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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
April 01, 2019
Category: Foot Health

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe in helping patients be proactive in the health of their feet and ankles. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a good time to share some simple ways to prevent podiatric disorders and ensure that your feet continue to serve you well for many years to come.

Be Vigilant

Too often patients come to Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office with foot problems that have advanced to a severe stage and have now begun to impede daily activities. It’s important to learn to recognize foot and ankle issues when they are just starting. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet daily so you will spot changes quickly. If you notice a difference in the appearance of your feet or any unusual sensations (burning, tingling or numbness), it’s important to make an appointment to see our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah at your earliest convenience. Most foot conditions are progressive, meaning they will only get worse, not better without treatment.

Infection Protection

Some of the most common—and most preventable—foot problems we see are bacterial and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. These conditions are highly contagious and spread by direct contact. Keep your feet covered when walking in public places like gyms, nail salons and beach and pool changing areas. Also, avoid sharing shoes, socks, nail clippers, towels and any items that may have touched other people’s feet.

Shoe Savvy

Improperly fitting shoes are probably the single biggest predictor of foot pain. Some tips for better shoe shopping include:

  • Get your foot professionally measured periodically—shoe size can change as you age.
  • Shop at the end of the day when feet are most swollen.
  • Wear the same kind of socks you plan to use with shoes you’re buying.
  • If the foot doctor has prescribed a custom orthotic device, make sure you bring it with you when trying on shoes.
  • Try on both shoes and spend several minutes walking around the store to make sure they don’t pinch or rub anywhere on your feet.

These simple steps will help ensure feet that are healthy and pain-free. To learn more ways to take better care of your feet, contact us.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 27, 2019
Category: Bunions

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want to dispel the notion that there’s nothing that can be done for a bunion short of surgery. Yes, it’s true that a surgical procedure is necessary to correct or eliminate a bunion, but our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah have many treatment methods that can decrease pain and slow the progression of your bunion, enabling you to continue to enjoy an active lifestyle. These include:

Protective Padding—one of the major sources of pain for bunion patients is friction from where the bunion rubs against the inside of the shoes. Padding made of felt, gel or other material can provide a protective cushion and reduce skin inflammation.

Corn and Callus Removal—over time, constant friction and pressure caused by the bunion can result in secondary problems like calluses and corns forming on the toe. These, in turn, increase pain and discomfort. Removing them can bring some relief.

Shoe Modifications—your shoes can be one of the biggest causes of bunion growth. Choose styles that have a wide toe box and low heels. Narrow, pointy shoes encourage the big toe to move out of place. The podiatrist may also prescribe a custom orthotic device to wear inside your shoes to help stabilize the joint and keep your foot stay in the correct position.

Night Splints—the foot doctor may recommend splints to wear while you sleep that will help your toes and joints align properly. These are particularly effective for adolescents whose bones are still developing.

Exercises—there are a number of exercises that are designed to maintain range of motion and joint flexibility which can be helpful in preventing stiffness in the toe or arthritis setting in.

Don’t wait until your bunion is so painful that you can no longer walk properly. Make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office as soon as possible by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 20, 2019
Category: skin conditions
Tags: Diabetes   Athlete's Foot  

Xerosis may sound like a rare, tropical foot disease, but relax—it’s just a fancy medical term for extremely dry skin. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we often find that the dry air of winter and the extra heating of our cars, offices, and homes can leave patients with skin on their feet that’s very dry and flaky. Below are some do’s and don’ts for helping with this problem:

Do: step up your moisturizing routine. Find a thick, rich emollient cream and apply it to your feet multiple times throughout the day if possible. Consider putting on at night and then slipping on a pair of thick socks to help the moisturizer absorb into your skin.

Don’t: take more than one bath or shower on a daily basis.

Do: choose soaps that are not overly drying to your skin. Look for kinds that contain moisturizers or oatmeal which soothes dry skin.

Don’t: use overly hot water when bathing or showering.

Do: use a laundry detergent that is fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin.

Do: contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office immediately if you are diabetic. Diabetes is associated with dysfunction of the sweat and oil glands in your feet, which can make dry skin worse and lead to cracks in the heels. This could provide an entry point for bacteria and cause a serious problem. It’s also a good idea to make an appointment even if you are not diabetic but have had the dry skin for over two weeks without improvement. Skin on your feet that is red, itchy, flaking or oozing could be a sign of athlete’s foot or another bacterial or viral infection. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will want to examine your feet at that point and determine if there is a cause of your dry skin that requires treatment. Contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 12, 2019
Category: Sports Injuries

March is National Athletic Training Month, and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to be aware of the important resources these health care professionals offer. Athletic trainers are found on sports fields and in professional settings like the physical therapist’s office. They play an important role in helping diagnose injuries related to exercise and sports and finding ways to decrease pain and make exercise more comfortable.

Overuse Injury Management

Many sports injuries, such as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures are the result of overuse. Dramatically increasing the duration or intensity of an activity in a short period is often the cause of these types of injuries. If you have symptoms such as pain, swelling, inflammation, and difficulty bearing weight on one or both feet, an athletic trainer can evaluate you and may recommend that you see the podiatrist.

Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah may order imaging studies such as an x-ray, MRI or bone scan to get a complete picture of the condition of your foot, ankle or leg. The foot doctor will recommend the best treatment for you. The athletic trainer can help with recovery in a number of ways, including:

  • Modifying your training schedule to reduce stress to the affected area
  • Offer suggestions about the appropriate footwear for your activity
  • Help with flexibility and strength training for your lower extremity muscles
  • Discuss nutrition and ways to ensure you get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet for strong bones
  • Devise cross-training programs that will help you maintain your fitness level while decreasing repetitive stress on your legs, feet, and ankles

Podiatrists and athletic trainers are partners in your podiatric health care. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort related to exercise or a sport, don’t delay. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office today by calling: 732-662-3050.





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