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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 17, 2019
Category: foot safety

Spring has finally sprung and that means our beautiful New Jersey hiking trails are beckoning our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care. While we are all for getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors, we often see ankle and knee injuries along with foot pain and sore muscles after a strenuous day hike. To help prevent these problems, we offer the following suggestions:

  1. Check on chronic conditions. If you are experiencing an ongoing podiatric issue like flat feet or plantar fasciitis, schedule a checkup with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to assess your current condition. The foot doctor can make recommendations regarding hiking shoe style and trail conditions that would make hiking more comfortable and enjoyable. If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device, make sure it fits in your hiking shoes.
  2. Consider trek poles. They look like ski poles, but trek poles are designed to be used on ground. They can help you maintain proper form and reduce strain and fatigue in your lower extremities. This in turn will reduce your risk of injury.
  3. Choose the right hiking shoes. Hiking footwear comes in a variety of styles. High top versions provide additional ankle support but may be heavier, leading more quickly to fatigue. All hiking boots should have a good tread for gripping uneven surfaces. Be sure to condition your boots before setting out to ensure that they are waterproof.
  4. Keep feet dry. When feet get sweaty friction is created which can cause painful blisters to form. Staying in damp socks for long periods of time can also lead to fungal infections. Look for hiking socks that wick moisture away from your skin.
  5. Pack a smart pack. Bring a basic first aid kit, some pieces of moleskin and extra socks in your pack. These small items can come in handy in a big way for eliminating discomfort on the trail.

If despite all these precautions you end up with a knee, foot or ankle injury or pain that persists more than a day after your hike, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment as soon as possible after the injury by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 30, 2018
Category: foot safety
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Did you know that the two age categories that sustain the greatest number of power mower injuries are children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 44? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we believe that nearly all mower injuries are preventable. Below are some tips for keeping toes and feet safe for the two most at-risk groups:

Children

Protecting children from mower accidents is as simple as keeping them away from the mower when it is running. This means no rides—no matter how much they beg you! Also, you should instruct your children not to come onto the lawn while you are mowing. If they need something from you, they should know to wait until the mower is turned off. You may want to show them how loud the mower is to help them understand that you will not be able to hear them coming up behind you when it is on. Another way the children can be injured is by sticks, toys or other objects shooting out from the mower. Always keep the clip bag attached to catch any debris.

Adults

Mower accidents that happen to adults occur for a number of different reasons. In general, it’s a good idea not to rush and to avoid careless shortcuts. In addition, observe these precautions:

  • Put on heavy work boots or similarly protective footwear when mowing.
  • Never mow a wet lawn—mowers slipping on grass after it has rained is the single, biggest cause of accidents.
  • Don’t attempt to pull a running mower backward.
  • Use a mower with a “dead man” switch that automatically shuts off if you let go.
  • Mow slopes side to side, not up and down.

Finally, if you do get injured while mowing your lawn, get treatment immediately. Small cuts from dirty mower blades can create an entry point for germs and bacteria that can result in an infection if you wait until you’re done mowing before cleaning and bandaging. Obviously, more serious accidents will be treated in the emergency room but you should also follow up with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to ensure that the wound is healing properly and that no further treatment is necessary. Contact our Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe offices in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.