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Picking your shoes is extremely important, especially if you're trying to get healthy for the summer! Here are some common mistakes we make when picking the right shoes:

1.) Getting whatever is cheap - Anything that is good is never cheap and anything cheap is never good. Anythign with a flimsy insole or unfirm heel cup can lead to problems down the line.

2.) Wearing them too often - Some people use their workout shoes as their "all purpose shoes". Wearing them too often will wear them out and lead to pressure spots that cause calluses or heel pain.

3.) Wearing them too long - Shoes should have a 1-2 year shelf life. Although you may have "broken them in" the constant wear on the sole can make them ineffective at supporting your weight.

If you or anyone you know islooking for a good pair of shoes, visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care, your insurance my cover it at no cost to you. 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.

1. Athlete’s Foot
This is typically caused by a fungus that likes warm, dark, and moist environments like the areas between the toes or on the bottoms of the feet,. The athlete’s foot fungus also causes itching, burning, peeling, and sometimes a slight odor; the infection can also migrate to other body parts. You can avoid athlete’s foot (also called tinea pedis) by keeping your feet and toes clean and dry and by changing your shoes and socks regularly. If you're an athletic individual, or spend a lot of time in wet environments (such as gyms or pools) you are susceptible.

2. Hammertoes
If your second, third, or fourth toe is crossed, bent in the middle of the toe joint, or just pointing at an odd angle, you may have what’s called a hammertoe. Hammertoes can get arthritic and painful, and you may need surgery. Because hammertoes are bent, corns and calluses often form on them. We here at Gentle Touch Foot Care perform surgery often for this ailment.

3. Ingrown Toenails
The right way to clip toenails — straight across — is key to foot health. If you don’t cut them properly, the corners or sides of the nail can dig into skin and become ingrown. An ingrown nail can possibly get infected and be very painful. Sometimes a minor procedure must be performed.

4. Bunions
A bunion is a crooked big-toe joint that sticks out at the base of the toe, forcing the big toe to turn in. Bunions have various causes, including congenital deformities, arthritis, trauma, and heredity.  Proper foot wear may alleviate a bunion but sometimes surgery is needed.

5. Plantar Fasciitis  
Plantar fasciitis is a painful disorder in which the tissue that connects the ball of the foot to the heel – the fascia – becomes inflamed.  A lot of the time, the first step you take in the morning can be extremely painful due to this problem. There are many way to treat it, including orthotics or surgery.

6. Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses form after repeated rubbing against a bony area of the foot or against a shoe. Corns appear on the tops, sides, or even between your toes. Sometimes it is due to bony prominences or imbalance and X-rays may be necessary to understand what is the cause.

7. Blisters
It’s this simple: If your shoes fit well, you won’t have blisters. It’s important not to pick at them. Clean the area thoroughly, then sterilize a sewing needle and use it to open the part of the blister located nearest to the foot’s underside. Drain the blister, slather with antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandage.

8. Gout
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in joint tissues and fluid, which happens when the body is unable to keep uric acid levels in check. It causes you big toe joint to become red, hot and swollen. Proper dieting and medical may be necessary.

9. Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus can give nails an unattractive, deformed appearance. It can alter the nail’s color and spread to other nails, even fingernails. To prevent them, it's always good to wear proper shoes and keep them clean. If oyu already have them, we here at Gentle Touch Foot Care have many treatment that include laser surgery and Keryflex.

10. Diabetic Foot Care
If you are diabetic, you are susceptible to many problems, such as numbness and tingling. Also, ulceration may occur, it is always good to see a podiatrist to avoid any potential problems.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of these issues, 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.

 

Itchy feet has many potential causes. Somtimes it can be something as complicated as diabetic neuropathy causing nerve damage in your feet, causing it to feel certain sensations. Other times it can be simple, such as a mild cause of athlete's foot. Further still, it can be sometimes an auto-immune disorder such as psoriasis. Either way it is a good idea to visit your podiatrist to find out the cause and treatment.

The main difference between diabetic neuropathy, psoriasis and athlete's foot is their appearance. Diabetic neuropathy has no appearance, as is directly correlated with how well you blood sugar is being taken care of. Psoriasis has a red plaque with a silver scale, and can affect more places than just the foot. Athletes foot has a dry appearance and gets worse the more you moisturize it. Also, athletes foot can be contagious, whereas psoriasis and neuropathy are not.

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.

Our very own Dr. Saleh is certified for Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy and will be working with East Orange General Hospital, in conjunction with Restorix Health in revitalizing and reopening our Hyperbaric Oxygen Wound Care Center.   Utilizing this cutting edge technology, we aim to lower the risks of amputations in our compromised diabetic patients.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy you might ask?  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is a medical treatment to help treat diabetic wounds. It is a treatment in which people are placed in a chamber of increased oxygen pressure and the patient breathes pure 100% oxygen.  This increased pressure and concentration of oxygen will increase the healing potential of your body by forcing oxygen into damaged tissues

 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.

Numbness and tingling between the toes is a very common problems facing podiatrists today. There are many causes, including diabetic neuropathy. However, if you are not diabetic, it could be due to a neuroma. A neuroma is thickening of the nerve due to irritation.

Patinet may experince numbness between the toes. Sometime it feels like walking on a marble or a pebble in your shoe that you cannot get out. It can get more uncomfortable as time wears on, certain type of shoes can irritate the nerve. Self treatment may include resting the foot, icing it and massaging it. If the symptoms continue to worsen, a trip to our office may be right for you. Sometimes oral medications are necessary, other times shoe modification or orthotics. In severe cuases, surgery may be warranted.

 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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