Posts for: October, 2015

At our house my wife is a sucker for anything homemade by our kids. If our son takes on the endeavor to pick up rocks, leaves, acorns, flowers, seashells, or anything really for that matter, if he picks it and then gives it to my wife, that very ordinary rock becomes special. It's a guarantee she is keeping the special whatever it is and will find a little place for it to be on "display" somewhere in the house. 

Halloween costumes, crafts, candies, and decor displays line the walls of stores reminding us the Halloween spirit is in full swing. Since mom always loves those special homemade crafts, it is great to let the kids create a little homemade something special of their own for "display" in the house to add to the Halloween spirit. Using acrylic paints, you will make your child’s foot prints on a canvas look spook-tacular.

 Years down the road when the canvas has seen more Halloweens than you can remember, this “batty” canvas will remind you of your child’s precious “littler” moments. Big or little, here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ, we remind you to be safe when out this Halloween and hope this year’s Trick or Treat, Paint My Feet is a success!


Black, white, and orange Acrylic Paint.

Canvas: 9x12 inch white canvas if you want to go all out, or a white piece of paper will work fine too (if it turns out you really like your craft and you had chosen the white piece of paper option, you can always cut it out and put it in a picture frame). 

Black Sharpie

Small and Medium round Paint Brushes


  1. Get your paints out and squeeze paint onto a paper plate (nickel to quarter size for each.)
  2. Have your child sit on a surface where you can paint their feet. Accessible to somewhere you can rinse their feet are always a perk. The wife is always happy if you do well on clean up.
  3. Paint your child’s feet and then press the canvas onto each foot forming the child’s desired shape. Be sure to wiggle and press each toe onto the canvas so nothing is missed. If you feel you need to do a practice run on a plain sheet of paper first, go ahead and give it a go so you get the hang of it.  Be thoughtful for foot placement to allow room for wings to be later added to the craft.
  4. Set the canvas somewhere safe and go and wash your kid’s feet. You can do partial clean up at this point while you wait for the paint to dry.
  5. After the paint on the canvas has dried, you can move to part two of the project. Time to create the bat ears, eyes, wings and fangs. Complete the feet design as pictured. Drawing lightly with a pencil first is a good policy to allow for redo’s. Include highlights around wings by using white and the small paint brush.  Add “Trick or Treat” to the canvas.
  6. Finalize the craft by writing your child’s name or initials, year, and age on the front or back of canvas.

By Varun Gujral


By Nrupa Shah
October 21, 2015
Category: Footwear

Buying shoes for your child can be a very daunting task. Many children do not like to go shoe shopping and it can be a real challenge to try and get them to sit still long enough to try on even one pair of shoes. Despite this however, selecting the proper shoe for your child is very important for proper foot development. Many children especially young children often won’t tell you if a shoe is too tight or if it is rubbing. It is important to measure the child’s foot to ensure that the shoe is the right fit. In order to ensure that a shoe will fit properly, take out the insole of the shoe and have the child stand on it. Make sure there is enough room around the edges of the shoe and that their toes are not hanging off the front of the insole. There should be about half an inch space between the child’s toes and the edge of the shoe. Also, with growing children, one foot may be longer than the other so you should select shoes to accommodate the largest of the two feet.

Shoe shopping should be done in the afternoon or evening because like adults, a child’s foot tends to swell over the course of the day. It is important to avoid slip-ons or backless shoes and to select shoes with either laces or Velcro to prevent them from slipping off the child’s feet as they play. Try to select shoes made from breathable materials such as canvas as this will help to keep the child’s feet cooler and dryer as well as prevent the formation of blisters. With children it is always best to avoid shoes with heels. It is hard for children to walk in high heeled shoes and can lead to them tripping or hurting their ankles. Also high heeled shoes are bad for proper foot development so it is best to stick with flat shoes. Try to select shoes with textured soles as this will provide traction and prevent your child from slipping and falling.

