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Posts for tag: Athlete's Foot

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 09, 2019

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that children and teenagers have a higher rate of certain common foot conditions such as fungal infections, warts and athlete’s foot. This is due in part to their activities and their habits. These foot disorders are largely preventable, however, and parents can help children protect their feet by making sure their gym bag contains a few key items.

Shower shoes or flip flops—because fungal and bacterial infections are spread by direct contact, one of the best ways to avoid them is by keeping your feet covered when walking in public places where other people tend to go barefoot. Make sure your child knows that in gym locker rooms and showers they need to wear their shoes.

Extra Socks—fungal infections thrive in moist conditions. Staying in sweaty socks after practice will encourage infection-causing organisms to multiply. Pack pair for child to change into after they have showered.

Towel and soap—washing feet after exercise or sports is necessary. Sharing items that with other people who may have a foot infection is another way of catching one yourself. Encourage your child to use only their own shower items and not to wear someone else’s shoes or socks.

Foot powder—if your child has already had one or more fungal foot or toenail infection or warts, it’s a good idea to also give them a foot powder to apply before putting on clean socks. This will help keep feet dry. You can get an anti-fungal powder which will help fight off infection.

Teach your child to get in the habit of checking their feet over when they shower or bathe. If feet feel itchy or they notice other signs of a developing infection: discolored nails, flaky or dry skin, oozing blisters or redness it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your child’s feet and prescribe the necessary treatment if an infection is present.

 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 01, 2019
Category: Foot Health

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe in helping patients be proactive in the health of their feet and ankles. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a good time to share some simple ways to prevent podiatric disorders and ensure that your feet continue to serve you well for many years to come.

Be Vigilant

Too often patients come to Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office with foot problems that have advanced to a severe stage and have now begun to impede daily activities. It’s important to learn to recognize foot and ankle issues when they are just starting. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet daily so you will spot changes quickly. If you notice a difference in the appearance of your feet or any unusual sensations (burning, tingling or numbness), it’s important to make an appointment to see our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah at your earliest convenience. Most foot conditions are progressive, meaning they will only get worse, not better without treatment.

Infection Protection

Some of the most common—and most preventable—foot problems we see are bacterial and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. These conditions are highly contagious and spread by direct contact. Keep your feet covered when walking in public places like gyms, nail salons and beach and pool changing areas. Also, avoid sharing shoes, socks, nail clippers, towels and any items that may have touched other people’s feet.

Shoe Savvy

Improperly fitting shoes are probably the single biggest predictor of foot pain. Some tips for better shoe shopping include:

  • Get your foot professionally measured periodically—shoe size can change as you age.
  • Shop at the end of the day when feet are most swollen.
  • Wear the same kind of socks you plan to use with shoes you’re buying.
  • If the foot doctor has prescribed a custom orthotic device, make sure you bring it with you when trying on shoes.
  • Try on both shoes and spend several minutes walking around the store to make sure they don’t pinch or rub anywhere on your feet.

These simple steps will help ensure feet that are healthy and pain-free. To learn more ways to take better care of your feet, contact us.

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.