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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 24, 2018
Category: Fitness

The hills and trails of New Jersey are ablaze with color and many of our patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care are taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather by hitting the hiking trails. While this can be a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors, it can also be hard on your feet if you don’t plan appropriately. Below are some tips to ensure your hike is fun without hurting your feet.

Do Your Homework

Before setting out, research your trails. Remember that a 5-mile hike is very different from a 5-mile walk around your neighborhood. In addition to the length of the trail, also check the elevation and degree of difficulty. Choose a hike that suits your current level of fitness.

Check Your Boots

Hiking boots are specifically designed to support and protect your feet on rocky and uneven surfaces. Sneakers won’t cut it! If you have weak ankles, you should get a high-top style to help prevent twisting injuries. Boots should be roomy enough to accommodate thick socks. If your boots are new, be sure to wear them around for several hours before going out on the trail.

Pack a Bag

Bring a few small but essential items can make the difference between a good day on the trail and a disaster. Moleskin should be applied to any spot on your foot or ankle that starts to feel sore. This will prevent a blister from forming. Include an elastic bandage in case of a sprain and an extra pair of socks. Don’t forget your water bottle and sip throughout your hike. Not only is it essential to stay hydrated but doing so will prevent swelling in your feet and ankles.

Listen to Your Feet

If your feet or ankles start to feel tired or sore, rest for a while. If you feel pain, end the hike as soon as possible. Pain that’s more than muscle aches should be evaluated promptly by our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah.  Contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 06, 2018

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! We at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to do our part to ensure that your pregnancy proceeds smoothly. If this is your first pregnancy you may not be aware of all the ways that your feet can be affected. Changes in your body while you are pregnant can pose several challenges for your feet. Below are some foot conditions that are more likely when you are expecting and how to avoid them:

Edema—it’s natural during pregnancy for your body to produce and retain more fluid. This often results in edema (a fancy term for swelling) of the ankles and feet. Swelling can be uncomfortable and painful. You can minimize the amount of edema and help relieve it by drinking plenty of water, avoiding salt and elevating your feet above heart level several times throughout the day.

Falls and Ankle Sprains—a changing center of gravity and extra weight in places you are not used to having it, along with hormonal changes that relax your ligaments can put you at greater risk for falls and ankle twisting injuries. It’s important to be conscious of this so that you pay extra attention to the surfaces you are walking on and don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the path in front of you. Keep heels low and wide for increased stability.

Ingrown Toenails—shoe choices are important for avoiding ingrown toenails as well. It’s not unusual for your feet to increase a whole size during pregnancy. Don’t try to continue to force your feet into your normal shoes if they feel tight and are pinching. Squishing the toes together for long periods of time can increase your chance of developing an ingrown toenail. It will also aggravate any toe deformities you may have such as bunions or hammertoes. Get your feet professionally measured and buy shoes that are the correct size for your feet now to wear during your pregnancy.

If you do find yourself suffering from any of these conditions or are experiencing pain anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe any necessary treatment. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   swelling   toenails   ulcer  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know patients don’t exactly look forward to coming into the Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office for evaluation. Sometimes patients are unsure if a symptom really requires the doctor’s attention. However, we would prefer you err on the side of caution and contact us rather than wait until minor symptoms develop into serious medical conditions. To help you decide if you should make the call, ask yourself the following questions:

How’s the pain? No foot pain is normal, but we get it if you went on a strenuous hike or spent all day shopping and now your feet are a little sore and you think they just need a good night’s rest. Here are some signs the pain needs the attention of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah:

  • Pain came on suddenly and for no reason or after a recent injury or fall
  • Pain is intermittent but has been coming and going for a while
  • Pain that is increasing in intensity or duration

Do your feet look different? Have you noticed any swelling, bruises, lumps or toes that appear to have moved out of place? What about your skin—red or discolored, flaky, any signs of rashes, cracks or blisters? Do any toenails appear to be thickened, crumbly or yellow/ another abnormal color?

Do you notice any change in sensation? Do you feel any burning or tingling anywhere on your toes or feet? Is there any numbness or lack of feeling in your feet?

Are there any signs of infection? Redness or red streaks and warmth in a localized area of your foot can signal an infection. If you see these symptoms and you have a fever you should contact the doctor right away.

One other important note: if you have diabetes you should definitely get in touch with the foot doctor immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms. For diabetic patients, foot irritation can quickly develop into a dangerous wound or ulcer and possibly serious infection that will have devastating consequences.

In the end, we’d rather be able to say: “It’s nothing to be concerned about,” instead of “you should have come in sooner.” Contact us at our New Jersey offices at 732-662-3050 if you have any questions or concerns about your feet.