Dr. Theall's Blog

It is quite common for most people to participate in some type of exercise. How many times do we drive our kids to soccer or baseball practice, or watch them play football, basketball, tennis or lacrosse on the weekend? In all these cases, one part of the body that takes a pounding is their feet. If we want them to do their best, we need to take care of our feet just like anything else we consider important for our sport.  

As baseball players routinely oil their gloves for softness and longevity, all athlete’s need to keep a special eye on their feet. One blister, one corn or one sprain can put them out of commission losing valuable time participating in something they enjoy.

Suggestions for maintaining healthy feet for an athlete include:


  • Regular foot checks – every time you put on your shoes and socks check to make sure all is well, meaning no corns, blisters, pain or protruding bones
  • Making sure you have well-fitted and proper footwear – footwear must be supportive and sport appropriate – don’t use basketball shoes for running, etc.
  • Keeping socks dry – keep an extra pair near to avoid the accumulation of fungus breeding bacteria
  • Stretching before and after activities – it is always a good idea to stretch muscles and ligaments, but do so gently
  • Wash feet with soap and water – keep your feet clean which also helps avoid fungal infections
  • Keep feet dry – prevents fungal infections too
  • Use lotion or anti-fungal powder – softens and protects the feet

Performing at your highest level requires dedication and hard work. Keeping your body in shape requires the same if you want to get the most out of you and your sport. Even for casual sports enthusiasts, these recommendations can be a big help as they will prevent unnecessary injuries. 

If you’re an athlete, budding or more or have any other concerns about the health of your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com.   

One of the most important things a person can do is take care of their feet if they have diabetes. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where your body does not properly use much needed sugar or glucose and can lead to many very serious complications including amputation.

Risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Genes – Your family history will alter your risk of developing diabetic symptoms
  • Race – Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans are more disposed to diabetes
  • Obesity – Being overweight increases the chances of many blood-related issues
  • Inactivity – Not enough exercise contributes to poor circulation
  • High blood pressure – blocks blood vessels. Above 140/90 is the cutoff
  • Age – As we get older our chances of being at risk increase
  • High cholesterol – Restricts blood vessels

Symptoms of Diabetes include:

  • Unusual thirst – Constant need for water or liquid will be prominent
  • Unusual hunger – Having an appetite and rarely being satisfied
  • Frequent urination – Repeated use of the bathroom more than usual
  • Rapid weight loss – Difficult time keeping a healthy weight range
  • Tiredness – Loss of energy doing daily activities
  • Moodiness – Irritability and mood swings could occur
  • Blurred vision – Unable to focus and concentrate
  • Sores - Take a longer time to heal

If you have any of the above symptoms it is very important to see both your Primary Care Physician and your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will evaluate your condition as it relates to your feet. It is very important as not taking care of your diabetes related to your feet can lead to amputation of a limb. This is often the case for people who stub their toe or injure themselves. Diabetes damages the ability of the body to detect pain and therefore can lead to serious infection.

Additional medical issues which can develop with diabetes include:

  • Heart disease – Increased chances for heart attack, angina, stroke
  • Kidney disease – Inability of the kidney to filter blood
  • Nerve damage – Called neuropathy. Development of tingling sensation
  • Skin damage – Rashes can occur leading to infection
  • Foot damage – Undetected infections can occur
  • Eye damage – Loss of sight, cataracts, glaucoma
  • Depression – Moodiness

Ways to avoid diabetes include eating healthy by including more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats or protein, losing weight and being more physically active.

If you believe you have any of the above symptoms of diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, it is very important to make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com.    

If you’re a patient living with diabetes, then you already know that the condition is very common and completely manageable as long as you adhere to special health practices. One of the most important routines you’ll have to adopt is a diabetic foot wound and ulcer avoidance routine. Avoiding wounds is highly important because as a diabetic, your ability to fight off infection is limited. In this blog, we’ll talk about the different ways you can avoid wounds and continue doing all the activities you love for years to come.

