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Posts for tag: Ankle Sprains

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 22, 2018

Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that parents in the Monroe, Edison, and Monmouth Junction, NJ areas will all soon be making that annual pilgrimage in search of shoes for their children to wear for the new school year. The shoes you choose for your children can have a big impact on the health of their feet now and in the future. Below are 10 suggestions to help you get the best shoes and the proper fit for your child:

  1. Don’t skimp on quality. Yes, we know there are many expenses associated with this time of the year, but footwear is not a place to cut corners. Shoes should be made of durable, high-quality materials and well-designed with plenty of cushioning on the sole and heel.
  2. Laces will provide better support and fit compared to slip-on shoes. These reduce the likelihood of ankle sprains and falls.
  3. Get feet measured professionally. Children’s feet can increase up to 2 sizes in 6 months. If one foot measures larger than the other (not uncommon), shop for shoes to fit the larger foot.
  4. Give toes some wiggle room! There should be ½ an inch space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe. Avoid narrow toe boxes and pointy styles which squeeze toes together. This can encourage ingrown toenails.
  5. Late afternoon is the best time for children’s shoe shopping. That’s when feet are at their most swollen.
  6. Have your child wear the type of socks they plan to wear with the shoes you will be buying.
  7. Make sure the heel counter fits snugly. If the heel is slipping out of the shoe when your child walks, it’s too loose.
  8. Children should try on both shoes and walk around the store for several minutes to make sure they are comfortable.
  9. Check feet afterward for red spots which may indicate points of excessive pressure or friction.
  10. Run your hand around the inside of the shoes to make sure there are no rough patches or rigid stitching that could rub the skin of the foot and cause a blister.

If you have additional questions about the best shoes for your child, don’t hesitate to contact Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. This is particularly important if your child has a previous foot injury. Call us for an appointment at 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 24, 2018
Category: Ankle Sprain
Tags: Ankle Sprains   Shoes  

What’s the connection between your eyes and your lower extremities? Quite simply, not being able to see properly is one of the major reasons for ankles sprains, falls, and trauma to the feet. In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month, all of us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to encourage our patients to have an eye exam and check for glaucoma.

Glaucoma is known as the “sneak thief of sight” because it could cause you to lose up to 40% of your vision without even noticing. Once it’s gone, the vision loss is usually permanent. In fact, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Although people over 60 have the highest risk of getting glaucoma, it can affect people at any age.

The good news is that a comprehensive eye exam can detect glaucoma. If you do get glaucoma and have regular eye exams, it will be caught in the early stages when treatment can halt the progression of the disease.

Fall Protection

In addition to regular eye exams, podiatric exams also play a key role in preventing falls and foot injuries. Patients who put off getting foot pain evaluated tend to alter their walk and throw off their balance which greatly increases the chance of a stumble or fall. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and ankles and get a complete medical history as well. The correct treatment for your foot disorder will relieve pain and discomfort and help you get back to walking normally.

Other ways to prevent falls include:

  • Ensuring that there is adequate lighting inside and outside your home, particularly on stairs and pathways.
  • Don’t allow clutter to accumulate on the floor. Clear away stacks of magazines, empty water bottles and multiple pairs of shoes daily to prevent tripping.
  • Throw out your throw rugs.
  • Be sure electrical cords are safely tucked behind furniture and not in your path.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and are not stretched or worn out.

To schedule your foot health check-up, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050.

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we see many patients who don’t plan on coming in but find themselves experiencing foot or ankle pain. While they may be surprised, we’re not. The holiday season puts a fair amount of additional strain on your feet, partly because you are on them for more time than usual. Below are some common foot ailments to be on the lookout for:

Plantar Fasciitis—heel pain is often the result of arch problems. The plantar fascia—the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from heel to toe—becomes inflamed and that’s what causes the pain. The more you walk, the more it hurts. You can help prevent heel pain by wearing shoes that have good arch support and taking breaks to sit and put your feet up on days when you have to be on the run from morning till night.

