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Posts for: December, 2018

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 26, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Although no one wants to hear it in the middle of this festive eating season, the podiatrists at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to gently remind patients that excess weight is harmful to your feet. Unfortunately, every excess pound you carry exerts several extra pounds of pressure on your knees, ankles, and feet. This worsens existing podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis and can even cause a new foot problem. The good news is, however, that you don’t have to deprive yourself of holiday treats! Below are a few tips for enjoying the festivities without going overboard.

  • Eat before you go to a holiday party. It may sound counterintuitive but many times the reason we overeat is our head—not our stomach! If you go to a party on an empty stomach, not only will you be hungrier and tend to eat more, you’ll feel justified having extras because you didn’t eat beforehand. In the long run, you’ll consume more calories.
  • Survey the buffet. Before you put anything on your plate, look at all the choices. Decide on a few splurge favorites and then fill the rest of your plate with healthier options from the veggie, fruit, and nut platters.
  • Eat and be done. Once you’ve finished with a plate of food, throw the plate away. Holding on to your plate is only going to entice you to put more on it.
  • Water down the drinks. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages can quickly increase your calorie intake. Try alternating a full glass of water between drinks. Put it right in your fancy drink glass and you’ll feel more satisfied.
  • Help the hostess. If you’re busy clearing plates and washing dishes, you won’t have the opportunity to eat as much.

We hope you enjoy this holiday season without overdoing it. If you do find that you are experiencing new foot or ankle pain, however, don’t put off making an appointment at our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and carefully determine the source of your discomfort. Contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 18, 2018
Category: Fractures
Tags: stress fracture   fracture  

Broken toes are an injury that we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care find patients may not fully understand. There is misinformation about toe fractures that can actually lead those with this injury to a much longer and more painful road to recovery. Below are some questions and answers to help clear up falsehoods about toe fractures.

Is there anything the foot doctor can really do for a broken toe?

This is a common question because many people believe there’s nothing that can be done for a broken toe so there’s no point going to the podiatrist. This is incorrect! In fact, not treating a fractured toe can lead to chronic pain and permanent deformity or surgery to correct a toe that heals incompletely.

If I can still walk my toe isn’t broken, right?

Wrong! It is possible to walk with a broken toe. Sometimes a stress fracture occurs in a toe bone. This is a hairline break in the surface of the bone. A stress fracture comes about gradually as the result of excessive and repeated pressure on one part of the bone. The pain may come with activity and subside with rest.

What are the signs of a broken toe?

In the case of an acute fracture when trauma occurs to the toe you may hear a cracking or popping sound at the time of the injury. There will most likely be pain at the fracture site, but it may go away after several hours. Don’t be fooled, however. The break is still there. The toe may have a crooked or bent appearance. You may also see bruising or swelling the day after the injury.

What’s the treatment for a broken toe?

That will depend on the extent of the break. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, have several options from splinting and taping a broken toe to surgery. After examining your toe and doing x-rays or other imaging studies, they will determine the best treatment for you.

If you suspect you may have a broken toe, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office today for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. 


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes  

You’re making your holiday lists and checking them twice, but have you considered the hard workers behind the scenes that enable you to get everything done this season? It’s your feet! Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we’d like to suggest that you consider a present to show your feet some appreciation for all that they do during this busy season and the whole rest of the year through.

Foot Massage—whether done professionally or by you, a foot massage can have many benefits. The ancient healing practice of reflexology correlates each part of your body to a spot on your foot—the thought being that foot massage can improve the health of your whole body. It also improves circulation, relieves foot pain, and just feels oh, so good.

Rich Moisturizer and Cozy Socks—during the winter months with the heat going full blast in your car, office, home, and stores, skin is more likely to get dry. Treat yourself to a thick, extra-emollient cream or lotion and apply to your feet before bed. Fuzzy socks will help the moisturizer get absorbed into your feet and keep them toasty.

New Shoes—the single biggest factor in foot health is footwear. Many people are wearing shoes that are worn out or don’t fit properly and this can cause pain, deformity, and other chronic conditions. Get your foot professionally measured and then invest in a pair of good quality shoes. Look for a pair made out of natural, soft materials with a roomy toe box and heels no higher than two inches.

A Podiatrist Appointment to Evaluate Foot Discomfort—the best gift you can give your feet is to seek treatment for foot pain and discomfort promptly. If you have been experiencing a foot or ankle problem, contact our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey for an appointment.  Call 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe the appropriate treatment.


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 05, 2018
Category: fall prevention

The hustle and bustle of the holidays combined with falling temperatures and slippery conditions can set patients up for a fall. At Affiliated Foot& Ankle Care we don’t want our patients to be sidelined from holiday fun with a foot or ankle injury. Below are 6 tips for reducing your risk of a holiday season tumble:

  1. Be savvy about shoes—footwear with an anti-slip tread is critical when sleet, slush, and ice are in the forecast. If holiday festivities call for heels, pack them and change when you get to the party. Forgo fashion and choose low-heeled boots for shopping and running errands.
  2. Keep feet dry—overly hot malls, cars, and offices can cause feet to sweat. Damp feet stuck for hours in closed shoes and boots create the perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Keep a spare pair of socks in your desk or car and change when you notice your feet are damp.
  3. Pay attention—although your to-do list may be a mile long, don’t be distracted when walking or shopping. Watch where you’re going and be aware of uncleared patches of sidewalk or dark pavement that may be icy. Avoid carrying so many packages that you can’t see the pavement in front of you.
  4. Plot your path—on snowy days, look for the clearest path to get from your car to your office or into stores or other places you need to go. Be aware that vestibules and the steps right inside a building may be particularly slippery from everyone’s wet boots and shoes.
  5. Don’t overdo it—when your feet are tired and sore it may cause you to alter the way you walk to avoid the discomfort. This can cause you to lose your balance and fall or twist an ankle. Take breaks throughout your busy days and put your feet up if possible.
  6. Stop if your feet hurt—continuing to go when your feet say stop is a surefire way to end up with an injury or flare-up of a chronic condition. If your feet are in pain, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey. For an appointment, call 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and treat any injuries or conditions that are slowing your holiday roll.