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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
January 23, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Diabetes   Ankle Sprains   Bunions   Alcoholism   Shoes  

We’re all familiar with the sensation of “pins and needles” in our feet and it’s not uncommon to have your foot “fall asleep” when you keep it in an unusual position for too long. But, what does it mean if you have this sensation frequently, regardless of the position of your foot? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we see patients with numbness or tingling in the feet that can come from a number of different sources.

Neuropathy—one of the most common causes of burning, tingly or numbness in the feet is nerve damage, also known as neuropathy. Neuropathy is frequently associated with diabetes but can also be caused by chemotherapy, alcoholism, injuries, and infections.

Footwear—your shoes may be too tight. Did you know that by some estimates 90% of the population is wearing shoes that are too small for their feet? Feet can increase in size as you age. Get your foot professionally measured and look for shoes with roomy toe boxes made out of soft, giving materials. If you feel the tingling sensation on just the top of your foot, try loosening your laces a bit.

Bunions—as the big toe moves out of place and begins to press on the second toe, nerves can get compressed. This pressure then causes the feeling of tingling in your forefoot and toes.

Herniated disc—sometimes, sensations in your feet are caused not by a podiatric problem but rather an issue with your back. A herniated disc could be compressing nerves that run down into your feet. Additional signs that this may be the source of your odd foot sensations would most likely include lower back pain and weakness.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome—you’ve most likely heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which occurs when nerves in your wrist are compressed and irritated. Tarsal Tunnel is similar only it happens when nerves in the tarsal tunnel—located in a space on the inside of your ankle—get compressed. This condition can be associated with an ankle sprain.

Obviously, each of these different causes of numbness or tingling in your feet would require different treatments to correct. If you are experiencing any ongoing unusual sensations in your feet, it’s time to contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction, NJ office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will conduct a complete examination of your feet and ankles and also order any necessary imaging or lab tests to accurately diagnose the source of your tingling. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes  

You’re making your holiday lists and checking them twice, but have you considered the hard workers behind the scenes that enable you to get everything done this season? It’s your feet! Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we’d like to suggest that you consider a present to show your feet some appreciation for all that they do during this busy season and the whole rest of the year through.

Foot Massage—whether done professionally or by you, a foot massage can have many benefits. The ancient healing practice of reflexology correlates each part of your body to a spot on your foot—the thought being that foot massage can improve the health of your whole body. It also improves circulation, relieves foot pain, and just feels oh, so good.

Rich Moisturizer and Cozy Socks—during the winter months with the heat going full blast in your car, office, home, and stores, skin is more likely to get dry. Treat yourself to a thick, extra-emollient cream or lotion and apply to your feet before bed. Fuzzy socks will help the moisturizer get absorbed into your feet and keep them toasty.

New Shoes—the single biggest factor in foot health is footwear. Many people are wearing shoes that are worn out or don’t fit properly and this can cause pain, deformity, and other chronic conditions. Get your foot professionally measured and then invest in a pair of good quality shoes. Look for a pair made out of natural, soft materials with a roomy toe box and heels no higher than two inches.

A Podiatrist Appointment to Evaluate Foot Discomfort—the best gift you can give your feet is to seek treatment for foot pain and discomfort promptly. If you have been experiencing a foot or ankle problem, contact our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey for an appointment.  Call 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 02, 2018
Category: joint health
Tags: Arthritis   Shoes   fitness plan  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe it’s important for patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and ankles (as well as the rest of their bodies). In honor of World Arthritis Day, which occurs in October, we’d like you to think about making some of these lifestyle choices to protect your joints.

Eat Well—your food choices can have an enormous impact on the health of your foot and ankle joints. First of all, eating a nutritious diet low in fat and sugar and with proper portion control can help you lose weight or maintain an appropriate weight. Excess weight puts a strain on knee, ankle and foot joints and increases your chances of developing arthritis. In addition, eating a well-rounded diet can help you maintain bone strength and decrease inflammatory responses in your body. Be sure your menu plans include plenty of calcium-rich foods and colorful fruits and vegetables. If necessary, take vitamin supplements.

Move More—a simple way to help your joints is not to stay in any one position for a long time. If you sit most of the day at a desk, take regular breaks to stand, stretch and take a brief walk. If you’re on your feet for long periods of time, be sure to sit and elevate your feet when you can. Choose a balanced fitness plan that incorporates strength training and weight-bearing exercises, as well as core building and stretching. All of these have a positive effect on joint health.

Stop Smoking—this weakens bones and increases your risk for joint problems.

Give Up Heels—high heels put a strain on your knees, ankles and foot joints. Get rid of heels over 2 inches or reserve them for only special occasions and even then, limit the time you spend in them.

Be Careful—did you know that arthritis often develops at the sight of a previous injury? Minimize your risk of getting hurt by wearing the appropriate shoes and protective gear for sports, driving safely, and watching where you walk. If you do sustain a foot or ankle injury, contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Linden, Edison, and Monroe immediately by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can treat your injury promptly. Follow the full course of treatment to make sure your injury is fully healed.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 31, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

As January comes to an end, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to ask, “How are you doing with your New Year’s fitness resolutions?” If you are like many patients, you may find that foot pain or other issues are derailing your plan to get physically fit. Don’t give up! Below are some tips for fine tuning your exercise routine to make it work for you:

  1. Get any foot pain checked out. If your toes, feet or ankles hurt or you are experiencing any discomfort as a result of your new fitness routine, make an appointment at our podiatry practice in New Jersey. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and ask about previous podiatric injuries and chronic conditions. The foot doctors may also want to examine the wear pattern of your shoes and check your gait. Recommendations about the best type of activity for your feet and any special accommodations necessary for you to exercise will be given. In some cases, the podiatrist may recommend an orthotic device, brace or pads to help protect a vulnerable area and make working out more comfortable.
  2. Make sure you’ve got the right shoes. Different sports require different shoes. The action of your foot when running is different than that of playing basketball, for example. Fitness shoes are designed specifically for the type of movement and the strain placed on your foot by a particular activity.
  3. Re-evaluate your exercise plan. If after a month, you are still finding your new work out too difficult and exhausting, you may have chosen a plan that is too advanced for your current level of fitness. Plans that set the bar too high result in discouragement and, worse, injury. Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs, and shin splints are just a few of the sports injuries that result from doing too much too soon when trying to get in shape. A sound plan will call for gradual increases in the length of time and the intensity of the workout. It should also include a warm-up, cool down and stretches to properly prepare your body for physical activity.

If you have more questions about fitness and your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.