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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 07, 2019
Category: Fitness
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A popular New Year’s resolution is to get in shape. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that many patients are not ready to commit to a full-on exercise program but would still like to become more active. Simply adding more movement to your day can be a good way to segue into a more structured fitness program. Exercising can improve foot health by increasing flexibility and range of motion, as well as helping you maintain a healthy weight. Below are some easy ways to get moving:

  • Use your smartphone, watch or computer to set an alarm once an hour to remind you to get up, stretch, and take a brief walk around your office or home.
  • Walk while you talk on the phone.
  • Instead of the elevator, choose to take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Park at the far end of the lot at work and stores.
  • Use your lunch hour to take a walk. If the weather is bad, go to a mall or walk in the parking structure if it has a sidewalk.
  • Get a set of hand weights to keep at your desk. While reading emails or articles or talking on the phone do some bicep curls or overhead extensions.
  • Start your day with some stretching. Before you even get out of bed you can flex your feet, reach your hands over your head and twist your legs to one side and hands to the other for a backstretch.
  • Take an extra lap at the grocery store. Walk the perimeter once around at the beginning of your shopping trip.
  • Make T.V. time count. Set up your treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike in view of the television and watch an episode of your favorite series while you work out. Get an exercise ball and do push-ups or mock jumping jacks while sitting on the ball.

If you notice any pain or discomfort in your feet when you start being more active, contact our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden, NJ offices at 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and help you determine the source of your foot pain.

By contactus@footandanklenj.com
June 26, 2018
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Little feet require special care to stay healthy during the summer months. Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, want parents to know that many summer foot mishaps can be prevented. Below are three of the more frequent foot problems they see in young patients during the summer months and what can be done to avoid them:

Wounds—puncture wounds, deep cuts, items embedded in the foot, and jellyfish stings are all common reasons children come into our Edison, Monroe and Monmouth Junction offices during June, July, and August. The easiest way to reduce or eliminate these risks is by keeping feet covered. Sturdy sneakers for yard games and water shoes for the beach can keep the fun going without the interruption of an injury.

 Fungal infectionswarts, athlete’s foot, and fungal toenails are all more prevalent in children than adults. Why? Children are more careless about avoiding coming in contact with surfaces that may have been touched or walked on by someone with a viral, fungal or bacterial infection. Teach your children to not share socks, shoes, towels, flip-flops or other items that touch someone else’s feet. Make sure children wear flip-flops or shower shoes when walking around a town pool or going to use the restrooms at the lake or beach. Fungi love warm, moist places and public venues where people walk barefoot are prime breeding grounds. Washing your children’s feet every night with soap and water can also reduce the risk of infections. If a child does get an infection on his or her feet, be sure to sterilize the shower floor before other family members use it and don’t share bedding. Encourage your child not scratch even if it itches and to wash his or her hands immediately if they do touch an infected area. This will help prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body.

Ankle sprains—flip-flops are so easy to slip on and make a quick exit to go out and play but the few minutes saved by not putting on the sneakers could result in days sidelined from summer fun because of an ankle sprain. Running and playing in flip-flops is dangerous. The shoes provide no support to any part of the feet and are also difficult to keep on. Another cause of ankle sprains is sneakers that are stretched out and worn and no longer hold the ankle snugly in place.

If your child does complain of foot pain over the summer, whether the cause is obvious or not, contact our New Jersey offices for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 30, 2018
Category: foot safety
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Did you know that the two age categories that sustain the greatest number of power mower injuries are children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 44? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we believe that nearly all mower injuries are preventable. Below are some tips for keeping toes and feet safe for the two most at-risk groups:

Children

Protecting children from mower accidents is as simple as keeping them away from the mower when it is running. This means no rides—no matter how much they beg you! Also, you should instruct your children not to come onto the lawn while you are mowing. If they need something from you, they should know to wait until the mower is turned off. You may want to show them how loud the mower is to help them understand that you will not be able to hear them coming up behind you when it is on. Another way the children can be injured is by sticks, toys or other objects shooting out from the mower. Always keep the clip bag attached to catch any debris.

Adults

Mower accidents that happen to adults occur for a number of different reasons. In general, it’s a good idea not to rush and to avoid careless shortcuts. In addition, observe these precautions:

  • Put on heavy work boots or similarly protective footwear when mowing.
  • Never mow a wet lawn—mowers slipping on grass after it has rained is the single, biggest cause of accidents.
  • Don’t attempt to pull a running mower backward.
  • Use a mower with a “dead man” switch that automatically shuts off if you let go.
  • Mow slopes side to side, not up and down.

