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Posts for: October, 2018

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 30, 2018
Category: Haglunds Deformity

Do you have a painful bump on the back of your heel? Is it red and sometimes swollen? Does the pain get worse when you wear shoes with rigid backs? If yes, you may have Haglund’s Deformity, a condition we treat fairly often at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care. Although wearing pumps may make the symptoms of Haglund’s Deformity worse (hence the nickname of this condition, “pump bump”), it doesn’t actually cause the problem. Haglund’s Deformity develops as a result of faulty foot structure issues including:

  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • High arches
  • The tendency to walk on the outside of your heel

These structural defects can be genetic.

Treatment Options

Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will first want to confirm the diagnosis of Haglund’s Deformity and rule out other possible conditions. To do this, the foot doctor will examine your heel and the rest of your feet and also order an x-ray, MRI, ultrasound or other diagnostic imaging tests. The type of treatment prescribed will have to do with the cause behind the deformity. Some possible options include:

  • Changes in footwear—wearing shoes made of soft materials and those with no backs will lessen pressure and pain on the bony enlargement.
  • Custom orthotics—the foot doctor may prescribe an orthotic to reposition the foot and help correct for a structural problem.
  • Immobilization—if the inflammation is severe, a soft case or walking boot may be used to allow time for healing to occur.
  • Heel pads—to cushion the bony protrusion and decrease pain
  • Heel lifts—if you have high arches, heel pads can help compensate.
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises—to loosen the Achilles tendon

If none of these options are successful, surgery may be recommended which can eliminate Haglund’s Deformity. Need more information on how to treat Haglund’s Deformity? Contact Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care at our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 24, 2018
Category: Fitness

The hills and trails of New Jersey are ablaze with color and many of our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care are taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather by hitting the hiking trails. While this can be a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors, it can also be hard on your feet if you don’t plan appropriately. Below are some tips to ensure your hike is fun without hurting your feet.

Do Your Homework

Before setting out, research your trails. Remember that a 5-mile hike is very different from a 5-mile walk around your neighborhood. In addition to the length of the trail, also check the elevation and degree of difficulty. Choose a hike that suits your current level of fitness.

Check Your Boots

Hiking boots are specifically designed to support and protect your feet on rocky and uneven surfaces. Sneakers won’t cut it! If you have weak ankles, you should get a high-top style to help prevent twisting injuries. Boots should be roomy enough to accommodate thick socks. If your boots are new, be sure to wear them around for several hours before going out on the trail.

Pack a Bag

Bring a few small but essential items can make the difference between a good day on the trail and a disaster. Moleskin should be applied to any spot on your foot or ankle that starts to feel sore. This will prevent a blister from forming. Include an elastic bandage in case of a sprain and an extra pair of socks. Don’t forget your water bottle and sip throughout your hike. Not only is it essential to stay hydrated but doing so will prevent swelling in your feet and ankles.

Listen to Your Feet

If your feet or ankles start to feel tired or sore, rest for a while. If you feel pain, end the hike as soon as possible. Pain that’s more than muscle aches should be evaluated promptly by our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah.  Contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 16, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: ingrown toenails  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to recognize that your feet are amazing structures! They are made up of 56 bones, 60 joints, and over 200 muscles, ligaments, and tendons between the pair of them. They also take you where you want to go and enable you to walk, stand, run and do pretty much all your daily activities. Don’t they deserve the best treatment possible? Being proactive about podiatric health means adopting good habits that will help keep your feet and ankles at their best. Below are 5 suggestions for good foot health:

  1. Take good care daily. Be sure to wash your feet every day with soap and water. Apply a good quality moisturizer if your feet tend to be dry. Use a foot powder if your sweat excessively.
  2. Keep nails trimmed properly. Toenails should be cut straight across (no curved edges) and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails from developing.
  3. Wear flip-flops or shower shoes when you are walking in public places. This will protect your feet from fungal infections which thrive in warm, moist places like community pools, nail salons, and gym locker rooms.
  4. Choose good shoes. One of the biggest ways to ensure lifelong foot health is to buy good quality shoes that fit properly. Get your feet professionally measured periodically because your size can change as you age. Shoes should have good arch support and tread to help prevent slips and falls. Avoid heels over two inches high and narrow toes boxes that squeeze toes together.
  5. Check feet regularly. Look your feet over for changes in shape, toes moving out of position, skin color discoloration, bruises, blisters or other abnormalities. Make an appointment at our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction. Call 732-662-3050 to get any unusual symptoms checked out by our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah.  In most cases, foot problems that are not treated in their early stages will only get worse and require more invasive treatment.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 11, 2018
Category: Fungal infections

