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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 17, 2019
Category: foot safety

Spring has finally sprung and that means our beautiful New Jersey hiking trails are beckoning our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care. While we are all for getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors, we often see ankle and knee injuries along with foot pain and sore muscles after a strenuous day hike. To help prevent these problems, we offer the following suggestions:

  1. Check on chronic conditions. If you are experiencing an ongoing podiatric issue like flat feet or plantar fasciitis, schedule a checkup with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to assess your current condition. The foot doctor can make recommendations regarding hiking shoe style and trail conditions that would make hiking more comfortable and enjoyable. If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device, make sure it fits in your hiking shoes.
  2. Consider trek poles. They look like ski poles, but trek poles are designed to be used on ground. They can help you maintain proper form and reduce strain and fatigue in your lower extremities. This in turn will reduce your risk of injury.
  3. Choose the right hiking shoes. Hiking footwear comes in a variety of styles. High top versions provide additional ankle support but may be heavier, leading more quickly to fatigue. All hiking boots should have a good tread for gripping uneven surfaces. Be sure to condition your boots before setting out to ensure that they are waterproof.
  4. Keep feet dry. When feet get sweaty friction is created which can cause painful blisters to form. Staying in damp socks for long periods of time can also lead to fungal infections. Look for hiking socks that wick moisture away from your skin.
  5. Pack a smart pack. Bring a basic first aid kit, some pieces of moleskin and extra socks in your pack. These small items can come in handy in a big way for eliminating discomfort on the trail.

If despite all these precautions you end up with a knee, foot or ankle injury or pain that persists more than a day after your hike, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment as soon as possible after the injury by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 12, 2019
Category: Footwear

Winter isn’t letting NJ out of its grip any time soon, and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we hope some of our patients are planning to get away to where it’s warmer. If this is you, we want to give you a few reminders to help keep your feet safe and healthy while you’re away.

Be Savvy about Your Shoes

The right footwear can make or break your vacation. It’s best to pack shoes that are tried and true—ones that you’ve already worn plenty and know fit comfortably. If you do have a new pair you want to bring, wear them around the house for a number of hours before you leave. You don’t want to be stuck with a pair that gives you painful blisters or hurts your feet. In addition:

  • Pack shoes that suit your activities—if you plan to take a day hike in the rain forest, flip-flops aren’t going to cut it.
  • Do bring flip-flops or other easy to slip on shoes if your vacation includes time at a resort pool or spa. Places where people tend to walk barefoot are high-risk zones for contracting fungal infections and athlete’s foot.
  • Be sure to plan to wear sneakers or low-heeled, comfortable shoes for your travel days. Making connections at the airport, transferring to your hotel, etc. can involve ample amounts of walking.

Pack Foot Essentials

There are a few items that will only take a small amount of space in your suitcase but can make a big difference in the health and comfort of your feet. Consider bringing the following:

  • Moleskin—placed over a sore spot when you’re out for the day can prevent a painful blister from forming.
  • Bandages—helpful if you do develop a blister or if you get a minor cut or scrape on your foot. Bring a small tube or individual packets of antibacterial ointment as well.
  • Emory board and nail clippers—to take care of any jagged or broken toenails to prevent them from catching and tearing or becoming ingrown.

Use Good Sun Sense

It’s been a while since your feet have seen the sun! Apply sunscreen to your feet that protect against UVA and UVB rays and is waterproof several times throughout the day. This goes for times when you are out shopping or site seeing as well as when you are sitting by the pool. Always reapply after swimming.

If you injure your foot while you’re away or notice any unusual skin rashes or toenail symptoms when you return, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office promptly by calling: 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and diagnose any problems.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care

If you’re like many people, you may have watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, it inspired us to think about a countdown to better foot care. It’s a resolution we think should be on all of our patients’ lists. Let these 10 tips put you on the path to healthier, happier feet:

10: Don’t smoke. Smoking not only increases your risk of several major diseases and is bad for your lungs, but it can also harm your feet because it impedes your circulation and slows healing if you injure your feet, ankles, or other lower extremity.

9: Avoid going barefoot. When your feet are exposed, you have a much greater chance of stepping on a sharp object or banging into something that could cause an injury to your foot. Bare feet are also vulnerable to fungal infections, which are spread through direct contact.

