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Posts for tag: Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care

By Varun Gujral
March 11, 2015
Category: Ankle Sprain

Music award shows are a time for musicians to showcase their talents, introduce new songs, and put on a great performance. Sometimes though, that is not always the case. Music artists practice hours on hours for their show but that doesn’t mean everything will go as planned. That said, I think it is safe to say Madonna knows a thing or two about practice not making performances perfect. At the 2015 Brit Music Awards Madonna got to know the stage all too well. She was dressed in high heels, a dress, and a long cape—which of those do you think caused the fall? Believe it or not, nothing she did caused the fall—one of the backstage dancers was supposed to remove Madonna’s cape and in doing so, the cape got stuck to her and the dancer pulled her down. So, with the accumulation of high heels and a faulty cape-unraveling Madonna took a tumble.

High heels are definitely not the easiest shoes to walk in let alone perform in. It’s amazing to me when I see musicians on stage doing what they do in high heels. What I think really catches my attention is that we don’t hear a lot about injuries of performers. That could be because they want to keep it private or it just doesn’t happen that often because they are that good! Who knows?! What I do know is that I wouldn’t condone any random person off the streets to do it without proper training. Those who wear high heeled shoes are at a high risk of breaking or spraining their ankle. If you have had a bad bout with high heels please don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. We are highly trained foot and ankle surgeons who manage and treat any problem associated with your lower extremity. Most of these injuries are treated conservatively, meaning with rest, ice, compression, and elevation—or RICE. If that does not seem to do the trick you might need to wear a brace for added support while still doing RICE treatment. If these treatments don’t work over a period of about 4 months, surgery may be the next option. However, this is rarely the case.

Musicians are professionals and have been dancing on stage for most of their lives—with and without bizarre shoes—so they know what to do while up there. That’s not to say nothing will happen, as what happened in Madonna’s case. Even though it wasn’t all her fault, she still took a spill for the whole world to see.

By Varun Gujral

Shakira’s Newborn Son Has Daddy’s Soccer Feet

 On January 29th Shakira and her husband, Gerard Pique, had their second child together. Not only are mom and baby doing well, Shakira actually had the time to take a snapshot of her son’s foot. Shakira captioned the snapshot saying, “I have Daddy’s feet; it looks like I’ve played football my whole life”. As you can probably guess, her son was born with some pretty large feet (for a newborn). It was not revealed how large her baby’s feet were but an average full-term newborn’s foot size is approximately 7.6 centimeters (~3 inches). From the looks of the picture, though, they look closer to 3.5-4.0 inches. 

Children’s feet can be very deceiving at times. Meaning, as a child matures sometimes their feet take a while to catch up and parents suddenly think their child has something wrong with their feet when, in essence, they are perfectly normal. The most common complaints your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ treat are in-toeing/out-toeing, bunions, and heel pain. Each of these conditions more often than not resolve by themselves. However, sometimes more aggressive treatment must be done in order to “fix” what is going on.  The more aggressive—but conservative—treatments for in/out toeing are mainly bracing techniques and this can be in the form of custom made braces or shoes to plaster casting (depending on the physician). Bunions in children (or juvenile bunion) are relatively rare and are mainly treated conservatively with injections and physical therapy to help strengthen the ligaments and tendons. Heel pain can be a little trickier. The heel of a child has a growth plate at the very back of it that doesn’t fuse until about 16 years of age and this can become problematic for them. Most of the time the pain is secondary to growing pains and resolves on its own. Other times heel pain can be a result of plantar fasciitis or stress fractures. Overall, foot pain in children can be treated conservatively and, unless a traumatic event caused their pain, they will not have to have surgery. If you are concerned whatsoever about your child’s feet please do not hesitate to give our office a call and schedule an appointment.

And Congratulations to Shakira and her family on their new addition!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

 

By Nrupa Shah
November 20, 2014
Category: Diabetes

Diabetes is an extremely popular subject talked about amongst all healthcare professionals. But, even more so in the month of November. Why? November is American Diabetes Month (ADM) and despite how “popular” diabetes may be, many people are unaware ADM exists. With that said, there is a story circulating right now about singer Bret Michaels who was recently hospitalized six times in two weeks and had to have surgery on both of his kidneys which was secondary to his type 1 diabetes. Michaels was actually scheduled to perform in Campaign, IL earlier this month but because of the severe pain he was in, unfortunately he was unable to.

