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There are a series of foot injuries that can develop from competing in sports and this is the time of year to be especially aware of them. With school back in session, sports like football, basketball, hockey, and field Hockey become regular parts of our and our children’s lives.

Various injuries include:

  • Shin splints – an inflammation of the shin area due to pounding on a hard surface
  • Turf toe – the inflammation of the big toe due to stress from artificial turf
  • Sprains – undue strain on the foot or ankle
  • Fractures – a breaking or cracking of the bone
  • Bunions – a bump on the outside of the big toe
  • Plantar fasciitis – an aggravation of the area that joins the toe bones with other foot bones
  • Heel spurs – a usually painful calcium deposit on the heel
  • Achilles tendonitis – the inflammation of the largest foot tendon, the Achilles tendon

It is very important to see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Your podiatrist may take an x-ray or ultrasound to locate the problem area.

Treatments may include:

  • Shin splints – R.I.C.E. rest, ice, compression, and elevation, change sports to one less physically stressful and anti-pain medications
  • Turf toe – RICE, pain medication, a foot cast or boot or surgery Sprains – RICE is usually applied as rest and ice will help a lot. You may need to use crutches or some other device to help take the weight off the sprained foot or ankle
  • Fractures – anti-pain medicine, cast or walking boot, RICE to allow the area to heal or surgery if the break is serious enough
  •  – change in footwear to something with more toe room, orthotics, lower heeled footwear or surgery to remove disjointed bone
  • Bunion – custom made orthotics, fitting footwear, anti-pain medication – acetaminophen or ibuprofen (use only as directed) or surgery
  • Plantar fasciitis – orthotics, pain medicines, steroid injections for pain,  therapy or surgery
  • Heel spurs – orthotics, RICE, cortisone injections, cushioned footwear or surgery
  • Achilles tendonitis – RICE, pain medicines, boot or cast to keep the tendon immobile to heal or surgery

If you believe you have or are developing any of the above 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 treat them appropriately. 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

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 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.

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.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
June 05, 2012
Category: Ankle Pain

St. Louis Ram’s quarterback Sam Bradford is still nursing an ankle injury he suffered back in October of 2011. Despite his ankle injury, Bradford’s performance in the Ram’s OTAs this summer has shown his improvements. Broken ankles are a very serious injury, and if not treated right, can lead to a greater potential for more injuries in the upcoming season and a shortened NFL career.

With the assistance of Dr. Bruce Theall, patients with ankle injuries will be treated at Gentle Touch Foot Care. Broken ankles are a very serious injury and if not treated right, they can lead to continuous pain and an inability to walk.  They can be caused when the foot rolls under the wrong way or twists too far, causing one or more of the bones to break.

What is the Difference between Sprains and Breaks?

An ankle sprain happens when ligaments are ripped or torn but no bones are broken. However, a sprain can actually be very severe, causing bruising of the foot and making it hard to put weight on the foot.

If a person cannot stand and support their own weight on their ankle, then most likely the ankle may be broken. If you suspect you have a broken ankle, the best thing to do is get an x-ray. This will determine the severity of the break immediately.

How do Breaks Occur?

Since the injury results from the foot rolling under or twisting too far, a broken ankle generally occurs during exercise, physical activity, or sports. Another common cause can be a jump or fall from a great height.

Caring for a Broken Ankle 

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are important when caring for a broken ankle. It will help to elevate the feet above your head to reduce blood flow to the injured area, as well as applying ice to the ankles to help decrease swelling.

Does a Broken Ankle Require Surgery?

Broken ankles can be more severe than you might realize, so in some cases, surgery actually is required. If surgery is required, it usually means wearing a cast for at least three months followed by rehabilitation.

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