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Posts for tag: Athlete's Foot

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.

 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
July 18, 2018
Category: Pedicures

Remember that game they used to have in children’s magazines—what’s wrong with this picture? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our clients who like to get professional pedicures to use those same skills when visiting the nail salon. Fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, and warts are all easily spread by direct contact. A nail salon can be a high-risk zone due to the fact that there are many people there with bare feet. Before getting a pedicure, take a look around the salon to see if you spot any of the following which may be a red flag for an unsafe pedicure:

Nail technicians don’t get up between clients—there are a few reasons why this is a problem. First, nail technicians should wash their hands each time before starting a new pedicure. More importantly, however, you want to be sure the tools being used for your pedicure have not touched someone else’s feet. That means you should see tools coming out of an autoclave (a sterilizing machine that looks like a toaster oven) or a liquid sanitizing solution. The only good possibility if nail technicians don’t get up to get clean tools is that they are using one-time disposable tools that come in a sealed package.

The only thing decorating the walls is pictures from old calendars—no we’re not being snobby about the décor. What should be prominently displayed in the salon is a license from the state cosmetology or health department. This means that the salon meets certain standards for cleanliness and follows safe sanitizing procedures.

There are no flip-flops for sale—no one should be walking barefoot in the salon. If you forget to bring a pair, a salon that is concerned with not spreading fungal infections should either sell flip-flops or have some type of disposable foot covering for clients.

The magazines in the waiting area are a mess—seems minor but if being sanitary and clean are important to a salon, it should show overall. This means the restrooms, floor, mirrors, and workstations should all be neat and tidy. If it just doesn’t feel clean, look elsewhere for you a place for your pedicure.

If you suspect you may have already contracted a fungal nail or foot infection, make an appointment at our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and determine if an infection is present.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 14, 2018
Category: Fungal infections

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we find that patients are not as vigilant about athlete’s foot and other bacterial and viral infections as they are in the summer. Remember that infections thrive in warm, moist places and that they are spread by direct contact. There are several factors, however, that make these infections equally as likely to occur in the winter:

  • Superheated cars, offices, stores, and homes to ward off the cold can result in sweaty feet.
  • Snow and slush can penetrate shoes and boots when walking outside leaving feet wet for a different reason.
  • Many people move their workouts inside during the colder months, exposing them to risks in gyms, exercise studios, and indoor pools.

Points for Prevention

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your feet from infection. These include:

  • Avoid going barefoot in public areas. Always wear shower shoes or flip-flops in places like locker rooms, gym showers, and the pool deck.
  • Cover any cuts or scrapes on your feet or ingrown toenails with a band-aid. Even tiny tears in the skin can allow bacteria to enter and cause an infection.
  • Change your socks as soon as you perceive that your feet are damp.
  • Use foot powder before putting socks on in the morning if your feet sweat excessively.
  • Don’t share towels, socks, emery boards, soap or any other items that touch someone else’s feet.
  • If you like to treat yourself to professional pedicures, be sure that the salon you choose is licensed and follows proper sanitizing procedures.
  • Wash feet daily with soap and water.

Seek Treatment Promptly

Be aware of the signs of a skin or nail infection. Athlete’s foot may first show up between the toes and be extremely itchy. As the infection progresses, the skin will become dry and flaky and may even begin to bleed or form blisters. Fungal nails may not cause any discomfort but will change color, and become thick and crumbly on the edges.

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment at our Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and toenails and prescribe the proper treatment. Left untreated, viral and bacterial infections can spread to other parts of your body.