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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.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 02, 2020
Category: Athletic Foot Care

Winter is almost over, and soon springtime weather will be inviting us out to play our favorite sports. Longer days with even more sunshine welcome fun activities for you and your family. Before you jump into a new sport or dust off your shoes from last spring, Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center have a few questions to ask before your big game. These questions focus on the health of your feet, ankles, and shoes; they can also guide you on ways to prevent sports injuries.

Is it time for a new pair of shoes?

For adults, your shoe size may not be the reason for a new pair. Instead, it could be that your foot needs have changed.   Your shoes have worn, or you need additional support— like a pair of orthotics. For children, whose feet are quickly growing, we strongly recommend that you have a professional measure their feet for the new season.

Am I ready to play a sport?

If you were recently diagnosed with a medical condition, including one that affects your feet or ankles, consult a medical professional before beginning a new sport. You may need additional time to recover or supports such, as a brace or custom orthotics.

Do I have unaddressed foot or ankle pain?

If you have been experiencing foot and ankle pain, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Never ignore pain.  Pushing through pain can cause more harm and potentially worsen your condition.

Who should I call if I experience a foot or ankle injury?

If you experience an injury to your foot or ankle, we recommend visiting an expert — a podiatrist. Sports injuries are common, so knowing this information will be one less thing to worry about if you are in distress.

Be prepared; spring is on its way. After answering these questions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center if you need additional guidance. He is a board-certified podiatrist, located at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 24, 2020

It’s easy to forget, but children can have foot pain, too. In fact, undiagnosed pain can have lasting consequences on the future health and development of their feet. We’re in the business of keeping you walking, and that includes your children. Here are a few questions to consider as your child moves from one shoe size to the next. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center are trained and experienced in pediatric foot health

What are common foot conditions that could impact my child?

Should I wait for the pain to go away?

No. One common myth about foot pain in children is that this is simply a growing pain. As with adults, pain is never normal and should not be ignored. Many pediatric foot conditions have simple solutions, but delayed treatment can worsen symptoms and impact recovery time. Even if your child is dismissing pain to their feet because they want to play in the next game, for example, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Are there ways to prevent these conditions?

Some conditions, like flat feet, are a common part of childhood development that should eventually resolve without intervention. Other conditions, such as warts and ingrown toenails, can be prevented with healthy foot habits like regular washing and drying and proper toenail trimming. When caring for the health and happiness of your child, don’t forget to include their feet.

How can I detect problems?

Regularly inspect your child’s feet and respond quickly to any changes. Also, listen to ways that your child may share pain or discomfort. You may notice non-verbal cues, too, such as facial expressions when moving around or putting on shoes.

If you’re noticing signs that your child is experiencing pain in their feet or ankles, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center. He is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
February 17, 2020
Category: Shoes
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care   Best Shoes  

Have you ever wondered about the parts that make up a shoe? Around here, we think it’s important that you become a confident shoe shopper so that you can make the best decisions for the health and comfort of your feet. Let’s talk about the five major components of a shoe and how you can use this information during your next shoe shopping trip. Dr. Brandon A. Macy and his team at Clark Podiatry Center are here to answer your questions.

What are the five major components of a shoe?

  • Toe box
  • Vamp
  • Sole
  • Heel
  • Curve (helps you identify the left shoe from the right)

Does the shoe material matter?

Yes, even this detail matters. The material can play a role in how a shoe fits as well as its durability. Softer materials can lessen the amount of pressure that the shoe places on your foot. Think additional comfort. Stiff materials, however, can cause blisters.

What should I look for in a toe box?

The toe box is the top part of the shoe that offers wiggle room for your toes. Generally, this part is either rounded, pointed, or squared. You will want to look for shoes that provide enough space in the toe box to avoid the pain and discomfort that may be caused by additional friction.

What about the vamp?

It is the part of the shoe where you can typically find shoelaces. Velcro also goes into this area. Based on your comfort level, choose a vamp option that works best for you.

What kind of sole should I get?

A softer sole is better. It means that the sole will be able to absorb more shock as you walk.

Any suggestions on the heel?

Remember, the higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the front of your foot. Keep your heel height low.

Any more questions? Schedule an appointment with a board-certified podiatrist. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center is at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Call 732-382-3470.





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