By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 21, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we believe in educating our patients to be proactive when it comes to the health of their feet. One way to do that is by getting in the habit of examining your feet on a regular basis. Here’s what to look for:

  1. Pain/discomfort—these are never normal on an ongoing basis. While it’s true that after a day spent walking the mall or standing for long periods of time your feet may feel sore, burning or aching, these symptoms should go away once you get off your feet. Pain that is chronic, whether dull or sharp, constant or intermittent, indicates a problem.
  2. Changes in appearance—lumps, redness, blisters or sores, calluses and corns are all signs of potential foot concerns. Check too for changes in shape, swelling or any abnormal appearances in the toes or toenails.
  3. The ability to experience sensation—use the tip of a pencil eraser and lightly run it over the top and bottom of both your feet and along both sides. Does the sensation feel equal in all areas of your feet? Neuropathy (nerve damage) can lead to decreased sensation in your feet.
  4. Circulation—take a look at your toenails. Nails that are white or those that appear more red, blue or purple may be a telltale sign of blood flow issues. Another way to test circulation is by pressing down on the nail of the big toe until the color leaves the nail. Then release and time how long it takes for normal color to return. Anything within the range of 2 to 5 seconds is considered normal.

Of course, we don’t recommend you use self-checks to make a self-diagnosis. Any changes, pain or concerning symptoms should be brought to the attention of one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. In many cases, self-examination of the feet can help detect podiatric problems in their earliest stages which can improve treatment outcomes significantly. If you have found something of concern, contact our Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Edison office by calling: 732-662-3050.