Posts for tag: Diabetes

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 06, 2018
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   calluses   corns   warts   ingrown toenails  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that our patients with diabetes are at increased risk for dangerous foot issues. That’s because the disease delivers a one, two punch. Neuropathy makes it difficult to detect foot problems and injuries in the first place so that often, by the time they are discovered, they are at an advanced stage. Then poor circulation impedes the healing process, causing even commonplace conditions such as ingrown toenails to become a potentially serious problem.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to reduce your risk. Below are simple tips for preventing foot problems if you have diabetes:

  1. Trim toenails straight across. Don’t cut the corners and avoid round edges.
  2. Keep feet dry at all times. If you sweat profusely, change socks throughout the day if necessary.
  3. Wash feet daily with warm water and mild soap.
  4. Dry between your toes.
  5. No bathroom surgery! Do not attempt to dig out ingrown nails or trim calluses, corns or warts with sharp instruments.
  6. Keep feet warm.
  7. Don’t put your feet on radiators or directly in front of a fireplace or woodstove.
  8. Don’t smoke—it impedes circulation.
  9. Keep feet moisturized. Apply a good quality lotion to your feet daily but avoid the area between your toes.
  10. Do not wear socks with tight elastic tops.
  11. Choose shoes that have roomy toe boxes and keep heels to a height of 2 inches or less.
  12. Wear loose socks to bed.
  13. Inspect your feet daily. Look for cuts, bruises and swelling. Report any unusual changes in color, shape or appearance of skin or toes to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah immediately.
  14. Keep your blood sugar under control and follow all of your doctor’s instructions for managing your diabetes.

If you have additional questions about diabetes and your feet, contact our podiatry offices in Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden, New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 18, 2018

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we have a vested interest in this cause. Why? Studies show that obese children often continue on to be obese in adulthood. Carrying excess weight is harmful to your feet and ankles. The added strain is a cause or contributing factor for many foot and ankle disorders, including plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, flat feet, chronic ankle instability, and more. In addition, being obese greatly increases your risk for systemic diseases—many of which also have serious consequences for your feet—like diabetes and hypertension. Below are some simple steps to take now to help prevent your child from becoming overweight:

  1. Make dietary changes. Obviously, food choices are a big factor in maintaining a healthy weight. Too many high fat and calorie snacks and processed foods are readily available and inexpensive. You don’t have to change your family’s entire diet overnight. Make small choices gradually:
  • Buy more fruit and less pre-packaged snacks and desserts.
  • Teach your children to read labels and look at sugar and fat content in the foods they eat.
  • Do away with sugary drinks and encourage your family to drink more water.
  • Decrease portion size.
  1. Step up physical activity. The other part of the calorie equation is burning more calories than you take in. Look for ways to enjoy more physical pursuits as a family: bike rides, hiking, raking leaves, and rollerblading together. Even simply taking a walk after dinner is a great way to add more active minutes to the day. If your child has had a foot or ankle injury, check with our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, before starting new fitness activities.
  2. Put limits on screen time. Constant access to phones, computers, television, and video games will naturally disincline your child to participate in more active pursuits.
  3. Set regular bedtimes. Lack of sleep is a contributing factor to obesity. Now that school is back in session, create a schedule that allows your child to get enough sleep each night.
  4. Be a role model. Children learn by watching. If you show care about what you eat, being active and living a healthy lifestyle they will follow your example.

If you have questions about your child’s weight and foot health or have other podiatry concerns for you or your children, contact our Linden, Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction offices in New Jersey today by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Carel
June 20, 2018
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes  

This month, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care are turning the spotlight on our male patients in honor of Men’s Health Month. Research has shown some common factors in the way that men deal with illness and treatment that can lead to increased risk and a greater number of complications. One area in particular that this has been shown to be true is in dealing with diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition that can have a serious impact on the health of your feet. Decreased circulation and neuropathy (or nerve damage)—two conditions commonly associated with diabetes—can result in injury to your feet and even amputation due to infections that are difficult to heal. If you are a man (or a woman who loves one), overcome the myths below and get the treatment you need to stay healthy and active for many years to come.

“I’m afraid of getting bad news.”

