Dr. Theall's Blog
April 15, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   hammertoes   foot health   bunions   foot care  

Happy April! April is one of the best months because it means the days are getting warmer and longer. April is also a great month for feet because it’s National Foot Health Awareness Month. So, while we’re all welcoming the new season by cleaning our homes, those of us here at Gentle Touch Foot Care would like to also help you welcome National Foot Health Awareness Month with some foot beautification tips.

Watch Out for Bunions and Hammertoes!

 

            Bunions and hammertoes can be both painful and unsightly. Although they’re different conditions, they share some of the same causes.  If you’re planning on wearing open-toed shoes this summer, you should be sure to prevent bunions and hammertoes by:

  • Avoiding tight-fitting shoes that cramp toes and cause friction
  • Treating even minor traumatic toe injuries to complete restoration
  • Wearing custom orthotics

If you are already struggling with bunions or hammertoes, talk to your foot doctor about treatment options available to you. Conservative treatments are usually prioritized over surgical options.

Scrub Your Skin

 

            You don’t need to spend a fortune on a day at the spa to pamper your feet. Regularly washing your feet with an exfoliating scrub can prevent dry skin that creates extra friction in your shoes and often leads to the development of corns and calluses. You can even make your own sugar scrub at home using the following ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil

Fend off Fungus

 

            Running around in bare feet in the summertime but doing so makes you vulnerable to picking up fungi that can cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, or other smelly conditions. Keep your feet as pretty as possible by:

  • Wearing shower shoes in public locker rooms

  • Keeping flip flops on while walking on pool decks
  • Never sharing shoes or socks with anyone

The best way to keep your feet pretty this spring is by making regular visits to your local podiatrist. If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the Essex County area, our board-certified podiatrist, Bruce Theall, DPM, and his friendly staff are ready to work with you today. Make an appointment online or call our office at (973) 673-3668.

            Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, or if you’ve been living with it for years, taking care of your feet is of the upmost importance. There are several foot complications and conditions that can arise from diabetes. However, if you’re vigilant and practice routine daily foot care, you can always maintain a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle.

Examine Your Feet

 

            The main goal in diabetic foot care is to avoid wounds and ulcers that could become infected. Truly, everyone should examine their feet on a daily basis, but it’s especially important for diabetic patients. When examining your feet, you should be looking for:

  • Red spots – this could mean your shoes are rubbing too much on this area
  • Jagged or sharp nails – having short nails that are cut straight across will prevent cuts
  • Swelling – swollen feet could be a sign of poor circulation and you should alert your podiatrist immediately

 Wash Your Feet

 

            When it comes to avoiding infection, washing your feet is crucial. This should be performed daily and in addition to the washing you do in the shower. Avoid anything that could injure your feet such as especially hot or cold water or abrasive soaps or exfoliants. Afterwards, ensure that your feet are completely dry, especially between the toes, before putting on socks or shoes.

Support Your Feet

 

            Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to support the exact shape of your foot. Not only will they be more comfortable than the thin insoles that come with your sneakers, they will also help you prevent wounds or ulcers from forming by correcting your gait and reducing friction in your shoe. In addition to wearing custom orthotics, you should also choose shoes that breath well and have a little extra room in the toe box.

            Living with diabetes can be tough, but we know you have what it takes to keep your feet healthy. At Gentle Touch Foot Care, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Youssef, DPM, and the rest of our friendly staff are ready to evaluate your feet today. Visit out our office in East Orange, NJ, by making an appointment online or calling (973) 673-3668.

            Throughout our active lives, our toenails may take a beating from time to time. You may find that your once shiny, healthy nails are now broken, yellowed, or missing all together. This is nothing to be ashamed about; missing toenails can be the sign of a life well lived. At Gentle Touch Foot Care, we’re proud to let you know that we have a solution to damaged and missing toenails. We offer KeryFlex Nail Restoration System to help your feet get a fresh start. 

What is It?

      

      KeryFlex nail replacement is an artificial toenail replacement that looks and feels as natural as possible. Designed from a durable and flexible polymer, KeryFlex is an easy alternative to restorative medications that work slow and aren’t always reliable. KeryFlex nails can be applied in minutes by your foot care, so you can regain confidence and rejoin your favorite activities as quickly as possible.

Why Would I Need It?

 

            Nails can become damaged, discolored, or go missing through a number of conditions including:

Another benefit of the KeryFlex system, is that it does not require the nail to be completely removed in order to be applied. KeryFlex bonds to the resin build-ups on your toe, saving you from undergoing the pain of surgically removing the nail completely.

Does it Hurt?

 

            For many people, the KeryFlex application is more like a pedicure that a medical procedure. During the process, your podiatrist will shape and buff your nail to ensure that it’s securely attached and properly shaped. Now, don’t expect your foot doctor to paint them in your favorite color, but do expect to leave with healthy toenails that you can feel good about showing off.