It’s extremely important to realize how complex diabetes is and what it’s capable of doing to the body. Diabetes is diagnosed by increased sugar in your blood and if the sugar stays elevated for long periods of time it can cause severe damage to many parts of your body. Most people know that diabetes causes your feet to feel numb and tingly but they are unaware that it can subsequently cause blindness and kidney damage; hence why Bret Michaels had to have surgery on his kidneys. Although these complications can arise, they are more likely to do so in patients who are not compliant with their medications. It is unknown how compliant Michaels is with his medications so this problem could have been persisting over a long period of time.

 It is extremely important to take your medication as prescribed by your physician. Likewise, it is also recommended that all diabetic patients see a podiatrist to get preventative foot care. If you have any questions about your diabetes and preventative foot care please do not hesitate to contact your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ today!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

It’s not every day you get to hear (or read) about a celebrity talking about diabetes. When you do though I think it would make the conversation/article a little more “entertaining” coming from one of the Kings of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer. He was invited by Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church in Chicago on Sunday to give a talk about “Step On Up”, a program developed by Pfizer, Inc. and the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes is a condition that affects approximately 29 million people in the United States (of that, 21M are diagnosed and 8M are undiagnosed). According to Pfizer’s chief medical officer Freda Lewis-Hall, however, approximately 86 million people live with pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are high but not high enough for diagnosis. Mr. Cedric shared his story with the crowd about his father and diabetes and how he is starting to deal with the beginning complications of the disease. In his talk he related the feeling of “shooting, stabbing pains in his hands and feet”, and Mrs. Lewis-Hall affirms that it is called Diabetic Nerve Pain or Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (PDPN). With diabetes occurring at such a high rate, your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained medical professionals to risk stratify each and every patient. Risk stratifying patients who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes is something extremely important when performing preventative foot care. With that said, it is extremely important for recently-diagnosed diabetic patients to ask their primary care physicians for a referral to their local podiatrists to get an accurate diabetic foot screening and subsequent preventative foot healthcare thereafter.

Diabetes is a disease that is growing exponentially but it’s also something that, if caught soon enough, can be treated very easily without any of the major complications associated with it. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call our office with any questions you may have.

By Varun Gujral

With the NBA regular season tip-off two weeks away, teams are currently playing their exhibition games. Although it is still preseason, head coaches still want their star players on the court. While they only play limited minutes it’s important that they’re on the court in order to mentor the rookies, get a feel for how the team is playing relative to practice, and because--probably the main reason--they don’t like sitting on the bench! But there is always that risk of injury (with any sport) and that’s something coaches and players have to take into consideration. With that said, reigning MVP Kevin Durant suffered a fracture on the outside of his foot on Saturday...during practice! Of course, any professional player can sustain an injury during any point-in-time during their career it’s just very unfortunate that it had to happen while practicing. An upside to him fracturing it now is that he will be back with ample time left in the season so it shouldn’t hinder the Thunder’s chance for a playoff berth.

 The injury Durant suffered is called a Jones fracture. A Jones fracture is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal (on the outside or lateral side of the foot) approximately 3/4-inches from the base. There is a debate as to whether or not fractures should be treated conservatively or surgically and it all depends on the severity of the fracture, the “type” of patient (i.e., professional athlete vs. regular patient), and the surgeon. In Durant’s case, he is a professional athlete who needs to be back on the court as soon as possible and the Thunder’s medical staff is leaning towards surgical intervention (because that’s what they feel will get him back on the court the quickest). However, there have been other professional athletes who have sustained fractures that were treated conservatively and the results were just as good. Surgical and conservative treatment options both have positives and negatives each of which will be measured properly by medical professionals.

 The fifth metatarsal is the most common fractured metatarsal and the fracture can occur at many different points within the bone. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained surgical specialists who are able to diagnose and treat any type of fracture in the foot. So if you experience pain on the outside of your foot and there was some type of trauma associated with it, odds are it is a fracture, so please don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment. We wish Kevin Durant a speedy recovery and hope he returns without any complications!

 By Varun Gujral