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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 19, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

If you’re one of those people whose turkey is barely in the fridge before you’re off and running for those Black Friday bargains, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to give you a few tips to save your feet. Running from store to store to score the best prices on holiday gifts can cost your feet dearly if you don’t take a few precautions.

  1. Shoe Savvy—your shoes are the biggest factor in how your feet will survive the super shopping day. This is not a day to wear a new pair! Go with a tried and true comfortable pair of shoes that has a wide toe box and a low heel. Sneakers or athletic shoes with good arch and ankle support are your best choice. This is definitely a function over fashion event. If our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah have prescribed a custom orthotic device for you, be sure to wear it for your marathon shopping trip.
  2. Blister Proofing—even trusty shoes can start to rub your feet the wrong way, especially if being on the move makes your feet sweaty. Carry moleskin with you and apply a piece to any place that starts to feel sore to prevent a blister from forming.
  3. Drink Up—you may not think there is a connection between your water bottle and your feet, but there is. Staying hydrated is one way to avoid uncomfortable swelling of the feet and ankles which can end up cutting your shopping day short.
  4. Break for Relief—in the long run, taking breaks to sit down and get off your feet for a few minutes will save your lower extremities way more than it will cost you in bargains. If possible, put your feet up on another chair. Even a short rest can reduce the risk of inflammation and fatigue and ultimately enable you to go on longer than if you go full speed ahead without any stops.

A little soreness after a day of Black Friday shopping is to be expected, but if your feet or ankles are really in pain even a day or two later, you may have sustained an injury that needs treatment. Contact Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care at our Edison, Linden, Monmouth Junction or Monroe offices in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 15, 2018
Category: Ankle Injury

An inflammation or injury to the Achilles tendon can severely limit your ability to walk, run and participate in daily activities for work and play. This large tendon connects your heel bone and your calf muscle and aids in lifting your heel off the ground. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we’d like to offer the following do’s and don’ts to help patients protect the Achilles tendon:

Don’t: overdo it--the most common cause of inflammation of the tendon is overuse. A sudden increase in the duration and/or intensity of a repetitive activity involving the tendon can lead to pain, soreness and tenderness in the tendon. These would include running, stair climbing and running hills as well as doing sprints which require you to push off with force.

Do: stretch and warm up—taking the time to stretch your calf muscles before and after working out or playing a sport can greatly reduce the risk of injury to the Achilles tendon.

Do: check the condition of your sports shoes. If your shoes are worn out they may no longer be providing the support necessary to your arch and heel which can cause inflammation of the tendon.

Don’t: ignore Achilles symptoms—pain first thing in the morning, pain and tenderness that increases with activity, sluggishness or a feeling of tiredness in your lower leg, difficulty stretching the Achilles tendon or walking and extreme pain when the sides of the tendon is squeezed are all signs of Achilles overuse and micro tears that are causing damage to the tissue. In more advanced cases of Achilles tendinosis, nodules may form as well. At the first sign of Achilles discomfort, you should contact us at 732-662-3050 and make an appointment at our offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction, NJ. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben (Varun) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and lower legs and determine the best course of treatment to repair tendon damage and prevent future injury.

Do: talk to the foot doctor about Achilles injury risk if you have flat feet. Being flat footed puts additional strain on your Achilles tendon. Patients with this condition may need shoes with additional arch support or a custom orthotic device to wear in the shoes to counteract the effects of a low or non-existent arch.

To learn more about Achilles tendon issues and treatment options, contact us today.