Listen to Your Feet


            The idea of listening to your feet may seem strange, but it helps prevent wounds. We’re often told to ignore foot pain and discomfort but doing so could lead to a serious wound. Producing pain and discomfort is our bodies’ way of letting us know that something isn’t right. Look out for some of these wound warning signs:

  • Numb or hot points on your foot
  • Excessive sweating
  • A foreign object (i.e. a rock or small stick) in your shoe

Watch Your Step


            Correcting an abnormal gait or stride can also help you prevent wounds. A lot of us don’t pay attention to the way we step, but an inefficient walking pattern causes excess friction that puts your feet at risk. To walk better, talk to your podiatrist about foot orthotics. Orthotics are custom insoles that support the unique shape of your foot, providing a uniform shape that reduces pain points with every step.

Find a Podiatrist


            If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and don’t yet have a podiatrist that you see regularly, now is the time to do so. At Gentle Touch Foot Care, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Youssef, DPM, and the rest of our friendly staff are ready to perform a diabetic foot examination today and put you on a path to avoid wounds for good. Visit our office in East Orange, NJ, by making an appointment online or calling (973) 673-3668.

Heel pain is one of the most commonly seen foot conditions in podiatrists’ offices around the world. We all work and lead busy lives, and in doing so, ask a lot of our feet. This wear and tear add up over time, and if you don’t give your feet a rest, it could result in plantar fasciitis or, more commonly, heel pain. In this blog, we’ll talk about a few ways you can avoid and heal heel pain once and for all. 

Stretch Your Feet


            Little things like walking from your home to the train station every day may not seem like a workout for you, but it is for your feet. Just like any workout, it’s important that you stretch before you start. Your plantar fascia is the muscular band that connects the ball of your feet to your heel. When it becomes inflamed, you experience heel pain. Avoid the chance of inflammation performing the following stretch before walking:

  • Lean against a wall with your palms flat against it
  • Press your weight forward and leave your feet in place
  • Feel the resistance on your heels as you slowly lean further, stretching your heels and toes

Talk About Orthotics


            So often when we buy shoes, we prioritize form over function. The shoes that look best, don’t always support our feet the best. That’s where foot orthotics come into play. Orthotics are custom inserts designed by a foot doctor to fit the unique shape your feet. By putting custom orthotics in your shoes, you can still wear the footwear you love, without sacrificing support.

            When heel pain strikes, the most important thing to do is see your local podiatrist right away.  When treatment is started immediately, heel pain can typically be resolved through conservative treatments alone. However, if left untreated, your podiatrist may need to resort to surgical options.

            If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the surrounding Essex County area, come see Dr. Bruce Theall and his friendly staff at Gentle Touch Foot Care. Together, they can work treat your heel pain and keep it from coming back. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.

Ouch! Stubbing your toe is both painful and frustrating. It seems like stubbed toes most often occur while we’re in the middle of another important activity. The nature of this injury makes it seem like one could brush it off with little consequence. However, ignoring a stubbed toe can exacerbate the damage that’s been done. In this blog, we’ll talk about what to do after stubbing your toe, from the seconds after the incident to the days after the incident.

Stop! And Inspect


            Stubbed toes are painful. Pain is our bodies’ way of letting us know to slow down and address the cause of the pain. When you stub your toe, make sure to take off your shoe if you’re wearing one and inspect the toe. You should be looking for:

  • Bleeding
  • Abnormal coloration
  • Misshapen toes

Ice and Elevate


            There’s a chance your toe is mostly fine, and you can resume activity. However, if your toe becomes quickly swollen, then you can reduce the inflammation by elevating the foot to keep blood from collecting in the area. Apply ice to the damaged toe in 15-minute intervals. Give your hurt toe plenty of time to rest before slowly returning to normal activities. If you find that after several hours or days, you’re still unable to move the toe, you may have a fracture that could require surgery to heal.

Look Out for Broken Toenails


            Even if the bone of your toe is undamaged, your toenail may be a different story. Broken toenails can lead to ingrown toenails. Diabetic patients should be wary of broken toenails, as they could lead to wounds or sores later on. At Gentle Touch Foot Care, we can replace your broken toenail with a quick and painless procedure, using the Keryflex Toenail Restoration System.

            If you’re worried about your stubbed toe, the best way you can take care of it is by visiting your local podiatrist as soon as possible. If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the surrounding Essex County area, come see Dr. Bruce Theall and his friendly staff. They can address any of your foot ailments and get you back to doing the things you love. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.

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