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Posts for tag: Arthritis

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 01, 2019
Category: arthritis
Tags: Arthritis  

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and with 33 joints in each of your feet, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care think this is a good time to learn more about this condition, which can have a devastating effect on your podiatric health.

FACT: Almost 53 million adults and nearly 300,000 children have arthritis. It’s the number one cause of disability in the United States.

FACT: Arthritis is not actually one disease, but rather an umbrella term for over 100 different types of joint pain and diseases.

FACT: Common symptoms of arthritic conditions include joint pain and stiffness, swelling and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may vary in intensity and can get worse over time. In severe cases, arthritis can cause chronic pain and may impede your ability to walk, go up stairs and perform normal, daily activities.

FACT: Left untreated, arthritis can cause permanent joint damage. Some types of arthritis can even affect lungs, eyes, kidneys and skin, as well as joints. For this reason, it’s important that you make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah can examine your feet and ankles, diagnose the source of joint discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment in the disease’s early stages.

FACT: The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown in cartilage that normally occurs in older people. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex and chronic disease where the body erroneously attacks its own joints with inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many other systems in your body and is quite serious.

FACT: There are many ways that arthritis in your feet can be treated and the symptoms decreased. These include:

  • Maintaining an appropriate weight or losing weight if you are carrying excess pounds
  • Exercising regularly
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles support foot joints
  • Custom orthotic device for your shoes to help properly align your foot and relieve stress to affected joints
  • Avoiding activities that aggravate your foot and ankle joints and balancing periods of being active with periods of rest

If you are experiencing any pain or stiffness in your foot joints or have additional questions about arthritis and your feet, contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 27, 2019
Category: Bunions

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want to dispel the notion that there’s nothing that can be done for a bunion short of surgery. Yes, it’s true that a surgical procedure is necessary to correct or eliminate a bunion, but our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah have many treatment methods that can decrease pain and slow the progression of your bunion, enabling you to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. These include:

Protective Padding—one of the major sources of pain for bunion patients is friction from where the bunion rubs against the inside of the shoes. Padding made of felt, gel or other material can provide a protective cushion and reduce skin inflammation.

Corn and Callus Removal—over time, constant friction and pressure caused by the bunion can result in secondary problems like calluses and corns forming on the toe. These, in turn, increase pain and discomfort. Removing them can bring some relief.

Shoe Modifications—your shoes can be one of the biggest causes of bunion growth. Choose styles that have a wide toe box and low heels. Narrow, pointy shoes encourage the big toe to move out of place. The podiatrist may also prescribe a custom orthotic device to wear inside your shoes to help stabilize the joint and keep your foot stay in the correct position.

Night Splints—the foot doctor may recommend splints to wear while you sleep that will help your toes and joints align properly. These are particularly effective for adolescents whose bones are still developing.

Exercises—there are a number of exercises that are designed to maintain range of motion and joint flexibility which can be helpful in preventing stiffness in the toe or arthritis setting in.

Don’t wait until your bunion is so painful that you can no longer walk properly. Make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office as soon as possible 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.

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.