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Throughout our busy lives, we ask a lot of our feet. Certain aches and pains are to be expected but have you ever experienced heel pain that just wouldn’t go away?  If so, you might be experiencing plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. This band is called the plantar fascia and its responsible for supporting the structure of your feet and absorbing shock with every step you take. Needless to say, your plantar fascia work as hard as you do, and overuse can lead to heel pain. Therefore, it’s important to take routine care of your plantar fascia to avoid chronic heel pain. Take a look at these ways to care for your feet and think about how you can work them in to you daily routine.

Know What Type of Arch You Have

Foot arches are like snowflakes: they’re all different. It’s essential to your overall foot health to know what type of arch you have and that you use the correct footwear for you arch. If you have flat feet but are wearing shoes designed for someone with high arches, you might be putting unnecessary strain on your plantar fascia when you walk. Finding what type of footwear best suites your arch type will reduce your chances of experiencing heel pain later on. Over-the-counter inserts may temporarily relieve heel pain, but you should also talk with your podiatrist about being fitted for custom orthotics as a long-term solution.

Stretch Your Feet

Your plantar fascia deserve a break. As you’re able, slip your shoes off and practice exercises that stretch your plantar fascia.

Here’s an easy plantar fascia stretch you can do at home or in the office:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you

  • Wrap a towel or exercise band around the balls of your feet

  • Lean back and pull the towel gently

  • Hold for 15-30 seconds and release

  • Repeat three times

See Your Podiatrist Regularly

Although at-home foot care can help prevent reduce pain and overuse injuries, the best way to stop heel pain before it starts is to regularly see your podiatrist and develop a foot-care routine that works for you and your lifestyle. Our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Bruce Theall and Dr. Emad Youssef, and their caring staff are ready to assess your feet and help you settle in to a routine specifically for you. Make an appointment today at our office in East Orange, New Jersey.

December 27, 2018
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Swelling of your legs is very common if you're on long flights or drives while traveling for the holidays.  Sitting for long periods of time can cause blood to pool around your legs. There are some simple ways to avoid.

  1. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, shoes and socks.
  2. Take a short walk every hour or so.
  3. Flex and extend your ankles and knees frequently while you’re seated.
  4. Shift your position in your seat as much as possible, being careful to avoid crossing your legs for extended periods.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

 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.

December 18, 2018
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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.





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