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By Clark Podiatry Center
July 11, 2018
Category: Toenail problems

Helen has always had nails that were crooked and curled downward instead of straight out. Her mother and grandmother also had toenails like these and so she rarely wears open-toed shoes.

Peter was about to take a shot at the goal when another soccer player tried to interfere. Their feet collided and Peter suffered a toenail injury. The toenail turned black and then eventually fell off. The new toenail started to grow back out, but then grew into the skin.

Taylor hates cutting toenails, and so cuts them short in hopes to lengthen the time between having to trim them again. But recently, the toenails have been growing into the skin and causing pain.

Jaime wears fancy shoes for work. However, they put lots of pressure down on the toes and the toenails are forced to grow into the skin. Ouch!

Helen, Peter, Taylor, and Jaime now all suffer from ingrown toenails. Some of them have pain while others just feel bothered by the way the nails are growing. What can they do?

If they noticed that the toenails are just beginning to grow into the skin they can try to reduce inflammation and swelling (with ice, Epsom salts, and/or NSAIDs) and gently push the skin away from the toenail. Then:

  • Trim toenails straight across and not too short. Rounding the toenails make it more likely for the toenails to grow into the skin. It also makes it harder to pull the skin away if they begin to grow into the skin. Cutting them short can cause the skin around the toenail to swell a bit, making it easier for the nail to become ingrown.
  • Wear shoes with a roomier toe box. People who work on their feet all day have experienced all sorts of toe issues, including ingrown toenails and even toe deformities like hammertoes.
  • Use bandages on ingrown toenails to cushion the pressure from shoes.

If the toenails are severely ingrown, causing pain deep in the toe, and/or infected, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. This is especially important if you are diabetic since the risk of infection and ulceration are larger for you. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. This may include a partial nail avulsion or matrixectomy (nail removal), depending on your specific case. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Now that it’s officially the summer season, our toes are coming back out to see the light! For many women (and some men) pedicures are a summer staple for presenting clean, well-groomed feet. And while they can be helpful for that, pedicures can also increase the risk of contagious toe and foot diseases. Pedicurists, as well as the tools and facilities they use for pedicures need to be properly washed and sanitized after each use or some contagious diseases may spread.

Tips for Avoiding Problems from Pedicures

Salon Pedicures:

  • Schedule a pedicure as the first appointment of the day. This way, your toes are the first they see and are the first time the tools are utilized after they’ve been sanitized. If you are unsure about their cleanliness, ask them to sanitize their tools again.
  • If you have an infectious foot or toe disease, such as warts, an infected cut, or fungal infection, it’s best to treat them before going to the salon as you can spread the disease to others. Make an appointment at our office before you make an appointment at the salon.
  • If they ask you if you want the nails straight or rounded, choose straight as this helps prevent the risk of ingrown toenails.

Home Pedicures

  • Make sure you soak your feet in warm soapy water before you begin. This will help clean your feet, but also soften the skin and nails before you manipulate them. Moisturize after you dry your feet.
  • Use clean tools – if someone in your family has foot disease, it’s best not to share tools. Make sure to clean between uses.
  • Do not be forceful or use tools that cause pain. This can lead to a cut and therefore an infection.
  • Give yourself a foot massage or roll a ball under your foot so that you get the royal treatment you would get if you went to the salon.

General Tips for Pedicures

  • Give your toenails a break from nail polish after each pedicure. This will allow the toenail to breathe and recover from less oxygen. The toenail can turn yellow if it is constantly painted.
  • If you are diabetic, be extra careful with tools, as you may not be able to feel pain. For safe grooming, it’s best to have it done by our podiatrist. You can paint your own toenails, though.

Have issues grooming your toenails or do you suspect an infection from a pedicure? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your toes to find the best treatment. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 02, 2017

Our children’s health is always of top concern. With the myriad of information out there about things that can go wrong, it can be hard for parents to determine when something is actually a problem for our growing children. The older they get, their bodies go through many changes, and sometimes it can be difficult to decipher what’s normal and what isn’t.

At least with regards to their feet, we at the New Jersey Foot Health Institute of Clark Podiatry Center have some tips as to when you should pay close attention to possible children’s foot problems. Look out for the following symptoms or issues:

  • Pain, swelling, redness, and/or heat that does not subside after using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Remember that growing pains or NOT normal in the feet.
  • Blisters, corns, or calluses on one part of the feet.
  • Chronic ingrown toenails.
  • Walking issues – Look for problems in the gait, such as in-toeing, out-toeing, or toe walking. Look for shape the shape of legs when they stand or walk, focusing on whether or not the legs are bowed out or caving inward.
  • Deformities in the way their feet look – e.g. clubfoot, curly toes, hammertoes, flat feet.
  • Ankles that seem to easily roll or twist often.

