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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? It’s another opportunity to show how we love and care for the men in our lives. It starts by checking in and asking some of the tough questions. It looks like tagging along for a doctor’s visit. Caring for the men in our lives is shown by telling them they don’t have to stay in pain while walking. The team at Clark Podiatry Center is here to help. Here’s how you can do your part: 

Ask about health maintenance

Scheduling regular appointments is a great practice and encourage healthy living. It is important to have check-ins with health professionals to monitor — and adjust. For men with diabetes, regular appointments can mean the difference between the early signs of an ulcer or a worsening infection.

Become a health ally

You may need to help with finding a doctor or scheduling an appointment. You may also need to drive your husband, or son, brother, or dad to the appointment. Whatever it takes — show the men in your life that you value their health and are committed to journeying with them. Being a health ally also provides accountability.

Don’t ignore the pain

From your head to your toes, pain is not normal. It shouldn’t be accepted — or ignored. We appreciate the men in our lives, and we don’t want them to have lives filled with pain that can be treated. When it comes to discomfort while moving around, contact a podiatrist. We’re here to help determine the cause of the pain and find ways to reduce it or remove it completely.

Thank you for your patience and support over these past months. We’re pleased to share we are now accepting all podiatry appointments. We are taking the necessary steps to remain vigilant and protect our patients and staff. Telemedicine appointments are also still available. If you have any questions or urgent concerns, 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.

A very common foot ailment is an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail is just that, a nail that has grown into the nail bed and if not taken care of can become infected. Most ingrown toenails occur in the big toe but can occur in all nails.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Pain – can occur on both sides of the nail
  • Swelling - irritation in the toe will cause swelling
  • Redness – in and around the nail and nail bed
  • An infection of the toenail – can include infected liquid around the nail

If you believe you have an ingrown toenail, your best bet is to contact your podiatrist to make the right diagnosis. An infected ingrown toenail can get worse fast, so let a trained professional treat you and avoid any unnecessary future problems.

Causes of an ingrown toenail are:

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight – especially around the toes
  • Cutting toenails too short – injures the nail bed
  • Injured toes – can deform the nail’s growth
  • Unusually curved toenails – promotes ingrown growth

Treatments for an ingrown toenail include both those applied at home and by a doctor. Home treatments include:

  • Soaking your feet in warm water – this loosens up the skin in and around the toenails
  • Applying cream – anti-biotic cream to prevent infection
  • Pain relievers – ibuprofen or similar
  • Good supportive footwearfootwear that doesn’t crowd the toes

If these treatments don’t help, then you need to see a podiatrist who can do any of the following:

  • Lifting the nail – if not infected, the doctor can lift the nail and place cotton under its edge so it grows above the skin
  • Removing the nail – if infected this is a more severe treatment, but will stop the nail from growing into the nail bed 
  • Removing the nail and root – this is the most severe treatment as it removes the nail and the nail’s root preventing the nail from growing in the same spot again

If you believe you are developing an ingrown toenail or have any other foot concerns, 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
February 07, 2018

Ask friends who are parents and they’ll tell you, raising a child is no walk in the park. It seems like the work is never ending and there are so many things to keep track of to make sure that they grow up happy and healthy. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want to help make that process a bit easier. Here’s a little cheat sheet with general foot care tips for your children:

DO:

  1. Pay attention to the way your children’s feet are growing. In many cases, your child can outgrow foot problems, but foot pain usually indicates a more serious issue, such as Sever’s Disease.
  2. Check out these tips for purchasing shoes for children. Their feet grow quickly, so make sure you have them measured often.
  3. Have them engage in physical activity several times a week to keep them strong and fit. They will also be less likely to be holding a phone or tablet if they are engaged in martial arts, dance, or rock climbing instead.
  4. Consult with our podiatrist about custom orthotics for children who have developmental problems.

DO NOT:

  1. Ignore complaints about foot pain. Growing pains are not normal in the feet, so they should be tended to before symptoms worsen.
  2. Use hand me downs for children’s shoes, since they will not have the correct support for your children’s feet. Depending on how long the first child has worn the shoes, they can be molded to that particular child’s feet and the younger child’s feet will not fit that well.
  3. Use shoes indoors when your child is first learning to walk. Being barefoot when indoors will help them develop strength, balance, and coordination in the feet. However, use shoes when they will be outside, to protect from sharp objects or disease.

