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By Dr. Bruce Theall
May 21, 2015
Category: Ankle Pain

The days a little longer now, the sun is shining more often, and there are more outdoor activities to do with the onset of the up and coming summer season.  This does not only apply for athletes but also for everyone else that is outside and being active.  Your ankles support your bodies’ weight and with every step you take, they support and stabilize how you walk.  So, before you go outside and play in a pickup game or enjoy a nice walk or run, be sure to take note of some helpful tips you can use every day to ensure your ankles stay strong and you keep moving forward. 

                One of the most common injuries to the foot/ankle is an ankle sprain.  A sprain is a stretching injury which may involve partial or complete tearing of a ligament, and in this case it’s the ankle.  To ensure that your ankles stay strong to help minimize the chance of injury or sprain you can do simple exercises at home that do not take a great deal of time.  Begin with one of the easiest exercises is to simply balance yourself on one foot.  Be sure to stand on both feet, one foot at a time, for equal amounts of time.  Balancing yourself on one foot helps to develop proprioception, how your body orients itself in space or “balance”.  Simple stretching can be performed by sitting a chair and rotating your foot around in circles for 30 seconds at a time.  30 seconds clockwise, and then 30 seconds counterclockwise.  This will help expand and stretch the tissues in your ankle.  Purchasing resistance bands or stretch bands are also another great way to stretch out your ankles.  They are inexpensive and can be found in any sports store.  You can start with light weight resistance by sitting on the floor with the end of the band around the balls of your feet and then press your foot down against the resistant band.  You can do this on both feet 10 times each foot.

                Another very safe way to stretch the ankle is to press your foot against something solid, like a wall or something immovable.  You should have shoes on for this exercise, then press the side of your foot against it in one direction and then turn around and press in the opposite direction. 

                Always be sure to check your shoes so they are laced up and are a well-balanced fit for you.  If you are unsure if shoes are for you, feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s Gentle Touch Footcare office for a proper gait and foot evaluation to make sure your foot health is taken care of.  If the sole of the shoe is worn or ripped, it is time for new shoes.  Torn soles and ripped sides of the shoe will not support you or your ankles when walking or doing other activities on your feet.  The older the shoe, the greater the chance your ankle may ‘roll’ to one side or another, and this will cause injury or sprain. 

                If there are any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s Gentle Touch Footcare office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973  673 - 3668.  Remember to support the ankles and they will support you. 


By Dr.Bruce Theall
December 04, 2014
Category: Ankle Pain

Just over a year after she fractured her hand after falling out of bed, she has suffered another injury  just days before she’s on red carpet duty at the Oscars. Kelly's high heel shoe got stuck in a drain in a bathroom and she had to make to the quick decision of either spraining her ankle or falling face first into the toilet, needless to say, she chose the ankle sprain. Wearing high heels can be quite tricky at times. There is no question that the high-heel is a pillar of high fashion however what is gained in beauty and style is often lost in ankle stability.   Ankle sprains come in all sizes and even the slightest injury can prevent you from wearing your favorite heel.  A sudden misstep that leads to your ankle turning inward can strain the ligaments on the outer side of your ankle.

If you’ve accidently misstepped and experience swelling, pain, and an inability to bear weight on your foot, you may have suffered an ankle sprain.  With the proper care, however, you can nurse your ankle back to action.  First and foremost, the swelling needs to be reduced which can be achieved by simple Ice application, compressive garments (ace-wraps), and ankle elevation.  If your pain does not quickly go away, you should have yourself examined to rule out any calamities like a fracture or a torn ligament. The doctors at Gentle Touch Foot Care will be happy to examine and evaluate if this has happened to you. Just remember the steps needed for the recovery process: reduce inflammation, restore range of motion, strength training, and balance and functional training.  Once the swelling is reduced, elevate your leg and start ranging your ankle in a circle.

The key to showing off  your stilettos again is dedicated and focused rehabilitation of your ankle sprain that may last week's rather than days. Until then proper supportive shoe wear is key and most of all, be patient and your Jimmy Choos will see the light of day again!

By Dr.Sam Adegboyega
April 24, 2014
Category: Ankle Pain

Giants quarterback Eli Manning suffered a high left ankle sprain in the final season in 2013. He successfully went through recovery and rehab but still experienced discomfort. The choice was made to perform Arthroscopic surgery to have the ankle cleaned out.

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive alternative to standard open surgical techniques and now one of the most commonly performed ankle surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgeries result in less postoperative swelling than open techniques and reduce pain, risk of complications, and recovery times. Many injuries, particularly those that at one time would have been career ending for athletes, can now be addressed with arthroscopy allowing a quicker return to full function. The ankle joint is a commonly injured joint in sports. Pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking on the affected foot or ankle are the common symptoms that should be evaluated.

A podiatrist will carefully examine your feet and ankles and take a complete medical history. He will order tests, including an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI, to determine the extent of your problems. Contact Dr.Theall or Dr.Adegboyega at Gentle touch Foot care for an examination today at 973 673-3668.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
August 08, 2012
Category: Ankle Pain

Actress Jessica Alba turned to Twitter after injuring her ankle when she dropped a plate on it.  She tweeted pictures of her swollen ankle and the ankle being X-rayed.  Despite suffering the injury, Alba still managed to be on the set for her upcoming film Machete Kills

Like Alba, suffering injuries to the feet while on the job is a common problem for many. From swollen ankles to heel pain, these injuries can impact your work performance if not treated properly. Getting the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care will allow you to get back out on your feet in no time.

Working on Your Feet
Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain. Your whole body may experience changes in posture, back pain, bunions, call calluses and plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices, and correct posture.

Positive Changes
Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed all day, not even for hours. Try exposing your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain
Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga, and stretching is beneficial. This will increase blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of information and knowledge about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read the Full Article on Working On Your Feet.

Terry Collins announced following Sunday’s game that Johan Santana's next start will be delayed because of a mild ankle injury.  Collins assured the press that Santana’s injury should be of no concern and will only delay his start by one or two days in order to give him time to rest. 

Dealing with ankle sprains can be made easier with the help of a podiatrist. Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care treats many patients with ankle sprains and with his help, you’ll be back on your feet in no time. 

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury occurs when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If you lose your footing or are walking on uneven terrain for example, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Swelling
  • Limited mobility 
  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  However, if the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required. If you have suffered a previous sprain, you may want to consider additional support, such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to visit our video library or contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.