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How many times have you let something small turn into a much bigger problem than it ever needed to be? It’s time to break out of the habit of putting off warning signs for a later date, especially when it comes to foot injuries. Most foot conditions are treatable with no lasting side effects as long as treatment begins on time. In this blog, we’ll talk about the early signs of common foot injuries and how you can stop them before they start.

Bunions

 

            All bunions start as a small bump. Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between the natural curve of your big toe joint and the early stages of a bunion. However, the bunion could grow tremendously in the time you spend deciding, so look for these signs:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Shininess and warm to the touch

Wounds and Ulcers

 

            Diabetic patients already know the importance of maintaining strong foot health habits. Preventing wounds and ulcers is incredibly important because it can be the difference between living a healthy and active lifestyle or losing the ability to do the things you love. Watch out for wounds by looking for:     

  • Friction points in shoes
  • Discoloration on feet
  • Deteriorating skin on the sole of the foot

Ingrown Toenails

 

            Ingrown toenails start as small annoyances but can progress quickly, becoming infected and taking you off your feet entirely. The key is to catch them early on or stop them entirely before they start. You can do this by:

  • Cutting nails straight across and never ripping them
  • Redness around toenail
  • Swelling around toenail

So, as soon as you recognize any of these early signs, the best way to avoid creating a worse injury is to see your local foot doctor as soon as possible. If you’re located in Essex County or East Orange, NJ, come see Dr. Bruce Theall or Dr. Emad Youssef - DPM at Gentle Touch Foot Care. He and his friendly staff will evaluate your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and get you back to doing the things you love. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
August 22, 2014
Category: Foot Injury
Tags: big toe   sesamoid   strapping  

Cooper Taylor could miss out on the upcoming season due to suffering from a serious foot injury that relates to the sesamoid bone in Taylor's toe. A sesamoid is a bone embedded in a tendon. Sesamoids are found in several joints in the body. In the normal foot, the sesamoids are two pea-shaped bones located in the ball of the foot, beneath the big toe joint.Acting as a pulley for tendons, the sesamoids help the big toe move normally and provide leverage when the big toe “pushes off” during walking and running. The sesamoids also serve as a weight-bearing surface for the long bone connected to the big toe. An injury here will cause many problems as 80% of foot propulsion is from the big toe.

Sesamoid injuries can involve the bones, tendons, and/or surrounding tissue in the joint. They are often associated with activities requiring increased pressure on the ball of the foot, such as running, basketball, football, golf, tennis, and ballet. In addition, people with high arches are at risk for developing sesamoid problems. Frequent wearing of high-heeled shoes can also be a contributing factor.

In order to diagnose a sesamoid injury, The doctor will examine the foot, X-rays will be ordered and in some cases advanced imaging studies may be ordered. There are several non-surgical treatments that can be applied such as padding, strapping or taping, physical therapy, steroid injections and orthotic devices. When sesamoid injuries fail to respond to non-surgical treatment, surgery may be required. The foot and ankle doctor will determine the type of procedure that is best suited to the individual patient. If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind contact  East Orange Podiatrist Dr.Bruce Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care at 973 673-3668. 

By Dr. Bruce Theall
January 04, 2013
Category: Foot Injury


The AlterG, a treadmill system designed by NASA can provide athletes and others with a new option for rehabilitation after injury.  This treadmill was created to simulate walking on the moon and reduces the amount of weight put on joints during use.  “The most common conditions we’re using it for are orthopedic ones, such as stress fractures, heel spurs, knee replacements and tendonitis,” said Pete Morro, physical therapist and co-owner of ProCare Rehabilitation.

When it comes to rehabbing a foot injury, this new treadmill is a great way to start. Foot therapy can be a long process but with advances in technology and the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Bruce Theall & Dr. Sammy of New Jersey; your recovery process can be shortened and your risk of re-injury your affected area can be reduced. Dr. Theall can provide consultation to help you determine what the best treatment options are for your foot injury.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises
  2. Massaging
  3. Strengthening Exercises

Learn more on how these steps can help you when injured, by following link below.

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

Read the Full Article on Foot Therapy.


Epiphanny Prince, a former Rutgers Women’s basketball player, was injured in a game with her team the Chicago Sky. She suffered a fractured right foot, which will need surgery. The injury occurred in a game against the Indiana Fever. But now, less than two months later, Prince is back on the court and has rebounded nicely from her injury, putting up 30 points in a recent win over the Liberty, according to ESPN.

Fortunately for Prince and her team Chicago Sky, her broken foot was able to heal in a timely manner and allow her to get back into a productive season. If you have experienced an injury like Prince’s, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care. Dr. Theall can accurately diagnose your injury to determine if you have sustained an injury such as Prince’s, as well as provide you with treatment options to help you get back on your feet as she was able to.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

Preventing injuries is one thing, but avoiding them all together is harder than it seems, and when one does occur, seek out medical attention right away from your local podiatrist and sports therapist.

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 needs.

Read the Full Article on Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
July 31, 2012
Category: Foot Injury


Dolvett Quince, best known for being a trainer on “The Biggest Loser” recently sustained a foot injury that has caused him to start wearing a protective boot.  Despite the foot injury, Quince won't let anything stop him and will be competing in a new reality show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” which has military themed challenges.

Returning to physical activity after an injury, like Quince’s, can be facilitated with the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care. Dr. Theall can provide you with a consultation to determine what type of foot injury you might have, and recommend the appropriate treatment options to get you back on track.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Whether it is a turf toe injury, or damaging fracture, or ankle sprains these can be very frustrating. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy, you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, even at first when the foot feels awkward. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.


With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

If you have any questions, visit our video library or 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 needs.