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Posts for tag: Achilles Tendonitis

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 12, 2019
Category: Sports Injuries

March is National Athletic Training Month, and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to be aware of the important resources these health care professionals offer. Athletic trainers are found on sports fields and in professional settings like the physical therapist’s office. They play an important role in helping diagnose injuries related to exercise and sports and finding ways to decrease pain and make exercise more comfortable.

Overuse Injury Management

Many sports injuries, such as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures are the result of overuse. Dramatically increasing the duration or intensity of an activity in a short period is often the cause of these types of injuries. If you have symptoms such as pain, swelling, inflammation, and difficulty bearing weight on one or both feet, an athletic trainer can evaluate you and may recommend that you see the podiatrist.

Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah may order imaging studies such as an x-ray, MRI or bone scan to get a complete picture of the condition of your foot, ankle or leg. The foot doctor will recommend the best treatment for you. The athletic trainer can help with recovery in a number of ways, including:

  • Modifying your training schedule to reduce stress to the affected area
  • Offer suggestions about the appropriate footwear for your activity
  • Help with flexibility and strength training for your lower extremity muscles
  • Discuss nutrition and ways to ensure you get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet for strong bones
  • Devise cross-training programs that will help you maintain your fitness level while decreasing repetitive stress on your legs, feet, and ankles

Podiatrists and athletic trainers are partners in your podiatric health care. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort related to exercise or a sport, don’t delay. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office today by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 05, 2019
Category: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month, and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we think this is a great opportunity to inform patients about the important ways that food affects the health of your feet.

Weight Watching

Everyone knows that what and how much you eat determines what you weigh. What you may not realize is the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for your feet. Since your feet carry the weight of your entire body, if you are overweight, you are putting excess strain on your feet. Weighing more than you should can be a risk factor for several foot conditions, including flat feet, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and sesamoiditis, to name a few. Being overweight increases your chances for systemic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease which can also have a negative impact on the health of your lower extremities.

Inflammation Fighters

Many podiatric conditions have inflammation as a primary symptom. Arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis are examples of painful podiatric disorders brought about by inflammation. Studies have found that certain foods can trigger an inflammatory response in the body. Some of these include fried foods and foods high in sugar. Other foods, like berries, fish high Omega 3 fatty acids, and olive oil, can help suppress or reduce inflammation.

Gout Triggers

Certain foods can bring on a gout attack. Gout is a form of arthritis that most often strikes the big toe joint and is caused by too much uric acid in your body which crystallizes in the joint and results in severe pain. Foods to avoid include red meat, organ meats, beer, brandy, red wine, and shellfish.

The next time you are in for an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office, ask our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah if you could improve a foot condition you have with modifications to your diet. You can contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.

Winter brings many opportunities for outdoor fun and sports you can only do in snow and ice like skating, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want our patients to enjoy these activities but know that there are also risks that come along with them. Common podiatric injuries related to winter sports are sprains, fractures, and dislocations. Fortunately, you can prevent many winter sports injuries. Below are some tips for keeping your feet and ankles safe while enjoying cold-weather fun.

  • Know your sport. Improper technique can lead to injuries. If you are new to a skiing, snowboarding, skating or another winter sport, consider taking a lesson from a qualified instructor. Professionals can teach you basics about a sport, including something as important as how to fall to prevent fractures.
  • Know your limits. Choose an activity and intensity level that suits your current level of physical fitness. If you’ve been inactive for a long period, your muscles are likely to be unconditioned, and shin splints, ankle sprains and other damage to your lower extremities are more likely to occur.
  • Know how to prepare. Warming up is just as essential for cold weather sports as it is for indoor activities. Stretch and try a couple of slow runs or an easy skate or sled before tackling more rigorous activity.
  • Know what to wear. The right gear is important for comfort and safety. In particular, your footwear needs to be specifically designed for the sport you are doing and also properly fitted. You’ll want your feet to stay warm and dry and also to have good support for your ankles. If you have a chronic problem or deformities such as Achilles tendonitis or Haglund’s deformity, have one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah conduct an examination of your feet and ankles. Ask the foot doctor for suggestions on how to best accommodate your foot problem in your sport.
  • Know what to do if you are injured. Always have a buddy with you and seek help promptly if you do sustain an injury. Contact our Edison, Monmouth Junction or Monroe office for non-emergent injuries or follow-ups by calling: 732-662-3050.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 30, 2019
Category: Fitness

