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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 26, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Although no one wants to hear it in the middle of this festive eating season, the podiatrists at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to gently remind patients that excess weight is harmful to your feet. Unfortunately, every excess pound you carry exerts several extra pounds of pressure on your knees, ankles, and feet. This worsens existing podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis and can even cause a new foot problem. The good news is, however, that you don’t have to deprive yourself of holiday treats! Below are a few tips for enjoying the festivities without going overboard.

  • Eat before you go to a holiday party. It may sound counterintuitive but many times the reason we overeat is our head—not our stomach! If you go to a party on an empty stomach, not only will you be hungrier and tend to eat more, you’ll feel justified having extras because you didn’t eat beforehand. In the long run, you’ll consume more calories.
  • Survey the buffet. Before you put anything on your plate, look at all the choices. Decide on a few splurge favorites and then fill the rest of your plate with healthier options from the veggie, fruit, and nut platters.
  • Eat and be done. Once you’ve finished with a plate of food, throw the plate away. Holding on to your plate is only going to entice you to put more on it.
  • Water down the drinks. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages can quickly increase your calorie intake. Try alternating a full glass of water between drinks. Put it right in your fancy drink glass and you’ll feel more satisfied.
  • Help the hostess. If you’re busy clearing plates and washing dishes, you won’t have the opportunity to eat as much.

We hope you enjoy this holiday season without overdoing it. If you do find that you are experiencing new foot or ankle pain, however, don’t put off making an appointment at our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and carefully determine the source of your discomfort. Contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 27, 2018
Category: Gout
Tags: Arthritis   Gout  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we start to see more cases of gout at this time of the year. The reason? One of the most common triggers of gout attacks is related to the rich food patients enjoy during this festive season.

What is Gout?

Gout is actually a form of arthritis. This is not surprising when you consider the symptoms: extreme pain in the joint accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and heat. Gout occurs when an excessive amount of uric acid accumulates in a joint and crystallizes. Cold temperatures increase the likelihood of crystallization and that is why the big toe joint—being the part of the body furthest from the heart—is the most common location for gout to develop (although it can happen in any joint in your body). The big toe joint is also subject to much pressure when you walk, and this may be another reason for it being a frequent site of gout.

Uric acid is a byproduct of purines—chemicals that occur naturally in the body and are also found in certain foods. People who get gout may either overproduce uric acid or have difficulty eliminating it from the body. The tendency for gout can also be inherited.

Steps Toward Prevention

Anyone who has ever suffered a gout attack will want to be proactive in avoiding future attacks. Gout is very painful and will often wake a patient up out of a sound sleep in the middle of the night. The pain may last for several hours or even days before subsiding. Once you’ve had gout, there is a good chance of it recurring. Some ways to prevent future attacks include:

  • Avoiding foods high in purines. On this list is: red meat, red wine, beer, shellfish, rich sauces, brandy, lentils, and beans.
  • Doing an assessment of the vitamins and medications you are currently taking with your physician or pharmacist. Certain ones have been associated with an increased risk of gout.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and taking good care of your feet. In some cases, special shoes may be prescribed to help relieve gout symptoms. If you have questions about gout and your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050. Our expert podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will be happy to evaluate your feet and advise you of your best options.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 02, 2018
Category: joint health
Tags: Arthritis   Shoes   fitness plan  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe it’s important for patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and ankles (as well as the rest of their bodies). In honor of World Arthritis Day, which occurs in October, we’d like you to think about making some of these lifestyle choices to protect your joints.

Eat Well—your food choices can have an enormous impact on the health of your foot and ankle joints. First of all, eating a nutritious diet low in fat and sugar and with proper portion control can help you lose weight or maintain an appropriate weight. Excess weight puts a strain on knee, ankle and foot joints and increases your chances of developing arthritis. In addition, eating a well-rounded diet can help you maintain bone strength and decrease inflammatory responses in your body. Be sure your menu plans include plenty of calcium-rich foods and colorful fruits and vegetables. If necessary, take vitamin supplements.

Move More—a simple way to help your joints is not to stay in any one position for a long time. If you sit most of the day at a desk, take regular breaks to stand, stretch and take a brief walk. If you’re on your feet for long periods of time, be sure to sit and elevate your feet when you can. Choose a balanced fitness plan that incorporates strength training and weight-bearing exercises, as well as core building and stretching. All of these have a positive effect on joint health.

