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By Bruce Theall, DPM (Gentle Touch)
December 27, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain   bunions  

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:

Bunions

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.

Heel pain

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.

Diabetic footcare

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.

Ingrown toenails

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.

September 17, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: foot pain   Heel pain   orthotics   arch support  

One of the more common ways to treat a problem with your feet is with anWhat is an orthotic? An is a type of shoe insert that can either be bought over the counter or fashioned by your podiatrist. While over the counter orthotics, or shoe inserts, maybe less are also produced generically and may not be the best treatment for your feet. Over the counter, shoe Inserts are not made to correct foot problems while a doctor made is. Since everyone’s feet are different the problems associated with them are unique. Because of this, a custom made measured and fit to your specific feet is highly recommended.

Some of the conditions an  can treat includes:

 

  • Diabetes – Diabetes often makes it difficult for the patient to feel pain from blisters or infections. And can help correct this by taking the pressure off them
  • Plantar Fasciitis – Can cushion the sore area of the foot 
  • Arthritis – Also used to cushion
  • Flat feet – Can help support your feet to avoid surgery
  • High arches – Can provide support for stressed arches
  • Bursitis – Also used to cushion
  • Back pain – An can help with rolling arches which can cause back pain
  • Bunions – Orthotic with a large toe area important
  •  – Can help to ensure hammertoe will not worsen
  • Heel spurs – Painful condition which will require cushioning

 

To get the right size your podiatrist will have to measure your feet and watch how you walk. Orthotics should fit your feet and footwear comfortably. X-rays and an MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imagining scan - may also be needed.

Basic types of Orthotics include:

 

  • Rigid – usually made from more solid materials such as carbon fiber or plastic to provide solid support and to correct walking patterns or gait. Best for walking shoes.
  • Soft – More cushioning material to relieve pressure on sore areas of the foot

Not all conditions can be treated with just anThe most effective treatment may be a combination depending on what your podiatrist thinks is best for you.

If you believe you have any of the conditions above and may benefit from an or have any other concerns about 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

There are many ways to treat various foot ailments. One of the latest techniques is something called Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, or ESWT, is the noninvasive use of sound waves to spur cell growth and healing. The application of sound waves was first used as a way to break up kidney stones in a treatment calledWhen doctors noticed bone and tissue growth as a result of, the same idea was applied to healing such conditions as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

How effective is ESWT? It has been reported that one group of patients treated for plantar fasciitis were healed 92% of the time after one treatment. Another study showed that pain reduction also dropped by 92% with an average pain rating of 7.7 before ESWT on a scale of 1 – 10 was 0.6 after. Your healing time may vary.

ESWT is usually only applied if other more conservative treatments have failed such as physical therapy, steroids, anti-inflammatory medications, stabilizing braces, ice or orthotics.

Benefits of ESWT include:

  • Unlike surgery, where an incision would have to be made, of sound waves is through the unbroken skin
  • A high rate of healing – good track record of success
  • Not usually a long-term treatment -  treatments can be as little as one or two sessions from 5 to 18 minutes long with a second treatment 10 to 12 weeks later
  • Does not require time off from work – no time needed to stay off your feet and
  • Little or no risk of further damage – treatments are applied to the area needed only

Your podiatrist will sit you down, make sure you’re comfortable, administer a local anesthetic and begin the treatment. The machine makes a clicking sound but is not painful. You may experience some soreness after, but it will go away. ESWT is not recommended for people with diabetes, are pregnant, have ulcers or sores, nerve damage in the affected area, have a heart condition or a history of seizures.

If you believe ESWT may benefit you 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.   

Heel pain is one of the most commonly seen foot conditions in podiatrists’ offices around the world. We all work and lead busy lives, and in doing so, ask a lot of our feet. This wear and tear add up over time, and if you don’t give your feet a rest, it could result in plantar fasciitis or, more commonly, heel pain. In this blog, we’ll talk about a few ways you can avoid and heal heel pain once and for all. 

