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Posts for: June, 2014

It’s no secret that President Barack Obama has a passion for basketball. For example, every election day he hosts a pick-up game of basketball in his hometown of Chicago. He is also frequently playing on his court that he had installed at the White House with numerous political figures and friends. So, with how avid a basketball player he is and with all of the walking/traveling/standing he does on a day-to-day basis, it’s probably not another secret that his feet hurt. According to the presidential health exam conducted in May of this year, President Obama was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. It’s more commonly referred to as “heel pain”, or in this case, “basketball heel”.

 Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of your foot and it is one of the, if not the most common complaints your podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care deal with. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by numerous things, the most common being improper shoe gear. It is very important, especially for athletes, that proper shoe gear is worn at all times. Athletes do a lot of jumping, running, cutting, landing, and falling so their feet take a beating. If they are wearing shoes that don’t fit them, that beating will actually be worse than expected. There are a couple things you want to keep in mind when buying your next pair of shoes. First, when trying them on, make sure you have at least a thumb’s width from your big toe to the end of the shoe. Second, and probably one of the most common mistakes, is making sure the width of the shoe is appropriate. The last thing you want is your feet to be crammed in your shoes. Lastly, make sure the heel of the shoe is solid or stiff. You really want to have good ankle support, and if not, your heel will continuously move around in your shoe and increase the chances of future heel pain.

 Naturally, if none of these tips work, please make an appointment with your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. We can properly measure the length and width of your feet and make the proper recommendations for shoe gear. 

By Varun Gujral


‘Tis the season for warm weather, pools, beaches and...fungi. No not your crazy next door neighbor, but fungus?! That’s right, fungus loves the summer too and it follows you everywhere. What it likes most about the summer is the warm, moist climate. Fungi are in places you might not even think about. Some of the most common places you’ll find it is in your shoes, your socks, on the floor of the shower and even your home. We will concentrate today on fungus being in your shoes and socks.

Have you ever wondered why your feet have that sudden onset of burning and itching? You can blame fungi for that. As previously stated, they thrive in warm moist environments, and what better place than in your shoes and socks. We are constantly on our feet generating heat and sweat and the fungi takes that in and grows and eventually cause Athlete’s Foot. This is an extremely common problem and is very treatable, even if caught a little later than usual. If you do notice a burning itch sensation on your feet, please don’t hesitate to contact your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ. However, even though we talk about Athlete’s Foot being on the foot, it can also travel to your toenails and this can serve to be a more complicated problem but is very treatable with oral medications.

So, some at home tips to make sure this doesn’t happen again or to anyone else in the family are: 1) buy some antifungal powder from your local pharmacy and put that in your shoes at least once a day; 2) try wearing open toed shoes as much as possible. UV light kills fungus so if they are exposed to sun, the better chance they will be eliminated. 3) there are UV Trees you can buy to hang your shoes to kill the fungus. If all else fails, again, please don’t hesitate to call make an appointment with our office because we want you out enjoying the nice summer weather!

 By Nrupa Shah

 


Prior to Manti Te’o’s matriculation into the NFL, he was surrounded by a lot of controversy. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say for a 20 year old NFL rookie, it was probably more than he anticipated...and probably for all the wrong reasons, but that makes for a different story. The story today is that he has recovered from his previous foot injury and participated in his first workout session of 2014, according to Yahoo Sports. Manti Te’o had surgery to repair a previously sprained foot that he played on for 15 games. It was said that the surgery was more than just a “clean up” process meaning that there was more wrong with his foot than a simple sprain. The message here is, no matter how strong or tough someone is, if there is pain in the foot, especially from a sprain, please get it checked out as soon as possible. Once “something” goes wrong in one part of your foot, another part of your foot has to take over and work harder causing that particular part of your foot to become injured, and so-on-and-so-forth.

Your feet are extremely important! A study concluded that American’s take, on average, approximately 5,000 steps per day. That is a lot of wear and tear and your feet! It also shows that we rely on our foot more than we think, and your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ are here to make sure you don’t miss a beat. As stated earlier, pain will just compound to other joints and the problems will just get worse. Notice I said problems, meaning you will more than likely have pain in not only your foot but also your ankle, knee, hip, and possibly as high up as your back.

Moral of the story...do not take your feet for granted. You use them every single day and they take a lot of wear and tear so they need to be cared for appropriately. So, if there is anything that seems out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment so it’s not too late and you need surgery, as in Manti Te’o’s case.

 By Varun Gujral

 


Of all the sports now-a-days, horse racing, in my opinion, is the last that comes to my mind when one is talking about injuries. It’s just rare, for example, to hear about the winningest jockey, Russell Baze to be out for the season due to a hip or foot injury. While this is not true, it is still common that jockeys get injured...and to quite an extent. Some often require hip surgery due to the repetitive standing in the stirrups while whipping the horse down the backstretch. With that said, foot position in the stirrups has caused some debate in the horse racing world. A topic that has recently gained some attention is whether it’s safer to have just the ball of the foot in the stirrups or to have your weight supported by the arch of the foot?

It has been proclaimed that the manufacturing of the stirrup has two flaws. One being the size of the stirrup. If it is too large for the rider, the foot has an increased chance of slipping through causing the jockey’s foot to be wedged in. This is extremely dangerous in that if the rider falls he/she will be trapped and potentially dragged by the horse. Second, the stirrup in general affects the health of the human foot. It’s said that at times, the entire weight of the human body is held up by the stirrup. Subsequently, this can cause a lot of strain to be applied to the lateral side of the foot; more precisely to the base of your fifth toe which is the site where two tendons attach to. Enough strain to this particular area increases the rider’s chances of getting stress fractures or even avulsion fractures. If you ride horses and if this happens to you, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

From basketball and lacrosse to horse racing and polo, there are injuries in every single sport being played today. Although it may be uncommon to hear about them, it’s still very important that all injuries are addressed the same no matter the sport. So, with the Triple Crown wrapping up in Elmont, New York this week on June 7th, if you’re in the area, try and stop by Belmont Park and place a bet...who knows, it just might be your lucky day!

 By Nrupa Shah