You’re not alone. Many people began the new year with health and wellness goals, which are great ways to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Before you walk through the doors of the gym or begin the exercise program at home, have you considered whether your feet are ready for the journey? If you haven’t had a recent checkup, or if you’re still experiencing foot pain, hit “pause” on your fitness plan. We’re excited for you to hit your goals, but the doctors at Gentle Touch Foot Care also want to see you avoid a sports injury.
If you’re beginning a new workout class or fitness routine, do some research. Learn which type of shoes work best, which stretches to do before and after the workout, the types of exercises and pace of the class, and any equipment that you may need to bring on the first day. Knowing these details in advance can help you feel a bit more comfortable; it can also let you know if this is the best class for you as a beginner. Talk to friends, too!
Make an appointment
We get it — you’re ready to work towards your goal now! Resist the urge to skip out on a health check. If you’re pain-free, it’s still a great time to speak with your podiatrist and receive advice on how to care for your feet and ankles while starting a new exercise routine. If you’re currently experiencing pain or recently recovering from an injury, listen to the advice of your podiatrist. They’re trying to help you prevent the pain from worsening or causing another injury.
Bring your support
Friends are great, but we’re also talking about any supportive materials or devices you may need for your feet or ankles. If you have orthotics for your sports shoes, use them. If you have an ankle brace, don’t forget this, too.
Make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM, so we can make sure you’re ready to start your fitness plan worry-free. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.
Happy New Year! Can you believe that it is time to start a new year? We are excited because this means that we have another chance to help people with foot and ankle pain. It’s a new year — don’t you think it’s time to take a closer look at what’s been holding you back from joining an aerobics class or tagging along with a friend for a fun adventure? The doctors at Gentle Touch Footcare welcome 2020 by sharing a few conditions that may lead you to our office.
Here are a few ways that we can help you in 2020:
When a bump forms on the inside of the foot at the big toe, you have a bunion. This condition is caused by a bone deformity, so this means that you will need some help from our office to tackle this condition that can be painful. The pain and discomfort occur as this area rubs against the inside of your shoes; eventually, the bunion grows. The leading cause of bunions is wearing shoes that are too tight. Some of the most common treatments include orthotics, protective padding, and changing footwear.
We know heel pain as plantar fasciitis. When the plantar fascia is inflamed, this causes pain and discomfort. Common causes for this condition include wearing the wrong footwear, overuse, and flat feet.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects many people in our community. If someone has diabetes, their higher glucose levels put them in danger. For their feet and ankles, diabetes can lead to peripheral neuropathy, decreased circulation, and increased risk of infection.
When the corner or the side of your toenail has penetrated your skin, you have an ingrown toenail. Although common, this condition can become very painful and dangerous if left untreated.
Are you dealing with any of these conditions? Start 2020 the right way. Make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.
Why foot exercises matter for your everyday life
1. Toe Raise, Point, and Curl
2. Toe Splay
3. Toe Extension
4. Toe Curls
5. Big Toe Stretch
6. Tennis Ball Roll
7. Achilles Stretch
Courtesy of aetrex.com
in colder temperatures, it is essential to ensure that your body, including your feet, is properly cared for. It’s important to find the proper balance and be sure you are warm enough but not too hot. You want to try to minimize sweat, which can potentially freeze and cause rubbing, blisters, irritation or discomfort.
To keep your upper body temperature properly regulated, be sure to dress in layers. If you are exerting yourself you don’t want to be dressed in clothing that is too warm which may cause excessive sweating and discomfort.
You will want to start with a base layer that wicks moisture and is breathable, followed by a mid-layer that is insulating like a fleece jacket, completed with an outer layer that is water and windproof to protect you from the elements. Be sure to incorporate a warm, weatherproof hat and waterproof gloves into your gear.
Hand warmers are a great item to have on hand and can be used on any body part (including hands and feet) that may need warming up during your journey.
Now let’s talk FEET! Obviously, good warm socks that properly wick moisture away from your feet are essential. You don’t want your feet to get wet with moisture from sweat, and then get cold. This will not only cause discomfort but could also lead to blisters and fungal growth. Wool socks are often a popular choice for hiking as well. Warm, waterproof hiking boots are essential to keep your feet comfortable and dry in the cold weather elements.
Yours in Good Health,
Trina Kincey ~ Integrative Health Coach ~ Owner of Get Real Wellness, LLC
DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only. The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional. You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.
Are you waiting for your child to outgrow their foot pain? Stop. Growing pains are a myth, so the pain will continue without a visit to the podiatrist. Many foot issues that adults now experience could have been prevented with childhood treatment. The doctors at Gentle Touch Footcare are here to encourage parents to treat children’s foot pain early and avoid impacting future development.
Here are some common issues that affect children’s feet:
Flat feet are normal for children; there is a large fat pad that is present at birth. However, as your child grows closer to the age of 6, they should outgrow this condition.
In-toe walking is also known as “pigeon toe” walking, and there are many causes for this issue. If your child has this condition, they are more likely to fall or trip. It will feel like their feet are getting in the way while they walk.
This disease typically occurs in children ages 8 to 14. Often caused by overuse, Sever’s Disease is common in young athletes participating in basketball, track, soccer, and gymnastics. The condition is characterized by inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. Symptoms include pain at the bottom or back of the heel, difficulty jumping or running, walking on the toes, and pain when squeezing the heel, among other symptoms.
If your young athlete plays basketball, beware of ankle sprains. Symptoms include pain, bruising, or swelling of the ankle. Your child may also feel unstable while walking. Encourage them to rest the area, apply ice, use a compression wrap, and elevate the injured area. This is known as the RICE method.
There are many ways that we can help during your child’s growth and development. The way you respond to injuries now can impact development later in life. Make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our Essex County office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.
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