Dr. Theall's Blog

November is National Diabetes Month. As we come to the end of the month, I think it is important to have a quick discussion regarding diabetes and the feet. Problems with the feet are very common, but diabetics have a higher likelihood of complications, especially if blood flow and sensation has been affected. A concerning complication of diabetes is limb loss. This is a real concern being that 50-70% of all non-traumatic amputations in the US are performed on diabetics. However, there are steps that can be taken to prevent this from occurring.

  • Do NOT walk barefoot.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes and break them in slowly to prevent blisters/sores.
  • Always thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes.
  • Do not pull loose pieces of skin off.
  • Wear clean socks daily and throw them away when they get old.
  • Keep toenails trimmed, but visit your podiatrist for evaluation and trimming as to avoid any problems.
  • Do NOT attempt to trim/cut your corns and calluses on your own. Avoid commercial wart/corn removers as they may be dangerous with the chemicals included.
  • Avoid smoking. This further constricts and negatively impacts blood flow to the feet.
  • Avoid extreme heat or cold as diabetics are not as sensitive to the temperatures and this can be dangerous.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, examine your feet daily, including between your toes. If you cannot do it yourself, have someone help you. Always call your podiatrist immediately with anything concerning, especially openings in the skin, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO PAIN.

If you have any questions regarding diabetes or would like to make an appointment with the office for a Diabetic Foot Check, please do not hesitate to call. Call Gentle Touch Foot Care at 973-673-3668 to make your appointment today!

By Audrey Snell, DPM
November 04, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: foot health   dry feet   dryness   cracked skin   dry skin  

Dry and cracked feet are not only unsightly, but they can be uncomfortable. You may be experiencing dry “ashy” skin. Maybe you stand on hard surfaces all day. Perhaps you even fail to moisturize your feet like you do the rest of your body.

Whatever the cause may be, you want to return your feet to a smooth and beautifully moisturized state. Dry feet are something you can likely remedy at home with things you may already have! Here are a couple ideas:

1. Oils

Coconut oil is a new craze with cooking and other purposes. One thing it can be used for that you may not have thought of is healing dry and cracked feet. Wash your feet well before going to bed. Rub in some coconut oil and put on a pair of clean, cotton socks. Wash your feet in the morning and dry them well. You can do this for several days or until you are happy with the way your feet look. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can do the same thing with olive oil!

2. Gel Socks

Clean and dry your feet before you go to bed. Apply moisturizer to your feet and put on a pair of gel socks. Take your socks off when you wake up and wash your feet in warm water. You will repeat this for several days and the dry, rough skin will eventually peel away. These gel socks are available at our office!

3. Foot Scrub

Fill a tub with warm water and a bit of liquid soap. Soak your feet for 20 minutes and then scrub the dry areas with a pumice stone (Healthy Foot Bars available at our office!). Rinse your feet, dry, and apply your favorite moisturizer. Put on socks and go to bed. Do this every night until your feet are nice and soft.

4. Epsom Salt

A ½ cup of Epsom salt is all it takes. Use lukewarm water and soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes. Scrub the dry areas of your feet with a pumice stone (Healthy Foot Bars available at our office!) and then soak in Epsom salt and water for another 10 minutes. Dry your feet. Repeat this every day for up to three days for incredibly soft feet.

If these home remedies don’t help your feet out to your liking, you may want to make an appointment with Gentle Touch Foot Care for further evaluation and more suggestions!

By Audrey Snell, DPM
November 04, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: bunion   Kardashian   six   toes   extra   kim   tailor's   bunionette  

There were rumors that Kim Kardashian has a SIXTH TOE on her left foot! This is always a possibility; however, it is nothing but a tailor’s bunion. Kim won’t be paying extra for her pedicures after all!

 

What is a Tailor’s bunion?

A tailor's bunion, also called a bunionette, is a prominence of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe.

