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Posts for tag: Athlete's Foot

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 20, 2019
Category: skin conditions
Tags: Diabetes   Athlete's Foot  

Xerosis may sound like a rare, tropical foot disease, but relax—it’s just a fancy medical term for extremely dry skin. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we often find that the dry air of winter and the extra heating of our cars, offices, and homes can leave patients with skin on their feet that’s very dry and flaky. Below are some do’s and don’ts for helping with this problem:

Do: step up your moisturizing routine. Find a thick, rich emollient cream and apply it to your feet multiple times throughout the day if possible. Consider putting on at night and then slipping on a pair of thick socks to help the moisturizer absorb into your skin.

Don’t: take more than one bath or shower on a daily basis.

Do: choose soaps that are not overly drying to your skin. Look for kinds that contain moisturizers or oatmeal which soothes dry skin.

Don’t: use overly hot water when bathing or showering.

Do: use a laundry detergent that is fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin.

Do: contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office immediately if you are diabetic. Diabetes is associated with dysfunction of the sweat and oil glands in your feet, which can make dry skin worse and lead to cracks in the heels. This could provide an entry point for bacteria and cause a serious problem. It’s also a good idea to make an appointment even if you are not diabetic but have had the dry skin for over two weeks without improvement. Skin on your feet that is red, itchy, flaking or oozing could be a sign of athlete’s foot or another bacterial or viral infection. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will want to examine your feet at that point and determine if there is a cause of your dry skin that requires treatment. Contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 12, 2019
Category: Footwear

Winter isn’t letting NJ out of its grip any time soon, and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we hope some of our patients are planning to get away to where it’s warmer. If this is you, we want to give you a few reminders to help keep your feet safe and healthy while you’re away.

Be Savvy about Your Shoes

The right footwear can make or break your vacation. It’s best to pack shoes that are tried and true—ones that you’ve already worn plenty and know fit comfortably. If you do have a new pair you want to bring, wear them around the house for a number of hours before you leave. You don’t want to be stuck with a pair that gives you painful blisters or hurts your feet. In addition:

  • Pack shoes that suit your activities—if you plan to take a day hike in the rain forest, flip-flops aren’t going to cut it.
  • Do bring flip-flops or other easy to slip on shoes if your vacation includes time at a resort pool or spa. Places where people tend to walk barefoot are high-risk zones for contracting fungal infections and athlete’s foot.
  • Be sure to plan to wear sneakers or low-heeled, comfortable shoes for your travel days. Making connections at the airport, transferring to your hotel, etc. can involve ample amounts of walking.

Pack Foot Essentials

There are a few items that will only take a small amount of space in your suitcase but can make a big difference in the health and comfort of your feet. Consider bringing the following:

  • Moleskin—placed over a sore spot when you’re out for the day can prevent a painful blister from forming.
  • Bandages—helpful if you do develop a blister or if you get a minor cut or scrape on your foot. Bring a small tube or individual packets of antibacterial ointment as well.
  • Emory board and nail clippers—to take care of any jagged or broken toenails to prevent them from catching and tearing or becoming ingrown.

Use Good Sun Sense

It’s been a while since your feet have seen the sun! Apply sunscreen to your feet that protect against UVA and UVB rays and is waterproof several times throughout the day. This goes for times when you are out shopping or site seeing as well as when you are sitting by the pool. Always reapply after swimming.

If you injure your foot while you’re away or notice any unusual skin rashes or toenail symptoms when you return, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office promptly by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and diagnose any problems.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 16, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Are you one of 29 million Americans that have diabetes? If so, all of us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want you to know that you have significant power in controlling this disease and how it affects your feet. Diabetes deals your feet a double blow: first, it can cause neuropathy or nerve damage to the feet which makes it difficult to detect cuts or injuries to the feet. Second, diabetes can impede circulation which restricts the flow of oxygen-rich blood that can speed healing to the extremities.

