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Take control of your diabetes. Besides keeping your blood glucose at your ideal target range, if you haven’t already, consider a podiatrist as part of your health care team to help you manage and take control of your health. Our team at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care is always ready to collaborate with your other health care team members. Regular appointments, education about diabetic foot care and your situation is a powerful enabler along your road of health. Diet and exercise can always be strong advocate.   

Every day foot checks. Take the time DAILY to inspect your bare feet. Look for changes, swelling, redness, blisters, rashes, or cuts. Someone else or a mirror may be helpful if you are unable to see the bottom of your feet. If you have concerns contact your podiatrist immediately, it is essential to maintain open communication with your podiatrist about the condition of your feet.

Foot hygiene. It is important to wash your feet on a daily basis, and it is just as important to dry your feet, especially in between your toes after a proper wash. If you are an individual who sweats a lot, consider options to change your socks throughout the day. Maintaining an environment for your feet that avoids moisture and dampness is ideal. If you choose to have pedicures done at a salon, consider bringing your own pedicure kit to avoid infection.

Keep blood flow in mind. As you go about your day, consider ways to enhance your body’s ability to keep blood flowing to your feet. Never sit or sit crossed legged for long periods of time. If possible elevate feet when sitting. Choose not to smoke, and do your best to remain hydrated. Habitual toe wiggling/crunching and ankle movement in 2-3 repetitions for 5 minutes throughout the day better maintains circulation to feet. Guard your feet against cold and hot temperatures. Test water temperatures, and do not use heating pads and blankets on your feet because burns can happen and you may not even realize it.

Never walk bare feet. It is smart to wear shoes and socks at all times to avoid sustaining an injury you are unaware of.  Before putting on shoes check the shoe and lining to insure they are smooth and there is nothing inside that may cause friction, blister, or injury. 

As podiatrists at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison NJ we pride ourselves in being able to serve you with the best custom to you diabetic foot care in the area. If you have questions or would like more information about diabetic foot care call 732-662-3050 make your appointment.

By Varun Gujral

When I think of plantar warts, the first thing coming to mind is, plantar warts are more common than you think.  If you haven’t dealt with them yourself, it’s likely you know someone or family members who have tried self-treatment or have actually gone to their local podiatrist for removal treatment. Plantar warts are usually located in areas of pressure and friction, they manifest themselves as hard fleshy growths on the bottom of the foot and sometimes they can be irritating or painful. Unfortunately plantar warts easily spread as it is a subtype of human papillomavirus (HPV).  Plantar warts are no respecter of age, although they are most commonly found among 12-16 year olds. People with weakened immune systems, skin trauma, or exposure to public showers are more likely to be afflicted with foot warts.

The scope of treatment here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care for plantar warts is enough to comprehensibly meet the variation and degree of the wart you may have. Some plantar warts are taken care of in a one stop shop so to speak, where a mild acid is applied topically to burn off the plantar wart, where other cases may require surgery, or follow up appointments. Laser treatment, cryotherapy (freezing wart with liquid nitrogen) or leucoplast tape and prescription Upton paste. Tape and paste is applied on a daily basis for a week, followed by a shaving procedure, and then concluded with one more series of tape and paste until wart is gone. Sometimes warts return and one single treatment has not become the end all, fix all.  Individual immunities, the body’s ability to identify the wart virus as problematic, and then the body’s ability create an immune response to the virus are all factors to the effectiveness of Plantar wart virus elimination. If you have any questions about Plantar Warts or would like more information please make an appointment to see one of our podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Varun Gujral

Holiday DIY Feet painting craft is here again! It’s time to crank out the acrylic paint, construction or Scrap paper to make a festive Thanksgiving Turkey with your toddler.

Supplies:

Brown, dark brown, red, white, pink, black, Acrylic Paint.

Canvas: 9x12 inch white canvas if you want to go all out, or a white piece of paper will work fine too (if it turns out you really like your craft and you had chosen the white piece of paper option, you can always cut it out and put it in a picture frame, or laminate it and turn it into a decorative placemat). 

Small and Medium round Paint Brushes

Glue

Construction and/or Scrapbook paper

Instructions:

  1. Decide if you want to put your turkey on a canvas or paper. Whichever choice you made, set aside for later use.
  2. Give your child a few choices of construction or scrapbook paper to create the feathers. After 5 papers are selected and decorated, draw and cut the desired feather shape on the back of each paper. Set aside to later place on final paper or canvas.  
  3. Get your paints out and squeeze paint onto a paper plate (nickel to quarter size for each.)
  4. Have your child sit on a surface where you can paint their feet. Accessible to somewhere you can rinse their feet is always a perk. Easy clean up always makes for a good project.
  5. Paint your child’s foot. Special note: You are creating the body of the turkey. Do not place the footprint (turkey body) on your canvas or final piece of paper. You will cut your footprint out and place it on top of the feathers, on top of your canvas or final paper.  Press paper against your child’s painted foot creating your desired shape. Be sure to wiggle and press each toe onto the paper so nothing is missed. If you feel you need to practice on a plain sheet of paper first, do so.
  6. Set the footprint paper somewhere safe and go and wash your kid’s feet. You can do partial clean up at this point while you wait for paint to dry.
  7. After the paint on the turkey body has dried, you can move to part two of the project. Complete the feet design as pictured. Create the eyes, cheeks, gobble, beak, turkey legs, and feather placement on canvas. Drawing lightly with a pencil first is a good policy to allow for redo’s. Include highlights around feathers by using acrylic colors and the small paint brush. 
  8. Add a background and/or phrase to canvas. EX: trees, sun, dirt, grass EX: “Gobble ‘Till You Wobble!”  “Happy Turkey Day,” or “My Little Turkey”.
  9. Finalize your craft by writing your child’s name or initials, year, and age on the front or back of canvas.

