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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.

"You are what you eat" is a very common saying. This is especially true with patient who suffer from diabetes. The three main type of energy sources are carbohydrates, fast and proteins. However people with diabetes have a hard time processing carbohydrates in their bloodstreams which can lead inflammation and damage to their feet, leading to ulcers.

Keeping your blood sugar down is important, however making sure your protein intake is high is extremely important to maintain muscularity and the ability to heal if you are prone to ulcers. Wearing the proper shoes and taking care of your diabetes is also imperative.

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.

Although his injuries may not be career ending, Yoenis Cespedes' achilles tendon might take him out of the Mets during the 2019 season. His injury showed calcifications of his tendons along with heel spurring. These can be detrimental to everyone's quality of life regardless of how athletic they may be.

There are many treatments including physical therapy, which includes stretching exercises and other conservative modalities. Orthotics and shoes may also help in a conservative manner. However, if the situation is not helped with conservative measure, one should consider surgery as Yoenis Cespedes did.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing pain in their feet, 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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