Dr. Theall's Blog

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.

Summer is just around the corner and the weather is getting better. It’s always a good idea to get started on a more active, healthy lifestyle during the spring time. Remember, April is Foot health Month! A free, fun and easy way to get started on an active lifestyle is walking. Walking is good for you, has a decreased risk of injury and is free!

Fun Facts about walking

  • Walking an extra 20 minutes a day, you’ll burn off roughly 6lbs of body fat a year.
  • Walking can halve your risk of arterial disease and help prevent some cancers and cuts cholesterol.
  • Walking may slow cognitive decline in adults, especially those with existing conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Walking can help to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.


In an average lifetime, we walk about 100,000 miles, which is tough on our feet. Yet our bodies were designed for moving not standing still, so walking is good exercise. Walking helps the muscles and ligaments in our feet to work more efficiently, and helps keep them supple and flexible. Walk briskly for at least 30 minutes every day. Feet are adaptable and can withstand a lot of pressure before they rebel. If you walk a lot, it’s important to wear the right footwear that won’t damage your feet. There are some common problems with walking that people deal with such as:

 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.

Fashionable footwear has been a staple in people's wardrobes for centuries. High heels are very popular among women of all ages. Fun fact, they were originally developed for men in the 19th century to help build calf muscles! However a lot of problems can stem from fashionable and not functional foot wear.

A lot of common pains that come from high heel shoes are in the heel on a tissue called the plantar fascia.  The back of the shoe also causes a lot of irritation on the back of the heel and achilles tendon, also known as a "pump bump." Also, the shape of a high heeled fashionable shoe causes a lot of increased pressure on the forefoot, causing metatarsalgia. Prolonged wear of high heels can also cause bunions due to faulty biomechanics.

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 finding the proper foot wear for you 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.

 

A very common complaint of people when they age is swelling of their legs and feet. Whether it's due to weight gain, old age, or pregnancy, it's very hard to avoid swelling in your feet. Swelling in you legs is caused by your body's inability to fight gravity and pump the fluid back up against the gradient. There are many ways to prevent swelling of your legs:

  1. 1.) Compression stockings. Compression stockings provide pain relief and prevent fluid collection in your legs, ankles and feet. Many patients complain they're too tight or too loose. We here at Gentle Touch Foot Care will fit you and make sure you get the socks appropriate for you legs.
  2. 2.) Elevation. Prop your legs up on a coffee table to help decrease swelling. Elevation aids your body against gravity forces that cause swelling.
  3. 3.) ExerciseSitting or standing in one place for too long can increase swelling. Move your knees, and flex and extend your ankles for relief.

It also depends on your lifestyle. If you are pregnant, as soon as the baby is born the swelling will decrease. Losing weight can help many of your medical problems, especially those of the feet. Also, if there are wear and tear on your shoes, it may be time to get them refurbished. 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 heel pain 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.

 





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