By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 01, 2017

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we often discover that patients do not realize the full spectrum of services offered by our podiatrist. Yes, of course we’re here for the major foot and ankle issues such as bunions, ruptured Achilles tendons and broken toes but there are many other ways the foot doctor can help, including:

  • Deal with “common” foot problems such as ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot and fungal nails. Sometimes patients mistakenly think they should try to treat these types of conditions on their own with over-the-counter products or, worse yet, “bathroom surgery.” We would much rather you bring these seemingly minor conditions to our office where we can treat them safely and effectively before they turn into a wound or become infected.
  • Help correct gait and walking issues by prescribing and fitting custom orthotic devices. These shoe inserts can help relieve pain and also shift pressure away from a damaged or injured area of the foot.
  • Lower extremity complaints. A pain in your knee can be related to something that’s going wrong in your ankle or heel. Your foot doctor will diagnose and treat symptoms anywhere from your knees down and you shouldn’t hesitate to bring up issues that involve your lower leg as well as your feet during your appointment.
  • Diagnose systemic problems that can affect your whole body. Did you know that several diseases may first show signs in your feet? Arthritis, diabetes and peripheral arterial neuropathy, for example, may be diagnosed through symptoms that show up in your feet. If our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah suspect a disease or other problem they can order the proper testing needed for diagnosis. If a systemic problem is found, the foot doctor can refer you to specialists and also coordinate your care with other physicians.
  • Offer information to help patients be proactive in preventing foot problems. By examining your feet, the podiatrist can give suggestions about shoe design, exercise routines and daily care regimens that can help accommodate any chronic foot conditions you may have and also to help prevent injuries.

Of course, it goes without saying that the foot doctor is here to deal with any pain, discomfort or unusual symptoms that develop in your toes, feet or ankles. When in doubt, don’t wait. It’s better to be reassured that your symptoms are nothing serious rather than wait until a major problem develops. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.