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Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is eager to have a positive impact in and around the communities that surrounds them.   “People do not think about foot and ankle pain until it interferes with their quality of life,” says Dr. Nrupa Shah.  “Our mission along with providing top quality foot and ankle care is to educate people on how to prevent pain in their lower extremities whenever possible.”  On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 10:00am – 11:00am at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Avenue in South Plainfield, Dr. Shah will be providing a presentation on preventative steps that can be taken to protect the foot and ankles, and how to be proactive should any issues arise.  Following this, Dr. Shah will be providing complimentary foot and ankle screenings for those who are interested from 11:00am – 12:00pm.  This educational event will cover the most basic of foot and ankle care such as cutting toenails or what creams are safe to use, to the more serious aspects of foot and ankle care such as those with diabetes or arthritis.  “The goal of this presentation and providing the foot and ankle screenings is to educate our community on how to avoid serious complication of the foot and ankle.  This free event will be taking place at the South Plainfield Senior Center on Wednesday, 9/10/14 from 10:00am – 12:00 pm.  If you plan to partake in the foot and ankle screenings, please RSVP by calling the South Plainfield Senior Center at (908) 754-1047 to make sure you reserve a space to be seen by the doctor.  For more information about Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, they can be contacted at (732) 662-3050 or by visiting http://www.footandanklenj.com/.  Their practice is located at 2163 Oak Tree Road, Suite 108 in Edison, NJ.

Our blood carries out a multitude of functions, the most important being to carry oxygen throughout our body via a molecule called hemoglobin. But, it also transports nutrients, regulates body temperature, and when injured, protects the body from bleeding too much--this is called clotting. Even though clotting is a protective function of blood it can also cause problems; sometimes fatal.

American Idol star, Michael Johns twisted his ankle which is a form of trauma that possibly caused his blood vessels to rupture. As previously stated, when the body becomes injured the blood’s job is to wall off or clot so the body won’t lose large amounts of blood. However, if the clot isn’t broken down efficiently it will remain in the blood vessel, increasing the chance for an embolus--a broken piece of clot that travels in the blood stream. There are many risk factors involved for developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) including recent trauma or surgery, pregnancy, and being sedentary--to name a few.

Clots can arise anywhere in the body, but are most commonly found in the large veins of the lower extremity. Most people are unaware of the signs and symptoms so if you have any doubts your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle located in Monroe and Edison, NJ, along with your primary care physician, can provide the proper diagnostic and therapeutic treatments to help make sure a clot doesn’t turn into anything worse.

By Nrupa Shah

 

By Varun Gujral
August 06, 2014
Category: Sports Injury

There’s a lot of people out there who hear the word “run” and instantly moan and groan because they don’t like to do it and they continue these efforts until the “run is over--and that is just the warm-up run! Is it possible, however, that those people would be more inclined to run if they knew they were adding years to their lives? Would they be more inclined to run if they knew all they HAD to run was that warm-up run and that’s it? I think so! As podiatrists, we stress healthy eating and exercising to most, if not all, of our patients and of all the exercise regimens we recommend, running is definitely part of it...because after all, you have to use your feet!

A study that was recently published in in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has stated that “running at a slow speed for just 5-10 minutes a day can significantly reduce mortality risk...any longer may actually do more harm than good”. The study also found that those who participated in the study were 45% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes compared to those who didn’t run. Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among diabetic patients so this statistic is remarkable in the fact that such a little of an exercise can decrease mortality by almost half! Along with continuous running though, increases the chances of stress fractures throughout your foot so it’s imperative to wear proper shoe gear. It has been found that running increases a person’s body weight by 250% per heel strike. That is a lot considering a person’s foot is so small. If you have any questions at all about shoe gear or if you are experiencing any sort of heel pain due to running, please call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

Running is not always the most pleasurable of activities and, at times, it can even cause more harm than good but if helps decrease mortality rates and increase the number of years you get to spend with your family, why not give it a try?

By Varun Gujral

The summer season is a time of year when everyone seems to want to get into shape and your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ encourage our patients to eat healthy and try to maintain an active lifestyle. A lot of people, however, can’t seem to find a “style” of workout that suits them the best. There are many different types of fitness styles out there today from yoga and Pilates to P90x and CrossFit. Many of the different types of workouts may be too upbeat for the average person or not as upbeat as one actually wants. There is another kind of workout that has recently starting hitting the mainstream...Trampoline Fitness.

 There are numerous health benefits to this exercise, and what’s more fun than bouncing on a trampoline? This type of exercise would definitely bring out the inner-child in all of us and we need that from time-to-time. According to a post on Yahoo Health, after just a 45-minute session at a trampoline facility you can burn up to 650 calories! Among the great benefit of burning calories, trampoline fitness also helps strengthen your bones. NASA conducted a study and found that jumping is more beneficial in maintaining bone and muscle mass than jogging. Having strong bones is extremely important for proper foot health. If you have weak bones in your feet then the bones in your leg and thigh have to compensate, and that’s what accounts for the hip and low-back aches and pains. Moreover, this type of exercise will allow you to workout out in the comfort of your own home!

 Eating healthy and daily exercise is extremely important in today’s society. Doing each of these helps combat numerous diseases such as: hypertension, diabetes, and even certain bone and joint conditions. You are what you eat and you performance is a reflection of that so we encourage you to strive to eat healthier and stay active!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

By Varun Gujral
July 23, 2014
Category: Women's Shoes

It’s no surprise to see supermodel Heidi Klum photographed in high heel shoes nor is it uncommon to see her photographed with her two daughters. It is, however, uncommon to see young children--let’s say ages 4 and 10--inch high heels. So, the question becomes: How young does a person have to be to start wearing high heels? I think it is safe to say that most podiatrists advise against wearing high heels because of the associated complications that are involved. Wearing high heels increases the chance of bunions, ankle sprains, hammertoes, and overall generalized pain of the foot and ankle. Aside from these foot problems, high heels are still one of the most popularly worn shoes so it is hard to deter patients away from them. Moreover, to see children of such a young age wear them raises an even bigger concern: Will it affect how the child grows? Podiatrists are not only concerned with how the foot grows, but also how the entire lower extremity grows as well (this includes the tibia and fibula [shin bones], femur [thigh bone], and the os coxae [pelvis bones]).

High heels cause your foot to be suspended in a plantarflexed position (toes pointed towards the ground) for the duration the person is in the shoe. This puts a lot of stress and strain on the thigh and shin bones. With regards to children, their growth plates don’t fuse until they are mid-to-late teenagers. That said, any disruption of the growth of the bone or fusion process could potentially cause abnormal development.

So, should children who are not skeletally mature wear high heels? It’s probably not the best idea and I think proper education is extremely important. If there is any question or concern as to whether or not you think or child should or shouldn’t wear high heels, please call your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

By Varun Gujral

 





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