Stop Smoking—this weakens bones and increases your risk for joint problems.

Give Up Heels—high heels put a strain on your knees, ankles and foot joints. Get rid of heels over 2 inches or reserve them for only special occasions and even then, limit the time you spend in them.

Be Careful—did you know that arthritis often develops at the sight of a previous injury? Minimize your risk of getting hurt by wearing the appropriate shoes and protective gear for sports, driving safely, and watching where you walk. If you do sustain a foot or ankle injury, contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Linden, Edison, and Monroe immediately by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can treat your injury promptly. Follow the full course of treatment to make sure your injury is fully healed.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 05, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care

Did you know that falls are the number one cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries to people aged 65 and older? During the month of September, we celebrate Falls Prevention Day. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care in New Jersey, we are concerned about foot care at all ages. We’d like to take this opportunity to offer these tips for preventing falls among our senior patients.

  1. Don’t put off getting foot pain evaluated. If your feet hurt, it can make you walk in an abnormal way in order to avoid the pain. This can throw off your balance and result in a fall. Be sure to get any foot pain or discomfort checked by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah promptly. The foot doctor will be able to diagnose the problem and prescribe the proper treatment to alleviate the pain. If it’s a chronic problem, the podiatrist may be able to help with shoe choices or orthotic inserts that will make walking less painful.
  2. Get your eyes checked regularly. Changes in vision can be subtle. Not seeing well at night or changes in depth perception will greatly increase the chance of stumbling.
  3. Declutter your home. Ask a family member to do a walk-through of your home with you. A second pair of eyes will be helpful in spotting potential tripping hazards. Be sure to take care of the following:
  • Obstacles in walking areas such as plants, electrical cords, piles of magazines, etc.
  • Throw rugs and carpeting that is becoming untacked at the edges.
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting inside and out and especially on staircases. Install night lights that will illuminate the path from your bedroom to bathroom.
  • Install safety accessories such as grab bars in the shower and near the toilet and handrails on both sides of the stairs.
  1. Review medical conditions and medications. Diseases such as arthritis or neuropathy can affect your ability to walk. Certain medications may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when taken in combination with other medications. Ask your physician or pharmacist to review all of your medications.
  2. Improve your balance. There are exercise classes you can do that will help improve balance. Check your local senior center or contact the National Council on Aging for programs in your area.

If you have additional questions about how foot care can affect your fall risk, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office today by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Arthritis   senior patients  

June is Older Americans Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we’d like to take this opportunity to address some of the podiatric needs of our senior patients. There are several health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and certain nerve and circulatory problems that become more prevalent with age. That doesn’t mean, however, that they are inevitable. There are many ways to protect your feet as you get older and prevent podiatric problems. Below are 7 tips to help keep your feet healthy as you age:

  1. Choose shoes wisely. One of the best ways to care for your feet is to wear good quality shoes that fit properly. Get your feet professionally measured and look for shoes made of soft, breathable materials. Do not wear shoes that rub or pinch anywhere on the foot. Keep heels low and wide to prevent falls.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Avoiding excessive weight gain will reduce the stress on your feet that comes from carrying around excess pounds. Fill your plate with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and focus on those known to help joints and bones such as cherries, citrus, and leafy greens.
  3. Keep the blood flowing. Avoid staying in one position for a long period of time. Stretch regularly and elevate your feet when sitting or lying down.
  4. Exercise regularly. Weight-bearing and strengthening exercises will help keep foot bones strong and maintain flexibility and a good range of motion. Exercise will also help with weight control.
  5. Avoid smoking—it decreases blood flow, which in turn can cause swelling and circulation problems.
  6. Practice good foot care. Make sure you wash your feet daily with soapy water and dry completely. Use a rich moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin and heel cracks. If you tend to sweat profusely, apply a talcum powder each morning before putting on socks or hose.
  7. Conduct regular self-exams. Check your feet for changes in color, size, and shape. Report any growths, bruises, swelling, changes in moles, toenails or skin to podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot doctor will examine your feet and prescribe the proper treatment if any foot disorders are diagnosed. Contact our Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050.