Inspect your regularly for changes in the skin of the feet as well, especially after your child has been playing barefoot or in socks. Check for cuts, bruises, color change, rashes, or odor, and treat accordingly. Children are also prone to fungal or viral infections, so foot hygiene is very important. Many older children may ignore foot pain or try to shake it off, so it’s best to be vigilant about any changes in walking or behavior.

If you suspect that your child might have a foot problem, or if your child is complaining of foot pain, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best treatments or solutions for their developing feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
July 06, 2016
Tags: ingrown toenails  

One of the most commons foot problems that babies and children may experience is an ingrown toenail. This condition, which is medically called onychocryptosis, can occur when toes are injured, toenails are too long, or toenails experience pressure in and down due to tight socks or shoes. Those who inherit toenails that tend to curve downwards are more likely to experience ingrown toenails.                                                                            

How to tell if your baby or child has an ingrown toenail

Most ingrown toenails are identifiable by redness or swelling of the skin near toenail edges. If the ingrown toenail is not prevented or treated early, the toe can feel very tender and painful. Babies may cry and keep touching the toes. Toddlers and older children may tell you about pain or show a painful expression when walking or moving their feet.

If an ingrown toenail becomes infected, you should treat your child’s feet sooner rather than later. You may see a blister and red skin near the toenail. If the below home treatment suggestions are not effective, or the infection has already become a big problem, please make an appointment for your child to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, D.P.M of Clark Podiatry Center.

Early (home) treatment for ingrown toenails

Babies and children should have a foot soak in warm, soapy water, a few times a day. When the foot has been soaking for at least 10 minutes, the skin should be softened enough to allow for you to pull back the skin that is over the ingrown toenail. You can try to put a small piece of sterile cotton or gauze under the toenail to keep it away from the skin. If the skin is red, apply some over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to treat any infection.

Babies should not have any shoes until they are walking, so we recommend keeping shoes off of babies. For toddlers and children, we recommend loose-fitting shoes or open-toed sandals until the ingrown toenail is treated and healed. Stay away from physical activity that involves the front of the toes (soccer, climbing, dancing). Remember to keep toenails trimmed straight across to prevent any other ingrown toenails.

If your children’s ingrown toenails are too deep or infected to the point of dramatic redness, swelling, bleeding or discharge, please bring him/her into the office as soon as possible. Also, if you feel any uncertainty about treating your child’s ingrown toenail at home, Dr. Macy will take necessary steps to prevent it from worsening. Make an appointment at our Clark, New Jersey office today to meet your children’s pediatric podiatry needs!

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 23, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

The graceful movements and incredible positional achievements of ballet dancers leave us with an impression of beauty and strength. However, behind the elegant and silky ballet shoes hide purple toes and for some, broken bones. It is not uncommon to see more than one injury tucked inside their footwear, including bloody toes, corns, calluses, blisters, bunions, and ingrown or black toenails. Even more hidden are the strains on the tissues and muscles of the feet and ankles. Some dancers even perform on stress fractures and broken toes!


Why do ballet dancers keep their issues invisible and untreated? For one, they are embarrassed at the condition of their feet. Though podiatrists have seen all sorts of conditions, those who are self conscious about their feet will not see their foot doctors for long periods of time. Another big reason is the pressure for the dancers to get and keep their parts. They continue to ignore issues and go on dancing amidst their pain and disfiguration because they need to guard their roles and try to get bigger ones.


Of course that comes with the sacrifice and huge risk of small issues turning into very large ones. Corns can become ulcers, nails can become embed in the callused skin, compensating for one injury can cause another, and some injuries require reconstructive surgery.


Podiatrists can provide continued care to relieve pain, treat infections, provide healing technology, and try to prevent further injury. While the most important treatment is to rest and allow for recovery, it is not always doable for dancers who depend on their feet, broken or not, for their livelihood.


That is why if you are a dancer experiencing foot and ankle issues, it is best to contact our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, earlier than later. He and his team at Clark Podiatry Center will find the best solution for maintaining foot and ankle health, as well as use innovative technology to help treat your issues. Make an appointment today at our Clark, NJ office to have your podiatric needs met with high quality care.

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