Varicose Veins—many people have varicose veins but don’t experience any symptoms. Veins have valves in them that open and close depending on which way the blood is flowing. To get back to your heart from your feet the blood has the biggest fight against gravity of any place in your body. When the valves in the veins weaken, some blood may leak back and pool in the vein. Standing for long periods of time (preparing meals and treats or standing on line at a store) can put extra pressure on varicose veins and cause them pain and cause your entire lower leg to feel achy and heavy. If the foot doctor has prescribed compression stockings, wear them when you are going to be on your feet all day.

Ankle Sprains—slippery conditions definitely increase the risk of twisting an ankle or missing a step. Be sure to wear low or no-heeled shoes or boots if the weather is bad, and don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the pavement in front of you.

If you do injure your foot or begin to notice foot or ankle pain that is increasing in intensity or frequency, it’s important that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah examine your feet promptly and start any necessary treatment to prevent the condition from developing into something worse. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 06, 2016
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Did you know that almost 50% of patients who sprain their ankle once are likely to experience future ankle sprains or pain? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to learn how to prevent ankle injuries. When an ankle sprain is not healed completely, the result can be chronic lateral ankle pain. You may experience symptoms of an ankle sprain: tenderness, pain on the outside of the ankle, swelling and stiffness in the ankle on a regular basis. For some people, the pain can be severe enough that it prevents them from participating in activities they want to do. Patients with this condition also feel as if their ankle is going to “give way,” and may twist their ankle easily when stepping onto uneven pavement or a hiking trail.

Stay Steady

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, make an appointment to see one of our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot doctor will want to examine your foot, take a medical history and find out more about your symptoms. Imaging studies, such as digital x-rays may be ordered. This is so the doctor can rule out other causes of ankle pain which can include a fracture, arthritis, tendon or joint lining inflammation.

Once the podiatrist has ruled out other possible causes of your ankle discomfort, you can take steps to strengthen your ankle and prevent future injuries. These may include:

  • Physical therapy and exercises that will help increase your range of motion and also strengthen the muscles that support the ligaments of your ankle
  • Steroid injections
  • A brace or some other kind of support to keep your ankle from twisting

If the cause of your chronic lateral ankle pain is a loose bone fragment or if the tear to the ligaments is severe, the foot doctor may recommend surgery to repair and strengthen your ankle.

To prevent additional ankle problems, finish the course of treatment your podiatrists prescribes.  Do not return to sports or fitness activities until your foot doctor gives the okay and wear appropriate fitting and supportive shoes designed specifically for the sport you are playing.

If you have additional questions on how to protect your ankles, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 06, 2016
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

One of the most common injuries we treat at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is ankle sprains. Much misinformation about ankle injuries exists, however, we want our patients to be educated and able to make the best choices for their podiatric health so here are some myths and facts about ankle sprains:

Myth: If you can walk on it it’s probably okay.

Fact: An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of the ligaments in the ankle gets injured. Ankle sprains have varying degrees of severity depending on whether the ligament is overstretched, partially or completely torn. Basic symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joint stiffness

These symptoms may be more or less intense depending on the extent of the injury. If you have previously sprained your ankle, symptoms may be even less pronounced. The damage to the ankle still needs to be repaired, however. Delaying or not getting treatment at all is the number one reason people develop chronic ankle issues. Your ankle injury may also be accompanied by a fracture or other problem that will go undetected and probably worsen when you resume activities if the foot doctor does not evaluate your ankle.

Myth: Once the pain is gone you can stop treatment

Fact: Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will take the time to properly diagnose your ankle injury and develop a treatment plan that is correct for your individual condition. It is important to continue treatment and follow the foot doctor’s instructions for the prescribed time period. Physical therapy and exercises are not only given to relieve ankle sprain symptoms, but to strengthen muscles surrounding ankle ligaments and joints and thereby reduce the likelihood of additional sprains.

Myth: You should continue to maintain your regular routine until you see a doctor

Fact: If you have twisted your ankle or have ankle sprain symptoms you should follow the RICE regimen until your appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office. RICE stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Prompt medical attention and complete rehabilitation can prevent chronic ankle problems in the future. So don’t delay, if you have had an ankle injury or are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your ankle, contact our office today by calling 732-662-3050.