Posts for: August, 2014

By Varun Gujral
August 27, 2014
Category: Orthotics

The leaves are changing color, the weather is getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter. This could mean only one thing...football season is here! This is the time of year where families get together every Sunday, put on their favorite team sweatshirt, and watch their team play. This is the time of year where family rivalries really come to surface. This is also the time of year, though, in which most of the sports-related injuries occur.

Three-time Pro-Bowler, John Beason, of the New York Giants sustained a ligament tear and fracture to his right big toe joint and is currently working with team physicians to get him back to where he needs to be for opening day. He is in the process of being fit for orthoses and proper cleats. Having the proper shoe gear and orthoses after a fracture is imperative, especially for professional athletes and even more so for football players. With that said, however, orthoses can be made for practically any purpose deemed necessary. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ prescribe many different types of orthoses for many different types of conditions from minor calluses and stiff toes to severe bunion deformities and flat feet. Although there are many conditions in which orthoses are prescribed, there are other factors that the clinician needs to consider prior to casting your foot. Age, weight, and activity level are of the most common that need to be considered before making the proper orthoses. They can be made to help your feet function better, to accommodate a painful neuroma or heel spur, and even aid in relieving pain from plantar fasciitis.

Orthoses are very beneficial and when made properly can relieve pain almost instantly although this may not always be the case. Making them is an art and may take a few modifications for the device to work/fit properly. But don’t let that deter you from wearing them because properly functioning; pain free feet are what we strive for. “You don’t realize how important your feet are...But it’s really everything, right?” These are the words of one of the Giants’ most prominent and important players, John Beason. I couldn’t agree with him more!

 By Varun Gujral


Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is eager to have a positive impact in and around the communities that surrounds them.   “People do not think about foot and ankle pain until it interferes with their quality of life,” says Dr. Nrupa Shah.  “Our mission along with providing top quality foot and ankle care is to educate people on how to prevent pain in their lower extremities whenever possible.”  On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 10:00am – 11:00am at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Avenue in South Plainfield, Dr. Shah will be providing a presentation on preventative steps that can be taken to protect the foot and ankles, and how to be proactive should any issues arise.  Following this, Dr. Shah will be providing complimentary foot and ankle screenings for those who are interested from 11:00am – 12:00pm.  This educational event will cover the most basic of foot and ankle care such as cutting toenails or what creams are safe to use, to the more serious aspects of foot and ankle care such as those with diabetes or arthritis.  “The goal of this presentation and providing the foot and ankle screenings is to educate our community on how to avoid serious complication of the foot and ankle.  This free event will be taking place at the South Plainfield Senior Center on Wednesday, 9/10/14 from 10:00am – 12:00 pm.  If you plan to partake in the foot and ankle screenings, please RSVP by calling the South Plainfield Senior Center at (908) 754-1047 to make sure you reserve a space to be seen by the doctor.  For more information about Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, they can be contacted at (732) 662-3050 or by visiting http://www.footandanklenj.com/.  Their practice is located at 2163 Oak Tree Road, Suite 108 in Edison, NJ.

Our blood carries out a multitude of functions, the most important being to carry oxygen throughout our body via a molecule called hemoglobin. But, it also transports nutrients, regulates body temperature, and when injured, protects the body from bleeding too much--this is called clotting. Even though clotting is a protective function of blood it can also cause problems; sometimes fatal.

American Idol star, Michael Johns twisted his ankle which is a form of trauma that possibly caused his blood vessels to rupture. As previously stated, when the body becomes injured the blood’s job is to wall off or clot so the body won’t lose large amounts of blood. However, if the clot isn’t broken down efficiently it will remain in the blood vessel, increasing the chance for an embolus--a broken piece of clot that travels in the blood stream. There are many risk factors involved for developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) including recent trauma or surgery, pregnancy, and being sedentary--to name a few.

Clots can arise anywhere in the body, but are most commonly found in the large veins of the lower extremity. Most people are unaware of the signs and symptoms so if you have any doubts your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle located in Monroe and Edison, NJ, along with your primary care physician, can provide the proper diagnostic and therapeutic treatments to help make sure a clot doesn’t turn into anything worse.

By Nrupa Shah


By Varun Gujral
August 06, 2014
Category: Sports Injury

There’s a lot of people out there who hear the word “run” and instantly moan and groan because they don’t like to do it and they continue these efforts until the “run is over--and that is just the warm-up run! Is it possible, however, that those people would be more inclined to run if they knew they were adding years to their lives? Would they be more inclined to run if they knew all they HAD to run was that warm-up run and that’s it? I think so! As podiatrists, we stress healthy eating and exercising to most, if not all, of our patients and of all the exercise regimens we recommend, running is definitely part of it...because after all, you have to use your feet!

A study that was recently published in in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has stated that “running at a slow speed for just 5-10 minutes a day can significantly reduce mortality risk...any longer may actually do more harm than good”. The study also found that those who participated in the study were 45% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes compared to those who didn’t run. Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among diabetic patients so this statistic is remarkable in the fact that such a little of an exercise can decrease mortality by almost half! Along with continuous running though, increases the chances of stress fractures throughout your foot so it’s imperative to wear proper shoe gear. It has been found that running increases a person’s body weight by 250% per heel strike. That is a lot considering a person’s foot is so small. If you have any questions at all about shoe gear or if you are experiencing any sort of heel pain due to running, please call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

Running is not always the most pleasurable of activities and, at times, it can even cause more harm than good but if helps decrease mortality rates and increase the number of years you get to spend with your family, why not give it a try?

By Varun Gujral