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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 13, 2018
Category: skin conditions
Tags: blisters   corns   calluses   warts   Athlete's Foot   Shoes   diabetic   ulcer  

Your skin is one tough organ. It literally holds you together! But it’s also your first defense, making it more prone to attack from the outside world (and maybe some from inside your body). Your skin might not have 99 problems, but they surely are at risk of a lot!

Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi, Oh My!

  • These microorganisms usually live on and around us, but when we have a break in the skin and they get inside, that’s when an infection can occur. In most cases, cleaning and treating any cuts and scrapes can help to stop infections. However, other infections like Athlete’s foot (caused by the fungus tinea) might need more special care. Viral infections, like warts, can be more difficult and stubborn, ultimately needing podiatric intervention. Hygiene is the first defense and prevention tactic against these little troublemakers.

The attack of the shoes

  • You chose them and bought them – how could they be out to get you? Well, all of us have encountered uncomfortable shoes at one point or another. They can cause blisters, corns, and calluses if they are uncomfortable or cause excessive pressure on certain parts of the feet.
  • Don’t forget that bacteria and fungus can thrive in the moist and warm environment of your shoes, especially if you wear the same shoes every day.

Oops! and Ouch!

  • Oops, you dropped a heavy object on your foot! Ouch! That can really cause swelling, bruising, and turn your toenail black.
  • Oops, you forgot to wear sunblock with your sandals on a hot summer day! Ouch, sunburn got you good. Yes, even your feet are prone to sunburn!

Attack from within

  • Your own body can be your skin’s worst enemy. How? When you have neuropathy (such as diabetic neuropathy), your feet lose feeling. The nerves stop communicating and you can have poor circulation. Your skin can begin to break down and become an ulcer. When left untreated, that ulcer can lead to a really bad infection, gangrene, or even amputation!

Have we made our case for you to take care of your feet, including the skin? Be sure to wash your feet with soap and warm water each day. This is especially important if you go to communal locker rooms where you can easily pick up microorganisms while barefoot.

Noticed a skin problem on your foot? We can help assess your skin. Make an appointment today for a consultation at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your children’s feet to find the best solution for stinky feet! 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
August 03, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: blisters   warts   Athlete's Foot  

For growing children and teenagers, an often-overlooked issue is foot pain. However, what you may not realize is that foot health is very important to overall growth and development. Foot and ankle issues that are left untreated during teenage years can cause other issues down the line. 

 

So you might be concerned that as many as 60% of teenagers live with some kind of foot or ankle pain. Most issues are caused by sports injuries, uncomfortable or ill-fitting footwear, and ignoring early signs of foot or ankle issues. Most teens are simply unaware of proper foot health and care practices. 

 

If your teenager or pre-teen has foot or ankle issues, come see us at Clark Podiatry Center sooner than later to prevent further problems as they continue to grow. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, will not only address any foot health issues, he will also provide foot health education for your family. 

 

Some tips that Dr. Macy may share with you:

 

Take Care of Your Feet

  • Teen feet come into contact with all kinds of surfaces. Feet should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water, especially in between the toes and around toenails. Then they should be dried to prevent fungal growth.
  • Treat warts, athlete’s foot, cuts and blisters, as well as ingrown toenails ASAP and through full treatment length. 
  • If there is any pain in the feet or ankles, don’t “walk it off”. Instead, pay attention to it and visit Dr. Macy if the problem persists or worsens. 

 

Choose Appropriate Footwear

  • Make sure the fit is right. Get measured each time you purchase shoes since foot size can continue to change. 
  • The shoes should match the activity – basketball shoes will give different support from running sneakers. 
  • Arch and heel supports are very important in the shoes you choose. If your shoes are falling apart, they are not supporting your feet – it’s time to replace them!
  • Make sure they are comfortable – fashion over function is not a good for foot health as it can cause pain, blisters, and can even disfigure feet as they grow. 

