Dr. Theall's Blog
By Bruce Theall, DPM
July 22, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

If you just can’t seem to mirror the exercise routine from your gym, we have a suggestion: dance. That’s right. Turn on some music and find your groove. You’re not only burning calories but also having fun. If you’re at the house with your family members, bring them in on the fun, too. While dancing — and practicing social distancing, the Gentle Touch Footcare team is here to remind you of a few injuries to avoid.

Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain is a very common injury, and it can also be painful. Most sprains occur when a person overstretches or tears an ankle ligament. If you were grooving to the music a little too much, take it easy. Follow the PRICE method: protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you experience swelling, pain or tingling, contact our office.

Fracture

We recommend that you clear a space before dancing to your favorite tunes. Move furniture with sharp corners. Also, rearrange slippery rugs and other accessories. If you still happen to bump into something and experience pain, stop immediately. You may not realize that you have a toe fracture. Many people have a broken toe, but the initial pain can be dismissed if it is on and off.

Broken ankle

A more serious ankle injury is a broken ankle. With an ankle sprain, ligaments may have been torn or broken. With a broken ankle, which is more severe, a patient has broken bones. If you’re unable to put your weight on your ankle, it’s best to get an X-ray to determine if multiple bones have been broken. You probably won’t be dancing much if you experience this injury but stop your activity immediately.

We’ve taken serious precautions to protect our staff and patients. We kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms. Make an appointment with Bruce Theall, DPM if you are concerned about an injury you may have experienced. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.

April 13, 2020
Category: Family Time
Tags: family food   family time  

After a long day of work or hours of homeschooling, gathering in the kitchen is a great way to end the day. Dinner time is an opportunity to talk about the day, plan for the next one, and enjoy quality conversation. During this time of social distancing, if you’re home with family, take advantage of this time. Before you sit down for a meal, here are a few ways to get the family involved. Gentle Touch Footcare has a few tips to share.

Pick a color

Fruits and vegetables are not only delicious additions to a meal but also healthy food items. Choose two or three different colors each week and pick fruits or vegetables to match. For red, think tomatoes. Yellow could be a banana. Use this opportunity to show your children a variety of fruits and vegetables. Hopefully, they will see the fun in choosing healthy meals. 

Start with water

Other beverages can certainly add to a meal but start with water to stay hydrated. Throughout the day, be sure to include other healthy choices like milk and avoid sugary drinks. While in the house, it can be difficult to stay hydrated. It’s fine to have coffee or other beverages, but your body still needs water.

Get moving

Cleaning up may be the last thing on your mind after a delicious meal. One way to include exercise is to turn on some music and get moving. Break up the cleaning responsibilities so that it becomes a team effort. Sweep the floor, clear the table, wash the dishes — just keep moving. If your workout time has been altered, use household activities to add movement to your new routine.

If you get moving too fast or experience an injury, please let us know. Our office will be closed until May 1, 2020, but please give us a call with any questions. We will periodically check messages and return calls.  Bruce Theall, DPM looks forward to serving you soon. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.

By Gentle Touch Foot Care
April 08, 2020
Tags: temporary closure  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office will be closed from April 6, 2020, to May 1, 2020.
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If you would like to give our office a call and leave a voice mail to schedule an appointment, or with any questions, please do.
We will be periodically checking our messages and return phone calls. Any deliveries may be left in the mailroom in the basement.

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By Bruce Theall, DPM (Gentle Touch)
March 19, 2020

Gentle Touch Foot Care has been closely monitoring information and recommendations from the CDC and NJ Department of Health about the COVID-19, Coronavirus. Even before the outbreak, our medical staff already used standard infection control practices.

In accordance with current guidelines and recommendations, we have put extra protocols in place to reduce risk to our patients and medical staff members.

  • We ask that any patient or family member, that displays symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, to reschedule appointments until they are free from symptoms for at least 24 hours. We ask this of our medical staff members as well.
  • We are requiring all patients and visitors to use the hand sanitizer located outside our office door before entering the office.

CDC recommends to take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza, by doing the following:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient.
  • Consult the CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US.

For more information, check out the following:

Sincerely,

Dr. Bruce Theall

By Bruce Theall, DPM (Gentle Touch)
March 16, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: proper pedicure   bacteria   fungus  

Is this your first pedicure — or has it been years since your last visit to the nail salon? If the answer is “yes,” we’ve got you covered. A fungal toenail is a common condition, and improper pedicure hygiene is one of the causes. Look no further because the doctors at Gentle Touch Footcare have a few suggestions that can help you choose the right salon and walk away fungus free. 

Keep it clean

Don’t hesitate to visit a nail salon before making an appointment. Take a look around, noting sanitizing products, a clean workspace, gloves, and other standards that may be on your checklist. From the receptionist desk area to the pedicure station, cleanliness is important. Ask your friends, neighbors or co-workers if they know anything about the salon of your choice. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to determine how a salon is perceived by the community.

Wait until you’re healed

If you have a fresh cut or an irritated ingrown toenail, it’s best to avoid time at the nail salon. By exposing these cuts to a new environment, you’re at risk of bacteria entering your wounds and potentially causing an infection. Let your cuts heal. Trust us, you will have a much more enjoyable experience.

Beware of shared materials

If you’re provided a pair of flip-flops after your pedicure, they should be a brand-new pair. If you are using a warm towel for a foot massage, your towel should be for your use only. Shared materials are a quick way to pass along a fungal infection. It also is a great idea to bring in a pair of clean flip-flops to avoid taking any chances.

This season, don’t take your foot health lightly. Stay vigilant — even when relaxing during your first pedicure. Once you’ve done your research, sit back and enjoy it. Make an appointment with our doctor, Bruce Theall, DPM if you are concerned about your toenails. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.





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