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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.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   swelling   toenails   ulcer  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know patients don’t exactly look forward to coming into the Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office for evaluation. Sometimes patients are unsure if a symptom really requires the doctor’s attention. However, we would prefer you err on the side of caution and contact us rather than wait until minor symptoms develop into serious medical conditions. To help you decide if you should make the call, ask yourself the following questions:

How’s the pain? No foot pain is normal, but we get it if you went on a strenuous hike or spent all day shopping and now your feet are a little sore and you think they just need a good night’s rest. Here are some signs the pain needs the attention of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah:

  • Pain came on suddenly and for no reason or after a recent injury or fall
  • Pain is intermittent but has been coming and going for a while
  • Pain that is increasing in intensity or duration

Do your feet look different? Have you noticed any swelling, bruises, lumps or toes that appear to have moved out of place? What about your skin—red or discolored, flaky, any signs of rashes, cracks or blisters? Do any toenails appear to be thickened, crumbly or yellow/ another abnormal color?

Do you notice any change in sensation? Do you feel any burning or tingling anywhere on your toes or feet? Is there any numbness or lack of feeling in your feet?

Are there any signs of infection? Redness or red streaks and warmth in a localized area of your foot can signal an infection. If you see these symptoms and you have a fever you should contact the doctor right away.

One other important note: if you have diabetes you should definitely get in touch with the foot doctor immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms. For diabetic patients, foot irritation can quickly develop into a dangerous wound or ulcer and possibly serious infection that will have devastating consequences.

In the end, we’d rather be able to say: “It’s nothing to be concerned about,” instead of “you should have come in sooner.” Contact us at our New Jersey offices at 732-662-3050 if you have any questions or concerns about your feet.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care

If you’re like many people, you may have watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, it inspired us to think about a countdown to better foot care. It’s a resolution we think should be on all of our patients’ lists. Let these 10 tips put you on the path to healthier, happier feet:

10: Don’t smoke. Smoking not only increases your risk of several major diseases and is bad for your lungs, but it can also harm your feet because it impedes your circulation and slows healing if you injure your feet, ankles, or other lower extremity.

9: Avoid going barefoot. When your feet are exposed, you have a much greater chance of stepping on a sharp object or banging into something that could cause an injury to your foot. Bare feet are also vulnerable to fungal infections, which are spread through direct contact.

8: Wash your feet every day. This simple act can prevent infections and reduce foot odor.

7: Eat healthy. Choosing a well balanced diet can help you get to and/or maintain an appropriate weight. Being overweight increases the risk and severity of several foot problems. Your food choices can also affect joint pain and other inflammatory conditions. Talk to our foot doctor about foods that trigger or decrease inflammation.

6: Exercise regularly. This goes hand in hand with a healthy diet. In addition to helping with weight control, however, exercise also improves circulation and keeps muscles and tendons in the foot flexible and healthy.

5: Alternate your shoes. Allow shoes to air out between wearings. This will lower your risk of fungal infection and reduce foot odor.

4: No Bathroom Surgery. Don’t attempt to cut out warts, or fix ingrown toenails, blisters, calluses and corns. Leave these treatments to the professionals: our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot care specialists will take care of even minor foot problems with less pain and without the risk of infection incurred by “do it yourself” care.

3: Inspect feet regularly. Report any changes in color, shape, or temperature of your feet, as well as growths, redness, swelling, bruising or wounds that seem slow to heal.

2: Buy high quality, properly fitting shoes. This will go a long way in preventing many chronic ankle and foot disorders.

1: Don’t put off seeking medical care for foot pain. Delaying treatment often leads to worsening pain and disability. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your toes, feet or ankles contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050 today.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Chances are you put a lot of thought into your holiday gifts this year, finding the perfect items for all the friends and family on your list. But how about a present for the part of your body that enabled you to put together all those holiday treats for everyone else? Your feet deserve a special present too and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that there is no better gift for your feet than good quality shoes that fit properly. Below are some tips to take with you to the shoe store:

  • First, choose a store that specializes in shoes and have your foot measured by a foot wear professional. Shoe size can change as you age. It’s also not uncommon to have your feet measure two different sizes. You should always buy shoes to fit the largest of your two feet.
  • Shop at the end of the day. After you’ve spent the day on them, your feet are at their largest, most swollen size. This is the time to shop to guarantee shoes won’t start to feel tight as the day goes on.
  • Wear the type of socks you will most likely wear with the shoes you are purchasing, which will ensure a more accurate fit.
  • If the foot doctor has prescribed an orthotic device to go inside your shoes, bring it with you and try on with the shoes you are considering.
  • Always try on both shoes and spend some time walking around the store to be sure that there are not spots on your foot where the shoes rub or pinch.
  • Check the inside of the shoe with your hand to make sure there are no rough spots or bulky fabric that could cause blisters.

If you have any existing or chronic foot conditions, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.  One of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah can check the progression of your condition and make recommendations for shoes that would best accommodate deformities such as bunions or hammertoes or make conditions like plantar fasciitis less painful. 

Since activity should be a part of everyone's routine, I thought I should talk about sweaty stinky feet.  Some among us suffer from stinky feet and as a podiatrist, I run into stinky feet all the time.  While some people can sweat gallons and still smell like roses, others just cannot seem to shake the stink.  Your feet are built to perspire when you are undergoing intense activity.  We don't know why exactly but it has to do with traction when you're running barefoot (perhaps the cavemen needed all the traction they could get when they were running barefoot away from mountain lions).  In any case, feet sweat.  So how do you keep the odor at bay?

While you may think that the odor is coming from the sweat, it's not.  The odor is mainly due to the bacteria that thrive in dark, wet, and dirty environments.  Unfortunately, most shoes are ideal for these little odor causing bugs.  Here are a few tips to help keep your shoes smelling fresh.

·         Wear moisture wicking socks.  Technology is great, and fortunately there are many socks on the market that not only allow your feet to breath (decreasing moisture), but wick away the sweat to keep your feet and shoes dry.   If you wear your shoes barefoot they will quickly become saturated with sweat which will actually decrease the breathability and cause you to sweat even more. 

·         Speaking of shoes, keep your shoes dry! If your shoes are soaking wet by the end of the day, make sure they get plenty of air so they can dry out overnight.  You should never put wet shoes back on.  The best antimicrobial solution is lack of water.  Bacteria, like humans, require moisture to thrive and will die if they are deprived of that moisture.  When I leave the gym I like to pop my shoes off and stick them on the floor by the passenger seat.  Then I power up the AC on the floor which dries out my shoes, socks, and feet.  Plus it feels great!

·          Wash your feet daily to eliminate any bacteria that may be growing on your skin.

·         If you really have a problem, then invest in an odor absorbing foot powder which will kill bacteria and keep your shoes fresh and dry.  In a pinch you can use some baking soda or salt!

·         Buy breathable shoes.  In the summer, sandals and thin lightweight shoes are a great way to keep your feet dry. 

·         Lastly, keep your feet healthy.  Talk to your podiatrist about maintaining healthy feet.

If you have any questions about your foot care, make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ today.

By Nrupa Shah