A lot of women today take pride in the collection of high heels they own, and they love to show them off at work or at events. These shoes may look gorgeous but they are hurting your feet big time! Ask actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Everyone knows she is always sporting the newest heels where ever she goes, but a few months ago she hurt her ankle wearing heels on set and was taken to see a podiatrist. The doctor informed her that after years of wearing heels basically 24/7 her feet had become pretty deformed. With three young children Parker now wears more comfortable shoes during the day, and her feet love it.
So what exactly do your gorgeous heels do to your feet? Many heels are skinny and squeeze in at the end where your toes are. This squishes your feet into a position they normally wouldn’t be in, and this can lead to a bunion, tailors bunion or something called Morton’s neuroma. If you don’t know what all of these things are, you definitely don’t want them! Each condition is painful and requires surgery to fix.
Heels are also bad for your feet because they are placing a majority of your body weight onto the front of your foot, this isn’t normal and your foot bones don’t like it! They weren’t built to handle that kind of stress, and you can develop a stress fracture from the excess force on these bones.
The most common problem associated with heels is ankle sprains. It is very easy to lose your balance when you’re an extra 4 inches off the ground! And as soon as you lose your balance your ankle ligaments aren’t able to handle that stress and give way and are stretched out, which leads to the pain after!
If you do experience any of the above problems after wearing heels make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care! We are conveniently located in Edison and in Monroe NJ.
By Nrupa Shah
The Chicago Marathon was held this month; thousands of runners from all over the country went to windy city to participate! For people who don’t run marathons it is crazy to think about running that many miles at once, how can the body handle that? And how can the body handle all the training required to compete in one of these races?!
Your body has a hard time dealing with the amount of stress that running a marathon puts on it; a lot of athletes leave races with stress fractures, shin splints or a multitude of other injuries. Some athletes unfortunately don’t even make it to the race due to injuries in the grueling training required to compete in a race like this.
So what can you do to prepare safely? One of the biggest things is to rest! Don’t run every day! Your body needs a break sometimes, injuries occur when the body is tired and you continue to push it. Another tip is to vary your run length, don’t make each run an extremely long distance, change it up from time to time. Also do other activities that aren’t running! Lifting weights will strengthen your muscles in ways running can’t, and will make them more capable to handle the stress of running. Also changing up your type of cardio, maybe do something like zumba! It’s fun and will still give you the good workout you need!
If you are preparing for a marathon or a race of any length and feel that your feet and legs may not be handling the training, then don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today. Your feet will be well taken care of!
By Varun Gujral
Everyone is aware of diabetes and the rising number of Americans being diagnosed with the disease. A few days ago Tom Hanks announced that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Hanks seems to be taking the diagnosis well, he has been dealing with blood sugar issues for years and the problems have finally progressed to where he and his doctors assumed they would.
So what exactly is type 2 diabetes? Another name for it is insulin resistant diabetes; this means that that the hormone insulin, which is produced by your pancreas isn’t recognized by your body. Your body needs insulin to take the sugars that you ingest and store them in your cells. So if your body isn’t recognizing the insulin the sugar you are taking in isn’t being stored into your cell, that’s how you get high blood sugar! There are many factors that play into developing type 2. A major factor is being overweight; however this isn’t the only factor! Your family history and genetics also have a strong influence on the development of this disease.
Some signs to look out for the disease in its early stages include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination and fatigue. As the disease progresses more serious symptoms arise like vision problems and quite a few foot problems!
What happens after a diagnosis is made? The most important thing to do is to get your blood sugar numbers back to normal levels and to keep them there! This is done my monitoring levels daily, and combining exercise and a healthy diet. Your doctor will counsel you on a healthier lifestyle that will get your blood sugar to normal.
If patients don’t follow instructions and don’t change their lifestyle, this is when serious problems begin to arise. Some of these include vision loss and loss of feeling in your hands and feet, which can lead to ulcers and possibly bone degradation!
By Nrupa Shah
The official first day of fall was a few days ago, and with the cooling temperatures it’s time to put away our sandals and stick our feet back into our warm boots. But before we do that we need to make sure our feet are healthy to live in our warm boots for the next few months. Something we all need to check our feet for is plantar warts.
What exactly is a plantar wart? A plantar wart is a type of wart that develops from the HPV virus entering your body through a break in the skin. These are most commonly found at pressure points in our feet, like the heels and balls or our feet. Sometimes these aren’t a threat to our health and present with no symptoms. But after a long period of time going untreated they can become painful and tender. It is always best to get a wart treated and removed before it becomes painful.
One of the most common ways to come into contact with the HPV virus is by running around with no shoes on, which we all do over the summer. The wart grows best in warm, wet environments; which is what you’re doing when you wear your boots!
To prevent getting warts avoid coming in contact with people who already have them, prevent coming into contact with still standing water around pools, keep your feet clean and dry, and change your socks regularly.
If you do notice anything that looks like a wart on your foot it is best to make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. A majority of warts will resolve on their own, but sometimes they don’t and become painful and will require treatment. There are a few types of treatment available; freezing is one of the most common forms, along with cantharadin which is an extract from a beetle that is applied to the surface of the wart. There are a few other options that are not commonly used.
Make sure to check out your feet before you start putting them into your warm boots every day and prevent any possible warts from growing!
By Nrupa Shah
Have you ever looked at your own or someone else’s feet and noticed that yours or their nails look a little weird, like they’re growing into the skin? This is called an ingrown toe nail, and it is more common than you would think! Many people think they can take care of this problem on their own, but this is more dangerous than you would think.
There are a few things that can cause a toe nail to become ingrown; these include wearing to small/tight shoes, cutting the nail too low or in a weird way, an injury to the toe like stubbing it and from fungal infections. All of these things can alter the end of our toe nail from growing out straight like it should. The most common complaint of an ingrown nail is pain. As you can imagine a nail growing into your skin isn’t a very comfortable feeling! Some other common complaints include redness, tenderness and swelling. These signs indicate an infection of the in growing nail!
If you notice any of your nails starting to grow down into your skin, or feel any pain around your nail it is best to go see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ! When it comes to an ingrown nail you need to have a doctor take care of it! Cutting it out yourself can be dangerous and can lead to a bad infection! Your doctor will be able to cut it out safely and keep it from growing into your skin again. Some people suffer from recurrent ingrown toe nails; your podiatrist has a special way to cut the nail to let the skin and the nail regrow normally to prevent future problems!
By Varun Gujral
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