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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 13, 2018
Category: foot deformity
Tags: Flat Feet   orthotic device  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we often see patients with flat feet who are not experiencing any pain or discomfort. For others, however, that is not the case.  Flat feet is a somewhat complex disorder because there are multiple types and several different causes. For some patients, flat feet are the result of a developmental problem that started during childhood and has gotten progressively worse. For others, it is part of the aging process or is caused by weight gain through pregnancy or obesity. Many patients with flat feet also overpronate or roll their ankle inward when they walk. At the end of the day, however, all cases of flat feet have one thing in common: the partial or total collapse of the arch of the foot.

The deformity of flat feet can lead to all kinds of foot, leg, and lower extremity distress. Pain in the heel, arch, and shins are common and it can even extend to the knee, hip, and lower back. Fortunately, there are several conservative treatment approaches that can be used to relieve symptoms. These include:

  • Medications—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can relieve inflammation and pain
  • Rest—the foot doctor may recommend that you reduce or eliminate activities that cause pain and cut down on prolonged periods of walking or standing. That way your arches can rest and inflammation will have a chance to subside. In extreme cases, a walking cast may help immobilize the foot.
  • Weight loss—if you are overweight, even slightly, it increases the strain on your arches and can increase pain.
  • Footwear modifications—wearing shoes that have good arch support is essential for patients with flat feet. An orthotic device may also be prescribed to increase that support and position feet properly.
  • Physical therapy—exercises can reduce pain and strengthen muscles.

The first step, however, is getting your feet evaluated. If you suspect you have problems with your arches, make an appointment at our New Jersey offices in Edison, Linden, Monmouth Junction or Monroe today by calling: 732-662-3050. Let our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, diagnose your condition and come up with a tailored treatment plan.

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.