Dr. Theall's Blog

A lot of patient's come to the office complaining about bunions. However, did you know that bunions can come on the outside of your foot? Bony prominences on the outside of you foot can be painful and really bother you in you day to day activities. That painful bony prominence is called a Tailor's bunion or "bunionette".  The reason they are called that is because centuries ago, tailors used to sit cross legged and cause a lot of irritation to the area.

Symptoms of a tialor's bunion include pain, redness and swelling while walking. Irritation from wearing the wrong kind of shoes can really affect your daily activities. Patient who experience this will have to undergo a thorough history and physical, full biomechanic exam, and X-rays. Treatment includes wearing the right orthotics, shoe modification and padding. In some extreme cases, surgery may be indicated.

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 is why it is vital for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of tailor's bunions, it is always good to have them examined in order to avoid affecting your work or daily activities. Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Is your big toe red, hot and swollen? Is it extremely painful? That can be a sign of gout. This conditions is one of many different types of arthritis. Gout has been known for centuries as a disease that affects people known for eating rich foods. In fact, it was known as the “rich man’s disease” for years. The cause for gout is a build up of uric acid crystals in the body which can affect your joints, most notably your big toe joint in your foot. Once the build-up reaches a certain level, it can lead to a really painful acute gouty attack.

 

Anyone can get gout, but it mostly affects middle aged men. Treatment can vary depending on the extent of the condition. You podiatrist may prescribe oral medications, drain the joint and in some cases, perform surgery to relieve the pain. The most important thing to consider when you have been diagnosed with gout is to avoid the following foods:

    ·         Meats, including bacon, beef, pork, and lamb.

    ·         Anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel

    ·         Shellfish including lobsters, crabs, shrimp and scallops

    ·         Beer and Wine

    ·         Soft drinks that are high in sugar

 

Most people already know about what should be avoided but what foods are GOOD for gout? 

  • Low fat dairy products, like Greek yogurt and low fat milk
  • A diet high in Vitamin C, such as Orange Juice
  • Darker berries like blackberries.

All of these foods reduce gout flare ups.  If you are worried about gout, or have experienced it before, 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.  In the case of gout it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before the pain affects your quality of life. 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.

Many patients complain of their toenails changing colors. Sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious such as a vitamin deficiency, other times it can be something like onychomycosis or toenail fungus.  However if a toenail is turning black all of the sudden, it may be due to trauma in the nail bed.

Trauma can happen many different ways, sometimes it may be due to kicking a table leg or dropping something on your toe.  Other times, trauma is due to ill fitting shoes or orthotics.  Still, a toenail suddenly turning black may be a sign of something extremely serious, such as melanoma or skin cancer.

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 is why it is vital for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of black toenails, it is always good to have them examined in order to avoid missing anything potentially dangerous, such as melanoma. Please feel free to contact with any questions.

Orthotics are great to help with many foot problems that you may have, whether it is flat feet or heel pain. However sometimes, it may be a good idea to get them swapped out for a new paid. There is no strict time line however there are always two things to keep in mind, how your feet feel and how worn out your shows are. If you are experiencing discomfot, it may be time to replace your orthotics. 

It also depends on your lifestyle. If you are a runner, it is a good idea to check your orthotics more often. If you experience pain any time in your back or knees it is a good idea to see your podiatrist. Also, if there are wear and tear on your shoes, it may be time to get them refurbished. 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.  In the case of pediatric foot care it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it affects your quality of life. 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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