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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 12, 2019
Category: Footwear

Winter isn’t letting NJ out of its grip any time soon, and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we hope some of our patients are planning to get away to where it’s warmer. If this is you, we want to give you a few reminders to help keep your feet safe and healthy while you’re away.

Be Savvy about Your Shoes

The right footwear can make or break your vacation. It’s best to pack shoes that are tried and true—ones that you’ve already worn plenty and know fit comfortably. If you do have a new pair you want to bring, wear them around the house for a number of hours before you leave. You don’t want to be stuck with a pair that gives you painful blisters or hurts your feet. In addition:

  • Pack shoes that suit your activities—if you plan to take a day hike in the rain forest, flip-flops aren’t going to cut it.
  • Do bring flip-flops or other easy to slip on shoes if your vacation includes time at a resort pool or spa. Places where people tend to walk barefoot are high-risk zones for contracting fungal infections and athlete’s foot.
  • Be sure to plan to wear sneakers or low-heeled, comfortable shoes for your travel days. Making connections at the airport, transferring to your hotel, etc. can involve ample amounts of walking.

Pack Foot Essentials

There are a few items that will only take a small amount of space in your suitcase but can make a big difference in the health and comfort of your feet. Consider bringing the following:

  • Moleskin—placed over a sore spot when you’re out for the day can prevent a painful blister from forming.
  • Bandages—helpful if you do develop a blister or if you get a minor cut or scrape on your foot. Bring a small tube or individual packets of antibacterial ointment as well.
  • Emory board and nail clippers—to take care of any jagged or broken toenails to prevent them from catching and tearing or becoming ingrown.

Use Good Sun Sense

It’s been a while since your feet have seen the sun! Apply sunscreen to your feet that protect against UVA and UVB rays and is waterproof several times throughout the day. This goes for times when you are out shopping or site seeing as well as when you are sitting by the pool. Always reapply after swimming.

If you injure your foot while you’re away or notice any unusual skin rashes or toenail symptoms when you return, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office promptly by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and diagnose any problems.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 08, 2018
Category: Footwear

Ask yourself these two questions: are my feet hurting more than usual? How much time do I spend in my flip-flops? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that flip-flops are a popular footwear choice especially during the summer months, but they can pose a serious risk to your feet. Although flip-flops are a good choice around the pool or when using the shower at the gym, they can do harm to your feet if you wear them as your primary shoe. Below are several reasons to re-think wearing flip-flops on a daily basis:

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Increased risk of hammertoe—have you ever noticed how your toes have to work extra hard to grip the front of the flip-flops to keep them on? That repeated bending of the toe joint can eventually affect the biomechanics of your toes, causing them to become stiff and rigid in the bent hammertoe position. Switch to sandals that have an ankle strap instead.

Slips, falls and ankle sprains—flip-flops have nothing holding your foot in place. Never run in flip-flops and if a pick-up game of volleyball starts up at the beach, change into sneakers before joining in. The lack of side support makes it easy to twist your ankle, stub or cut your toe or trip on the front of the shoe.

A pain in the lower extremities—because flip-flops have zero arch support, you may experience symptoms similar to flat feet. These include stabbing pains in your arch and heel. Your joints try to compensate for the lack of arch in the shoe and this can throw your whole lower body out of alignment and cause aches and pains in your calves (Achilles tendonitis), knees, hips, and back.

Slow burn for calories—the effort to keep flip-flops on makes you take small steps and move more slowly. That means you’re burning fewer calories when you walk than you do when wearing sneakers.

Overexposure—the skin on your feet is exposed on all sides--except the sole--to whatever dirt, bacteria, and fungi are on the ground where you are walking when wearing flip-flops, increasing your risk of fungal infections and warts.

If you still are reluctant to give up your daily use of flip-flops, at least look into purchasing styles that have an arch added to them and better support for your foot. If you are experiencing foot, ankle or calf pain or toe problems, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction offices in New Jersey by calling 732-662-3050 and make an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben (Varun) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, and get relief.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 01, 2018
Category: Footwear
Tags: fit properly  

In August we celebrate National “I Love My Feet Day!” At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we believe one of the best ways to show your feet you care is by providing them with good shoes that fit properly. Choosing shoes that are well-made and supportive can go a long way in preventing common foot and ankle disorders. Shoes should be made of a soft material that has some give to it. Lace-up styles provide a more secure fit than slip-on or Velcro shoes. Skid-resistant soles with a good tread can help prevent falls. Look for thicker ones that provide shock absorption for the bottoms of your feet and heels. If you have a toe deformity such as bunions or hammertoe or another chronic foot disorder, our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can recommend a style that will best accommodate your foot.