There are steps you can take, however, to help protect your feet if you have diabetes:

  • Keep your sugar levels under control. Following all your doctor’s instructions for managing your diabetes will lower your risk for complications significantly.
  • Get in the habit of doing self-exams. Check your feet daily for cuts, open sores, blisters, swelling, bruising, changes in skin color or nail condition. Report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah so that they can examine your feet and adjust your treatment accordingly.
  • Choose shoes wisely. Get your foot professionally measured and choose shoes that have a roomy toe box and are made out of soft, flexible materials. Look over your feet for red marks, blisters or other signs of friction from your footwear.
  • Keep feet dry. Wear socks made of moisture-wicking materials that help feet stay dry. Change socks as soon as your feet feel damp. If you tend to sweat profusely, use an anti-fungal foot powder before putting on socks.
  • Avoid going barefoot. Even at home, bare feet are more likely to sustain a puncture wound or cut from stepping on a sharp object. Your risk for athlete’s foot or fungal infections decreases if you keep your feet covered when walking in public places.
  • Don’t practice “bathroom surgery.” Attempting to remove warts, corns or calluses or dig out ingrown toenails is likely to result in injury and infection which could pose a significant medical threat.
  • Schedule regular podiatric checkups. Your foot doctor is your partner in managing your diabetes. If you have questions about your feet and diabetes, contact our New Jersey locations in Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction by calling: 732-662-3050.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 05, 2018
Category: fall prevention

The hustle and bustle of the holidays combined with falling temperatures and slippery conditions can set patients up for a fall. At Affiliated Foot& Ankle Care we don’t want our patients to be sidelined from holiday fun with a foot or ankle injury. Below are 6 tips for reducing your risk of a holiday season tumble:

  1. Be savvy about shoes—footwear with an anti-slip tread is critical when sleet, slush, and ice are in the forecast. If holiday festivities call for heels, pack them and change when you get to the party. Forgo fashion and choose low-heeled boots for shopping and running errands.
  2. Keep feet dry—overly hot malls, cars, and offices can cause feet to sweat. Damp feet stuck for hours in closed shoes and boots create the perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Keep a spare pair of socks in your desk or car and change when you notice your feet are damp.
  3. Pay attention—although your to-do list may be a mile long, don’t be distracted when walking or shopping. Watch where you’re going and be aware of uncleared patches of sidewalk or dark pavement that may be icy. Avoid carrying so many packages that you can’t see the pavement in front of you.
  4. Plot your path—on snowy days, look for the clearest path to get from your car to your office or into stores or other places you need to go. Be aware that vestibules and the steps right inside a building may be particularly slippery from everyone’s wet boots and shoes.
  5. Don’t overdo it—when your feet are tired and sore it may cause you to alter the way you walk to avoid the discomfort. This can cause you to lose your balance and fall or twist an ankle. Take breaks throughout your busy days and put your feet up if possible.
  6. Stop if your feet hurt—continuing to go when your feet say stop is a surefire way to end up with an injury or flare-up of a chronic condition. If your feet are in pain, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey. For an appointment, call 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and treat any injuries or conditions that are slowing your holiday roll.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 11, 2018
Category: Fungal infections

When the temperatures get cooler, many patients move their fitness routines inside to gyms and exercise studios. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we begin to see an increase in athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other fungal conditions. What’s the connection?

Fungal infections are spread by direct contact. And, they love moist places. Places like the gym or a community pool or even the nail salon create a “perfect storm” for fungal infections—lots of barefooted people in damp conditions! You can, however, take steps to avoid athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. Below are some do’s and don’ts to protect your feet:

Do: wear flip-flops or shower shoes at all times when you are at the gym (or any public place where people are walking barefoot).

Don’t: share socks, shoes, towels or any other items that touch someone else’s feet. Fungal infections are highly contagious. If someone in your household has one, it’s important to make sure that the shower is thoroughly cleaned after they use it and that they don’t share a bed with another family member.

Do: bring your clippers, cuticle trimmers, emery board, and other tools to the nail salon. (Always check that proper sanitizing methods are being followed for cleaning whirlpool foot baths too.)

Do: wash your feet every day with soap and water.

Don’t: forget to dry your feet completely and pay particular attention to the spaces between your toes. This is the spot where athlete’s foot most often develops first.

Do: change your socks more than once during the day if your feet tend to sweat excessively. Never let feet sit in damp or wet socks and shoes.

Don’t: wear the same pair of shoes for several days in a row. Shoes can also be a breeding ground for fungi and need to be aired out between uses.

Don’t: wait to seek treatment if you notice signs of athlete’s foot, fungal toenail or other fungal conditions. Rashes, discoloration of the skin or nails, dryness or other unusual symptoms should be reported to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, promptly so they can be treated before they spread. If you think you may have a fungal infection on your feet, contact our New Jersey offices in Linden, Edison, Monroe or Monmouth County today by calling: 732-662-3050.