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Posts for: April, 2019

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 24, 2019
Category: Foot injury
Tags: injury   feet  

As lawns begin to get green in Edison, Monmouth Junction and Monroe, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care know that many of our patients will be getting ready for the first mow of the season. Before you do, we’d like to remind you of some important lawn mower safety tips.

Every year there are thousands of emergency room visits as a result of lawn mower injuries. The vast majority of these can be prevented with the proper precautions. Below are some tips to remember:

  • If you have a new mower, read the operator’s manual before using the mower for the first time. Follow all instructions.
  • For older mowers, before the start of the season, have your mower inspected and serviced to make sure there is no damage or defects in the machine. Check with a professional if you have questions about adjusting the blade or operating the mower.
  • Always wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes when mowing. NEVER mow your lawn barefoot.
  • Don’t mow a lawn that is wet. Mowers slipping on wet grass is one of the major causes of injuries.
  • Mow a sloped lawn by going up and down, not side to side.
  • Know where your children are when you are mowing. Instruct them not to come out on the lawn when you are using the mower as it can be difficult to hear them approaching.
  • Never allow your children to ride on the mower with you.
  • Don’t make sudden or sharp turns with the mower.
  • Collect sticks, rocks and other objects before mowing. These can be picked up and shot out of the mower at high speed causing injury to bystanders.
  • Do not attempt to go backwards when mowing.
  • Wear long pants to mow. If you do get a cut or injury, no matter how minor it may seem, stop immediately and clean the wound. Then apply antibiotic ointment and a bandage before continuing. If the cut does not appear to be healing properly in a day or two, contact one of our offices for an appointment. Our podiatrists, , Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will want to check your injury and be sure that it is healing properly.

 


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 17, 2019
Category: foot safety

Spring has finally sprung and that means our beautiful New Jersey hiking trails are beckoning our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care. While we are all for getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors, we often see ankle and knee injuries along with foot pain and sore muscles after a strenuous day hike. To help prevent these problems, we offer the following suggestions:

  1. Check on chronic conditions. If you are experiencing an ongoing podiatric issue like flat feet or plantar fasciitis, schedule a checkup with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to assess your current condition. The foot doctor can make recommendations regarding hiking shoe style and trail conditions that would make hiking more comfortable and enjoyable. If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device, make sure it fits in your hiking shoes.
  2. Consider trek poles. They look like ski poles, but trek poles are designed to be used on ground. They can help you maintain proper form and reduce strain and fatigue in your lower extremities. This in turn will reduce your risk of injury.
  3. Choose the right hiking shoes. Hiking footwear comes in a variety of styles. High top versions provide additional ankle support but may be heavier, leading more quickly to fatigue. All hiking boots should have a good tread for gripping uneven surfaces. Be sure to condition your boots before setting out to ensure that they are waterproof.
  4. Keep feet dry. When feet get sweaty friction is created which can cause painful blisters to form. Staying in damp socks for long periods of time can also lead to fungal infections. Look for hiking socks that wick moisture away from your skin.
  5. Pack a smart pack. Bring a basic first aid kit, some pieces of moleskin and extra socks in your pack. These small items can come in handy in a big way for eliminating discomfort on the trail.

If despite all these precautions you end up with a knee, foot or ankle injury or pain that persists more than a day after your hike, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment as soon as possible after the injury by calling: 732-662-3050.


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 09, 2019

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that children and teenagers have a higher rate of certain common foot conditions such as fungal infections, warts and athlete’s foot. This is due in part to their activities and their habits. These foot disorders are largely preventable, however, and parents can help children protect their feet by making sure their gym bag contains a few key items.

Shower shoes or flip flops—because fungal and bacterial infections are spread by direct contact, one of the best ways to avoid them is by keeping your feet covered when walking in public places where other people tend to go barefoot. Make sure your child knows that in gym locker rooms and showers they need to wear their shoes.

Extra Socks—fungal infections thrive in moist conditions. Staying in sweaty socks after practice will encourage infection-causing organisms to multiply. Pack pair for child to change into after they have showered.

Towel and soap—washing feet after exercise or sports is necessary. Sharing items that with other people who may have a foot infection is another way of catching one yourself. Encourage your child to use only their own shower items and not to wear someone else’s shoes or socks.

Foot powder—if your child has already had one or more fungal foot or toenail infection or warts, it’s a good idea to also give them a foot powder to apply before putting on clean socks. This will help keep feet dry. You can get an anti-fungal powder which will help fight off infection.

Teach your child to get in the habit of checking their feet over when they shower or bathe. If feet feel itchy or they notice other signs of a developing infection: discolored nails, flaky or dry skin, oozing blisters or redness it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your child’s feet and prescribe the necessary treatment if an infection is present.

 


By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 01, 2019
Category: Foot Health

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe in helping patients be proactive in the health of their feet and ankles. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a good time to share some simple ways to prevent podiatric disorders and ensure that your feet continue to serve you well for many years to come.

Be Vigilant

Too often patients come to Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office with foot problems that have advanced to a severe stage and have now begun to impede daily activities. It’s important to learn to recognize foot and ankle issues when they are just starting. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet daily so you will spot changes quickly. If you notice a difference in the appearance of your feet or any unusual sensations (burning, tingling or numbness), it’s important to make an appointment to see our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah at your earliest convenience. Most foot conditions are progressive, meaning they will only get worse, not better without treatment.

Infection Protection

Some of the most common—and most preventable—foot problems we see are bacterial and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. These conditions are highly contagious and spread by direct contact. Keep your feet covered when walking in public places like gyms, nail salons and beach and pool changing areas. Also, avoid sharing shoes, socks, nail clippers, towels and any items that may have touched other people’s feet.

Shoe Savvy

Improperly fitting shoes are probably the single biggest predictor of foot pain. Some tips for better shoe shopping include:

  • Get your foot professionally measured periodically—shoe size can change as you age.
  • Shop at the end of the day when feet are most swollen.
  • Wear the same kind of socks you plan to use with shoes you’re buying.
  • If the foot doctor has prescribed a custom orthotic device, make sure you bring it with you when trying on shoes.
  • Try on both shoes and spend several minutes walking around the store to make sure they don’t pinch or rub anywhere on your feet.

These simple steps will help ensure feet that are healthy and pain-free. To learn more ways to take better care of your feet, contact us.