Posts for: June, 2018

By contactus@footandanklenj.com
June 26, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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Little feet require special care to stay healthy during the summer months. Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, want parents to know that many summer foot mishaps can be prevented. Below are three of the more frequent foot problems they see in young patients during the summer months and what can be done to avoid them:

Wounds—puncture wounds, deep cuts, items embedded in the foot, and jellyfish stings are all common reasons children come into our Edison, Monroe and Monmouth Junction offices during June, July, and August. The easiest way to reduce or eliminate these risks is by keeping feet covered. Sturdy sneakers for yard games and water shoes for the beach can keep the fun going without the interruption of an injury.

 Fungal infectionswarts, athlete’s foot, and fungal toenails are all more prevalent in children than adults. Why? Children are more careless about avoiding coming in contact with surfaces that may have been touched or walked on by someone with a viral, fungal or bacterial infection. Teach your children to not share socks, shoes, towels, flip-flops or other items that touch someone else’s feet. Make sure children wear flip-flops or shower shoes when walking around a town pool or going to use the restrooms at the lake or beach. Fungi love warm, moist places and public venues where people walk barefoot are prime breeding grounds. Washing your children’s feet every night with soap and water can also reduce the risk of infections. If a child does get an infection on his or her feet, be sure to sterilize the shower floor before other family members use it and don’t share bedding. Encourage your child not scratch even if it itches and to wash his or her hands immediately if they do touch an infected area. This will help prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body.

Ankle sprains—flip-flops are so easy to slip on and make a quick exit to go out and play but the few minutes saved by not putting on the sneakers could result in days sidelined from summer fun because of an ankle sprain. Running and playing in flip-flops is dangerous. The shoes provide no support to any part of the feet and are also difficult to keep on. Another cause of ankle sprains is sneakers that are stretched out and worn and no longer hold the ankle snugly in place.

If your child does complain of foot pain over the summer, whether the cause is obvious or not, contact our New Jersey offices for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Carel
June 20, 2018
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes  

This month, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care are turning the spotlight on our male patients in honor of Men’s Health Month. Research has shown some common factors in the way that men deal with illness and treatment that can lead to increased risk and a greater number of complications. One area in particular that this has been shown to be true is in dealing with diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition that can have a serious impact on the health of your feet. Decreased circulation and neuropathy (or nerve damage)—two conditions commonly associated with diabetes—can result in injury to your feet and even amputation due to infections that are difficult to heal. If you are a man (or a woman who loves one), overcome the myths below and get the treatment you need to stay healthy and active for many years to come.

“I’m afraid of getting bad news.”

This is the number one reason men give for not bringing unusual symptoms to the doctor. It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. Knowing the signs and seeking evaluation and treatment early will greatly decrease your risk of debilitating complications. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of inspecting your feet regularly and bringing anything unusual to the attention of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. Some signs to look for include:

  • Sores or cuts on your feet that don’t seem to be healing
  • Swelling, bruising or pain in your feet
  • Loss of sensation and/or burning or tingling in your feet
  • Extreme thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision

“I have too many obligations to fit in doctor’s appointments and treatments.”

One study showed that for men and women who had equal access to health care for diabetes, women had better outcomes due to fewer missed appointments and adhered to treatment instructions better than men. Your family, your job, and your other commitments will suffer more if you become incapacitated from complications of diabetes. It’s an investment in yourself and the people you love to make the time for treatment and monitoring if you have diabetes.

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

You may feel embarrassed about talking about symptoms of diabetes. For example, erectile dysfunction is sometimes caused by this disease, but many men are not aware of that fact. Avoiding discussing symptoms or concerns won’t make them go away! If you have questions about your risk of diabetes or any unusual foot symptoms, contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe office by calling: 732-662-3050. You and your loved ones will be glad you did!

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Arthritis   senior patients  

June is Older Americans Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we’d like to take this opportunity to address some of the podiatric needs of our senior patients. There are several health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and certain nerve and circulatory problems that become more prevalent with age. That doesn’t mean, however, that they are inevitable. There are many ways to protect your feet as you get older and prevent podiatric problems. Below are 7 tips to help keep your feet healthy as you age:

  1. Choose shoes wisely. One of the best ways to care for your feet is to wear good quality shoes that fit properly. Get your feet professionally measured and look for shoes made of soft, breathable materials. Do not wear shoes that rub or pinch anywhere on the foot. Keep heels low and wide to prevent falls.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Avoiding excessive weight gain will reduce the stress on your feet that comes from carrying around excess pounds. Fill your plate with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and focus on those known to help joints and bones such as cherries, citrus, and leafy greens.
  3. Keep the blood flowing. Avoid staying in one position for a long period of time. Stretch regularly and elevate your feet when sitting or lying down.
  4. Exercise regularly. Weight-bearing and strengthening exercises will help keep foot bones strong and maintain flexibility and a good range of motion. Exercise will also help with weight control.
  5. Avoid smoking—it decreases blood flow, which in turn can cause swelling and circulation problems.
  6. Practice good foot care. Make sure you wash your feet daily with soapy water and dry completely. Use a rich moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin and heel cracks. If you tend to sweat profusely, apply a talcum powder each morning before putting on socks or hose.
  7. Conduct regular self-exams. Check your feet for changes in color, size, and shape. Report any growths, bruises, swelling, changes in moles, toenails or skin to podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot doctor will examine your feet and prescribe the proper treatment if any foot disorders are diagnosed. Contact our Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 06, 2018

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! We at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to do our part to ensure that your pregnancy proceeds smoothly. If this is your first pregnancy you may not be aware of all the ways that your feet can be affected. Changes in your body while you are pregnant can pose several challenges for your feet. Below are some foot conditions that are more likely when you are expecting and how to avoid them:

Edema—it’s natural during pregnancy for your body to produce and retain more fluid. This often results in edema (a fancy term for swelling) of the ankles and feet. Swelling can be uncomfortable and painful. You can minimize the amount of edema and help relieve it by drinking plenty of water, avoiding salt and elevating your feet above heart level several times throughout the day.

Falls and Ankle Sprains—a changing center of gravity and extra weight in places you are not used to having it, along with hormonal changes that relax your ligaments can put you at greater risk for falls and ankle twisting injuries. It’s important to be conscious of this so that you pay extra attention to the surfaces you are walking on and don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the path in front of you. Keep heels low and wide for increased stability.

Ingrown Toenails—shoe choices are important for avoiding ingrown toenails as well. It’s not unusual for your feet to increase a whole size during pregnancy. Don’t try to continue to force your feet into your normal shoes if they feel tight and are pinching. Squishing the toes together for long periods of time can increase your chance of developing an ingrown toenail. It will also aggravate any toe deformities you may have such as bunions or hammertoes. Get your feet professionally measured and buy shoes that are the correct size for your feet now to wear during your pregnancy.

If you do find yourself suffering from any of these conditions or are experiencing pain anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe any necessary treatment.