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By Clark Podiatry Center
March 24, 2020
Category: Foot Health Tips

We’re all spending much more time at home these days as we seek to limit the spread of the coronavirus. While we work from home, keep up with our children, or step outside for a moment, it’s still important to protect our feet. Clark Podiatry Center has a few safety tips that you and your family can practice during this time. Healthy feet and ankles are an important part of your overall health, too.

Stepping outside? Wear shoes.

Whether it’s a quick trip to the mailbox or a phone call in the backyard, always wear shoes. If you have diabetes, it is even more important to avoid walking barefoot. A small cut or bruise can have dangerous consequences and may also lead to a foot ulcer. Keep a pair of shoes by the door as a reminder.

Keep up with your foot hygiene

Don’t skip foot hygiene maintenance. It includes daily check-ups and keeping your feet clean and dry. Healthy foot care routines are a great way to prevent foot issues or detect them earlier. If you’re wearing socks or shoes in the house, be sure to let your shoes air out each night to prevent a fungal toenail infection. Also, don’t wear the same pair of socks to avoid smelly feet.

Fall proof your house

There are simple things that you can do to reduce your chances of falling or tripping in your house. It includes switching out slippery rugs with non-slip options or rearranging furniture that might be a hazard. Fall-proofing your home may also include choosing footwear wisely. Avoid wearing slippers without non-slip soles. Also, if you choose socks, look for those to be non-slip, as well.

While you enjoy the comforts of home, be sure to keep up the great work of monitoring and caring for your feet. If you have any questions or concerns, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. He is located at our Clark, New Jersey office. Call (732) 382-3470. For concerns about your children, the New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center.

Here's the latest update regarding our services during the COVID-19 crisis and Governor Murphy’s orders issued over this past weekend.

Our office is doing what we can to operate in the best interest of our patients and staff.

To that end, we're taking the following measures;

1.  As an essential service, our office will remain open from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM on Monday-Friday. We may adjust hours according to demand.

2.  The goal of offices such as ours remaining open is to keep our patients safe, out of danger and out of emergency rooms. This refers to people with emergencies such as injuries or infections and our regular at-risk patients with conditions such as diabetes and severe circulatory issues.

3.  If you have an urgent matter such as an infection or injury, we'll work to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible. We have an x-ray in the office, so you don’t have to visit a separate facility if you're in need.

4.  If you are ill, please stay home. If you have a regular appointment, feel free to call us and we’ll reschedule at a later date when things return to normal.

5.  Due to the social distancing recommendations, at the office, we request that you come alone if possible. If not possible, then bring no more than one person with you. Once checking in we'll request that you return to your car until we are ready to place you into a treatment room.

The State and Federal Governments have eased regulations concerning telemedicine and insurance companies have agreed to cover telemedicine visits as they would for an in-person office visit. We have made arrangements to provide telemedicine visits for those of you who have questions, need follow-ups or want to know if a problem warrants an in-office visit. These appointments need to be scheduled much like any other visit and can be performed outside of normal office hours.

The telemedicine process is quite simple, safe and secure. No programs need to be downloaded.  When you schedule an appointment we'll send you the personalized room link to connect to the program to start the visit at the scheduled time. Webcam and microphone capabilities are obviously required, along with Chrome, Firefox or Safari internet browsers.

At any time, you may reach us at 732-382-3470. There's an emergency number on the recording if you reach us outside of office hours. You can also make an appointment request on our website.

We want you to remain safe and err on the side of caution. We urge you to follow the recommendations of all government authorities until this crisis passes so we can "flatten the curve". As always, we at Clark Podiatry Center remain at your service to provide the best podiatry care possible.

Sincerely,
Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
and the Staff of Clark Podiatry Center

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 16, 2020
Category: Toenail problems

We’re getting closer to “show your toes” season. That’s right. We’re talking sandals, walks on the beach, you name it. While some people are thrilled for this season, other people may be a bit more hesitant. Why? Their toes aren’t ready. It can range from a basic need for a little toe TLC such as a pedicure or a fungal toenail infection. Rest easy. Here at the Clark Podiatry Center, we treat this condition with laser therapy for fungal toenails

What are some benefits of laser technology?

This treatment option is fast, painless, and limits the risks and side effects that may come along with an oral medication. When we say fast, we’re talking a 10-minute session. If you need an additional session, we offer a low-cost program for more laser treatments.

When will my toenails look better?

It can take some time before you begin to see a new, clear nail. We say about 5 to 6 months. Whether you use oral medication or laser therapy, the fungus doesn’t “fade.” Both treatment options should destroy the fungus spores. As the nail continues normal growth, the damaged nail is eventually pushed outward.

Why can’t I just try over-the-counter options?

Fungal infections are contagious, so you are at risk of passing this condition to others. For this reason, one of the biggest incentives is to treat the infection quickly and effectively. Not getting proper treatment can continue to damage your toenail. Until you are assessed by a podiatrist, it’s best to not assume your medical treatment.

Ready to begin the journey to clear, beach-ready toenails? Make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, located at our Clark, New Jersey office. Call (732) 382-3470. Don’t forget — the New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. If you have questions or concerns about fungal toenails on your children’s feet, we’re here to help.

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 13, 2020

Dear Patients, Friends, and Family, 

We have been closely monitoring information and recommendations from the CDC and NJ Department of Health about the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Even before the outbreak, our medical staff already used standard infection control practices. In accordance with current guidelines and recommendations, we have put extra protocols in place to reduce risk to our patients and medical staff members. 

  • We ask any patient or family member displaying symptoms such as cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, reschedule appointments until they are free from symptoms for at least 24 hours.  We ask this of our medical staff members as well. 
  • We are requiring all patients and visitors that enter the practice, upon reaching the front desk, to please use the hand sanitizer provided.

CDC recommends taking everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza by doing the following:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched.
  • Take care of your health overall.  Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • Consult the CDC's travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

For more information, check out the following:

The CDC COVID-19 page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The CDC travel notice:  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

Did you know that New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center? We want to keep your child’s feet moving, too. During National Nutrition Month, we’re here to share a few ways to talk with your children about how their meal choices can affect their feet and ankles. 

Strong bones for a bright future

Eating a well-balanced diet with calcium and vitamin D is a big part of a child’s development of strong bones. As children are moving and growing, strengthening their foundation is a great way to set them up for success. Sports injuries may happen in the future, and strong bones help to prevent injuries. Drink a glass of milk with your child or enjoy cheese cubes for a snack. Also, encourage them to spend a healthy amount of time outside, as this is another way to absorb vitamin D.

Healthy foods for high energy

Sugary foods may seem enticing, but eventually, energy levels drop. This excess sugar isn’t a great way to maintain your energy, especially for young athletes. Avoid sugary drinks; instead, stay hydrated with clear fluids like water. Also, be sure to read the ingredients for snack bars and other energy drinks. Titles can be misleading.

Eat well now, reduce risks for later

While no one knows how their health will look in the future, there are ways to reduce risks for developing conditions like diabetes or heart disease. For children, this a great time to establish healthy food and exercise routines. From walking around the neighborhood on Saturday mornings to switching out a cookie with a fruit, model healthy habits now. Trust us — your children are watching.

The New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of Clark Podiatry Center and here to guide you through any childhood foot or ankle conditions that may arise during development. Make an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist. He is located at our Clark, New Jersey office and has the experience to guide you through any questions or concerns you may have. Call (732) 382-3470.

 





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