 

For more information and to treat your teens’ foot and ankle issues, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office. Dr. Macy uses the latest technology and especially focuses on children’s foot health to best treat your family’s needs. 

 

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
September 16, 2014
Tags: heel pain   ingrown toenails   warts   soccer  

Summer has come and gone and with it the start of the school year and fall sports season.  Soccer, football, dance classes, gymnastics classes are all in full swing.  For some of the kids, however, it also means the onset of foot problems.  Heel pain, blisters, warts, damaged and ingrown toenails, fractures, sprains & strains have also become a part of the back-to-school routine.

Sever's Disease/Calcaneal Apophysitis  is a common cause of heel pain in the 10-14 year old age group.  It is an injury to the growth plate of the heel and can result in significant pain.  It is usually caused by the combination of activity and abnormal foot function.  Fortunately, if caught early enough, it can be treated fairly quickly and easily with little or no time lost from activities.

Plantar warts are the result of a virus that finds its way into the skin.  The environments inside athletic shoes and floors of locker rooms are breeding grounds, but aren’t the only way to get warts.  Warts are very stubborn and difficult to eradicate but if left untreated, they can grow and/or spread, often becoming quite painful.

 Foot injuries are also common in the world of sports and are an “occupational hazard”.  If your child does suffer an unfortunate foot or ankle injury, we’re available in the office for prompt examination and treatment.  We have a digital x-ray unit in the office, so the examination can be complete and results are obtained within a matter of seconds.  No waiting for hours in an impersonal emergency room.

Toenail injuries are common, ranging from blisters to “black toenail syndrome”, which is essentially a dried blood blister under the nail plate.  These can be related to the activities themselves, but also to ill-fitting shoes.  Similarly, the shoes and activities can contribute to ingrown toenails.  Ingrown Nails can cause a great deal of pain and get infected rather easily.  Prompt attention to these can get your star athlete back on the field right away!

Don’t forget to monitor your child’s shoe size, as with the sudden growth spurts, shoes which fit well in August can sometimes be way too small in October.

If your child has one of these problems or another foot/ankle issue, please call us at 732-382-3470 to schedule an appointment.  For more information or to request an appointment online, visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.

 Let’s keep those kids playing and pain-free!

#ClarkPodiatry  #FootpaininChildren #sportsinjuries

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
April 13, 2014
Category: Foot Pain

Do you feel like you are walking on rocks?  Many patients have calluses on their feet that are like small pebbles—but feel like they are boulders or knives stabbing you in the foot. There are some that have deep-seated cores that can feel like they go all the way down to the bone.  We label such lesion as an intractable plantar keratosis (IPK) or porokeratosis. (PK)

 Many folks have this common problem, have the calluses scraped down, but the relief lasts only for a couple of weeks before that nagging pain comes back.  Changing or adjusting shoes doesn’t seem to help much. Over the counter medications do even less. Surgery is an option, but not a pleasant one.

It can seem to be a never ending cycle, but there IS hope for you!  A PAINLESS way of providing relief for those rock-hard calluses.  We now employ a treatment called TransDerm which can give you major, long-term relief. And yes, it is totally painless, no need for blistering acid applications or injections.

What is involved? Two brief office visits.  At the first, the offending callus is pared down, then a series of two medications is applied with an applicator, then covered with a large band aid that is saturated with a third solution. At a followup visit in 2 days, the band aid is removed and any remaining callus tissue is cleaned up.  That’s it!  

The photos below show an example of a PK lesion on a patient's right foot before treatment, after paring the PK down, then 48 hours later following the TransDerm treatment.  A dramatic difference and the patient is excited about the relief she feels! Patients have marveled at how much better they feel than after any of the visits they’ve had in the past for their regular care—the best their feet have felt in ages! 

Quick, painless and effective.  You can’t ask for more than that!

Contact Us for more information or call at 732-382-3470 to schedule an appointment.   You do not have to suffer from those rock-hard, painful calluses any longer!

                 



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