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Prior to Manti Te’o’s matriculation into the NFL, he was surrounded by a lot of controversy. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say for a 20 year old NFL rookie, it was probably more than he anticipated...and probably for all the wrong reasons, but that makes for a different story. The story today is that he has recovered from his previous foot injury and participated in his first workout session of 2014, according to Yahoo Sports. Manti Te’o had surgery to repair a previously sprained foot that he played on for 15 games. It was said that the surgery was more than just a “clean up” process meaning that there was more wrong with his foot than a simple sprain. The message here is, no matter how strong or tough someone is, if there is pain in the foot, especially from a sprain, please get it checked out as soon as possible. Once “something” goes wrong in one part of your foot, another part of your foot has to take over and work harder causing that particular part of your foot to become injured, and so-on-and-so-forth.

Your feet are extremely important! A study concluded that American’s take, on average, approximately 5,000 steps per day. That is a lot of wear and tear and your feet! It also shows that we rely on our foot more than we think, and your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ are here to make sure you don’t miss a beat. As stated earlier, pain will just compound to other joints and the problems will just get worse. Notice I said problems, meaning you will more than likely have pain in not only your foot but also your ankle, knee, hip, and possibly as high up as your back.

Moral of the story...do not take your feet for granted. You use them every single day and they take a lot of wear and tear so they need to be cared for appropriately. So, if there is anything that seems out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment so it’s not too late and you need surgery, as in Manti Te’o’s case.

 By Varun Gujral

 

Even though it has been rainy the past few weeks here in New Jersey, springtime weather will be here before we know it! Memories of spring remind us of blooming flowers, farmers’ markets, and… you guessed it! New shoes! Ok, so it might not have been the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s true. We replace our heavier, warmer winter shoes for lighter springtime sneakers. As the weather transitions, so does what we put on our feet! While it is certainly exciting to be wearing those new heels, we can’t forget that what we put on our feet’s main job isn’t just to look stylish, but to provide the necessary support as well.

Too often, our shoes simply cannot support our feet. This is where a podiatrist can help. Custom orthotics in your new springtime shoes will help you keep the spring in your step this spring. Many common foot problems can be alleviated with the help of a custom fit orthotic. Some examples of where an orthotic can help are: plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, diabetic foot ulcers, bursitis, or many different types of foot, ankle, and heel pain!

Frequently, we wear shoes that don’t provide the support that our feet desperately need to function painlessly. It’s easy to be tempted to buy the cheap shoe inserts we see at the drugstore. The problem is that everyone’s feet are different and these shoe inserts do not properly address your foot’s specific needs.  Your podiatrist can determine if custom orthotics are right for you before you waste your money buying cheap shoe-inserts at the big-box store. Here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, we examine your feet and the way that you walk thoroughly to insure you are made the perfect orthotic to fit your needs. We talk to you about your unique needs to design a custom orthotic that is perfect for you. So, keep the spring in your step this spring, and make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today!

Nrupa Shah

It’s a well-known fact that high heels can be bad for your feet and cause painful deformities such as bunions or hammer toes.  Just wearing high heels every now and then can be painful, because they just aren’t very comfortable!  But let’s face it; many women are still going to wear high heels.  Why are women torturing themselves for shoes you ask?  Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets?  It’s a mystery!  Ok maybe there are a few reasons.

High heels have several “fashion” benefits.  They make you appear taller.  They force your body to balance by pushing your bosom forward and pushing your buttocks back, which is accentuating the “ideal and sought after” female form.  They also put your feet into plantar flexion which accentuates your calves.  Just to be clear, I’m not recommending high heels… at all.

If you must wear high heels here are a few simple rules to follow.

  1. When picking out high heels, look for shoes with plenty of space for your toes.  Make sure that the toe box is roomy and has enough height to keep your toes from becoming squished.  Many high heels force your toes to come to a point which is the main deforming force high heels exert. 
  2. Buy inserts.  There are over the counter inserts that you can slap into your high heels that help distribute the weight and provide more shock absorption throughout the pressure points.  Dr. Scholl’s for her high heel inserts work well for many women. 
  3. Exercise your feet daily with simple exercises like picking up a golf ball with your toes.  This can work to stop muscle atrophy and keep your feet strong and injury resistant.
  4. Give your feet plenty of breaks.  Try not to wear high heels every day and take them off as often as possible.  When you’re at a party or around the office take a seat as often as possible to give your feet a break. 
  5. Get a grip.  The bottom of your shoes can be very slippery when new.  Scuff them up with some sandpaper or a concrete surface.  You can even buy adhesive grips to place on the bottom of your shoes.
  6. Keep your balance.  Ankle injuries are very common when wearing heels and they occur when you lose your balance and roll the ankle in one direction or the other.  This is very easy to do because you aren’t nearly as stable up on heels as you are on the ground.  Do some balance exercises to condition your leg muscles and enhance your proprioception.  If you’re really ambitious then join a yoga class!

Remember that high heels are not ideal for your feet and if you have to wear them, follow these tips to take care of your feet.  If you have any questions or problems with your feet, then make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today.

By Nrupa Shah