Cooking up a toddler DIY craft turkey is no small FEET! Best of luck this Thanksgiving with your turkey cooking endeavors from your podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ.

 

At our house my wife is a sucker for anything homemade by our kids. If our son takes on the endeavor to pick up rocks, leaves, acorns, flowers, seashells, or anything really for that matter, if he picks it and then gives it to my wife, that very ordinary rock becomes special. It's a guarantee she is keeping the special whatever it is and will find a little place for it to be on "display" somewhere in the house. 

Halloween costumes, crafts, candies, and decor displays line the walls of stores reminding us the Halloween spirit is in full swing. Since mom always loves those special homemade crafts, it is great to let the kids create a little homemade something special of their own for "display" in the house to add to the Halloween spirit. Using acrylic paints, you will make your child’s foot prints on a canvas look spook-tacular.

 Years down the road when the canvas has seen more Halloweens than you can remember, this “batty” canvas will remind you of your child’s precious “littler” moments. Big or little, here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ, we remind you to be safe when out this Halloween and hope this year’s Trick or Treat, Paint My Feet is a success!

Supplies:

Black, white, and orange Acrylic Paint.

Canvas: 9x12 inch white canvas if you want to go all out, or a white piece of paper will work fine too (if it turns out you really like your craft and you had chosen the white piece of paper option, you can always cut it out and put it in a picture frame). 

Black Sharpie

Small and Medium round Paint Brushes

Instructions:

  1. Get your paints out and squeeze paint onto a paper plate (nickel to quarter size for each.)
  2. Have your child sit on a surface where you can paint their feet. Accessible to somewhere you can rinse their feet are always a perk. The wife is always happy if you do well on clean up.
  3. Paint your child’s feet and then press the canvas onto each foot forming the child’s desired shape. Be sure to wiggle and press each toe onto the canvas so nothing is missed. If you feel you need to do a practice run on a plain sheet of paper first, go ahead and give it a go so you get the hang of it.  Be thoughtful for foot placement to allow room for wings to be later added to the craft.
  4. Set the canvas somewhere safe and go and wash your kid’s feet. You can do partial clean up at this point while you wait for the paint to dry.
  5. After the paint on the canvas has dried, you can move to part two of the project. Time to create the bat ears, eyes, wings and fangs. Complete the feet design as pictured. Drawing lightly with a pencil first is a good policy to allow for redo’s. Include highlights around wings by using white and the small paint brush.  Add “Trick or Treat” to the canvas.
  6. Finalize the craft by writing your child’s name or initials, year, and age on the front or back of canvas.

By Varun Gujral

 

By Varun Gujral
October 14, 2015
Category: Footwear

As you know we are into the fall season, weather shares its finest when all night open windows blend the perfect brisk, cool morning SO glorious you kick your feet and shake your head knowing when it's time to get out of bed. The fall weather is so perfect I just smile inside knowing I'm not spending big bucks on AC to maintain the house temperature. It's that time of year shopping centers have overwhelming displays of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas décor. Tis the holiday season coming, and coming fast!

With the fast approaching holidays and transition from fall weather to winter weather comes other things...Like colds, sneezing, the flu, coughs, and sharing germs! It's the worst when you have to take off a day or two or even a week of work to be sick. Of course we know practicing good habits like hand washing, disinfect and sanitizing surfaces such as counters, doors, keyboards, cellphone, and toys. It is always a good idea to stay hydrated, and not share foods or drinks. Don't touch your eyes, mouth, and nose. Use antibacterial and practice "elbow cover" whenever you cough or sneeze to prevent the spreading of germs. Eat well and get your sleep. As we have gone over these reminders, there is probably one that you haven't thought of. Removing shoes before going into your house will reduce the amount of bacteria, toxins, and dirt that comes into your home.

A study that the University of Arizona did in 2008 stated that a shoe had an average of 421,000 bacteria on them. Of that 421,000 it had 9 different strands of bacteria. We walk through places like public bathrooms, sidewalks where birds and dogs have pooped and then walk it right into our home. Harmful toxins are tracked into the house from shoes by walking on a recently treated lawn, or walking on a site where coal tar has been used as a sealant on asphalt roads. Lastly dirt won't kill you by itself, but when tracked into the home where children and babies are on the floor with toys and fingers in their mouths, it's probably not a good idea. Besides, less dirt equals less cleaning.

So a word from your podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ, keep yourself going this holiday season by taking your shoes off before entering the house. Leave your shoes and those nasty coughs, colds, and sneezes at the door. It will keep you healthier and one step better to avoid sickness this holiday season.

By Varun Gujral