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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
April 09, 2019

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that children and teenagers have a higher rate of certain common foot conditions such as fungal infections, warts and athlete’s foot. This is due in part to their activities and their habits. These foot disorders are largely preventable, however, and parents can help children protect their feet by making sure their gym bag contains a few key items.

Shower shoes or flip flops—because fungal and bacterial infections are spread by direct contact, one of the best ways to avoid them is by keeping your feet covered when walking in public places where other people tend to go barefoot. Make sure your child knows that in gym locker rooms and showers they need to wear their shoes.

Extra Socks—fungal infections thrive in moist conditions. Staying in sweaty socks after practice will encourage infection-causing organisms to multiply. Pack pair for child to change into after they have showered.

Towel and soap—washing feet after exercise or sports is necessary. Sharing items that with other people who may have a foot infection is another way of catching one yourself. Encourage your child to use only their own shower items and not to wear someone else’s shoes or socks.

Foot powder—if your child has already had one or more fungal foot or toenail infection or warts, it’s a good idea to also give them a foot powder to apply before putting on clean socks. This will help keep feet dry. You can get an anti-fungal powder which will help fight off infection.

Teach your child to get in the habit of checking their feet over when they shower or bathe. If feet feel itchy or they notice other signs of a developing infection: discolored nails, flaky or dry skin, oozing blisters or redness it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your child’s feet and prescribe the necessary treatment if an infection is present.

 

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 16, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Are you one of 29 million Americans that have diabetes? If so, all of us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want you to know that you have significant power in controlling this disease and how it affects your feet. Diabetes deals your feet a double blow: first, it can cause neuropathy or nerve damage to the feet which makes it difficult to detect cuts or injuries to the feet. Second, diabetes can impede circulation which restricts the flow of oxygen-rich blood that can speed healing to the extremities.

There are steps you can take, however, to help protect your feet if you have diabetes:

  • Keep your sugar levels under control. Following all your doctor’s instructions for managing your diabetes will lower your risk for complications significantly.
  • Get in the habit of doing self-exams. Check your feet daily for cuts, open sores, blisters, swelling, bruising, changes in skin color or nail condition. Report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah so that they can examine your feet and adjust your treatment accordingly.
  • Choose shoes wisely. Get your foot professionally measured and choose shoes that have a roomy toe box and are made out of soft, flexible materials. Look over your feet for red marks, blisters or other signs of friction from your footwear.
  • Keep feet dry. Wear socks made of moisture-wicking materials that help feet stay dry. Change socks as soon as your feet feel damp. If you tend to sweat profusely, use an anti-fungal foot powder before putting on socks.
  • Avoid going barefoot. Even at home, bare feet are more likely to sustain a puncture wound or cut from stepping on a sharp object. Your risk for athlete’s foot or fungal infections decreases if you keep your feet covered when walking in public places.
  • Don’t practice “bathroom surgery.” Attempting to remove warts, corns or calluses or dig out ingrown toenails is likely to result in injury and infection which could pose a significant medical threat.
  • Schedule regular podiatric checkups. Your foot doctor is your partner in managing your diabetes. If you have questions about your feet and diabetes, contact our New Jersey locations in Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction by calling: 732-662-3050.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 02, 2019
Category: Foot Health

It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions and we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care think it’s a good idea to resolve to take better care of your feet this year. It doesn’t require a lot of time or effort—just a commitment to some basic foot care practices. Below are five easy ways to ensure good podiatric health this year.

  1. Commit to a daily care regimen. Taking just a few minutes each day, you can greatly reduce your risk of bacterial and fungal infections in your feet. Wash feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely and be especially careful to get the spaces between your toes. Use a foot powder each morning to help keep feet dry if you sweat excessively. A good moisturizer at night can keep skin supple and prevent heel cracks.
  2. Buy better shoes. Your footwear choice is one of the biggest factors in preventing foot problems. It’s important to wear shoes that fit properly. Some studies estimate that as many as 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet. Your feet can get larger as you age. Get your feet professionally measured. Look for styles with low heels and a roomy toe box to help prevent toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.
  3. Examine your feet regularly. Nearly all foot problems have a better outcome if they are treated in their early stages. Look over your feet, top and bottom, and note any discoloration of the skin, changes in nails, bruises, swelling or lumps. Be sure to report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah who will examine your feet and find out if you have a condition that needs treatment.
  4. Practice good nail care. Nails should be trimmed, but not too short. Never file toenails with rounded edges as this may encourage skin to grow over the nail and create an ingrown toenail. Don’t pick at your nails or cuticles as this may lead to an infection.
  5. Don’t ignore foot pain! Putting off seeking treatment will only make foot conditions worse and even cause additional injury. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle discomfort, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.