eats right, get enough exercises, stays on top of developmental and learning milestones, keep up their hygiene, maintain their appearance, and make sure they grow up loved and secure. Easy peasy! Right?

The pressures of parenting can drive people nutty! With so many things to think about, one of the last things we take care of is our little ones’ feet. Even less attention is given to their toenails. Most of the time, we just have to make sure they are clean and cut, but what happens when there are problems? The following are common issues that can affect your children’s toenails and what you can do to take care of them:

  • Toenail Trauma – When a child has an injury by either dropping something heavy on the toes or by stubbing them on something hard, the toenail can appear black and blue. Most times, ice and rest can be the only treatment required. However, when the bruise is severe and causing a lot of pain, a podiatrist may need to treat it by removing the toenail.
  • Ingrown Toenails – When toenails are not cut properly, or after an injury, a toenail can begin to grow into the skin. As the nail grows deeper and deeper in to the skin, not only are the toes more prone to infection, the skin around the toe will become red, inflamed, and tender to the touch. Infections will require antibiotics, but otherwise, a podiatrist can separate the toenail from the skin. Worst case scenario, the toenail may have to be separated or removed completely.
  • Fungal Toenails – While not commonly found to affect children, some do get a fungal toe. The nail may become disfigured, thick, and/or discolored (gray or yellow). If Athlete’s Foot affects your child, antifungal creams may be used. Other options include oral antifungals or laser therapy on the toe.

Proper hygiene and grooming will help prevent ingrown toenails and fungal toenails. Make sure that your child’s feet are cleaned every day, especially when they have been barefoot in a community area, such as a pool or locker room. Fungus can spread easily in these warm, moist areas. When cutting toenails, make sure they are cut straight across, instead of in a round shape. Also, be careful not to cut them too short. This will help prevent toenails from growing into the skin and causing them to be ingrown. For babies, make sure to use baby clippers as they will be safer to use.

Do your children have toenail issues? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your little ones’ feet to find the best treatments or solutions for their toenail problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 26, 2016
Category: Common Treatments

Are you suffering from your ugly fungal infections? Are they discolored, brittle, painful and/or even causing ingrown toenails? When your toenails have a fungal infection, it is hard to treat topically because of the location. Because creams will not penetrate under the nail, the alternative medication option is an oral medication. However, oral meds can come with side effects and may not be the safest option for children.

 

One of the services we offer here at Clark Podiatry Center is Laser Therapy for Fungal Nails. It’s another option to treat fungal toenails quickly and painlessly. Laser can be focused and penetrated deeply so as to kill the fungus spores living beneath the nails without having to resort to surgery or a bad infection that may leave you with no toenail. Treatment can be done in just one 10 minutes session, and if deemed necessary by our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, some follow-up treatments to prevent recurrence. While laser therapy kills the fungus, it does not clear up the color or look of the toenail and will take a normal growth cycle to grow healthy toenails.

 

Laser therapy is also helpful in therapies related to healing muscles and tissues. The laser draws nutrients to the affected area promoting healing through increased circulation. The benefits include decreasing inflammation, arthritis, and other painful symptoms. It accelerates cell metabolism, increases joint flexibility, and reduces pain associated with muscle or tissue injury. Because it optimizes healing conditions, treatment time and recovery time is reduced. At Clark Podiatry Center, we use it to treat issues such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, sprains, and other painful podiatric issues.

 

If you have fungal nails or other podiatric issues that could be treated with Laser therapy, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy would be glad to discuss treatment options with you. Our aim is to keep you walking!

 

If you're like most Americans, you've made a few resolutions as we begin 2016. Some are easy to keep - like keeping your house neater - while others are very difficult and require a lot of commitment - for example, quitting smoking or joining a health club.

But here's one resolution that is easy to accomplish and that will also improve your health and wellbeing - take good care of your feet! After all, your feet are the foundation of your body and take you on miles and miles every day. Here are a few ideas:

Inspect Feet Daily

Check your feet every day for any suspicious rash or fungus or for cuts or sores that are not healing. Look carefully between the toes and use a mirror so you can see your soles. Individuals with diabetes must pay special attention to any foot problems so they don't worsen and lead to potential amputation.

Practice Good Foot Care Every Day

When you bathe or shower, pay special attention to your feet. Wash feet and toes with a soft washcloth or sponge and warm, soapy water. Dry carefully especially between the toes. While feet are still damp, use a pumice stone to smooth away rough, dry skin. Always apply a rich emollient moisturizer or a balm with shea butter - but not between the toes. Apply petroleum jelly or cuticle cream to moisturize the toenails. Trim the nails straight across - not rounded - at least every week to prevent ingrown toenails.

Invest in Your Feet

Don't skimp on footwear - instead, select sturdy, supportive shoes and thick socks. Avoid flimsy sandals and flip-flops as they offer little protection for your feet. Don't wear high heels for extensive periods - instead, keep heels no higher than 2 inches. Shoes should have plenty of room for toe wiggling and heels that don't slip. It's a good practice to shop for shoes later in the day when your feet are largest, and be sure to have both feet measured every time you shop. If spending time in the sun, use sunscreen on your feet as well as your body. Warm, waterproof shoes can keep feet cozy in winter weather as can moisture-wicking socks.

Keep Feet and Toes Flexible

Don't forget to add feet and toe stretching and flexibility exercises to your regular exercise routine. Keeping feet and toes supple can prevent many foot problems

Contact Us for Any Foot and Ankle Problems

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center can address any foot and ankle issues you have. Contact us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. Remember to take good care of your feet in 2016 and they will take good care of you!

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
October 15, 2013
Category: Toenail problems

Toenail FungusPreventing & Eliminating Fungal Toenails

Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When there is trauma to the nail, the nail bed is lifted allowing fungus to penetrate and invade the nail bed. Without treatment, the fungus can grow and spread in dark, warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes.

Common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Discoloring or yellowing of the nail
  • Thickening or crumbling of the nail
  • Swelling around the nail
  • Disfigured nails
  • Streaks or spots down the side of the nail
  • Foul-smelling debris under the nail
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Complete nail loss

Prevention is key

Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly. Because removal of the fungus is challenging, prevention plays an important role in treatment.

  • Keep nails neatly trimmed
  • Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing with soap and water; drying feet and toes carefully; and changing shoes regularly
  • Always wear shoes in public areas, such as showers, locker rooms and pools
  • Wear comfortable shoes that aren't too tight
  • Avoid wearing polish 365 days per year to prevent sealing in fungus.  We have polish available in the office which contains antifungal properties.

Treatment of toenail fungus

If you do develop toenail fungus, especially if the infection becomes painful, visit Brandon Macy, D.P.M.. People with a chronic illness like diabetes should always see a podiatrist if they notice changes in their nails as it may be an indication of more serious problems.

To eliminate the fungus, a podiatrist may remove as much of the infected nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Oral or topical antifungal medications may also be prescribed to help treat the infection. Only for severe, chronic infections will surgical removal of the nail be recommended. Laser Therapy for ugly fungal nails is available too. Our Clark Office can help diagnose the cause of your toenail problems and make the best recommendation for treatment.



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