Posts for: July, 2013

Summer is in full swing now and I’m sure everyone is ready to go running, swimming or play some volleyball. Most likely a majority of us haven’t been very active since last summer! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 8 tips to make sure you and your feet are ready for any summer activity!

  1. Always make sure you stretch out before starting any activity. This will help your muscles get ready and prepare for whatever fun you are about to have! Stretching prevents any sprains or strains that could happen.
  2. Walking!  Going for a brisk 5 minute walk after stretching is also very helpful to your muscles.
  3. Make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for your activity! If you’re going running or playing any type of sport it is best to NOT wear flip flops.
  4. Make sure whatever type of sneakers you’re wearing are comfortable, if your feet are uncomfortable in the shoes you’re wearing you are more likely to get injured.
  5. Make sure you feel the inside of your sneakers for a smooth surface, you will probably be sweating in your shoes and if there is anything inside to irritate your skin this could be bad!
  6. If you must wear any type of sandals make sure yours are supportive and comfortable, flat flip flops are very bad for your feet and can lead to pain and injuries.
  7. Always check out your feet!  Sounds weird right? But looking for any dry or cracked skin and treating it right away can prevent serious skin problems later in the summer.
  8. Make sure to check your toe nails too. Toe nails can become infected, despite how weird that seems. If your nails look a different color or texture you may have an infection.

It is very important to take care of your feet all year round, but starting out new activities in the summer is a very important time to watch how we are treating our feet! A lot of our favorite athletes like Tiger Woods or Roger Federer who play summer sports are very careful about what shoes they’re wearing and how they prepare before they go golf or play tennis. If you do notice any changes in your feet or start to feel any pain after an activity it is important to go see your local podiatrist right away at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ.

By Varun Gujral

When people think of skin cancer they think of the arms, back and legs; but what about the feet? Yes, you can get skin cancer on your feet even though it seems like a very unlikely place for it to occur! Most skin cancer on the foot goes undetected for far too long and ends up being detrimental to the patient; this is because many dermatologists don’t think to check there in their exam! However your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care are well trained to inspect the foot thoroughly for any form of skin cancer.

Skin cancer on the foot doesn’t always follow the normal definitions of skin cancer; this is why it is usually undetected. Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, but the actual number is a lot higher than that due to so many undiagnosed cases. They can look like birth marks, ingrown toe nails or even a nail fungal infection! Yes you can develop skin cancer under your nails! It is important to check your feet every so often and look for anything that isn’t normal.

When inspecting your foot check the top, bottom, nails and between the toes. Look for any dark marks on the skin, under the nails or next to the nails. A majority of the time it’s nothing, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. The symptoms to look for when inspecting include, itching, burning feeling, cracking, bleeding or open wounds. If you do notice anything like this on your feet do not hesitate to make an appointment with your podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, located in Edison and Monroe NJ, to get it checked out! They can take a biopsy if they think the discoloration is concerning and figure out what’s going on!

By Nrupa Shah

By Ben Gujral
July 13, 2013
Category: Charcot Foot

Unless you have diabetes you have probably never heard of this syndrome before! There is a joint in the foot called Charcot’s joint, it is a weight bearing joint, meaning that when you walk a lot of your body weight goes through this joint; this syndrome develops when this joint degenerates by bone breakdown and eventually results in a deformed joint and foot. Quite frequently this breakdown goes undetected, but how can that be? It sounds so painful! But the breakdown occurs because the person has lost sensation in their foot due to nerves breaking down and not working properly, so essentially the patient cannot feel their foot and consequently can’t feel the pain of the joint breaking down! This is very common in people with diabetes mellitus, it occurs in 1/600-700 patients. Some other common pre-existing conditions that can lead to this include alcoholism, cerebral palsy, syphilis and spinal cord injuries.

Since the patient usually cannot feel pain from the joint breaking down a diagnosis isn’t made until the foot has become severely deformed. In the early stages there may be no pain with a little bit of swelling, but as the break down progresses the swelling increases, pain may develop and skin temperature around the area may increase. At any sign of swelling in the foot it is important go see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ to have your foot looked at! It is best to catch this break down early to prevent the severe consequences of catching it in late break down. Your podiatrist will take an x-rayof the foot to determine what stage of Charcot foot is present. There are stages 1-4; 1 being the least severe and 4 being the most severe.

If the syndrome is caught early enough the foot will be casted and immobilized to allow the joint to heal, sometimes joint correction surgery will be done, and is normally very successful! However if Charcot foot is caught in the later stages the break down may be too great to repair and amputation may be required. So if you notice any strange changes in your foot go see your podiatrist to get it looked at!

By Varun Gujral

I’m pretty sure that it is safe to say that unless you have this syndrome, you have no idea what this is! Well don’t worry, by the end of this blog you will know exactly what this is and how to recognize it if you or someone you know should ever develop it. So what exactly is Haglunds Deformity? It is when you get a bony growth on the back of your heel that sticks out. This bone grows due to constant rubbing and friction on the bone. After time this new bone can cause something called bursitis, which adds to the bump forming! A bursa is a sac of fluid that prevents rubbing between things like skin and bone, but sometimes they can get inflamed, which is called bursitis. A nickname for this syndrome is “pump bump”, because women tend to get this from wearing high heels! Some of our favorite actresses like Kaley Cuoco and Jessica Simpson are prone to developing this because they were high heels so frequently.

The symptoms of this syndrome include an abnormal bump on the back of the heel, it is very painful and if the bursa becomes inflamed the bump will increase in size and usually turns red. Needless to say, it’s pretty obvious when someone has this syndrome!

So what should you do if you have this bump on your heel? The first thing you should do is make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ!  Depending on the severity of the deformity there are 4 different treatment options. For a syndrome that isn’t too severe and is relatively new, the RICE idea will work, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Also getting shoes that aren’t tight fitting is important! Sometimes orthotics are prescribed to help avoid pressure on the heel. In the most severe cases surgery and injections are required to reduce the inflammation and to get rid of the growing bone bump.

By  Varun Gujral