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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

By Dr.Bruce Theall
November 16, 2015
Category: Blisters
Tags: blisters   socks   shoewear  

Blisters are common problems that happen everyday. They are the result of excessive rubbing or friction to the skin, often over an area that has excessive pressure or a prominent bone.

Treatment for most blisters is fairly simple, try not to pop the blister as that could lead to an infection. Simply keep it covered with a bandage or other clean covering until the body absorbs the fluid and it shrinks on its own, if it does open keep it clean with soap and water or rubbing alcohol and apply a topical antibiotic ointment with a sterile bandage until it heals. If it keeps draining more than 3 days or develops redness on the surrounding area you should see your doctor.

Preventing Blisters

The best way to treat a blister is not to develop one. Several helpful things can prevent a blister from starting.

  1. Wearing properly fitting shoes for your foot is important. I see many people who are not wearing the correct size. Frequently, people are wearing the same size that they have worn since they were young. Feet change with age just like the other parts of the body do. Come in and our staff will measure your feet and help you get the right size and fit to your feet.

     

  2. Daily steps to keep the feet cool and dry help prevent excess heat and friction that can lead to a blister. Using a foot powder with talc, baking soda, or aluminum chlorhydrate will help with sweating and friction. Natural Fiber socks made of wool, or acrylic rather than cotton socks help to let your skin moisture evaporate or not be trapped against your skin also newer styles of socks that are labeled “moisture wicking” have fibers that do the same thing.

     

  3. Shoes that feature leather uppers also help your feet breathe better and can help reduce the formation of blisters, there are also pads made of gel or silicone that can be used to put over areas that get rubbed to help protect them so a blister doesn’t develop in the first place

For more information on blisters causes, affects and prevention, Contact Dr.Bruce Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care at 973 673-3668 anytime or call to schedule an appointment as well.


Television and movie star, Sarah Jessica Parker, recently announced that she has suffered permanent foot damage.  The culprit—high heels.  After years of sporting stilettos, the actress twisted her ankle after sliding in a pair with plastic soles.  The accident sent her to the podiatrist where she learned how the bones of her feet had been affected by long days in heels.  The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends wearing heels that are no more than two inches high.

Choosing the proper type of shoe, in the right size, will lead to healthier, happier feet.  Shoe shopping should be done late in the day when the feet are at their largest due to normal swelling.  Have your feet measured regularly since feet spread during the aging process, and keep in mind that sizes also vary based on brand. 

The type of shoe that you purchase should match the activity that you will be doing.  Many shoes are designed for specific sports or conditions, and they will offer the best fit and protection for your feet.  Cushion and proper support are other factors to consider when choosing the right shoes for your feet. 

Improper footwear can cause foot conditions that range from blisters to plantar fasciitis.  Drs. Bruce Theall and Samuel Adegboyega understand the permanent damage that can be caused when poor shoe choices are made.  Are you suffering from foot and ankle pain?  The resolution to your discomfort will begin with a visit to Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange, NJ.  Make an appointment today by calling 973-673-3668.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
September 25, 2012
Category: High Heels


Kourtney Kardashian was recently seen wearing a pair of snakeskin heels during a shopping trip in Miami with sister Khloe.  The reality star seemed to be struggling with her footwear choice due to the uneven nature of the pavement.  Kourtney was given a hand by her sister and then by a member of her security team.

Aside from just being difficult to walk in, high heels can have other effects as well.  If you think you are experiencing any ill-effects from wearing high heels you should seek out the care of Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care.  Dr. Theall can address any concerns you may have as well as provide treatment for any injuries you have sustained.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

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 The Effects of High Heels on the Feet.