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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 02, 2019
Category: Foot Health

It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions and we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care think it’s a good idea to resolve to take better care of your feet this year. It doesn’t require a lot of time or effort—just a commitment to some basic foot care practices. Below are five easy ways to ensure good podiatric health this year.

  1. Commit to a daily care regimen. Taking just a few minutes each day, you can greatly reduce your risk of bacterial and fungal infections in your feet. Wash feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely and be especially careful to get the spaces between your toes. Use a foot powder each morning to help keep feet dry if you sweat excessively. A good moisturizer at night can keep skin supple and prevent heel cracks.
  2. Buy better shoes. Your footwear choice is one of the biggest factors in preventing foot problems. It’s important to wear shoes that fit properly. Some studies estimate that as many as 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet. Your feet can get larger as you age. Get your feet professionally measured. Look for styles with low heels and a roomy toe box to help prevent toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.
  3. Examine your feet regularly. Nearly all foot problems have a better outcome if they are treated in their early stages. Look over your feet, top and bottom, and note any discoloration of the skin, changes in nails, bruises, swelling or lumps. Be sure to report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah who will examine your feet and find out if you have a condition that needs treatment.
  4. Practice good nail care. Nails should be trimmed, but not too short. Never file toenails with rounded edges as this may encourage skin to grow over the nail and create an ingrown toenail. Don’t pick at your nails or cuticles as this may lead to an infection.
  5. Don’t ignore foot pain! Putting off seeking treatment will only make foot conditions worse and even cause additional injury. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle discomfort, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 06, 2018

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! We at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to do our part to ensure that your pregnancy proceeds smoothly. If this is your first pregnancy you may not be aware of all the ways that your feet can be affected. Changes in your body while you are pregnant can pose several challenges for your feet. Below are some foot conditions that are more likely when you are expecting and how to avoid them:

Edema—it’s natural during pregnancy for your body to produce and retain more fluid. This often results in edema (a fancy term for swelling) of the ankles and feet. Swelling can be uncomfortable and painful. You can minimize the amount of edema and help relieve it by drinking plenty of water, avoiding salt and elevating your feet above heart level several times throughout the day.

Falls and Ankle Sprains—a changing center of gravity and extra weight in places you are not used to having it, along with hormonal changes that relax your ligaments can put you at greater risk for falls and ankle twisting injuries. It’s important to be conscious of this so that you pay extra attention to the surfaces you are walking on and don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the path in front of you. Keep heels low and wide for increased stability.

Ingrown Toenails—shoe choices are important for avoiding ingrown toenails as well. It’s not unusual for your feet to increase a whole size during pregnancy. Don’t try to continue to force your feet into your normal shoes if they feel tight and are pinching. Squishing the toes together for long periods of time can increase your chance of developing an ingrown toenail. It will also aggravate any toe deformities you may have such as bunions or hammertoes. Get your feet professionally measured and buy shoes that are the correct size for your feet now to wear during your pregnancy.

If you do find yourself suffering from any of these conditions or are experiencing pain anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe any necessary treatment. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 11, 2018
Category: Foot Health

In April we celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we thought this would be a good opportunity to dispel some myths that can hurt your feet. Many times, patients act on erroneous information that can lead to serious harm to the feet and ankles. Below are some of the more common myths we hear:

MYTH: Sticking cotton under the toenail is a good way to treat an ingrown nail. Wrong! Neither is cutting a notch in the nail or trying to dig out the ingrown nail with a sharp instrument. “Bathroom surgery” can lead to serious bacterial infection and disfiguring injuries. Have one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah examine and treat any foot problems you are experiencing. Forget folk remedies when it comes to caring for foot conditions.

MYTH: Once you know your shoe size you can save time and buy shoes without trying them on. Unfortunately, shoe sizes are not standard across brands. If you buy shoes without trying them on and they are uncomfortable, many people just end up keeping them, which can greatly harm your feet. Shoes that are too tight in the toe box or rub in the wrong spot at the back of your heel hasten the development of crippling deformities, such as bunions and Haglund’s deformity (pump bump). In addition, your shoe size can change as you age or if you are pregnant. It’s best to have your foot professionally measured when you shop for shoes and then take your time trying them on and walking around to ensure comfort and proper fit.