When the temperatures get cooler, many patients move their fitness routines inside to gyms and exercise studios. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we begin to see an increase in athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other fungal conditions. What’s the connection?

Fungal infections are spread by direct contact. And, they love moist places. Places like the gym or a community pool or even the nail salon create a “perfect storm” for fungal infections—lots of barefooted people in damp conditions! You can, however, take steps to avoid athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. Below are some do’s and don’ts to protect your feet:

Do: wear flip-flops or shower shoes at all times when you are at the gym (or any public place where people are walking barefoot).

Don’t: share socks, shoes, towels or any other items that touch someone else’s feet. Fungal infections are highly contagious. If someone in your household has one, it’s important to make sure that the shower is thoroughly cleaned after they use it and that they don’t share a bed with another family member.

Do: bring your clippers, cuticle trimmers, emery board, and other tools to the nail salon. (Always check that proper sanitizing methods are being followed for cleaning whirlpool foot baths too.)

Do: wash your feet every day with soap and water.

Don’t: forget to dry your feet completely and pay particular attention to the spaces between your toes. This is the spot where athlete’s foot most often develops first.

Do: change your socks more than once during the day if your feet tend to sweat excessively. Never let feet sit in damp or wet socks and shoes.

Don’t: wear the same pair of shoes for several days in a row. Shoes can also be a breeding ground for fungi and need to be aired out between uses.

Don’t: wait to seek treatment if you notice signs of athlete’s foot, fungal toenail or other fungal conditions. Rashes, discoloration of the skin or nails, dryness or other unusual symptoms should be reported to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, promptly so they can be treated before they spread. If you think you may have a fungal infection on your feet, contact our New Jersey offices in Linden, Edison, Monroe or Monmouth County today by calling: 732-662-3050.

 


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 02, 2018
Category: joint health
Tags: Arthritis   Shoes   fitness plan  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe it’s important for patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and ankles (as well as the rest of their bodies). In honor of World Arthritis Day, which occurs in October, we’d like you to think about making some of these lifestyle choices to protect your joints.

Eat Well—your food choices can have an enormous impact on the health of your foot and ankle joints. First of all, eating a nutritious diet low in fat and sugar and with proper portion control can help you lose weight or maintain an appropriate weight. Excess weight puts a strain on knee, ankle and foot joints and increases your chances of developing arthritis. In addition, eating a well-rounded diet can help you maintain bone strength and decrease inflammatory responses in your body. Be sure your menu plans include plenty of calcium-rich foods and colorful fruits and vegetables. If necessary, take vitamin supplements.

Move More—a simple way to help your joints is not to stay in any one position for a long time. If you sit most of the day at a desk, take regular breaks to stand, stretch and take a brief walk. If you’re on your feet for long periods of time, be sure to sit and elevate your feet when you can. Choose a balanced fitness plan that incorporates strength training and weight-bearing exercises, as well as core building and stretching. All of these have a positive effect on joint health.

Stop Smoking—this weakens bones and increases your risk for joint problems.

Give Up Heels—high heels put a strain on your knees, ankles and foot joints. Get rid of heels over 2 inches or reserve them for only special occasions and even then, limit the time you spend in them.

Be Careful—did you know that arthritis often develops at the sight of a previous injury? Minimize your risk of getting hurt by wearing the appropriate shoes and protective gear for sports, driving safely, and watching where you walk. If you do sustain a foot or ankle injury, contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Linden, Edison, and Monroe immediately by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can treat your injury promptly. Follow the full course of treatment to make sure your injury is fully healed.