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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.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 14, 2018
Category: Fungal infections

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we find that patients are not as vigilant about athlete’s foot and other bacterial and viral infections as they are in the summer. Remember that infections thrive in warm, moist places and that they are spread by direct contact. There are several factors, however, that make these infections equally as likely to occur in the winter:

  • Superheated cars, offices, stores, and homes to ward off the cold can result in sweaty feet.
  • Snow and slush can penetrate shoes and boots when walking outside leaving feet wet for a different reason.
  • Many people move their workouts inside during the colder months, exposing them to risks in gyms, exercise studios, and indoor pools.

Points for Prevention

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your feet from infection. These include:

  • Avoid going barefoot in public areas. Always wear shower shoes or flip-flops in places like locker rooms, gym showers, and the pool deck.
  • Cover any cuts or scrapes on your feet or ingrown toenails with a band-aid. Even tiny tears in the skin can allow bacteria to enter and cause an infection.
  • Change your socks as soon as you perceive that your feet are damp.
  • Use foot powder before putting socks on in the morning if your feet sweat excessively.
  • Don’t share towels, socks, emery boards, soap or any other items that touch someone else’s feet.
  • If you like to treat yourself to professional pedicures, be sure that the salon you choose is licensed and follows proper sanitizing procedures.
  • Wash feet daily with soap and water.

Seek Treatment Promptly

Be aware of the signs of a skin or nail infection. Athlete’s foot may first show up between the toes and be extremely itchy. As the infection progresses, the skin will become dry and flaky and may even begin to bleed or form blisters. Fungal nails may not cause any discomfort but will change color, and become thick and crumbly on the edges.

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment at our Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and toenails and prescribe the proper treatment. Left untreated, viral and bacterial infections can spread to other parts of your body.

 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 07, 2018
Category: Orthotics
Tags: Orthotics  

When patients come to us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care with foot pain, our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will conduct a complete foot and ankle examination and take your medical history. There are many treatment options available that will bring relief to foot problems but in some cases, particularly when the problem is biomechanical or due to a deformity, an ongoing solution is necessary—that’s when custom orthotics can come into play.

Orthotics can protect a vulnerable or inflamed part of the foot. They can also realign or reposition the foot to compensate for faulty foot function and shift weight to take stress off of a specific area. Orthotics can be worn daily to greatly reduce or eliminate foot pain.

Orthotic Designs

Orthotics come in many shapes and sizes and are made of a variety of materials depending on their purpose. There are three distinct types of orthotics:

Rigid—as the name implies, these are made of a firm material such as carbon fiber or plastic. A plaster or digital mold is the template for the orthotic which will control motion in the two-foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint. Patients who use rigid orthotics will see a great reduction in aches and strain in legs, thighs and lower backs.

Semi-rigid—layers of soft material reinforced with rigid materials help improve balance. Children with flat feet and in- or out-toeing can also be helped by semi-rigid orthotics. Added arch support can relieve heel pain caused by flat feet as well.

Soft—cushioning is the main purpose of this type of orthotic. Also made from a custom mold, these are worn up against the sole of the foot and act as a shock absorber for the foot reducing pressure on sore spots and increasing balance. These can be very helpful for patients with diabetes, arthritis and certain deformities.

If you are experiencing ongoing aches or pain in your feet, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling 732-662-3050 and find out if orthotics can help you.

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.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 24, 2018
Category: Ankle Sprain
Tags: Ankle Sprains   Shoes  

What’s the connection between your eyes and your lower extremities? Quite simply, not being able to see properly is one of the major reasons for ankles sprains, falls, and trauma to the feet. In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month, all of us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to encourage our patients to have an eye exam and check for glaucoma.

Glaucoma is known as the “sneak thief of sight” because it could cause you to lose up to 40% of your vision without even noticing. Once it’s gone, the vision loss is usually permanent. In fact, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Although people over 60 have the highest risk of getting glaucoma, it can affect people at any age.

The good news is that a comprehensive eye exam can detect glaucoma. If you do get glaucoma and have regular eye exams, it will be caught in the early stages when treatment can halt the progression of the disease.

Fall Protection

In addition to regular eye exams, podiatric exams also play a key role in preventing falls and foot injuries. Patients who put off getting foot pain evaluated tend to alter their walk and throw off their balance which greatly increases the chance of a stumble or fall. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and ankles and get a complete medical history as well. The correct treatment for your foot disorder will relieve pain and discomfort and help you get back to walking normally.

Other ways to prevent falls include:

  • Ensuring that there is adequate lighting inside and outside your home, particularly on stairs and pathways.
  • Don’t allow clutter to accumulate on the floor. Clear away stacks of magazines, empty water bottles and multiple pairs of shoes daily to prevent tripping.
  • Throw out your throw rugs.
  • Be sure electrical cords are safely tucked behind furniture and not in your path.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and are not stretched or worn out.

To schedule your foot health check-up, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050.





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