            To learn more about KeryFlex Nail Restoration, reach out to the office of Dr. Bruce Theall, DPM, Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ, today. The friendly staff here, which Dr. Emad Youssef, DPM, will be happy to help you achieve happy, healthy toenails. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.

            In many cases, if you need to reconstructive foot or ankle surgery, you’ll know it pretty quickly. Reconstructive surgery is often need after severe breaks or sprains in your feet and ankles, and your podiatrist will always inform you of your options in those scenarios. Other times, reconstructive surgery will come as a last-resort decision in healing a more longstanding condition. In this blog, we’ll talk about the types of reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries we offer at Gentle Touch Foot Care and help you prepare for them.

Ankle Fractures

    An ankle fracture may affect one or more of the bones in your ankle. Ankle fractures can sometimes be healed through conservative methods, but in more severe cases, they will require reconstructive surgery to restore stability to the joint. More mild fractures can be treated with a realignment surgery that involves repositioning the broken bones, sometimes with a metal plate or screw. More complex fractures that involve an indentation on the bone will require bone grafting, which results in a longer recovery time.

Flat Feet

   Some people are born with flat feet, but others develop them later in life as the result of a fallen arch. If your arch collapse, it could completely change the way you walk, which could cause further problems in your hips and back. Typically, in this reconstructive surgery, the surgeon would recreate a natural arch by grafting the bone to the foot. Afterwards, physical therapy may be necessary to regain complete function of the foot.

Soft Tissue Masses

            Tumors in the feet are not often talked about but are still not completely uncommon. They take the form of soft lumps on the bottom of your feet and might cause you some pain. The relieving news is that most tumors found on the feet are benign, meaning they will likely not develop into cancer. Still, it’s best to have them removed as soon as possible. If your foot doctor confirms that the lump on your foot is a tumor, they’ll work with you to determine the best way to surgically remove it without limiting any of your foot’s function.

            Surgery can be scary, but our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, are ready to work with you from diagnosis to recovery. If you’re in Essex County or East Orange, NJ, and are in need of an evaluation, make an appointment online today or call Gentle Touch Foot Care at (973) 673-3668.

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? It may sound a little scary, but rest assured, it’s actually a safer, non-invasive treatment for bone and tissue injuries in the foot that could otherwise require surgery. Let’s discuss a little about what it is, how it works, and when to ask your podiatrist if extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is right for you.

What is it?

             The procedures and technology behind ESWT originate from practices first used to treat kidney stones. Doctors would reduce the size of kidney stones from outside the body by applying a lithotripsy, or a small, therapeutic shock, to the affected area. Podiatrists have since repurposed this same idea to create an external treatment for internal foot conditions. The primary benefit of choosing a treatment like ESWT is avoiding complications that may occur during surgery. Additionally, patients that choose ESWT may have shorter recovery times than those that elect for surgery. Although, healing all wounds takes time, ESWT helps you get back to doing the things you love faster.

What Does it Treat?

ESWT has proven to be effective in treating internal foot injuries including:

When Should I Talk to My Podiatrist About ESWT?

            Chances are, if you already know what ESWT is, then you’re already regularly working with a podiatrist on a regular basis. The conversations about ESWT usually comes up around the time the patient and doctor have decided together to approach more intensive treatments for the conditions listed above. If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure or the recovery, your doctor will be able to help inform you and make a decision at this time.

            The most important thing to remember is that foot pain doesn’t have to last forever. ESWT is one of my cutting-edge treatments, but it still may not be the right one for you. At Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ, our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, specialize in ESWT but are ready and willing to work with you and whatever’s best for your feet. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.  

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? It may sound a little scary, but rest assured, it’s actually a safer, non-invasive treatment for bone and tissue injuries in the foot that could otherwise require surgery. Let’s discuss a little about what it is, how it works, and when to ask your podiatrist if extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is right for you.

What is it?

             The procedures and technology behind ESWT originate from practices first used to treat kidney stones. Doctors would reduce the size of kidney stones from outside the body by applying a lithotripsy, or a small, therapeutic shock, to the affected area. Podiatrists have since repurposed this same idea to create an external treatment for internal foot conditions. The primary benefit of choosing a treatment like ESWT is avoiding complications that may occur during surgery. Additionally, patients that choose ESWT may have shorter recovery times than those that elect for surgery. Although, healing all wounds takes time, ESWT helps you get back to doing the things you love faster.

What Does it Treat?

ESWT has proven to be effective in treating internal foot injuries including:

When Should I Talk to My Podiatrist About ESWT?

            Chances are, if you already know what ESWT is, then you’re already regularly working with a podiatrist on a regular basis. The conversations about ESWT usually comes up around the time the patient and doctor have decided together to approach more intensive treatments for the conditions listed above. If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure or the recovery, your doctor will be able to help inform you and make a decision at this time.

            The most important thing to remember is that foot pain doesn’t have to last forever. ESWT is one of my cutting-edge treatments, but it still may not be the right one for you. At Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ, our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, specialize in ESWT but are ready and willing to work with you and whatever’s best for your feet. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.  





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