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It is quite common for most people to participate in some type of exercise. How many times do we drive our kids to soccer or baseball practice, or watch them play football, basketball, tennis or lacrosse on the weekend? In all these cases, one part of the body that takes a pounding is their feet. If we want them to do their best, we need to take care of our feet just like anything else we consider important for our sport.  

As baseball players routinely oil their gloves for softness and longevity, all athlete’s need to keep a special eye on their feet. One blister, one corn or one sprain can put them out of commission losing valuable time participating in something they enjoy.

Suggestions for maintaining healthy feet for an athlete include:


  • Regular foot checks – every time you put on your shoes and socks check to make sure all is well, meaning no corns, blisters, pain or protruding bones
  • Making sure you have well-fitted and proper footwear – footwear must be supportive and sport appropriate – don’t use basketball shoes for running, etc.
  • Keeping socks dry – keep an extra pair near to avoid the accumulation of fungus breeding bacteria
  • Stretching before and after activities – it is always a good idea to stretch muscles and ligaments, but do so gently
  • Wash feet with soap and water – keep your feet clean which also helps avoid fungal infections
  • Keep feet dry – prevents fungal infections too
  • Use lotion or anti-fungal powder – softens and protects the feet

Performing at your highest level requires dedication and hard work. Keeping your body in shape requires the same if you want to get the most out of you and your sport. Even for casual sports enthusiasts, these recommendations can be a big help as they will prevent unnecessary injuries. 

If you’re an athlete, budding or more or have any other concerns about the health of your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com.   

By Dr.Bruce Theall
July 30, 2015
Category: Athlete's Foot

During these dog days of summer, we usually begin to try to find ways to keep our bodies cooler when the temperature is on the rise.  When we begin to sweat or perspire, our feet end up taking most of the abuse.  People will often opt for lighter and more ‘airy’ footwear such as flip flops, sandals, and slip on type shoes more so for comfort and to keep cool.  Many problems can arise with our feet due to the heat, namely foot fungus, most commonly known as athlete’s foot. 

                Athlete’s foot can affect anyone, not only athletes.  It is a very common skin disease that causes itching, scaling, blistering, and flaking of the skin.  It is known as tinea pedis and is the most common of all superficial fungal skin infections that is usually caused by an overgrowth of organisms precipitated by a change in the skin’s microenvironment, other organisms, changes in humidity, and possible changes in the person’s immunological status.  Fungus thrive in dark moist environments, so what better place than a shoe with a sweaty foot during the summer, or walking barefoot around swimming pools/showers, barefoot in locker rooms, or even by sharing towels with others to dry your feet.  Scratching your skin or someone else’s can also be a mode of transmission.  Toe nails can also become infected with fungus the same way the foot skin can become infected. 

                Infection can be prevented by keeping your feet dry and changing between shoe wear by not wearing the same pair every day for all activities.  Be sure to have one pair of shoes for work, the gym, and walking.  You should also be sure to change all of your socks every day to ensure that no fungal elements are left after a long day of sweating.  There are many creams, ointments, oral medications, sprays, and powders that are available to be treat foot fungus.  Many sure you check with your podiatrist to see which kind of treatment is right for you. 

If there are any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973  673-3668.  Remember to take care of your feet they are the foundation to your life!!!

By Dr. Bruce Theall
November 18, 2014
Category: Athlete's Foot
Tags: athlete's foot   foot fungus  

You could argue that athlete's foot is one small payback for pro athletes' seven-figure salaries and luxury lifestyles. Only, you don't need to be a professional athlete -- or even an athlete at all -- to get this foot infection. Athlete's foot got its name because the fungus that causes it likes to hang out in places athletes frequent, like showers and locker rooms. Yet anyone who's exposed to that fungus can get infected -- including women.

 Feet aren't the prettiest, or the sweetest-smelling parts of the human anatomy. Suffocated inside shoes and socks all day, feet become sweaty, stinky, and the perfect vehicles for all sorts of tiny germs. Some of those germs lie in wait on the floors of locker rooms and pool changing areas. When they invade susceptible feet, they can cause a red, itchy condition called athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus (called tinea), which leaves scaly patches on the skin. The condition is named by the part of the body where it occurs. On the feet, tinea infection is called athlete's foot.

 Showering is actually one of the ways you can get athlete's foot. Step into a locker room or pool shower with bare feet and you can pick up the condition. You can also become infected if you share a towel, socks, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. Showering alone won't clear up the fungus that causes athlete's foot -- no matter how carefully you wash between your toes. But keeping your feet clean and dry can help prevent this fungus from returning.

Athlete's foot can look different in each person. Some people do get peeling or cracking skin between their toes. Others have redness or dryness on the bottom of their feet that looks just like dry skin. You can try treating it with an antifungal medications and also keeping the feet dry by using cotton socks and breathable shoes to prevent athlete’s footbut if the problem persist, contact Dr. Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care to schedule an appointment and speak to the podiatrist about the problem.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
June 19, 2012
Category: Athlete's Foot
Tags: athlete's foot   foot fungus  

Good news for those suffering from athlete’s foot! A leading athlete’s foot treatment from Mexico that has been tested and proven effective is now coming to US markets and will be available in major retail stores.

This news comes just in time for the summer season, where heat and humidity allow athlete’s foot to thrive. Although a very treatable condition, athlete’s foot can be an annoying hindrance on your everyday walking, running, and exercising. Even if you take over the counter treatments to help with your athlete’s foot, it is still advisable to see a podiatrist, such as Dr. Bruce Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care, to help with your athlete’s foot.

Itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet are all common symptoms of athlete's foot. Atlso known as tinea pedis, it can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms, and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

What is Tinea?

  • Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
  • Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, and can thrive in places other than your feet.
  • Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
  • Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may come in contact with tinea at some point.

People with a history of tinea or other skin infections are more likely to suffer from recurrent, or even additional, unrelated infections. Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, redness, and severe symptoms include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, tinea can cause blistering. It is best to see your podiatrist for the best treatment and relief from these symptoms.

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.


By Dr. Bruce Theall
April 08, 2011
Category: Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot or tinea pedis is one of the more common fungal infections of the skin and is more frequently seen during the upcoming summer months. A warm humid climate such as locker rooms, public pools, and showers helps the fungus to grow and spread. The skin can start itching, flaking and scaling leading to sever pain, inflammation and swelling can occur. In severe cases a bacterial infection can accompany the fungal infection which may need oral antibiotics to completely resolve the condition.  Fungus is easily spread to other areas of the body so a prompt treatment would be necessary to prevent spreading.

Even if you have never had it here are some tips to prevent you from getting it in the future.

  • Wear sandals in all public places this way the fungus doesn’t get on your feet.
  • Change shoe gear daily, especially if you are an active person.
  • Change socks frequently and wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet.
  • Keep your feet dry, use powder if necessary
  • Never borrow other people’s shoes especially if they have or have had the disease

Mild cases of athlete’s foot can be treated somewhat effectively with over the counter anti-fungal creams and sprays. But since it is easily spread and re infection is very common it is better to common to the office and get treatment for this fungal infection before it spreads and gets worse. If you experience any of the above symptoms it is important to come in to Gentle Touch Foot Care so you can be cured of your athlete’s foot infection in no time and ensure that it doesn’t spread. This way you can get back to that healthy lifestyle without pain and inflammation from this common infection. Call (973) 673-3668, visit our video library or schedule an appointment on our website.