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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 07, 2019
Category: Fitness
Tags: Untagged

A popular New Year’s resolution is to get in shape. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that many patients are not ready to commit to a full-on exercise program but would still like to become more active. Simply adding more movement to your day can be a good way to segue into a more structured fitness program. Exercising can improve foot health by increasing flexibility and range of motion, as well as helping you maintain a healthy weight. Below are some easy ways to get moving:

  • Use your smartphone, watch or computer to set an alarm once an hour to remind you to get up, stretch, and take a brief walk around your office or home.
  • Walk while you talk on the phone.
  • Instead of the elevator, choose to take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Park at the far end of the lot at work and stores.
  • Use your lunch hour to take a walk. If the weather is bad, go to a mall or walk in the parking structure if it has a sidewalk.
  • Get a set of hand weights to keep at your desk. While reading emails or articles or talking on the phone do some bicep curls or overhead extensions.
  • Start your day with some stretching. Before you even get out of bed you can flex your feet, reach your hands over your head and twist your legs to one side and hands to the other for a backstretch.
  • Take an extra lap at the grocery store. Walk the perimeter once around at the beginning of your shopping trip.
  • Make T.V. time count. Set up your treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike in view of the television and watch an episode of your favorite series while you work out. Get an exercise ball and do push-ups or mock jumping jacks while sitting on the ball.

If you notice any pain or discomfort in your feet when you start being more active, contact our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden, NJ offices at 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and help you determine the source of your foot pain.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 02, 2019
Category: Foot Health

It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions and we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care think it’s a good idea to resolve to take better care of your feet this year. It doesn’t require a lot of time or effort—just a commitment to some basic foot care practices. Below are five easy ways to ensure good podiatric health this year.

  1. Commit to a daily care regimen. Taking just a few minutes each day, you can greatly reduce your risk of bacterial and fungal infections in your feet. Wash feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely and be especially careful to get the spaces between your toes. Use a foot powder each morning to help keep feet dry if you sweat excessively. A good moisturizer at night can keep skin supple and prevent heel cracks.
  2. Buy better shoes. Your footwear choice is one of the biggest factors in preventing foot problems. It’s important to wear shoes that fit properly. Some studies estimate that as many as 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet. Your feet can get larger as you age. Get your feet professionally measured. Look for styles with low heels and a roomy toe box to help prevent toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.
  3. Examine your feet regularly. Nearly all foot problems have a better outcome if they are treated in their early stages. Look over your feet, top and bottom, and note any discoloration of the skin, changes in nails, bruises, swelling or lumps. Be sure to report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah who will examine your feet and find out if you have a condition that needs treatment.
  4. Practice good nail care. Nails should be trimmed, but not too short. Never file toenails with rounded edges as this may encourage skin to grow over the nail and create an ingrown toenail. Don’t pick at your nails or cuticles as this may lead to an infection.
  5. Don’t ignore foot pain! Putting off seeking treatment will only make foot conditions worse and even cause additional injury. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle discomfort, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 26, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Although no one wants to hear it in the middle of this festive eating season, the podiatrists at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to gently remind patients that excess weight is harmful to your feet. Unfortunately, every excess pound you carry exerts several extra pounds of pressure on your knees, ankles, and feet. This worsens existing podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis and can even cause a new foot problem. The good news is, however, that you don’t have to deprive yourself of holiday treats! Below are a few tips for enjoying the festivities without going overboard.

  • Eat before you go to a holiday party. It may sound counterintuitive but many times the reason we overeat is our head—not our stomach! If you go to a party on an empty stomach, not only will you be hungrier and tend to eat more, you’ll feel justified having extras because you didn’t eat beforehand. In the long run, you’ll consume more calories.
  • Survey the buffet. Before you put anything on your plate, look at all the choices. Decide on a few splurge favorites and then fill the rest of your plate with healthier options from the veggie, fruit, and nut platters.
  • Eat and be done. Once you’ve finished with a plate of food, throw the plate away. Holding on to your plate is only going to entice you to put more on it.
  • Water down the drinks. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages can quickly increase your calorie intake. Try alternating a full glass of water between drinks. Put it right in your fancy drink glass and you’ll feel more satisfied.
  • Help the hostess. If you’re busy clearing plates and washing dishes, you won’t have the opportunity to eat as much.

We hope you enjoy this holiday season without overdoing it. If you do find that you are experiencing new foot or ankle pain, however, don’t put off making an appointment at our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and carefully determine the source of your discomfort. Contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 18, 2018
Category: Fractures
Tags: stress fracture   fracture  

Broken toes are an injury that we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care find patients may not fully understand. There is misinformation about toe fractures that can actually lead those with this injury to a much longer and more painful road to recovery. Below are some questions and answers to help clear up falsehoods about toe fractures.

Is there anything the foot doctor can really do for a broken toe?

This is a common question because many people believe there’s nothing that can be done for a broken toe so there’s no point going to the podiatrist. This is incorrect! In fact, not treating a fractured toe can lead to chronic pain and permanent deformity or surgery to correct a toe that heals incompletely.

If I can still walk my toe isn’t broken, right?

Wrong! It is possible to walk with a broken toe. Sometimes a stress fracture occurs in a toe bone. This is a hairline break in the surface of the bone. A stress fracture comes about gradually as the result of excessive and repeated pressure on one part of the bone. The pain may come with activity and subside with rest.

What are the signs of a broken toe?

In the case of an acute fracture when trauma occurs to the toe you may hear a cracking or popping sound at the time of the injury. There will most likely be pain at the fracture site, but it may go away after several hours. Don’t be fooled, however. The break is still there. The toe may have a crooked or bent appearance. You may also see bruising or swelling the day after the injury.

What’s the treatment for a broken toe?

That will depend on the extent of the break. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, have several options from splinting and taping a broken toe to surgery. After examining your toe and doing x-rays or other imaging studies, they will determine the best treatment for you.

If you suspect you may have a broken toe, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office today for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes  

You’re making your holiday lists and checking them twice, but have you considered the hard workers behind the scenes that enable you to get everything done this season? It’s your feet! Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we’d like to suggest that you consider a present to show your feet some appreciation for all that they do during this busy season and the whole rest of the year through.

Foot Massage—whether done professionally or by you, a foot massage can have many benefits. The ancient healing practice of reflexology correlates each part of your body to a spot on your foot—the thought being that foot massage can improve the health of your whole body. It also improves circulation, relieves foot pain, and just feels oh, so good.

Rich Moisturizer and Cozy Socks—during the winter months with the heat going full blast in your car, office, home, and stores, skin is more likely to get dry. Treat yourself to a thick, extra-emollient cream or lotion and apply to your feet before bed. Fuzzy socks will help the moisturizer get absorbed into your feet and keep them toasty.

New Shoes—the single biggest factor in foot health is footwear. Many people are wearing shoes that are worn out or don’t fit properly and this can cause pain, deformity, and other chronic conditions. Get your foot professionally measured and then invest in a pair of good quality shoes. Look for a pair made out of natural, soft materials with a roomy toe box and heels no higher than two inches.

A Podiatrist Appointment to Evaluate Foot Discomfort—the best gift you can give your feet is to seek treatment for foot pain and discomfort promptly. If you have been experiencing a foot or ankle problem, contact our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey for an appointment.  Call 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe the appropriate treatment.





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