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Sun, sand, and waves! Nothing says summer fun like a day at the beach. Below are some potential podiatric problems and how to prevent them from ruining your seaside outing.

  • Jellyfish Stings - many people don't realize that jellyfish that have washed up on the shore can still sting you if you step on them. If this happens, carefully remove the tentacles from your feet. Keep a small container of baking soda or vinegar in your beach bag to apply to the site of a sting. This should relieve the pain and swelling.
  • Puncture Wounds - glass, shells, bottle caps, and other sharp objects can be hidden under the sand. Slip on your water shoes or flip-flops before taking a walk down the beach. If you do get a puncture wound, don't go swimming. Bacteria in the water can cause an infection. It's best to have a podiatrist check out any puncture wounds within 24 hours.
  • Sunburn - don't forget to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet as well as the rest of your body. Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and reapply after going in the water or every two hours-whichever comes first.
  • Ankle Sprains, Tendon Strains, and Other Injuries - if your beach day plan includes volleyball, frisbee, or another physical activity, be sure to throw a pair of athletic shoes in your beach bag. Playing these or other sports in flip-flops or sandals in shifting sand is likely to result in a sports injury to your feet.
  • Swollen Feet and Ankles - stay hydrated! It will help reduce edema (swelling) of your feet and ankles.

If you sustain an injury or experience foot pain after your day at the beach, make an appointment to get it evaluated. We want to keep you walking!

 
By Clark Podiatry Center
June 08, 2021
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Don’t let diabetes get you down this summer! Dr. Brandon A. Macy is here to help you enjoy the family vacation, summer sports, and beach trips without complications to your foot and ankle health. Here are some tips to take along this summer. Share these helpful recommendations with your family and friends, too. Infection and dangerous blood sugar levels are concerning for patients with diabetes, so stay steps ahead to prevent unplanned stops to the doctor.

Store your medicine properly

If you have insulin, store your medicine according to the instructions. Patients who use insulin depend on this medication to keep their blood sugar at a healthy level. The goal is to keep insulin cool but not too cold. Check with your doctor about the best way to store insulin, especially when outdoors or traveling.

Wear comfortable, breathable socks

Now is the time when toes and feet can become even more sweaty, creating the ideal environment for foot fungus to grow. Dark, moist spaces are very welcoming. To prevent foot fungus, allow your feet (and shoes) to dry and wear breathable socks. Also, choose socks that have additional cushioning and support in problem areas.


Check-in before travel

Before you travel, check-in with your doctor. Refill any prescriptions, share updates about blood sugar levels, and express any concerns. Your doctor may have diet and exercise recommendations while you’re away. They may also recommend items to take along on the trip, including diabetic socks, orthotics, and more.

Check your blood sugar

This tip is simple: check your blood sugar — and check it often. To prepare for food changes, pack healthy snacks from home. Listen to your body, and alert your doctor to any changes.

At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

Are orthotics only for adults? Of course not. Children can benefit from these medical devices, too. At Clark Podiatry Center, we understand foot pain and walking challenges can impact everyone, including our youngest patients. Dr. Brandon A. Macy regularly provides parents with suggestions for pediatric foot concerns. Custom children’s orthotics are among those solutions.

Here are answers to commonly asked questions:

Will my child’s foot pain eventually go away?

We have all heard the term “growing pains.” Unfortunately, this term is a myth when it comes to pain that accompanies development. Here’s a fact: Pain isn’t normal. There are also visible signs parents should not ignore, from in-toeing to limping.

Can I delay treatment a bit longer?

Parents should not dismiss children’s foot pain or discomfort. The solution could be as simple as a bigger shoe size. Discomfort may also be a sign of something that requires a visit to the podiatrist. By delaying treatment, you are putting your child’s future foot health at risk. For example, foot deformities such as flat feet may result in additional deformities or even arthritis.


Why should I choose custom orthotics?

Your little one’s feet are changing every day, and this means a one-size-fits-all approach won’t be the solution for improving their gait or the discomfort they may feel. The benefit of prescription orthotics is they are customized to fit your child’s feet. The podiatrist has taken detailed measurements and assessed the best way to provide correction and relief.  

Remember, there are various stages of your child’s development. Make sure they have the proper support every step of the way. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

By Clark Podiatry Center
April 13, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Did you know April is National Foot Health Awareness Month? At Clark Podiatry Center, we want you to be aware of your feet year-round. However, we use this month as a special time to remind people about how small changes at home can make a big difference with their foot health.

Dr. Brandon A. Macy shares three quick changes to boost your awareness:

Remove the polish

Did you know your toenails can reveal not only your foot health but also some details about your overall health? For fungal toenails, patients can often miss changes hidden under nail polish. In between coats, take a closer look at your toenails. Make an appointment if you notice brittle toenails or a color change.

Toss the shoes

If you’re still holding on to ill-fitting shoes, you’re doing more harm than good. The wrong size is the wrong answer for your feet. They can cause pain or even worsen current conditions like bunions. Ask your podiatrist about the next pair of shoes you should buy. As always, go shoe shopping later in the day to make sure your feet are at their largest.

Call the professionals

Before you attempt to do bathroom surgery on an ingrown toenail, call the professionals. Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat common foot conditions. Your attempts can cause more pain or even lead to infection. Make an appointment with our office today. We’re here to help.

We hope you enjoy finding more ways to increase your foot health awareness. These recommendations are only the beginning, but they can be a great start to getting you on the right track. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care

We’re proud to share that we have been comfortably and safely accommodating patients at Clark Podiatry Center. Safety remains a top priority for our patients and staff. As we enter a new season, Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his staff are here to support you with your appointment needs. If you have missed appointments, now is the time to put them back on your calendar. For patients with diabetes, there is an additional sense of urgency.

Here are three reasons to make an appointment:

Get a second look

If you’ve been doing daily foot inspections at home, keep up the great work. We love to hear how our patients care for their feet between appointments. Regular visits allow for your podiatrist to get a second, closer look at your feet. For patients with diabetes, a cut may go unnoticed and develop into a diabetic ulcer. Swollen feet may be a sign of poor circulation.

Address any concerns

During the past year, many people have reduced their visits to specialists to limit interaction with the public. We understand, but we also want to hear any questions or concerns you may have. If you have noticed new symptoms or following up on an injury, we want to support you. Learn more about foot care for patients with diabetes.

Save your feet

Infection is dangerous for anyone, but patients with diabetes may miss these early symptoms because of a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. This condition is nerve damage, which causes patients to lose feeling in their feet or toes. Unfortunately, some patients won’t recognize they have a non-healing wound until it’s too late. The next appointment could be a battle against an infection.

We’ve missed our visits with you. Add a podiatry appointment to your calendar and see a foot and ankle specialist regularly. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.





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