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Posts for category: Senior Foot Care

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 05, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care

Did you know that falls are the number one cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to people aged 65 and older? During the month of September, we celebrate Falls Prevention Day. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care in New Jersey, we are concerned about foot care at all ages. We’d like to take this opportunity to offer these tips for preventing falls among our senior patients.

  1. Don’t put off getting foot pain evaluated. If your feet hurt, it can make you walk in an abnormal way in order to avoid the pain. This can throw off your balance and result in a fall. Be sure to get any foot pain or discomfort checked by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah promptly. The foot doctor will be able to diagnose the problem and prescribe the proper treatment to alleviate the pain. If it’s a chronic problem, the podiatrist may be able to help with shoe choices or orthotic inserts that will make walking less painful.
  2. Get your eyes checked regularly. Changes in vision can be subtle. Not seeing well at night or changes in depth perception will greatly increase the chance of stumbling.
  3. Declutter your home. Ask a family member to do a walk-through of your home with you. A second pair of eyes will be helpful in spotting potential tripping hazards. Be sure to take care of the following:
  • Obstacles in walking areas such as plants, electrical cords, piles of magazines, etc.
  • Throw rugs and carpeting that is becoming untacked at the edges.
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting inside and out and especially on staircases. Install night lights that will illuminate the path from your bedroom to bathroom.
  • Install safety accessories such as grab bars in the shower and near the toilet and handrails on both sides of the stairs.
  1. Review medical conditions and medications. Diseases such as arthritis or neuropathy can affect your ability to walk. Certain medications may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when taken in combination with other medications. Ask your physician or pharmacist to review all of your medications.
  2. Improve your balance. There are exercise classes you can do that will help improve balance. Check your local senior center or contact the National Council on Aging for programs in your area.

If you have additional questions about how foot care can affect your fall risk, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office today by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Arthritis   senior patients  

June is Older Americans Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we’d like to take this opportunity to address some of the podiatric needs of our senior patients. There are several health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and certain nerve and circulatory problems that become more prevalent with age. That doesn’t mean, however, that they are inevitable. There are many ways to protect your feet as you get older and prevent podiatric problems. Below are 7 tips to help keep your feet healthy as you age:

  1. Choose shoes wisely. One of the best ways to care for your feet is to wear good quality shoes that fit properly. Get your feet professionally measured and look for shoes made of soft, breathable materials. Do not wear shoes that rub or pinch anywhere on the foot. Keep heels low and wide to prevent falls.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Avoiding excessive weight gain will reduce the stress on your feet that comes from carrying around excess pounds. Fill your plate with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and focus on those known to help joints and bones such as cherries, citrus, and leafy greens.
  3. Keep the blood flowing. Avoid staying in one position for a long period of time. Stretch regularly and elevate your feet when sitting or lying down.
  4. Exercise regularly. Weight-bearing and strengthening exercises will help keep foot bones strong and maintain flexibility and a good range of motion. Exercise will also help with weight control.
  5. Avoid smoking—it decreases blood flow, which in turn can cause swelling and circulation problems.
  6. Practice good foot care. Make sure you wash your feet daily with soapy water and dry completely. Use a rich moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin and heel cracks. If you tend to sweat profusely, apply a talcum powder each morning before putting on socks or hose.
  7. Conduct regular self-exams. Check your feet for changes in color, size, and shape. Report any growths, bruises, swelling, changes in moles, toenails or skin to podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot doctor will examine your feet and prescribe the proper treatment if any foot disorders are diagnosed. Contact our Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050. 
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 21, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we recognize that our patients have different footcare needs at different stages of their lives. In honor of our senior patients we’d like to offer some important information on preventing falls—the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older adults.

Your Surroundings—one way to reduce the risk of falls is by being aware of your environment (indoors and out) and making changes when necessary. Inside your home, that may mean improving lighting, adding rails to both sides of stairs, tubs and toilets and eliminating throw rugs and low lying furniture, potted plants and paper piles. Outside, pay attention to what’s on the ground where you’re walking (i.e., ice, slippery leaves and loose stones). Be on the lookout for curbs and changes in surface elevation, particularly in parking lots and urban settings.

