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    Many potential issues children face during their physical development can affect them when they are older. A lot of parents are worried about their children having flat feet or walking intoed. However, something that these same parents believe is normal is “growing pains.”  Pain is not normal, especially from something as natural as growing.

 

    Throughout development it is always important that children are monitored during play for postural abnormalities. Flat feet are normal between the ages of 1-4 however every year the child grows the heel should gradually grow more inward up to age 6. If not, then it should be addressed. Severe heel pain could be a sign of Sever’s disease and must be dealt with if it occurs.

 

    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.

Have you ever gottan tired after walking a few blocks or a short distance? Have you also felt that one leg is very painful with swelling and redness? These could be a sing of multiple problems such as gout or deep venous thrombosis (DVT). A DVT is a very painful and potetially life threatening illness.

There are many risk factors that can lead to a DVT, the following are from foothealthfacts.org

Blood or vein conditions:

  • Previous DVT
  • Varicose veins
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Family history of DVT or blood clotting disorders
     

Other medical conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Chronic swelling of the legs
  • Obesity
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer
  • Dehydration
  • Sepsis
     

Women's health issues:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Birth control pills containing estrogen
  • Pregnancy or recent childbirth
     

Other:

  • Age over 40 years old
  • Immobility (through inactivity or from wearing a cast)
  • Recent surgery
  • Trauma (an injury)
  • Smoking

 

Some are preventable, such as smoking, others are not. If you feel that you are at risk for a DVT, or are experience a lot of leg pain please schedule an appointment immediately. 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 avoid the foods listed above  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.

Heel pain is a very common problem that podiatrists deal with on a daily basis. There are many different causes of heel pain, and in order to truly understand the source it is always a good idea to see your physician and get a full examination and possibly X-rays. If you are experiencing pain in the back of the heel, it is very possible that you have what's called Haglund's deformity. Sometimes a "bump" appears in the back of your heel and is irritated by a tight Achilles tendon.

There are many causes of a Haglund's deformity. It can be caused by genetics, or sometimes people with excessivley flat feet can have it as well. Symptoms include a lot of pain where your shoe is rubbing on the back of the heel and inflammation of the skin. Conservative treatment may include orhtotics, stretching and proper footwear. However, if the symptoms are serious enough, surgery may be necessary to get rid of the pain.

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 Haglund's deformity it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it gets out of hand. Sometimes a permanent solution may be necessary. 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.

Painful bunions can affect your quality of life and can be unsightly. Many women and some men deal with them nearly everyday. In every foot there are muscle to keep you balance as you go about your daily activities. Sometimes if there is a muscular imbalance, such as in flat feet, it can lead to bunions and hammertoes.

Although the best way to get rid of them is surgery. There are certain conservative exercises that can alleviate the pain slightly. (source: prevention.com)

  • Toe Raise, Point, Curl While seated, first rise onto the balls of your feet, then your tiptoes, then curl your toes under. Good for people with hammertoes, toe cramps, and arch pain. Toe squeeze. Place pens, pencils, or small corks between your toes, and squeeze. Helps relieve hammertoes and toe cramps.
  • Big Toe Pulls Place one thick rubber band around both big toes. Without moving your feet, stretch the rubber band by pulling your big toes away from each other. Recommended for people with bunions and toe cramps.
  • Toe Spreads Put a thick rubber band around all of the toes of one foot, and spread them. (Make sure the band is tight enough to provide resistance; if not, double it.) Helps relieve the foot pain from bunions, hammertoes, and toe cramps.

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 plnatar fibromas it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it gets out of hand. Sometimes a permanent solution may be necessary. 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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