The Right Fit

Good quality and the right style are only half the equation. Getting the proper fit is just as important to the health of your feet. Below are some tips to take on your next shoe shopping tip:

  • Did you know most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other? Buy shoes to fit the larger foot. Start by getting your feet professionally measured.
  • Shop at the end of the day—that’s when your feet are at their largest.
  • Wear the type of socks you plan to wear with the shoes you are trying on.
  • Make sure there is at least a half an inch of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. You should be able to wiggle all your toes freely.
  • Try on both shoes and take your time walking around in them to determine if they feel comfortable.
  • Run your hand around the inside of the shoe and check for any rough spots or loose stitching which could rub on your foot and cause a blister.
  • If the shoes feel tight or uncomfortable in the store, don’t buy them. “Breaking in” shoes is a myth and one that can harm your feet.

If you have other questions or concerns about how to find the right shoes for your feet, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction by calling: 732-662-3050.

 

2016 is here and hopefully the year started out well for everyone and will be a successful one for all. Now for some people the year started out with a bad headache, most likely you know what caused it. However, for some people the New Year may have started out with foot pain and you may be wondering why. The answer to that may have something to do with the shoes you wore the night before. Common party foot wear often leads to short term pain the next day. Many feel it’s a small price to pay for style however, that short term pain can lead to long term damage down the road. Let’s take a look at some common party foot wear and the potential problems they could cause. Any shoe that comes to a point in the toe area, whether it’s high heeled or not, will squish your toes together causing much pain and discomfort. Do this too often and it could lead to hammertoe deformities and bunions.

Pumps are often thought of as being a stylish yet sensible shoe. They have a wide toe area, are low heeled, and usually wide fitting. The one problem with pumps is that they commonly made of leather and often lead to chafing in the heel. Over time the chafing will cause a Haglund’s Deformity also known as pump bump. If you do want to wear these shoes but avoid getting pump bump you can try putting some padding in the heal area of your shoe such as a thin piece of felt cut into the shape of your heel. Platform shoes come in various styles, from high heels with thick soles to flat forms where you are basically walking on a flat platform. Many claim to feel more secure in these shoes but they have the tendency to force wearers to develop a type of stomping walk. This will cause unneeded pressure on the joints of the feet leading to sore feet, arch pain, and calluses.

Stilettos are very popular party shoes that are very dangerous for the wearer’s feet and ankles. Stilettos are high heeled shoes that can have a heel of four inches or more. This causes the wearer to basically walk around on their tip toes which will make them very unstable and can lead to them tripping or spraining their ankle. These are some of the more common shoes worn at parties or other social gatherings as well as common problems associated with them.

We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care wish you a happy New Year and hope that it has started out great for you and will bring you much success throughout the year. If you think you are suffering from foot pain caused by you foot wear or would like more information about foot wear and foot pain, please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah

“But baby its cold outside...I simply must go… with Boots, Socks, and moisture wicking active wear!”

Yes, baby it’s cold outside, I know it’s turning to frightful weather out there, so whether you are a person who enjoys running in the snow, or if you head some place magical to snow ski or participate in any other winter sports, please remember what Dr. Gujral here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care can offer before your winter wonderland adventures begin.

When it’s wet and cold it is always important to wear waterproof boots. Becoming wet when it is cold isn’t safe and will affect your body circulation and temperature, especially to your hands and feet. UNLESS you are Elsa from Frozen and, “…the cold never bothered me anyway!” I imagine Elsa would just wear the winter boots and socks just for a fashion statement. ANYWAY, if you get wet and cold, know your limit and seek shelter and warmth. Wearing warm socks in addition to waterproof boots are a wise choice in foot care. Wool socks can fulfill this need. If you are skiing, snowboarding or ice skating only wear footwear that is specifically designed for that activity.

Cold lessens body flexibility, so take the time to stretch out good. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking where it will only provide temporary warmth, constrict blood vessels, impair judgement.  To improve cold hands and feet incorporate foods in your diet that are high in omega-3s, and iron. Invest in outdoor active wear from a sporting goods store that offer moisture wicking capabilities. You may prepare yourself for the cold so well you may end up sweaty, your feet especially wearing wool socks! When your feet become damp or moist bacterial infections are more likely to appear. Add in foot baths to improve your regular foot care. Foot powder may also be used to improve dryness and avoid infection.

Lastly, when it comes to your kids and winter footwear, it is soo tempting to buy snow boots that may be larger than needed so your child has room to “grow” into them, or have them for next year. Avoid this, proper footwear is fitting the foot now. In addition to blisters, chaffing, and discomfort, other foot and ankle injuries can occur when winter boots are not sized and fitted properly. Be safe out there this winter, but if injury occurs, let us be your choice here in Edison and Monroe.  

By Varun Gujral