MYTH: If you can walk on it, your foot or ankle is not sprained or broken. This myth has caused the worsening of many feet and ankle injuries. Being able to bear weight on an injured foot does not at all mean that it is not damaged. Sprains and fractures, particularly stress fractures, can hurt off and on after the initial injury. If you believe you have injured your foot or ankle, it’s important that you contact our Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe office in New Jersey as soon as possible and allow one of our foot doctors to evaluate your injury. Chronic conditions such as weak ankles and arthritis are often the result of not promptly treating and fully rehabilitating foot and ankle injuries.

Contact us at 732-662-3050 for any foot pain, injury or questions about your foot and ankle health.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Chances are you put a lot of thought into your holiday gifts this year, finding the perfect items for all the friends and family on your list. But how about a present for the part of your body that enabled you to put together all those holiday treats for everyone else? Your feet deserve a special present too and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that there is no better gift for your feet than good quality shoes that fit properly. Below are some tips to take with you to the shoe store:

  • First, choose a store that specializes in shoes and have your foot measured by a foot wear professional. Shoe size can change as you age. It’s also not uncommon to have your feet measure two different sizes. You should always buy shoes to fit the largest of your two feet.
  • Shop at the end of the day. After you’ve spent the day on them, your feet are at their largest, most swollen size. This is the time to shop to guarantee shoes won’t start to feel tight as the day goes on.
  • Wear the type of socks you will most likely wear with the shoes you are purchasing, which will ensure a more accurate fit.
  • If the foot doctor has prescribed an orthotic device to go inside your shoes, bring it with you and try on with the shoes you are considering.
  • Always try on both shoes and spend some time walking around the store to be sure that there are not spots on your foot where the shoes rub or pinch.
  • Check the inside of the shoe with your hand to make sure there are no rough spots or bulky fabric that could cause blisters.

If you have any existing or chronic foot conditions, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.  One of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah can check the progression of your condition and make recommendations for shoes that would best accommodate deformities such as bunions or hammertoes or make conditions like plantar fasciitis less painful. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 15, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

November is National Diabetes Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we partner with many patients who have this disease to help manage it and protect the health of their feet. Since neuropathy, or loss of sensation, and reduced circulatory and immune system function are all associated with diabetes, our diabetic patients have elevated risks for foot issues. What might be minor or common conditions for other patients—blisters, bunions, athlete’s foot—can pose a major potential threat to diabetic patients. Wounds and infections can be slow and difficult to heal and lead to serious consequences, even amputation. Thankfully, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can help patients with regular podiatric care to prevent wounds and maintain the health of their feet.

Preventing Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million Americans over the age of 18 have diabetes. Even more startling, a little over 84 million are believed to be pre-diabetic. Your physician can determine if you fall into this category. There are ways that all patients can lower their risk of diabetes. These include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease and stroke. Even losing 10-15 pounds can significantly reduce your risk. Start by cutting back on calories (swap veggies and hummus or whole grain snacks for chips, replace a starch with a salad, etc.).  Weigh yourself at least once a week. Increase the amount of water you drink—it can help you feel full.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking, in addition to raising your chances of developing diabetes, also impedes circulation, which is a contributing factor to diabetic complications.
  • Stay active. Exercise has multiple benefits: it helps prevent diabetes, increases circulation, helps your joints stay flexible and strengthens muscles, bones and your heart. You don’t have to run a marathon! Incorporate a walk during lunch hour. If you have a desk job, set a timer to get up every 30 minutes to stretch and take a quick walk around the office. Park a little further away from stores and your office. Consider adding strength training with weights, stretches and some aerobic sessions as you progress.

Start small. Little changes are more likely to be successful. If you have additional questions about diabetes and the health of your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.