Posts for: November, 2014

By Varun Gujral
November 26, 2014

We all know the catchphrase “Two steps forward, one step back”. Well, in Wang Fang’s case it’s the total opposite...”Two steps backward, one step forward. Wang Fang, a 30 year old waitress from Chongqing, China, was born with a rare condition that caused her feet to develop backwards. Interestingly enough, she claims that she walks normally and even runs faster than many of her friends (who were born with normal feet). It’s unclear what the disease is, but it appears she is not letting it slow her down.

What is known, however, is that her condition is the cause of abnormal development prior to birth. Our extremities (arms/hands and legs/feet) begin to develop soon after the 8th or 9th week of fetal development. During this time in development many things--though rare--can go wrong. The most common causes of abnormal limb formation are congenital (we are born with it), metabolic (something in our body doesn’t work properly), and idiopathic (unknown cause). How is something like this treated? Patients would have to be cast for special shoes and your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care of Monroe and Edison, NJ are just the people to call. We will exam your feet and prescribe the right orthotics to make the perfect-fitting shoe for whatever the case may be.

Although Wang Fang was born with both of her feet facing the opposite direction it hasn’t affected her life at all. She works as a waitress, walks normally, and runs faster than her friends. Life is about making the best of the situations we see troublesome, and that’s exactly what she’s doing...living life to the fullest.

 By Varun Gujral


By Nrupa Shah
November 20, 2014
Category: Diabetes

Diabetes is an extremely popular subject talked about amongst all healthcare professionals. But, even more so in the month of November. Why? November is American Diabetes Month (ADM) and despite how “popular” diabetes may be, many people are unaware ADM exists. With that said, there is a story circulating right now about singer Bret Michaels who was recently hospitalized six times in two weeks and had to have surgery on both of his kidneys which was secondary to his type 1 diabetes. Michaels was actually scheduled to perform in Campaign, IL earlier this month but because of the severe pain he was in, unfortunately he was unable to.

It’s extremely important to realize how complex diabetes is and what it’s capable of doing to the body. Diabetes is diagnosed by increased sugar in your blood and if the sugar stays elevated for long periods of time it can cause severe damage to many parts of your body. Most people know that diabetes causes your feet to feel numb and tingly but they are unaware that it can subsequently cause blindness and kidney damage; hence why Bret Michaels had to have surgery on his kidneys. Although these complications can arise, they are more likely to do so in patients who are not compliant with their medications. It is unknown how compliant Michaels is with his medications so this problem could have been persisting over a long period of time.

 It is extremely important to take your medication as prescribed by your physician. Likewise, it is also recommended that all diabetic patients see a podiatrist to get preventative foot care. If you have any questions about your diabetes and preventative foot care please do not hesitate to contact your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ today!

 By Nrupa Shah


It’s not every day you get to hear (or read) about a celebrity talking about diabetes. When you do though I think it would make the conversation/article a little more “entertaining” coming from one of the Kings of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer. He was invited by Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church in Chicago on Sunday to give a talk about “Step On Up”, a program developed by Pfizer, Inc. and the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes is a condition that affects approximately 29 million people in the United States (of that, 21M are diagnosed and 8M are undiagnosed). According to Pfizer’s chief medical officer Freda Lewis-Hall, however, approximately 86 million people live with pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are high but not high enough for diagnosis. Mr. Cedric shared his story with the crowd about his father and diabetes and how he is starting to deal with the beginning complications of the disease. In his talk he related the feeling of “shooting, stabbing pains in his hands and feet”, and Mrs. Lewis-Hall affirms that it is called Diabetic Nerve Pain or Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (PDPN). With diabetes occurring at such a high rate, your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained medical professionals to risk stratify each and every patient. Risk stratifying patients who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes is something extremely important when performing preventative foot care. With that said, it is extremely important for recently-diagnosed diabetic patients to ask their primary care physicians for a referral to their local podiatrists to get an accurate diabetic foot screening and subsequent preventative foot healthcare thereafter.

Diabetes is a disease that is growing exponentially but it’s also something that, if caught soon enough, can be treated very easily without any of the major complications associated with it. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call our office with any questions you may have.

By Varun Gujral

By Nrupa Shah
November 05, 2014
Category: High Heels

Running a marathon is something a lot of people like to do just to check it off their bucket list. Then there are those who run (marathons) for a living. To run a marathon one must train very hard at least six months prior to the event--at the least! With that said, marathons are NOT easy tasks to accomplish. They are even harder to accomplish if you plan on running one in high heels! Thirty seven year old mother of five, Natalie Eckert is planning on completing the 2015 London Marathon doing just that. She was inspired by the German-native Julia Plecher who ran a 100m-dash in gold high heels in a record time of 14.351 seconds.

 Now, running a 100m dash and running a marathon are two completely different things. To put it in perspective, a marathon (26.2 miles) is 42,164.81 meters...that’s approximately 420-times the distance compared to the 100m dash. Running marathons are dangerous if one hasn’t trained properly, but even experienced runners who train yearly for these events can sustain the unwanted trauma that running a distance of this magnitude causes. Injuries frequently associated with marathon runners are, but not limited to: stress fractures (of the foot), meniscal tears (of the knee), and ligamentous injuries (i.e., ankle sprains). Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ see these injuries all the time during the New York and Boston Marathon months and they are experts when it comes to managing and treating these conditions.

 Wearing high heels puts a lot of pressure on the balls of the feet and greatly increases a person’s chance of a lateral ankle sprain. Knowing that, running 26.2 miles in heels is extremely dangerous and certainly advised against. It is one thing to want to make history but is it really worth the pain and agony she’ll be in after? I don’t think so. If she does go through with it though, I wish her the best and hope she has a speedy recovery.

 By Nrupa Shah