Patients who make New Year’s resolutions to get in shape usually start very enthusiastically. However, often by the end of January, the sneakers are shoved in the back of the closet and dreams of getting fit have faded. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we have seen some common reasons why this occurs. Here are 3 reasons exercise plans fail and what to do to ensure that doesn’t happen:

  1. You chose the wrong program. It’s important to choose an exercise program that syncs up not only with your fitness goals but also with your current physical condition. If you’ve been inactive for a while, you need a program that starts slow and easy and then gradually increases in intensity and duration. Trying to go from zero to sixty in an exercise program is a fast track to burning out before you even get started.
  2. You didn’t get the proper footwear. Having the right shoes for the activity, you are doing can mean the difference between exercise success and failure. Today’s fitness shoes are designed to support your feet for the specific movement of a sport. Also, if you have a chronic podiatric condition or a toe deformity such as a bunion or hammertoe, you may need a special orthotic device to wear in your shoes to make exercise comfortable.
  3. You injured yourself. Not knowing how to execute a specific exercise, failure to stretch before and after working out or just doing too much too soon can result in injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and even stress fractures. Not only can an injury bring your exercise plan to a halt, it may make you nervous to try again, even after the injury has healed.

At the first sign of pain or discomfort when starting a new exercise routine, you should make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe ore Monmouth Junction office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and help you pinpoint the problem before it derails your exercise plan. Contact us today by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 08, 2018
Category: Footwear

Ask yourself these two questions: are my feet hurting more than usual? How much time do I spend in my flip-flops? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that flip-flops are a popular footwear choice especially during the summer months, but they can pose a serious risk to your feet. Although flip-flops are a good choice around the pool or when using the shower at the gym, they can do harm to your feet if you wear them as your primary shoe. Below are several reasons to re-think wearing flip-flops on a daily basis:

flip-flop

Increased risk of hammertoe—have you ever noticed how your toes have to work extra hard to grip the front of the flip-flops to keep them on? That repeated bending of the toe joint can eventually affect the biomechanics of your toes, causing them to become stiff and rigid in the bent hammertoe position. Switch to sandals that have an ankle strap instead.

Slips, falls and ankle sprains—flip-flops have nothing holding your foot in place. Never run in flip-flops and if a pick-up game of volleyball starts up at the beach, change into sneakers before joining in. The lack of side support makes it easy to twist your ankle, stub or cut your toe or trip on the front of the shoe.

A pain in the lower extremities—because flip-flops have zero arch support, you may experience symptoms similar to flat feet. These include stabbing pains in your arch and heel. Your joints try to compensate for the lack of arch in the shoe and this can throw your whole lower body out of alignment and cause aches and pains in your calves (Achilles tendonitis), knees, hips, and back.

Slow burn for calories—the effort to keep flip-flops on makes you take small steps and move more slowly. That means you’re burning fewer calories when you walk than you do when wearing sneakers.

Overexposure—the skin on your feet is exposed on all sides--except the sole--to whatever dirt, bacteria, and fungi are on the ground where you are walking when wearing flip-flops, increasing your risk of fungal infections and warts.

If you still are reluctant to give up your daily use of flip-flops, at least look into purchasing styles that have an arch added to them and better support for your foot. If you are experiencing foot, ankle or calf pain or toe problems, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction offices in New Jersey by calling 732-662-3050 and make an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben (Varun) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, and get relief.