Posts for: October, 2013

A lot of women today take pride in the collection of high heels they own, and they love to show them off at work or at events. These shoes may look gorgeous but they are hurting your feet big time! Ask actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Everyone knows she is always sporting the newest heels where ever she goes, but a few months ago she hurt her ankle wearing heels on set and was taken to see a podiatrist. The doctor informed her that after years of wearing heels basically 24/7 her feet had become pretty deformed. With three young children Parker now wears more comfortable shoes during the day, and her feet love it.

So what exactly do your gorgeous heels do to your feet? Many heels are skinny and squeeze in at the end where your toes are. This squishes your feet into a position they normally wouldn’t be in, and this can lead to a bunion, tailors bunion or something called Morton’s neuroma. If you don’t know what all of these things are, you definitely don’t want them! Each condition is painful and requires surgery to fix.

Heels are also bad for your feet because they are placing a majority of your body weight onto the front of your foot, this isn’t normal and your foot bones don’t like it! They weren’t built to handle that kind of stress, and you can develop a stress fracture from the excess force on these bones.

The most common problem associated with heels is ankle sprains. It is very easy to lose your balance when you’re an extra 4 inches off the ground! And as soon as you lose your balance your ankle ligaments aren’t able to handle that stress and give way and are stretched out, which leads to the pain after!

If you do experience any of the above problems after wearing heels make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care!  We are conveniently located in Edison and in Monroe NJ.

By Nrupa Shah

The Chicago Marathon was held this month; thousands of runners from all over the country went to windy city to participate! For people who don’t run marathons it is crazy to think about running that many miles at once, how can the body handle that? And how can the body handle all the training required to compete in one of these races?!

Your body has a hard time dealing with the amount of stress that running a marathon puts on it; a lot of athletes leave races with stress fractures, shin splints or a multitude of other injuries. Some athletes unfortunately don’t even make it to the race due to injuries in the grueling training required to compete in a race like this.

So what can you do to prepare safely? One of the biggest things is to rest! Don’t run every day! Your body needs a break sometimes, injuries occur when the body is tired and you continue to push it. Another tip is to vary your run length, don’t make each run an extremely long distance, change it up from time to time. Also do other activities that aren’t running! Lifting weights will strengthen your muscles in ways running can’t, and will make them more capable to handle the stress of running. Also changing up your type of cardio, maybe do something like zumba! It’s fun and will still give you the good workout you need!

If you are preparing for a marathon or a race of any length and feel that your feet and legs may not be handling the training, then don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today.  Your feet will be well taken care of!

By Varun Gujral

By Nrupa Shah
October 10, 2013
Category: Diabetes

Everyone is aware of diabetes and the rising number of Americans being diagnosed with the disease. A few days ago Tom Hanks announced that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Hanks seems to be taking the diagnosis well, he has been dealing with blood sugar issues for years and the problems have finally progressed to where he and his doctors assumed they would.

So what exactly is type 2 diabetes? Another name for it is insulin resistant diabetes; this means that that the hormone insulin, which is produced by your pancreas isn’t recognized by your body. Your body needs insulin to take the sugars that you ingest and store them in your cells. So if your body isn’t recognizing the insulin the sugar you are taking in isn’t being stored into your cell, that’s how you get high blood sugar! There are many factors that play into developing type 2. A major factor is being overweight; however this isn’t the only factor! Your family history and genetics also have a strong influence on the development of this disease.

Some signs to look out for the disease in its early stages include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination and fatigue. As the disease progresses more serious symptoms arise like vision problems and quite a few foot problems!

What happens after a diagnosis is made? The most important thing to do is to get your blood sugar numbers back to normal levels and to keep them there! This is done my monitoring levels daily, and combining exercise and a healthy diet. Your doctor will counsel you on a healthier lifestyle that will get your blood sugar to normal.

If patients don’t follow instructions and don’t change their lifestyle, this is when serious problems begin to arise. Some of these include vision loss and loss of feeling in your hands and feet, which can lead to ulcers and possibly bone degradation!

If you have any questions about type 2 diabetes make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ to get more information today!

By Nrupa Shah

By Nrupa Shah
October 02, 2013
Category: Plantar Warts

The official first day of fall was a few days ago, and with the cooling temperatures it’s time to put away our sandals and stick our feet back into our warm boots. But before we do that we need to make sure our feet are healthy to live in our warm boots for the next few months. Something we all need to check our feet for is plantar warts.

What exactly is a plantar wart? A plantar wart is a type of wart that develops from the HPV virus entering your body through a break in the skin. These are most commonly found at pressure points in our feet, like the heels and balls or our feet. Sometimes these aren’t a threat to our health and present with no symptoms. But after a long period of time going untreated they can become painful and tender. It is always best to get a wart treated and removed before it becomes painful.

One of the most common ways to come into contact with the HPV virus is by running around with no shoes on, which we all do over the summer. The wart grows best in warm, wet environments; which is what you’re doing when you wear your boots!

To prevent getting warts avoid coming in contact with people who already have them, prevent coming into contact with still standing water around pools, keep your feet clean and dry, and change your socks regularly.

If you do notice anything that looks like a wart on your foot it is best to make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. A majority of warts will resolve on their own, but sometimes they don’t and become painful and will require treatment. There are a few types of treatment available; freezing is one of the most common forms, along with cantharadin which is an extract from a beetle that is applied to the surface of the wart. There are a few other options that are not commonly used.

Make sure to check out your feet before you start putting them into your warm boots every day and prevent any possible warts from growing!

By Nrupa Shah