By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 22, 2019
Category: Bone health
Tags: Fractures   osteoporosis   bone health  

May is National Osteoporosis Month and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to be educated about this disease which causes weakened bones and an increased risk of fractures. The bones in your feet bear the most weight, carrying your entire body. Foot fractures decrease your ability to be mobile and can lead to devastating debility. Fortunately, there are many ways patients can lower their risk and increase the strength of their bones. Below are 10 easy ones to try:

  1. Choose low-fat or Greek yogurt for a snack or add to a smoothie—it’s a quick way to add more calcium to your diet.
  2. Find opportunities to walk more—walking provides a workout for bones that increases their strength. Parking further away from stores and offices, getting off the subway one stop ahead of your usual one, taking an extra lap around the grocery store are all simple ways to get in more steps.
  3. Know your risk—talk to our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah about your individual risk factors for osteoporosis and how to reduce your chances of developing this disease.
  4. Quit smoking—smoking causes damage to your bones.
  5. Drink alcohol in moderation.
  6. Move with friends—instead of the usual meeting for drinks on Friday, get your gang together for a brisk walk in a local park or trail.
  7. Sneak more greens like kale, broccoli and bok choy into your meals. Add leafy greens to smoothies, chopped ones to meatloaf, soups and salads.
  8. Try a new exercise—take a dance class, tennis lessons or join a hiking club. Both weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises are needed to build and maintain healthy bones.
  9. Know your numbers—find out how much calcium and vitamin D you should have daily. If you are not getting enough through your diet, ask your doctor about supplements that can help you meet your goal.
  10. Get a little sun daily—this increases your vitamin D levels.

It’s estimated that one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. It’s never too early or too late to protect your bone health. If you have concerns about this disease, contact our Edison, Monroe, or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 15, 2019
Category: Pedicures

As the temperatures finally begin to rise in our part of New Jersey, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care know that many of our patients can’t wait to get out their open-toed shoes and summer sandals. And, what better way to prepare your feet for these styles than with a pretty pedicure? We also are aware, however, that there is some hesitation about salon pedicures because of the risk of fungal and bacterial infections. If you don’t have a regular salon that you trust and who you know observes proper sanitizing procedures, we offer these steps for a do-it-yourself pedicure that will yield relaxing and attractive results.

  • Start by soaking your feet in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes to soften skin and clean toenails.
  • Next, gently rub skin with a pumice stone to get rid of dead skin and calluses. If you have deep calluses or corns that need attention, contact us for assistance.
  • Push back cuticles with an orange stick or Hindu stone. Carefully trim only to the nail margin.
  • Cut toenails straight across and not too short (to help prevent ingrown nails).
  • Smooth the edges with an emery board.
  • Apply cream or moisturizing lotion to the skin around your nails and then to your whole foot. Massage it into your feet, rubbing the ball of the foot and heel, as well as the fore and midfoot. Reflexologists believe that a good foot massage can positively impact other parts of your body as well, plus it feels great!
  • Use nail polish remover to remove excess lotion on the toenails. This will allow the polish to adhere better.
  • Apply a base coat, then two coats of nail color and finish with a top coat.
  • Voila! Beautiful nails with no risk of fungal infections.

Doing an at-home pedicure is also a great opportunity to examine your entire foot and your toenails. If you notice any unusual growths, lumps, swelling or bruising, schedule an appointment our Edison, Monroe, or Monmouth Junction office (732-662-3050) to get your symptoms evaluated by our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 08, 2019
Category: Skin Cancer
Tags: cancer  

As the days get warmer many of our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care can’t wait to trade boots for sandals and flip-flops. Perhaps that’s why May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a good time to review some precautions for protecting your skin from this deadly disease.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer with 5 million cases being diagnosed each year. Fortunately, 85-90 percent of the cancers are preventable if you protect yourself from the sun. Below are some tips for reducing your risk.

Do: remember that your feet are as vulnerable as the rest of your body to skin cancer. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin about 30 minutes before going out. Even a day of site seeing or shopping in sandals or other open shoes requires this protection.