Children’s feet tend to grow very rapidly and you will need to get them new shoes just about every six months to a year. It may be tempting to buy a shoe that is a couple sizes bigger than needed however, we caution against this because a shoe that is too big will catch on the ground as the child walks causing them to trip and fall. If you think your child’s shoes are not properly fitted to their feet or would like more information about children’s footwear, please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah

By Varun Gujral
October 14, 2015
Category: Footwear

As you know we are into the fall season, weather shares its finest when all night open windows blend the perfect brisk, cool morning SO glorious you kick your feet and shake your head knowing when it's time to get out of bed. The fall weather is so perfect I just smile inside knowing I'm not spending big bucks on AC to maintain the house temperature. It's that time of year shopping centers have overwhelming displays of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas décor. Tis the holiday season coming, and coming fast!

With the fast approaching holidays and transition from fall weather to winter weather comes other things...Like colds, sneezing, the flu, coughs, and sharing germs! It's the worst when you have to take off a day or two or even a week of work to be sick. Of course we know practicing good habits like hand washing, disinfect and sanitizing surfaces such as counters, doors, keyboards, cellphone, and toys. It is always a good idea to stay hydrated, and not share foods or drinks. Don't touch your eyes, mouth, and nose. Use antibacterial and practice "elbow cover" whenever you cough or sneeze to prevent the spreading of germs. Eat well and get your sleep. As we have gone over these reminders, there is probably one that you haven't thought of. Removing shoes before going into your house will reduce the amount of bacteria, toxins, and dirt that comes into your home.

A study that the University of Arizona did in 2008 stated that a shoe had an average of 421,000 bacteria on them. Of that 421,000 it had 9 different strands of bacteria. We walk through places like public bathrooms, sidewalks where birds and dogs have pooped and then walk it right into our home. Harmful toxins are tracked into the house from shoes by walking on a recently treated lawn, or walking on a site where coal tar has been used as a sealant on asphalt roads. Lastly dirt won't kill you by itself, but when tracked into the home where children and babies are on the floor with toys and fingers in their mouths, it's probably not a good idea. Besides, less dirt equals less cleaning.

So a word from your podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ, keep yourself going this holiday season by taking your shoes off before entering the house. Leave your shoes and those nasty coughs, colds, and sneezes at the door. It will keep you healthier and one step better to avoid sickness this holiday season.

By Varun Gujral

During her first pregnancy, Kim Kardashian was always spotted wearing high heel designer shoes even when her feet swelled up to double their normal size. Even though Kim may have looked great in those designer shoes, it doesn’t mean she felt great especially trying to squeeze swollen feet into narrow shoes. It appears that Kim has learned though because now that she is pregnant with her second child, Kim has been spotted going for a stroll in slippers instead of high heeled shoes. Even though Kim still feels uncomfortable and is getting some swelling she says things are going better for her this time around than it did during her first pregnancy.

Swelling of the feet and ankles is something that often affects women when they are pregnant. There are many causes that contribute to foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy but one of the biggest contributing factors is that the body will retain more fluid during pregnancy. Also, as the uterus grows, it will put pressure on the veins that return blood to the heart from the legs and if the blood can’t go back to the heart it will pool around the feet and ankles leading to swelling. If you are suffering from swelling in your feet and ankles during pregnancy, there are some simple things you can do to help reduce some of that swelling.

Try to avoid being on your feet for long periods of time. Whenever you get the chance, try to sit or lay down with your feet elevated as this will help to return blood/fluid that has pooled in your feet and ankles back to the circulation. When you sleep at night, try to sleep on your left side. The reason for this is that when you sleep on your left side, it takes pressure off a large vein that return blood from your legs back to your heart and this can also help to reduce swelling especially if you keep your legs elevated. Swelling occurs because fluid leaks from the blood vessels into the surrounding tissues. You can reverse this by increasing the pressure in the tissues by wearing compression stockings. This will act to push the fluid back into the blood vessels and return it to the circulation. Low impact physical activity such as walking or swimming in a pool can help to relieve swelling. The pressure from the water seems to compress tissues in the leg and provide temporary relief from swelling. Also, the cool water may be soothing to the swollen areas.

Foot and ankle swelling is very common during pregnancy and usually goes away after pregnancy. We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ wish Kim Kardashian a healthy and successful pregnancy. If you think you are suffering from swollen feet or ankles during pregnancy or would like more information about foot and ankle swelling please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah