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Posts for: May, 2014

That moment when you get out of bed in the morning and the pain on the bottom of your foot immediately makes you jump back in, is one of the most common complaints our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care treat. Now pain on the bottom of the foot can be a number of things but it is mostly heel pain; and of all the causes of heel pain that it could possibly be, plantar fasciitis is usually the culprit.

Plantar fasciitis is an extremely common complaint and it arises from numerous causes. One of the most common causes is the type of shoe gear. Normally, people with plantar fasciitis wear very flat shoes which provide no arch support. If there is no arch support, your plantar fascia (the structure in the foot that is actually causing your heel pain) is stretching and pulling on your heel bone. There are, however, many people who wear flat shoes but don’t get heel pain. Needless-to-say everyone’s foot type is different so if you are one of the many people who do get arch/heel pain by wearing flat shoes, there are a few things your local podiatrists are able to do to relieve the pain.

First, if the pain is severe and you want it to go away as soon as possible or while you’re in the office, the podiatrist can make a temporary arch fill out of padding and place it directly on your foot. Again, this is only temporary but it is useful to relieve the pain for a short period of time. Second, we can cast your foot for custom orthotics which are placed inside your shoes and they act as the insole of your shoe to give you better, more stable arch support. Lastly, and probably a last resort of conservative care, is steroid injections.

Heel pain can be very detrimental to patients but at the same time it is very treatable, especially if caught early. If after trying and failing with the insoles you bought at your local pharmacy, please call and make an appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison NJ. We are here to serve you and make sure you can get out of bed pain free!

By Varun Gujral

 


“I do!” are the two words you will start to hear a lot this time of season. Why? Everyone seems to be getting married. And it’s definitely the prime time to do so; perfect weather, kids are out of school, and you’ve been working on that beach-bod. But, with weddings come bridal parties and with bridal parties come...you guessed it...high heels! They are a podiatrist’s “arch” enemy (no pun intended). Okay, maybe not our enemy, but they certainly are causes to a lot of foot problems which are addressed by your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. One of the most common injuries seen in patients who wear high heels is lateral ankle sprains. It doesn’t take much for that shoe to come out from underneath you and down you go.

There are a few different ways to help combat this problem. First, try toning the height of the heel down. It is recommend something as high as 1.5-2.5 inches. While this may look more conservative, it will decrease your chances of rolling your ankle. Second, if possible, try wearing a stiff, sturdy shoe. The more compact and rigid the shoe is, the greater amount of support your ankle will receive in return.

However, if you think you did sprain you ankle there are a couple of “signs” to look for. If you see any discoloration (red, blue, purple) of the skin, that might be indicative of a ruptured ligament. It also means your body is trying to repair itself. During the repair process your foot will look and feel red, hot, and swollen. These are some typical signs of any sprain and should be cared for appropriately. RICE--Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation--is the treatment for minor ankle sprains. But, if your swelling doesn’t go down within a day or two by applying the RICE principle, do not hesitate to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care.

Weddings are supposed to be fun! But there isn’t any fun in spraining your ankle while walking down the aisle or dancing on the dance floor. Remember, try to wear a more rigid shoe with a smaller heel and this should help reduce your chances of having to RICE!

By Nrupa Shah


The sun is shining and it’s finally getting warm out! You know what that means...barbecues with the neighbors, going to the beach, and hitting the links with your friends. It also means your skin is being exposed to sun and the littlest amount of sunlight is all it takes. With sun exposure means proper skin protection and who else better to vouch for that than actor Hugh Jackman of the hit movie series X-Men. Hugh Jackman has had his bouts with skin cancer, and recently had cancer removed on his nose. Even though it was on his nose, it’s safe to say you can get cancer anywhere; including your feet!

First, the most important tip is to wear proper sunscreen. One thing people don’t realize is, even when it’s cloudy out you can still get sunburns. Before you plan on doing anything that involves being outside for extended periods of time apply a layer or two of no-less than SPF-30 sunscreen. This will help protect you from the sun and keep your skin healthy.

Second, if you do notice something “different” with your skin, get it checked early! Skin on the feet is equally as important as skin on the rest of your body and the podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ are here to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape. However, not only does cancer like your skin, it also likes your toenails. So, again, if you notice any changes in your skin or toenails, do not hesitate to make an appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care today.

Lastly, don’t let the sun deter you from going outside. Sun can also be a good thing as it provides your body with an extra source of vitamin D which is needed for strong healthy bones. As always, though, if you do plan on spending a day at the beach or playing 18 holes, please remember to protect you and your skin and wear sunscreen. Hugh Jackman said it, “Tell your readers: get check-ups, wear sunscreen. It’s all about prevention.”

 By Varun Gujral

 


School might not let out for another month and a half, but you can bet that kids are already gearing up for their favorite summer sports. Whether it’s lacrosse league, soccer camp, or just a pickup game of basketball at the neighborhood park, there are certain tips we should follow before we (or our children!) take the field. Sports can be a lot of fun and are good for our health, but we need to make sure we don’t get injured in the excitement!

The first, and perhaps most obvious-yet-overlooked, tip is to wear the proper footwear –a simple tennis shoe doesn’t cut it! In sports like basketball where jumping is common, you’ll want a thick sole to save you from stress fractures. In sports like soccer, you’ll want to wear a proper soccer cleat to give you the traction you need and save you from turf toe and ankle sprains. In lacrosse however, you’ll want a shoe with high ankle support. This provides the necessary support for quick changes in direction and helps you from rolling your ankle. Whatever sport you are planning to play, be sure you have the right footwear!

Before the whistle blows, you’ll want to be sure to warm up and stretch adequately. Not only will your performance on the field be significantly better after you’ve loosened your muscles up a bit, but  you will reduce the risk for sports-related injuries like Achilles tendinitis, strained muscles, or ankle sprain. It can even help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with arthritis!

The last tip is to communicate with your podiatrist about the types of sports you plan to or currently are playing. Your podiatrist here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ can help evaluate your shoe needs, and be sure your shoe fits properly. They can also instruct you on proper stretching techniques for your foot and ankle to help decrease your chance of a sports injury. So, whether you are coming in to make sure you’re ready to hit the court, or maybe you think you already broke your toe kicking the soccer ball, make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care today.

By Nrupa Shah