Don’t: forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming. A broad-spectrum type that protects against UVA and UVB rays is best. Choose one with an SPF of 15 or higher.  A water-resistant type is good if you will be swimming or sweating excessively.

Do: try to avoid being in direct sun during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.—that’s when the sun’s rays are the strongest.

Do: conduct regular self-checks of the skin on your feet (as well as the rest of your body). Don’t neglect the area between your toes.

Do: familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a mole or freckle that may be cancerous:

  • Asymmetrical shape (not the same on both sides if you were to draw a line down the middle of the mole)
  • Borders that are irregular and jagged
  • Multi-colored and mottled in appearance
  • More than ¼ inch in diameter (that’s about the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil)

Don’t: put off making an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to get suspicious moles examined. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 01, 2019
Category: arthritis
Tags: Arthritis  

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and with 33 joints in each of your feet, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care think this is a good time to learn more about this condition, which can have a devastating effect on your podiatric health.

FACT: Almost 53 million adults and nearly 300,000 children have arthritis. It’s the number one cause of disability in the United States.

FACT: Arthritis is not actually one disease, but rather an umbrella term for over 100 different types of joint pain and diseases.

FACT: Common symptoms of arthritic conditions include joint pain and stiffness, swelling and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may vary in intensity and can get worse over time. In severe cases, arthritis can cause chronic pain and may impede your ability to walk, go up stairs and perform normal, daily activities.

FACT: Left untreated, arthritis can cause permanent joint damage. Some types of arthritis can even affect lungs, eyes, kidneys and skin, as well as joints. For this reason, it’s important that you make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah can examine your feet and ankles, diagnose the source of joint discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment in the disease’s early stages.

FACT: The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown in cartilage that normally occurs in older people. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex and chronic disease where the body erroneously attacks its own joints with inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many other systems in your body and is quite serious.

FACT: There are many ways that arthritis in your feet can be treated and the symptoms decreased. These include:

  • Maintaining an appropriate weight or losing weight if you are carrying excess pounds
  • Exercising regularly
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles support foot joints
  • Custom orthotic device for your shoes to help properly align your foot and relieve stress to affected joints
  • Avoiding activities that aggravate your foot and ankle joints and balancing periods of being active with periods of rest

If you are experiencing any pain or stiffness in your foot joints or have additional questions about arthritis and your feet, contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 24, 2019
Category: Foot injury
Tags: injury   feet  

As lawns begin to get green in Edison, Monmouth Junction and Monroe, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care know that many of our patients will be getting ready for the first mow of the season. Before you do, we’d like to remind you of some important lawn mower safety tips.

Every year there are thousands of emergency room visits as a result of lawn mower injuries. The vast majority of these can be prevented with the proper precautions. Below are some tips to remember:

  • If you have a new mower, read the operator’s manual before using the mower for the first time. Follow all instructions.
  • For older mowers, before the start of the season, have your mower inspected and serviced to make sure there is no damage or defects in the machine. Check with a professional if you have questions about adjusting the blade or operating the mower.
  • Always wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes when mowing. NEVER mow your lawn barefoot.
  • Don’t mow a lawn that is wet. Mowers slipping on wet grass is one of the major causes of injuries.
  • Mow a sloped lawn by going up and down, not side to side.
  • Know where your children are when you are mowing. Instruct them not to come out on the lawn when you are using the mower as it can be difficult to hear them approaching.
  • Never allow your children to ride on the mower with you.
  • Don’t make sudden or sharp turns with the mower.
  • Collect sticks, rocks and other objects before mowing. These can be picked up and shot out of the mower at high speed causing injury to bystanders.
  • Do not attempt to go backwards when mowing.
  • Wear long pants to mow. If you do get a cut or injury, no matter how minor it may seem, stop immediately and clean the wound. Then apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage before continuing. If the cut does not appear to be healing properly in a day or two, contact one of our offices for an appointment. Our podiatrists, , Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will want to check your injury and be sure that it is healing properly.


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