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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 23, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Diabetes   Ankle Sprains   Bunions   Alcoholism   Shoes  

We’re all familiar with the sensation of “pins and needles” in our feet and it’s not uncommon to have your foot “fall asleep” when you keep it in an unusual position for too long. But, what does it mean if you have this sensation frequently, regardless of the position of your foot? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we see patients with numbness or tingling in the feet that can come from a number of different sources.

Neuropathy—one of the most common causes of burning, tingly or numbness in the feet is nerve damage, also known as neuropathy. Neuropathy is frequently associated with diabetes but can also be caused by chemotherapy, alcoholism, injuries, and infections.

Footwear—your shoes may be too tight. Did you know that by some estimates 90% of the population is wearing shoes that are too small for their feet? Feet can increase in size as you age. Get your foot professionally measured and look for shoes with roomy toe boxes made out of soft, giving materials. If you feel the tingling sensation on just the top of your foot, try loosening your laces a bit.

Bunions—as the big toe moves out of place and begins to press on the second toe, nerves can get compressed. This pressure then causes the feeling of tingling in your forefoot and toes.

Herniated disc—sometimes, sensations in your feet are caused not by a podiatric problem but rather an issue with your back. A herniated disc could be compressing nerves that run down into your feet. Additional signs that this may be the source of your odd foot sensations would most likely include lower back pain and weakness.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome—you’ve most likely heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which occurs when nerves in your wrist are compressed and irritated. Tarsal Tunnel is similar only it happens when nerves in the tarsal tunnel—located in a space on the inside of your ankle—get compressed. This condition can be associated with an ankle sprain.

Obviously, each of these different causes of numbness or tingling in your feet would require different treatments to correct. If you are experiencing any ongoing unusual sensations in your feet, it’s time to contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction, NJ office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will conduct a complete examination of your feet and ankles and also order any necessary imaging or lab tests to accurately diagnose the source of your tingling. 

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.