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Posts for tag: Hammertoes

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
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. 

It’s almost that time of year again; time to head back to school! For any of you that have a daughter you know that going back to school is all about having the latest fashion, and having the newest and coolest shoes. A lot of girls are trying to be like famous girls they look up to like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. However, in all the photos we see of these girls that our daughters look up to they are wearing high heels, so of course middle school and high school girls insist on having a cute pair of heels for back to school. But is this good for your daughter’s feet?

The answer is simple, no! As a child or young adult, girls’ feet are still growing and are very susceptible to being deformed as they grow. There are many problems that can arise in your daughter’s feet from wearing heels; some of these problems include developing hammertoes, stress fractures and being more prone to sprained ankles. A majority of people with hammertoes are in older women who squish their toes into heels frequently; in a growing child’s foot the tendons that can create hammertoe are more likely to be moved into the position that creates this deformity. For any woman who has worn heels you know how easy it is step in a hole or just shift your balance and fall off the heel and sprain your ankle. In children the ankle ligaments are still growing and aren’t as strong as yours or mine so if they wear heels and twist their ankle in a weird way they are more likely to do serious damage to their ankle ligaments.

We all want our daughters to be happy when they go back to school, but high heels aren’t safe for young girls’ feet; however there are many types of flat shoes that are really cute and cool for your daughter to get ready for back to school! If you or your daughter needs more advice on the right shoes for back to school you can make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today!

By Nrupa Shah

No this isn’t a new version of the popular song; this is a deformity of the toes! If you aren’t sure what this is, it is a deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joints in the toe. What the heck is that? If you look at your toes and bend them down, the first joint you see bending, that is the joint we’re talking about. Hammertoe is when this joint deforms causing the joint to be bent permanently, so it looks like a hammer. This normally happens in the second, third and fourth toes.

Some common causes of this are wearing shoes that put the toes in this bent position frequently. Common shoe types that can cause this type of toe bending are shoes that are too tight or too small and high heels.  Some of our favorite actresses like Jennifer Anniston and Natalie Portman have an increased risk of developing hammertoe because they frequently wear high heels.  These shoes cause the muscles of the toes to shorten, which pulls them into this position; the muscles can become permanently shortened. There are some underlying conditions that can cause this, for example osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, a stroke or diabetes.

If you suspect that you or a family member may have hammertoe you should make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ to get your feet checked out! The treatment for hammer toe depends on the severity of the deformity. For less severe cases your podiatrist will recommend physical therapy and toe boxes in your shoes. Toe boxes are inserts that will separate your toes and let them have space to “stretch” out. In more severe cases surgery will be required to fix the deformity. After surgery you will need to do some physical therapy exercises to help the toes maintain their new shape.

by Varun Gujral