8: Wash your feet every day. This simple act can prevent infections and reduce foot odor.

7: Eat healthy. Choosing a well balanced diet can help you get to and/or maintain an appropriate weight. Being overweight increases the risk and severity of several foot problems. Your food choices can also affect joint pain and other inflammatory conditions. Talk to our foot doctor about foods that trigger or decrease inflammation.

6: Exercise regularly. This goes hand in hand with a healthy diet. In addition to helping with weight control, however, exercise also improves circulation and keeps muscles and tendons in the foot flexible and healthy.

5: Alternate your shoes. Allow shoes to air out between wearings. This will lower your risk of fungal infection and reduce foot odor.

4: No Bathroom Surgery. Don’t attempt to cut out warts, or fix ingrown toenails, blisters, calluses and corns. Leave these treatments to the professionals: our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot care specialists will take care of even minor foot problems with less pain and without the risk of infection incurred by “do it yourself” care.

3: Inspect feet regularly. Report any changes in color, shape, or temperature of your feet, as well as growths, redness, swelling, bruising or wounds that seem slow to heal.

2: Buy high quality, properly fitting shoes. This will go a long way in preventing many chronic ankle and foot disorders.

1: Don’t put off seeking medical care for foot pain. Delaying treatment often leads to worsening pain and disability. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your toes, feet or ankles contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050 today.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 15, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

November is National Diabetes Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we partner with many patients who have this disease to help manage it and protect the health of their feet. Since neuropathy, or loss of sensation, and reduced circulatory and immune system function are all associated with diabetes, our diabetic patients have elevated risks for foot issues. What might be minor or common conditions for other patients—blisters, bunions, athlete’s foot—can pose a major potential threat to diabetic patients. Wounds and infections can be slow and difficult to heal and lead to serious consequences, even amputation. Thankfully, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can help patients with regular podiatric care to prevent wounds and maintain the health of their feet.

Preventing Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million Americans over the age of 18 have diabetes. Even more startling, a little over 84 million are believed to be pre-diabetic. Your physician can determine if you fall into this category. There are ways that all patients can lower their risk of diabetes. These include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease and stroke. Even losing 10-15 pounds can significantly reduce your risk. Start by cutting back on calories (swap veggies and hummus or whole grain snacks for chips, replace a starch with a salad, etc.).  Weigh yourself at least once a week. Increase the amount of water you drink—it can help you feel full.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking, in addition to raising your chances of developing diabetes, also impedes circulation, which is a contributing factor to diabetic complications.
  • Stay active. Exercise has multiple benefits: it helps prevent diabetes, increases circulation, helps your joints stay flexible and strengthens muscles, bones and your heart. You don’t have to run a marathon! Incorporate a walk during lunch hour. If you have a desk job, set a timer to get up every 30 minutes to stretch and take a quick walk around the office. Park a little further away from stores and your office. Consider adding strength training with weights, stretches and some aerobic sessions as you progress.

Start small. Little changes are more likely to be successful. If you have additional questions about diabetes and the health of your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 23, 2016
Tags: heel pain   tendonitis   blisters   calluses   corns  

Spring is in the air and that means more people are going to be looking to bring their exercise routines out of hibernation and start getting in shape. Often overlooked, however, are prepping your feet for your fitness routine. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, not properly caring for your feet during fitness activities is a contributing factor in more than 300 foot ailments. These include common and not so common conditions, such as: blisters, calluses, corns, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures and many more.

Getting Fit Without Hurting Your Feet

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we recommend that patients come in for a podiatric check up before beginning a new exercise routine. After examining your feet and ankles, our podiatrist, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will be able to diagnose new conditions and checking on previously existing ones. Knowing certain “weak spots” in your feet will help you make informed decisions on the type of activity best suited to your body as well as special shoe needs. If you have flat feet, for example, you will need athletic shoes that have strong arch support to prevent injury.  Some other ways that you can ensure good health for your feet when you exercise are:

  • Buy shoes specifically designed for the sport or activity you are doing. It’s worth investing a little extra and buying good quality shoes from a specialty store that understands fitness needs for your feet.
  • Always take the time to warm up properly before beginning your workout. This means stretching your calf, Achilles tendon and toes.
  • Listen to your feet while you are working out. If they start to hurt, stop. Pain is never normal!

If you would like more information about fitness and your feet, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.