Your Health—be sure that you get regular checkups and follow all your doctor’s instructions. Missing an eye exam may mean you’re wearing glasses that don’t provide optimal vision—a key factor in falls. Have physicians or the pharmacist review your prescriptions periodically to ensure that you are not taking any medications that interact negatively with each other and cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Also, don’t overlook foot pain! Arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis and many other foot conditions can lead patients to shift pressure away from painful spots by changing how they walk. This decreases stability and makes a fall more likely. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will diagnose any foot pain or discomfort you may be experiencing and prescribe corrective treatments to eliminate the pain and the need for abnormal gait patterns.

Your Lifestyle—engaging in healthy habits overall can also go a long way to prevent falls. Maintaining an appropriate weight makes it easier to get around. Eat a balanced diet that contains foods rich in bone-strengthening calcium (dairy products, leafy greens and certain fish). Exercise regularly to help keep the bones, muscles and ligaments of your feet limber and flexible. Taking an exercise class that is specifically aimed at increasing balance can also help reduce the risk of falls.

If you have questions about any senior foot conditions or want to know how to be proactive in the health care of your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 19, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
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If you or someone you love is over 60, there are specific foot health issues that need to addressed. As we age, our bodies change and our feet are no exception. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our senior patients to be proactive about their health. Look at the True/False statements below to test your senior foot care knowledge.

Smoking negatively impacts the health of your feet.

TRUE: Smoking reduces circulation. Since your feet are the part of your body that is furthest from your heart, the blood has to travel the longest distance to reach them. For injuries, infections and conditions that impede circulation, such as diabetes, maintaining good circulation is essential. Other ways you can improve circulation are by avoiding sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time and putting your feet up whenever possible. Walking and regular exercise also keeps the blood flowing.

Diabetes, arthritis and other systemic disorders can be detected through your feet.

TRUE: Your feet are like an early warning system for your body. The diseases mentioned above as well as certain circulation, joint and nerve issues first show up in your feet. If caught early, they have much better treatment outcomes.

When you are a senior you can start to check your feet less often.

FALSE: Precisely because your feet can be the first place that diabetes, arthritis and other conditions show up, seniors should actually inspect their feet daily (or have someone else do it). Swelling, bruising, changes in shape, color, temperature can all be indicators of a larger problem. Stiffness, decreased range of motion or unusual lumps, and of course any pain should be reported promptly to one of our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah.

The health of your eyes can affect the health of your feet.

TRUE: Although they’re at opposite ends of your body, if your eyes are experiencing problems, they can cause you to stumble or fall which can result in a fracture, ankle sprain or other injury to your feet or ankles. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. It’s a good time to get an eye exam which can detect this and other conditions that can result in blindness.

If you have other questions about caring for your feet as you age, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office at 732-662-3050 to arrange an appointment.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 04, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
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Icy roads, snowy driveways and slushy parking lots mean we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care will be seeing an increase in foot and ankle injuries caused by slips and falls. There’s not much chance of escaping winter weather here in New Jersey but there are ways to reduce your risk of taking a spill. Here are 5 ways to avoid a winter fall:

  1. When the weather outside is frightful, stay home! It may sound obvious, but avoiding going out when the conditions are slippery is the best way to reduce your risk of slipping on ice or snow. Try to keep a supply of staples on hand so that you can get by for a day or two without a trip to the grocery store if the weather is bad.
  2. Don’t rush. If you’re in a hurry to catch the bus, get into your office or make an appointment you’re more likely to miss that icy patch in the parking lot or slip in the slush. Rushing distracts you from being alert to the conditions of the places where you are walking. Quick steps cause you to be less stable as well.
  3. Wear weather-proof shoes. This means shoes or boots with heavy soles that have good traction. Dress shoes, pumps and high-heeled boots may make a fashion statement but they can also result in an ankle sprain or other injury if you count on them for navigating slippery conditions.
  4. Don’t forget your gloves. You want to be able to keep your hands out of your pockets to aid with balance. Also, avoid carrying children and packages on icy surfaces because that can also throw off your balance and increase the likelihood of a fall.
  5. Do the penguin. If you have no choice but to walk on snowy or icy spots, take short shuffling steps and keep your feet as flat as possible for greatest stability.

If you do take a tumble and injure your foot or ankle follow the RICE regimen: rest, ice, compression and elevation and make an appointment to come into our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling 732-662-3050 as soon as possible. One of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your foot and determine if a sprain, fracture or other injury has occurred and if so, what the best treatment will be.