Do your children complain of foot pain during or after physical activity? Make an appointment at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center to have your child see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your children’s feet and give them the treatment or orthotic support they need. Come see him at our Clark, NJ office.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 19, 2014
Tags: foot pain   Falls   Fall prevention  

Seniors can Reduce Risk of Falling by Fixing Painful Feet

 

 

It’s just not true that foot pain is a normal consequence of growing older. In addition to healthy feet and ankles contributing to a full and active lifestyle, they can also reduce a senior’s risk for dangerous and deadly falls.

seniors2Falls have become the leading cause of injury deaths among Americans age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Painful foot conditions such as osteoarthritis, corns, bunions, hammertoes, and diabetic complications can make it difficult for seniors to maintain balance and coordination when walking or standing.

Lower body weakness and gait and balance problems are frequently-cited risk factors for falls among seniors. Exercises to enhance lower body strength can reduce this risk. But for seniors with painful foot and ankle conditions, exercise can be difficult.

Just one fall can permanently rob a senior of their independence and dramatically reduce their quality of life. Minimizing or eliminating foot pain in seniors improves their balance, coordination and stability when walking or standing.

A foot and ankle surgeon can recommend simple, effective pain-relief measures such as stretching exercises or padding for painful corns and hammertoes. But when surgery is the most appropriate treatment for a senior’s painful feet, simple surgical techniques often allow treatment to be performed on an outpatient basis.

 

Reprinted from Foot Health Facts, a publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 17, 2013

Sitting Is the New Smoking II –Keeping Seniors Walking

[This is the second in a series, the first dealt with childhood obesity]

How would you like to save money on your heating bills this winter?  It’s NOT an advertisement to get a new furnace or switch utility suppliers. Details below.

Everyone knows --or should know that smoking is not good for you. It affects your lungs, your cardiovascular health, your circulation, your skin, your weight, lowers your resistance to disease, it even affects your attitude. What you need to understand is that sitting has precisely the same effect.  A recent article in Parade Magazine cited a study where it was demonstrated that the life span of sedentary people is significantly shorter—no surprise there—but that even overweight people who are active fare much better than slender people who are not active.

Older people with arthritis, poor circulation or balance problems are often afraid of falling or intimidated by their pain. But the pain of arthritis can be eased by keeping active. There's an old axiom "use it or lose it".  The more you do, the more you can do, the less you do, the less you can do.  In either direction it's a spiral. The spiral can work for you or against you--it's a choice to be made each and every day. 

A recent issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association was devoted in its entirety to fall prevention in older people.  Several challenges were addressed, along with recommendations such as proper shoegear, non-skid socks, and dealing appropriately with painful foot problems. 

Very often it is a matter of confidence that keeps seniors from walking more.  Aside from arthritis in the feet, knees, hips and back, weakness in the large muscles in the thighs and core abdominal muscles adds to the difficulty and frustration. Exercise programs at senior centers, health clubs, even those simple things which can be done at home all help.  The key lies in making exercise a habit.  Start small, and with a doctor’s advice.  But you have to take that first step, even if you need to use a cane or a walker. 

If your feet hurt for any reason, that certainly puts a damper on your enthusiasm and ability to get moving.  Do you have heel pain? ingrown nails? painful bunions, hammertoes? painful calluses? We can help--quickly and easily.  Are your shoes causing you pain? Are they the wrong size because your feet and ankles swell later in the day, so you buy shoes that are too large? We can advise you about what to look for. 

Our office has a Fall Prevention Program to keep seniors on their feet and moving.  From bracing to shoe modifications to recommendations for treating painful foot conditions, our goal is to get you moving and KEEP you moving.

Your body is a walking machine that may not have been built properly by your parents.  Imbalances in the structure can be the underlying cause of so very many deformities and pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.  Lightweight, custom orthotics often make a major difference in being able to perform your daily activities and exercise in comfort.

Our motto at Clark Podiatry Center is “We Keep You Walking”.  It’s about looking, feeling and being healthier.  It’s about walking the walk instead of talking the talk about how you know you should exercise and want to, but [fill in the excuse].  While you may need a walker for assistance, you don't have to go to the extent of the man pictured who created an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) walker!

    4 wheel drive ATV-walker!

Look around our website for information regarding any specific problems you may have.  If you can’t find something that sounds familiar, use the Contact Us link to ask a question.  Or call 732-382-3470 for an appointment.  We’ll fit you into the schedule as soon as possible and then we’ll work together to do what it takes to keep you walking.

Oh, and how can you save on your heating bills this winter?  Get up and move.  When you sit around, watching TV or other sedentary activities, you feel colder.  Whether you’re puttering around the house, or take a few minutes at a time to walk around or otherwise engage in light exercise, you’ll generate your own body heat and feel much warmer.  You’ll be able to turn the thermostat down a couple of degrees and save! You’ll feel a lot better, too.



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