Finally, if you do get injured while mowing your lawn, get treatment immediately. Small cuts from dirty mower blades can create an entry point for germs and bacteria that can result in an infection if you wait until you’re done mowing before cleaning and bandaging. Obviously, more serious accidents will be treated in the emergency room but you should also follow up with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah to ensure that the wound is healing properly and that no further treatment is necessary. Contact our Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe offices in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 27, 2017
Category: Proper Footwear
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we see women every week who come to us with foot complaints that are being caused or made considerably worse by their shoe choice. Yes, you want to look professional and fashionable but it’s important not to choose short term fashion fame over long term foot pain. Below are foot faux pas to avoid:

“They make my feet look small.” That’s probably because the shoes themselves are too small for your feet! Some studies estimate that 9 out of 10 women are currently wearing shoes that are the incorrect size. Shoe size usually increases as you get older. Have your foot professionally measured before buying your next pair of shoes. Forcing feet into footwear that is too small can cause corns, blisters and deformities.

“High heels are so feminine.” They also greatly increase your risk of bunions, hammertoes and other toe deformities. High heels pack a double whammy: they force your toes to the front of your shoe and squeeze them together. Spending a lot of time in heels over 2 inches can start to actually cause your toes to move out of position. Pressing up against one another also increases the chances of getting an ingrown toenail.

“Once the cooler weather hits I love wearing my fashion boots every day!” The problem with many fashion boots is that they have little or no arch support. This can lead to heel pain due to the strain they put on your plantar fascia. Look for boots that have good arch support or be sure to alternate them with other shoes.

“I need to wear pumps for work but they hurt my heel.” You may be suffering from a condition known as Haglund’s Deformity or, as it is more commonly called, “Pump Bump.” A bony enlargement at the back of the heel falls right at the point where the back of your pump meets your foot. Constant rubbing and pressure irritate the area causing it to become inflamed and sore. Look for pumps that have a more flexible heel counter or try open back styles to take the pressure off. The foot doctor may also recommend protective padding for the back of your heel.

If you do find yourself experiencing chronic or severe foot pain, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050 and be sure to wear or bring the shoes you wear most often.  Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and determine if your footwear is contributing to your condition. Our foot doctor can also suggest styles that will best suit your foot and accommodate any conditions you currently have.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 19, 2017
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With fall sports in full swing, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care are beginning to see more young people in our office with calcaneal apophysitis or Sever’s Disease, as it is more commonly known. This condition typically affects children ages 8 to 14. It is an inflammation of the growth plate that is usually the result of excessive pounding on the heel in a sport such as basketball, track or soccer. Until the heel is fully developed, there is a vulnerable area at the back where new bone is continually forming. This spot can become inflamed with overuse.

Signs and Symptoms

Tracking down foot disorders in children, particularly those on the younger side can be challenging since they are not always able to articulate what specifically is bothering them. Some signs that your child may be suffering with Sever’s Disease include:

  • Pain, sometimes quite severe, in the back or bottom of the heel
  • Tenderness or pain when the sides of the heel are squeezed
  • Limping
  • Walking on tiptoes
  • Unusual gait or difficulty running and jumping
  • Complaints of tiredness
  • Lack of desire to participate in activities he or she normally enjoys

Treatment

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child or he or she complains of heel pain, it’s time to make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction, NJ office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will get a medical history and want to know about recent sports activities. An x-ray, other imaging studies or laboratory tests may be ordered in addition to the physical examination to rule out other more serious conditions. Once a diagnosis of calcaneal apophysitis is confirmed, the foot doctor will want your child to stop or greatly reduce any activities that aggravate the heel. There are a number of treatment options available, including:

  • Immobilization—a cast or boot may be necessary to keep the foot and ankle from moving so the heel can rest and heal
  • Physical therapy—stretching and other modalities may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and heal damaged tissue
  • Orthotics—shoe inserts may be recommended to provide support and cushioning for the affected heel

The foot doctor will decide on the best treatment for your child. It is not uncommon for Sever’s Disease to recur until your child gets into his or her late teen years. If you suspect your child may be suffering from this condition, contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.