This is the number one reason men give for not bringing unusual symptoms to the doctor. It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. Knowing the signs and seeking evaluation and treatment early will greatly decrease your risk of debilitating complications. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of inspecting your feet regularly and bringing anything unusual to the attention of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. Some signs to look for include:

  • Sores or cuts on your feet that don’t seem to be healing
  • Swelling, bruising or pain in your feet
  • Loss of sensation and/or burning or tingling in your feet
  • Extreme thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision

“I have too many obligations to fit in doctor’s appointments and treatments.”

One study showed that for men and women who had equal access to health care for diabetes, women had better outcomes due to fewer missed appointments and adhered to treatment instructions better than men. Your family, your job, and your other commitments will suffer more if you become incapacitated from complications of diabetes. It’s an investment in yourself and the people you love to make the time for treatment and monitoring if you have diabetes.

“I don’t want to talk about it.”

You may feel embarrassed about talking about symptoms of diabetes. For example, erectile dysfunction is sometimes caused by this disease, but many men are not aware of that fact. Avoiding discussing symptoms or concerns won’t make them go away! If you have questions about your risk of diabetes or any unusual foot symptoms, contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe office by calling: 732-662-3050. You and your loved ones will be glad you did!

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Arthritis   senior patients  

June is Older Americans Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we’d like to take this opportunity to address some of the podiatric needs of our senior patients. There are several health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and certain nerve and circulatory problems that become more prevalent with age. That doesn’t mean, however, that they are inevitable. There are many ways to protect your feet as you get older and prevent podiatric problems. Below are 7 tips to help keep your feet healthy as you age:

  1. Choose shoes wisely. One of the best ways to care for your feet is to wear good quality shoes that fit properly. Get your feet professionally measured and look for shoes made of soft, breathable materials. Do not wear shoes that rub or pinch anywhere on the foot. Keep heels low and wide to prevent falls.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Avoiding excessive weight gain will reduce the stress on your feet that comes from carrying around excess pounds. Fill your plate with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and focus on those known to help joints and bones such as cherries, citrus, and leafy greens.
  3. Keep the blood flowing. Avoid staying in one position for a long period of time. Stretch regularly and elevate your feet when sitting or lying down.
  4. Exercise regularly. Weight-bearing and strengthening exercises will help keep foot bones strong and maintain flexibility and a good range of motion. Exercise will also help with weight control.
  5. Avoid smoking—it decreases blood flow, which in turn can cause swelling and circulation problems.
  6. Practice good foot care. Make sure you wash your feet daily with soapy water and dry completely. Use a rich moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin and heel cracks. If you tend to sweat profusely, apply a talcum powder each morning before putting on socks or hose.
  7. Conduct regular self-exams. Check your feet for changes in color, size, and shape. Report any growths, bruises, swelling, changes in moles, toenails or skin to podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot doctor will examine your feet and prescribe the proper treatment if any foot disorders are diagnosed. Contact our Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050. 
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 18, 2018
Tags: Diabetes   Ingrown Toenail  

Sometimes referred to as “poor circulation,” peripheral arterial disease or PAD is a serious condition that affects your legs and feet (as well as the rest of your body). At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want patients to be informed about this disease and to know the risks. Below are some facts about PAD:

  • PAD occurs when cholesterol and other material (known as plaque) stick to the walls of arteries, narrowing them and thus restricting blood flow (hence “poor circulation”).
  • Lack of circulation greatly slows and impedes the healing process. This means that even cuts, blisters, and minor foot ailments like an ingrown toenail can become a serious health risk. The injuries to the skin don’t heal and infection can easily set in.
  • Although PAD most often affects your legs and feet it can occur in other parts of the body and when blood flow is restricted to vital organs like the brain or heart there can be serious consequences such as stroke or heart attack.
  • PAD can develop on its own, but it is often associated with other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Risk factors for this disease include smoking, high cholesterol, being over age 50, sedentary lifestyle and a personal or family history of PAD.
  • Many patients with PAD have no symptoms when the disease is in its early stages. As arteries become more blocked the following symptoms may occur: leg cramps, numbness or weakness in the legs, change in skin color and loss of hair, legs feel cold, toenails become thickened and/or discolored. Another sign is sores on legs, feet or toes that do not seem to be healing.
  • There are both medical and surgical treatments available for PAD. In many cases, however, lifestyle changes such as improving diet, starting an exercise program and stopping smoking are the first lines of defense.

PAD can be dangerous. If you have any signs described above or if you have one or more of the risk factors for PAD, it’s important to talk to one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah about assessing your potential for developing this condition and what you can do to prevent it. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.