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Posts for: January, 2019

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 16, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Are you one of 29 million Americans that have diabetes? If so, all of us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want you to know that you have significant power in controlling this disease and how it affects your feet. Diabetes deals your feet a double blow: first, it can cause neuropathy or nerve damage to the feet which makes it difficult to detect cuts or injuries to the feet. Second, diabetes can impede circulation which restricts the flow of oxygen-rich blood that can speed healing to the extremities.

There are steps you can take, however, to help protect your feet if you have diabetes:

  • Keep your sugar levels under control. Following all your doctor’s instructions for managing your diabetes will lower your risk for complications significantly.
  • Get in the habit of doing self-exams. Check your feet daily for cuts, open sores, blisters, swelling, bruising, changes in skin color or nail condition. Report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah so that they can examine your feet and adjust your treatment accordingly.
  • Choose shoes wisely. Get your foot professionally measured and choose shoes that have a roomy toe box and are made out of soft, flexible materials. Look over your feet for red marks, blisters or other signs of friction from your footwear.
  • Keep feet dry. Wear socks made of moisture-wicking materials that help feet stay dry. Change socks as soon as your feet feel damp. If you tend to sweat profusely, use an anti-fungal foot powder before putting on socks.
  • Avoid going barefoot. Even at home, bare feet are more likely to sustain a puncture wound or cut from stepping on a sharp object. Your risk for athlete’s foot or fungal infections decreases if you keep your feet covered when walking in public places.
  • Don’t practice “bathroom surgery.” Attempting to remove warts, corns or calluses or dig out ingrown toenails is likely to result in injury and infection which could pose a significant medical threat.
  • Schedule regular podiatric checkups. Your foot doctor is your partner in managing your diabetes. If you have questions about your feet and diabetes, contact our New Jersey locations in Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 07, 2019
Category: Fitness
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A popular New Year’s resolution is to get in shape. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that many patients are not ready to commit to a full-on exercise program but would still like to become more active. Simply adding more movement to your day can be a good way to segue into a more structured fitness program. Exercising can improve foot health by increasing flexibility and range of motion, as well as helping you maintain a healthy weight. Below are some easy ways to get moving:

  • Use your smartphone, watch or computer to set an alarm once an hour to remind you to get up, stretch, and take a brief walk around your office or home.
  • Walk while you talk on the phone.
  • Instead of the elevator, choose to take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Park at the far end of the lot at work and stores.
  • Use your lunch hour to take a walk. If the weather is bad, go to a mall or walk in the parking structure if it has a sidewalk.
  • Get a set of hand weights to keep at your desk. While reading emails or articles or talking on the phone do some bicep curls or overhead extensions.
  • Start your day with some stretching. Before you even get out of bed you can flex your feet, reach your hands over your head and twist your legs to one side and hands to the other for a backstretch.
  • Take an extra lap at the grocery store. Walk the perimeter once around at the beginning of your shopping trip.
  • Make T.V. time count. Set up your treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike in view of the television and watch an episode of your favorite series while you work out. Get an exercise ball and do push-ups or mock jumping jacks while sitting on the ball.

If you notice any pain or discomfort in your feet when you start being more active, contact our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden, NJ offices at 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and help you determine the source of your foot pain.


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 02, 2019
Category: Foot Health

It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions and we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care think it’s a good idea to resolve to take better care of your feet this year. It doesn’t require a lot of time or effort—just a commitment to some basic foot care practices. Below are five easy ways to ensure good podiatric health this year.

  1. Commit to a daily care regimen. Taking just a few minutes each day, you can greatly reduce your risk of bacterial and fungal infections in your feet. Wash feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely and be especially careful to get the spaces between your toes. Use a foot powder each morning to help keep feet dry if you sweat excessively. A good moisturizer at night can keep skin supple and prevent heel cracks.
  2. Buy better shoes. Your footwear choice is one of the biggest factors in preventing foot problems. It’s important to wear shoes that fit properly. Some studies estimate that as many as 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet. Your feet can get larger as you age. Get your feet professionally measured. Look for styles with low heels and a roomy toe box to help prevent toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.
  3. Examine your feet regularly. Nearly all foot problems have a better outcome if they are treated in their early stages. Look over your feet, top and bottom, and note any discoloration of the skin, changes in nails, bruises, swelling or lumps. Be sure to report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah who will examine your feet and find out if you have a condition that needs treatment.
  4. Practice good nail care. Nails should be trimmed, but not too short. Never file toenails with rounded edges as this may encourage skin to grow over the nail and create an ingrown toenail. Don’t pick at your nails or cuticles as this may lead to an infection.
  5. Don’t ignore foot pain! Putting off seeking treatment will only make foot conditions worse and even cause additional injury. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle discomfort, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.