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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes  

You’re making your holiday lists and checking them twice, but have you considered the hard workers behind the scenes that enable you to get everything done this season? It’s your feet! Here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we’d like to suggest that you consider a present to show your feet some appreciation for all that they do during this busy season and the whole rest of the year through.

Foot Massage—whether done professionally or by you, a foot massage can have many benefits. The ancient healing practice of reflexology correlates each part of your body to a spot on your foot—the thought being that foot massage can improve the health of your whole body. It also improves circulation, relieves foot pain, and just feels oh, so good.

Rich Moisturizer and Cozy Socks—during the winter months with the heat going full blast in your car, office, home, and stores, skin is more likely to get dry. Treat yourself to a thick, extra-emollient cream or lotion and apply to your feet before bed. Fuzzy socks will help the moisturizer get absorbed into your feet and keep them toasty.

New Shoes—the single biggest factor in foot health is footwear. Many people are wearing shoes that are worn out or don’t fit properly and this can cause pain, deformity, and other chronic conditions. Get your foot professionally measured and then invest in a pair of good quality shoes. Look for a pair made out of natural, soft materials with a roomy toe box and heels no higher than two inches.

A Podiatrist Appointment to Evaluate Foot Discomfort—the best gift you can give your feet is to seek treatment for foot pain and discomfort promptly. If you have been experiencing a foot or ankle problem, contact our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey for an appointment.  Call 732-662-3050 so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 05, 2018
Category: fall prevention

The hustle and bustle of the holidays combined with falling temperatures and slippery conditions can set patients up for a fall. At Affiliated Foot& Ankle Care we don’t want our patients to be sidelined from holiday fun with a foot or ankle injury. Below are 6 tips for reducing your risk of a holiday season tumble:

  1. Be savvy about shoes—footwear with an anti-slip tread is critical when sleet, slush, and ice are in the forecast. If holiday festivities call for heels, pack them and change when you get to the party. Forgo fashion and choose low-heeled boots for shopping and running errands.
  2. Keep feet dry—overly hot malls, cars, and offices can cause feet to sweat. Damp feet stuck for hours in closed shoes and boots create the perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Keep a spare pair of socks in your desk or car and change when you notice your feet are damp.
  3. Pay attention—although your to-do list may be a mile long, don’t be distracted when walking or shopping. Watch where you’re going and be aware of uncleared patches of sidewalk or dark pavement that may be icy. Avoid carrying so many packages that you can’t see the pavement in front of you.
  4. Plot your path—on snowy days, look for the clearest path to get from your car to your office or into stores or other places you need to go. Be aware that vestibules and the steps right inside a building may be particularly slippery from everyone’s wet boots and shoes.
  5. Don’t overdo it—when your feet are tired and sore it may cause you to alter the way you walk to avoid the discomfort. This can cause you to lose your balance and fall or twist an ankle. Take breaks throughout your busy days and put your feet up if possible.
  6. Stop if your feet hurt—continuing to go when your feet say stop is a surefire way to end up with an injury or flare-up of a chronic condition. If your feet are in pain, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey. For an appointment, call 732-662-3050 so that our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and treat any injuries or conditions that are slowing your holiday roll.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 27, 2018
Category: Gout
Tags: Arthritis   Gout  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we start to see more cases of gout at this time of the year. The reason? One of the most common triggers of gout attacks is related to the rich food patients enjoy during this festive season.

What is Gout?

Gout is actually a form of arthritis. This is not surprising when you consider the symptoms: extreme pain in the joint accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and heat. Gout occurs when an excessive amount of uric acid accumulates in a joint and crystallizes. Cold temperatures increase the likelihood of crystallization and that is why the big toe joint—being the part of the body furthest from the heart—is the most common location for gout to develop (although it can happen in any joint in your body). The big toe joint is also subject to much pressure when you walk, and this may be another reason for it being a frequent site of gout.

Uric acid is a byproduct of purines—chemicals that occur naturally in the body and are also found in certain foods. People who get gout may either overproduce uric acid or have difficulty eliminating it from the body. The tendency for gout can also be inherited.

Steps Toward Prevention

Anyone who has ever suffered a gout attack will want to be proactive in avoiding future attacks. Gout is very painful and will often wake a patient up out of a sound sleep in the middle of the night. The pain may last for several hours or even days before subsiding. Once you’ve had gout, there is a good chance of it recurring. Some ways to prevent future attacks include:

  • Avoiding foods high in purines. On this list is: red meat, red wine, beer, shellfish, rich sauces, brandy, lentils, and beans.
  • Doing an assessment of the vitamins and medications you are currently taking with your physician or pharmacist. Certain ones have been associated with an increased risk of gout.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and taking good care of your feet. In some cases, special shoes may be prescribed to help relieve gout symptoms. If you have questions about gout and your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe, Linden or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050. Our expert podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will be happy to evaluate your feet and advise you of your best options.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 19, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

If you’re one of those people whose turkey is barely in the fridge before you’re off and running for those Black Friday bargains, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to give you a few tips to save your feet. Running from store to store to score the best prices on holiday gifts can cost your feet dearly if you don’t take a few precautions.

  1. Shoe Savvy—your shoes are the biggest factor in how your feet will survive the super shopping day. This is not a day to wear a new pair! Go with a tried and true comfortable pair of shoes that has a wide toe box and a low heel. Sneakers or athletic shoes with good arch and ankle support are your best choice. This is definitely a function over fashion event. If our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah have prescribed a custom orthotic device for you, be sure to wear it for your marathon shopping trip.
  2. Blister Proofing—even trusty shoes can start to rub your feet the wrong way, especially if being on the move makes your feet sweaty. Carry moleskin with you and apply a piece to any place that starts to feel sore to prevent a blister from forming.
  3. Drink Up—you may not think there is a connection between your water bottle and your feet, but there is. Staying hydrated is one way to avoid uncomfortable swelling of the feet and ankles which can end up cutting your shopping day short.
  4. Break for Relief—in the long run, taking breaks to sit down and get off your feet for a few minutes will save your lower extremities way more than it will cost you in bargains. If possible, put your feet up on another chair. Even a short rest can reduce the risk of inflammation and fatigue and ultimately enable you to go on longer than if you go full speed ahead without any stops.

A little soreness after a day of Black Friday shopping is to be expected, but if your feet or ankles are really in pain even a day or two later, you may have sustained an injury that needs treatment. Contact Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care at our Edison, Linden, Monmouth Junction or Monroe offices in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

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.





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