Stretch Your Feet

 

            Little things like walking from your home to the train station every day may not seem like a workout for you, but it is for your feet. Just like any workout, it’s important that you stretch before you start. Your plantar fascia is the muscular band that connects the ball of your feet to your heel. When it becomes inflamed, you experience heel pain. Avoid the chance of inflammation performing the following stretch before walking:

  • Lean against a wall with your palms flat against it
  • Press your weight forward and leave your feet in place
  • Feel the resistance on your heels as you slowly lean further, stretching your heels and toes

Talk About Orthotics

 

            So often when we buy shoes, we prioritize form over function. The shoes that look best, don’t always support our feet the best. That’s where foot orthotics come into play. Orthotics are custom inserts designed by a foot doctor to fit the unique shape your feet. By putting custom orthotics in your shoes, you can still wear the footwear you love, without sacrificing support.

            When heel pain strikes, the most important thing to do is see your local podiatrist right away.  When treatment is started immediately, heel pain can typically be resolved through conservative treatments alone. However, if left untreated, your podiatrist may need to resort to surgical options.

            If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the surrounding Essex County area, come see Dr. Bruce Theall and his friendly staff at Gentle Touch Foot Care. Together, they can work treat your heel pain and keep it from coming back. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? It may sound a little scary, but rest assured, it’s actually a safer, non-invasive treatment for bone and tissue injuries in the foot that could otherwise require surgery. Let’s discuss a little about what it is, how it works, and when to ask your podiatrist if extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is right for you.

What is it?

             The procedures and technology behind ESWT originate from practices first used to treat kidney stones. Doctors would reduce the size of kidney stones from outside the body by applying a lithotripsy, or a small, therapeutic shock, to the affected area. Podiatrists have since repurposed this same idea to create an external treatment for internal foot conditions. The primary benefit of choosing a treatment like ESWT is avoiding complications that may occur during surgery. Additionally, patients that choose ESWT may have shorter recovery times than those that elect for surgery. Although, healing all wounds takes time, ESWT helps you get back to doing the things you love faster.

What Does it Treat?

ESWT has proven to be effective in treating internal foot injuries including:

When Should I Talk to My Podiatrist About ESWT?

            Chances are, if you already know what ESWT is, then you’re already regularly working with a podiatrist on a regular basis. The conversations about ESWT usually comes up around the time the patient and doctor have decided together to approach more intensive treatments for the conditions listed above. If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure or the recovery, your doctor will be able to help inform you and make a decision at this time.

            The most important thing to remember is that foot pain doesn’t have to last forever. ESWT is one of my cutting-edge treatments, but it still may not be the right one for you. At Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ, our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, specialize in ESWT but are ready and willing to work with you and whatever’s best for your feet. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.  

What is extracorporeal shockwave therapy? It may sound a little scary, but rest assured, it’s actually a safer, non-invasive treatment for bone and tissue injuries in the foot that could otherwise require surgery. Let’s discuss a little about what it is, how it works, and when to ask your podiatrist if extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is right for you.

What is it?

             The procedures and technology behind ESWT originate from practices first used to treat kidney stones. Doctors would reduce the size of kidney stones from outside the body by applying a lithotripsy, or a small, therapeutic shock, to the affected area. Podiatrists have since repurposed this same idea to create an external treatment for internal foot conditions. The primary benefit of choosing a treatment like ESWT is avoiding complications that may occur during surgery. Additionally, patients that choose ESWT may have shorter recovery times than those that elect for surgery. Although, healing all wounds takes time, ESWT helps you get back to doing the things you love faster.

What Does it Treat?

ESWT has proven to be effective in treating internal foot injuries including:

When Should I Talk to My Podiatrist About ESWT?

            Chances are, if you already know what ESWT is, then you’re already regularly working with a podiatrist on a regular basis. The conversations about ESWT usually comes up around the time the patient and doctor have decided together to approach more intensive treatments for the conditions listed above. If you have any concerns or questions about the procedure or the recovery, your doctor will be able to help inform you and make a decision at this time.

            The most important thing to remember is that foot pain doesn’t have to last forever. ESWT is one of my cutting-edge treatments, but it still may not be the right one for you. At Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ, our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Yousef, DPM, specialize in ESWT but are ready and willing to work with you and whatever’s best for your feet. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.