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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 28, 2019
Category: Toenail problems

At Clark Podiatry Center, we know it’s the time of year for ghoulish costumes and horror movies, but ghastly toe troubles are definitely something patients do not enjoy. We often take our toes for granted until something goes wrong. Below are some common toe problems and their sometimes gruesome symptoms.

Ingrown Toenails—this insidious condition can develop slowly, almost without you realizing it, until you start to experience pain and notice that your toenail appears to be blowing up with swelling. When a toenail grows downward and back into the skin, it’s called an ingrown nail. When the nail actually punctures the skin, it causes redness and swelling, and the area becomes incredibly tender and painful. It can also become infected, and if this happens, you may notice pus or other discharge as well.

Black Toenails—looking down and noticing your toenail is black can be frightening, but it is most often the sign of repetitive trauma or stress to the toe. If you are a runner, for example, the constant pounding of the toe up against the front of the shoe can cause bleeding under the nail, which pools and causes the black appearance. It’s still a good idea to have the foot doctor examine the toe to rule out any more serious conditions.

Fungal Toenails—a nail that has a fungal infection can appear discolored, and the edges may be brittle and crumbly. In some cases, the nail may even separate from the bed, and there can be a foul odor as well. The foot doctor has several treatment options available, including laser therapy, to restore your nail to health.

If you notice any unusual or concerning symptoms about your toes, nails, or any other part of your foot, make an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy will examine your feet and provide a prompt diagnosis of your disorder and the best course of treatment. We are proud to say that New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center.

We look forward to serving you at our Clark, New Jersey office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 18, 2018
Category: Toenail problems

The summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore your toenails! On the contrary, now that you might be wearing more closed-toed shoes with socks, you might be at more of a risk for fungal problems.

Today’s focus is on how fungal growth can mean infections on the toenails. Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is caused by the same family of fungus (tinea) that causes Athlete’s Foot and Ringworm. When the fungus affects the toenails, they can become brittle, discolored, and or thick.

Where do I get fungal toenails?

  • The gym – A common place of contagion is a gym locker room with showers. The damp and warm environment allows the fungus to thrive, making it easy to transfer from person to person when each is barefoot. (Use flip-flops at the gym!)
  • Your family member – If someone in your family has foot fungus or fungal toenails, it can spread via shared towels or showers that do not fully dry between uses.
  • Your roommate – Similarly, if you have a roommate with whom you share a bathroom, you can become infected via shared towels or showers.
  • The community pool – While the chlorine does its best to disinfect and reduce microorganism growth, most people have moments of being barefoot between the pool and the locker room. Foot fungus thrives in moisture associated with pool areas.

Wearing closed-toed shoes, especially if you wear them every day, can also be the culprit of a fungal infection. In the fall and winter, your feet are warm inside the shoes. Those who sweat in closed-toed shoes create the perfect environment for fungus to grow. When opportunity strikes, the microorganism can infect the skin and toenails.

How do I get rid of these unsightly fungal toenails?

Depending on the severity of the fungal toenails, Dr. Macy might suggest:

  • Antifungal creams or lotions directly to the nails.
  • Medicated nail polish: The prescribed nail polish has an antifungal in it and should be used once daily.
  • Oral antifungal medication if your infection sites are throughout the body. 
  • Laser Therapy: This is a low risk, painless treatment, which kills the fungus living in the toenails. As your nails grow out, it should grow without the fungal symptoms. Our office also has Keryflex available to cosmetically restore any damaged toenails, especially as you wait for your own nails to grow out.

Are your fungal toenails causing you embarrassment? Do you want to be free of unsightly toenails? Come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment. Make an appointment today to be rid of those fungal toenails. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking!

 

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
April 04, 2018
Category: Plantar fasciitis

One of the most common causes of pain along the bottom of the feet is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue (ligament) that connects the toes to the heel bone. When it is strained or injured, the body responds with inflammation, sending us signals that something is wrong. Painful and/or tingly sensations can be felt after a long period of rest (i.e. sleeping), as well as after intense exercise.

Arch Pain

Those who have high arches, overpronate (walk with arches flat on the ground and ankles rolling inward), wear high heels, or play sports with repetitive impact motions are more likely to experience arch pain with plantar fasciitis. These risk factors cause more strain on the plantar fascia.

Heel Pain

Over time, the ligament can pull on the bone enough to cause a bone spur to develop on the bottom/front of the heel bone. This can cause pain with each step since a bony growth begins to protrude. Like with arch pain due to plantar fasciitis, those who play sports including running, jumping or sudden twisting movements (i.e. golf) can feel heel pain.

If you suspect that you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you will want to take measures to prevent it from getting worse. You can try stretching the feet and calves when you wake up in the morning, massaging the plantar fascia ligament with a small ball, enjoying a warm foot soak, as well as using additional orthotic inserts or padding. For those with high arches or fallen arches, orthotics can help support the irregular shape of the foot so that the ligament does not have to strain so much to stabilize.

Have you tried some of these techniques and still found that your plantar fasciitis is getting worse? Come see us for podiatrist-prescribed treatment, such as physical therapy or laser therapy at our office. Make an appointment to see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM at Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet and the best treatment options to get you back on track.  Come see him at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas.

By Clark Podiatry Center
September 13, 2017
Category: Toenail problems

Foot fungus is an infection that commonly infects the feet. Toenail fungus, called onychomycosis, can start with a little bit of yellow or white discoloration or dot, but long-term effects can end with fungal build up. Eventually, the nails become discolored (between yellowish and grayish), thicker, and ragged at the tips of the toenails.

Causes: Toenails can become infected by a skin opening or crack in the nails. There are many fungi that can affect toenails as well as the skin (resulting in diseases known as Athlete’s foot and ringworm). Those with weakened immune systems and restricted blood circulation can make folks more susceptible to fungal infection. They are commonly spread in areas that are damp, such as gym locker rooms or towels and other items used by those with infection.

Typical Treatments:  

  • Antifungal Creams or Lotions: Apply directly to the nail and around it. Soaking in a warm foot bath and thinning the nails can make it more effective.
  • Medicated Nail Polish: The prescribed nail polish has an antifungal in it and should be used once daily.
  • Oral Antifungal Medications: Because it is a systemic treatment, it can clear up fungus that affects all of the skin. However, it can also have side effects that cause skin rash and liver damage.
  • Home treatments like: Over-the-counter treatment with camphor and eucalyptus oil; snakeroot extract

Laser Therapy: The latest treatment option for fungal toenails is laser therapy. It is a low risk, painless treatment with no known side effects. It can effectively treat fungal infection through a short 10-minute session, with follow-up sessions if necessary. It can kill the fungus living in the nails so that future nail growth will occur without the infection. Since toenails can grow slowly, it can take as long as 5 to 6 months for the toenail to push out the infected area. We also offer Keryflex to cover and cosmetically restore damaged toenails. You can hide fungal infections using Keryflex and nail polish.

Got a persistent fungal infection that won’t respond to typical treatment? Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment of the fungal toenails. 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!

 



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