It is usually caused by a biomechanical instability in the foot – the way that you walk. The fifth metatarsal bone starts to move outward, while the little toe moves inward. This creates a bump on the outside of the foot.

More rarely, a tailor’s bunion can be an outgrowth of bone on the side of the fifth metatarsal head.

Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of a tailor’s bunion are usually aggravated by wearing shoes that are too narrow in the toe, producing constant rubbing and pressure.

It is easily diagnosed because the protrusion is visually apparent. X-rays may be ordered to help the foot and ankle surgeon determine the cause and extent of the deformity.

 

Treatments include wearing shoes that are wider in the toe box, padding the area, NSAIDs and icing with possibly a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation, and orthotic devices to control the biomechanics of your foot to prevent the deformity from worsening.

 

Surgery is often considered when pain continues despite conservative treatment. There are different surgeries that can be performed depending on the case.

 

For more information and for an evaluation of your feet, give the office a call to make an appointment! 

973-676-3668

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By Bruce Theall, DPM
July 22, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

If you just can’t seem to mirror the exercise routine from your gym, we have a suggestion: dance. That’s right. Turn on some music and find your groove. You’re not only burning calories but also having fun. If you’re at the house with your family members, bring them in on the fun, too. While dancing — and practicing social distancing, the Gentle Touch Footcare team is here to remind you of a few injuries to avoid.

Ankle sprain

An ankle sprain is a very common injury, and it can also be painful. Most sprains occur when a person overstretches or tears an ankle ligament. If you were grooving to the music a little too much, take it easy. Follow the PRICE method: protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you experience swelling, pain or tingling, contact our office.

Fracture

We recommend that you clear a space before dancing to your favorite tunes. Move furniture with sharp corners. Also, rearrange slippery rugs and other accessories. If you still happen to bump into something and experience pain, stop immediately. You may not realize that you have a toe fracture. Many people have a broken toe, but the initial pain can be dismissed if it is on and off.

Broken ankle

A more serious ankle injury is a broken ankle. With an ankle sprain, ligaments may have been torn or broken. With a broken ankle, which is more severe, a patient has broken bones. If you’re unable to put your weight on your ankle, it’s best to get an X-ray to determine if multiple bones have been broken. You probably won’t be dancing much if you experience this injury but stop your activity immediately.

We’ve taken serious precautions to protect our staff and patients. We kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms. Make an appointment with Bruce Theall, DPM if you are concerned about an injury you may have experienced. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.

April 13, 2020
Category: Family Time
Tags: family food   family time  

After a long day of work or hours of homeschooling, gathering in the kitchen is a great way to end the day. Dinner time is an opportunity to talk about the day, plan for the next one, and enjoy quality conversation. During this time of social distancing, if you’re home with family, take advantage of this time. Before you sit down for a meal, here are a few ways to get the family involved. Gentle Touch Footcare has a few tips to share.

Pick a color

Fruits and vegetables are not only delicious additions to a meal but also healthy food items. Choose two or three different colors each week and pick fruits or vegetables to match. For red, think tomatoes. Yellow could be a banana. Use this opportunity to show your children a variety of fruits and vegetables. Hopefully, they will see the fun in choosing healthy meals. 

Start with water

Other beverages can certainly add to a meal but start with water to stay hydrated. Throughout the day, be sure to include other healthy choices like milk and avoid sugary drinks. While in the house, it can be difficult to stay hydrated. It’s fine to have coffee or other beverages, but your body still needs water.

Get moving

Cleaning up may be the last thing on your mind after a delicious meal. One way to include exercise is to turn on some music and get moving. Break up the cleaning responsibilities so that it becomes a team effort. Sweep the floor, clear the table, wash the dishes — just keep moving. If your workout time has been altered, use household activities to add movement to your new routine.

If you get moving too fast or experience an injury, please let us know. Our office will be closed until May 1, 2020, but please give us a call with any questions. We will periodically check messages and return calls.  Bruce Theall, DPM looks forward to serving you soon. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.





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