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No matter where on your body you carry extra weight, it can affect your feet. Sometimes have a couple of extra cookies or cake during the holidays can really affect you, even a couple of pounds may be too much

Being overweight makes you more likely to develop foot problems, such as:

  1. GoutThis condition is known for causing sharp, severe pain, typically in the big toe. It can also affect other joints in your feet and ankles.  
  2. DiabetesBeing overweight is one of the main factors that raise your risk of diabetes. Diabetes can cause numbness in your feet and can lead to ulcers, which increase your risk of amputation.
  3. Peripheral arterial disease. This condition is marked by an accumulation of plaque in the walls of arteries in the legs. Therefore, the flow of blood to the feet is reduced.

 

 There are many ways to treat these problems.  If you or anyone you know has experienced foot pain due to sudden weight gain visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.

November 02, 2018
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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

The diabetes epidemic has reached more than 30 million Americans to date, and complications in the feet send more people to the hospital than any other complication.

The good news: Experts agree that it’s possible to prevent these complications and avoid some of the most serious risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

“Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they turn into a health crisis,” said Dr. Bruce Theall, DPM, a podiatrist at Gentle Touch Foot Care and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Care for diabetes starts at home with daily foot exams. People with diabetes should also schedule an annual visit with a podiatrist.”

“Perhaps one of the most frightening aspect of diabetes is that it damages nerves, meaning patients are unable to feel pain when they injure themselves or develop a blister or sore,” Dr.Theall said. “These injuries can turn into ulcers, essentially open wounds on the feet, and can develop serious infections. Unfortunately, diabetic ulcers often lead to amputation.”

With this in mind, as physicians, surgeons, and specialists, podiatrists recommend the following steps for preventive diabetes care:

  • An annual foot exam. Specially trained to treat conditions of the foot and ankle that are caused by diabetes, Today’s Podiatrist can help prevent complications before they happen. 
  • Daily self-exams. Check your feet every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. If you notice a change, make an appointment to see your podiatrist immediately.
  • Professional foot care. Never try to treat calluses, ingrown toenails, or other foot conditions on your own. Home treatment is especially risky for people with diabetes, who could develop dangerous infections.
  • Comfortable, well-fitting footwear. Podiatrists recommend against going barefoot because of the high risk of injuring yourself without being aware of it. Wear well-fitting shoes and socks to protect your feet.
  • A team approach: Today’s Podiatrist will collaborate with your primary care physician and other specialists to establish the right approach for your individual needs.  Podiatrists can provide a wide range of treatments, from conservative care of the skin and nails to surgical options for advanced wounds or complications involving the bones of your feet. You, your podiatrist, and your care team will determine what’s right for you. To find a podiatrist near you, visit www.apma.org/findapodiatrist.

“Today’s Podiatrist understands that no single case of diabetes is the same as another,” Dr.  Theall said. “Our care must be with the patient’s specific needs top of mind. Together, we can manage your diabetes and help you maintain an outstanding quality of life.”

Dr. Bruce Theall, DPM is a podiatrist at  Gentle Touch Foot Care.  Call (973)673-3668 or visit  https://www.drtheall.com/contact.html to make an appointment. Visit www.apma.org to learn more about foot health and care.

 

A lot of patients complain about weird moles that they see on their feet. Sometimes they can be itchy or irritating. A lot of the times they are simply benign tumors.  However, it can be something more dangerous like foot melanoma and can occur especially in the skin that’s exposed when you wear sandals on a sunny day.

If you are worried about that mole on your feet, please consider the ABCDs of melanoma:

  • A - Asymmetry. If the mole is asymmetrical, it may be malignant
  • B - Border. A benign mole has smooth, even borders, unlike malignant tumors which are usually more crooked.
  • C - Color, if it presents with more than one color it may malignant
  • D - Diameter, if it is bigger than the size of a pencial eraser it may be malignant.

 

Check your feet regularly for any change in skin appearance and please come visit us if you see anything abnormal.  A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet or ankles.  In the case of melanoma, the most important thing is to protect your skin with sunscreen and moisterize while checking for moles regularly. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at (973) 673 – 3668.

 

 

One of our very own staff is pregnant and stated she is experience some new foot pain. This is a perfect time to touch up on why that is. Although a woman's body undergoes many changes while pregnant a big one to understand is how it can alter her base of gait and can possibly shift more of her weight on her heel or balls of her foot.

A sudden weight gain such as in pregnancy can lead to over pronation or flat feet. Flat feet redistributes your weight across your foot and can lead to plantar fasciitis.  Additionally, swelling or edema can happen in a pregnant woman's ankles due to increased blood flow after a sudden weight gain.

There are many ways to treat these problems, such as orthotics.  If you or anyone you know has experinced foot pain due to pregnancy visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.

September 12, 2018
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 There are many problems you can have with your feet, athlete's foot, marcher's foot but what about driver's foot? People who work as taxi drivers or forklift operators may experince this over the course of their career. Here are some great tips to help.

1. Always adjust the car seat and steering wheel to the most comfortable position possible. This is the most important. Driving with the seat too close to the pedals means your ankle joint gets compressed. Having the seat too low puts more pressure on the tendons at the back of your heel; take time to get in good position.

2. Wear comfortable, practical shoes for driving.

  • Check your angle – Your foot should be at a 45-60 degree angle to the pedals.
  • Keep your heels on the floor – Use your foot as a lever to press the pedal, without moving your heel.
  • Try to drive with flat shoes – shoes with heels will increase the angle at which your foot has to bend which will lead to tension and possibly pain.
  • Never drive in bare feet – this will give you less control over the car and the pressing of the pedals.
  • Don’t wear slip-on shoes  – if they come loose, it can become a distraction and possibly dangerous. You may also have less grip to use the pedals.
  • Try not to sit too close – the closer you are to the wheel, the more bent your legs will be.  This will also cause the angle at which your foot bends to be smaller.

You can buy specific “driving shoes” designed for long term driving.  Another good choice is to wear a pair of moccasins, well-fitting loafers, or a good pair of trainers/sneaker with plenty of cushioning and support. Leave a pair in your car so you don’t forget them.

3. Comfy shoes not enough? Try orthoticsThe right arch support is essential to healthy feet. Why not invest in a pair of slip in orthotics for constant comfort, on and off the road? 

4. Take breaks during long drives. On a long haul, take breaks to walk, stretch and flex your feet and ankles. If possible, take your shoes off or do some fast foot exercises. At home after driving, try a nice massage to loosen up tight muscles.

5. The old standby: R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate. The best way to get relief for discomfort from foot fatigue from driving is to follow the these basic rules and if pain persists see a certified doctor for proper diagnosis. 

 

If you or anyone you know has diabetes visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.





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