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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:


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.

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.



            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.

April 15, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   hammertoes   foot health   bunions   foot care  

Happy April! April is one of the best months because it means the days are getting warmer and longer. April is also a great month for feet because it’s National Foot Health Awareness Month. So, while we’re all welcoming the new season by cleaning our homes, those of us here at Gentle Touch Foot Care would like to also help you welcome National Foot Health Awareness Month with some foot beautification tips.

Watch Out for Bunions and Hammertoes!


            Bunions and hammertoes can be both painful and unsightly. Although they’re different conditions, they share some of the same causes.  If you’re planning on wearing open-toed shoes this summer, you should be sure to prevent bunions and hammertoes by:

  • Avoiding tight-fitting shoes that cramp toes and cause friction
  • Treating even minor traumatic toe injuries to complete restoration
  • Wearing custom orthotics

If you are already struggling with bunions or hammertoes, talk to your foot doctor about treatment options available to you. Conservative treatments are usually prioritized over surgical options.

Scrub Your Skin


            You don’t need to spend a fortune on a day at the spa to pamper your feet. Regularly washing your feet with an exfoliating scrub can prevent dry skin that creates extra friction in your shoes and often leads to the development of corns and calluses. You can even make your own sugar scrub at home using the following ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil

Fend off Fungus


            Running around in bare feet in the summertime but doing so makes you vulnerable to picking up fungi that can cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, or other smelly conditions. Keep your feet as pretty as possible by:

  • Wearing shower shoes in public locker rooms

  • Keeping flip flops on while walking on pool decks
  • Never sharing shoes or socks with anyone

The best way to keep your feet pretty this spring is by making regular visits to your local podiatrist. If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the Essex County area, our board-certified podiatrist, Bruce Theall, DPM, and his friendly staff are ready to work with you today. Make an appointment online or call our office at (973) 673-3668.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
December 31, 2014
Category: Hammertoes
Tags: foot pain   hammertoes   bunions  

Even celebrities are not immune to common foot problems. Even with all the money in the world Oprah Winfrey still suffers from the common condition that affect so many women today. Hammertoes are one of the most common problems seen at Foot Care Centers.  Hammertoes are produced by a muscle imbalance which causes the toe to bend.  Often the joints become fixed in this awkward position.

Hammer toes are one of three most common symptoms that are seen in the foot, the other two are bunions and plantar fasciitis.  All three of these symptoms are associated with chronic muscle and joint pain throughout the entire body. Hammertoes can be inherited perhaps due to our great grandparents (who wore ‘hand-me-down’ shoes from their older siblings) or a nerve abnormality but most doctors feel that they are mostly due to poor fitting shoes.  (Shoes that are too short and narrow for the foot) that force the toes into a bent position.

The condition of hammer toes starts with abnormal pronantion (in the feet). Abnormal pronation creates the “loose bag of bones” syndrome. When the toes are in this contracted position, the long flexor muscles (under the toes) are put on slack (they lose their tension). In time, they will automatically tighten up to regain that tension. Once these muscles have tightened up, they will hold the toes in a hammer toe position. 

There are some great treatment options for those who suffer from this condition and they include modifying shoe gear, padding and steroid injection therapy. Sometimes a doctor will use cortisone injections to relieve acute pain and a podiatrist may also custom-make an insert to wear inside your shoe. This can reduce pain and keep the hammer toe from getting worse  If persistent pain, then surgical correction is recommended. You can contact Dr.Bruce Theall if you are someone who may suffer from this condition. We can be reached at 973 673-3668(FOOT).

As a movie star, model or fashionista, you know the joys of wearing beautiful shoes that’s a must for your current outfit but a must-not for your feet. What often happens? You wear them anyways. For those of us men and women who have had to make that crucial decision, we have all probably failed the test once or twice, unfortunately there can be some bad consequences to that choice, wearing shoes that are too tight are the leading cause of bunions, Contrary to belief, they are not hereditary but they do tend to run in families, usually because of a faulty foot structure. Foot injuries, neuromuscular problems, flat feet, and pronated feet can contributed to their formation. Stars like Katie Holmes and Paris Hilton may make it seem effortless when wearing a nice pair of shoes but are often suffering on the inside.

Many people with bunions suffer from discomfort and pain from the constant irritation, rubbing, and friction of the enlargement against shoes. The skin over the toe becomes red and tender. Because the joint flexes with every step, the bigger the bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. Over time, bursitis or arthritis may set in, the skin on the bottom of the foot may become thicker, and everyday walking may become difficult—all contributing to chronic pain. However there are some steps that can be taken to for relief and prevention of bunions such as protective padding, removal of corns and calluses on the foot and changing to carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, there may be some sacrifices that have to be made for the sake of fashion but in the long run you’ll feel better and your feet will thank you for it. To learn more about alternative options on Bunion care, prevention or less conservative treatments for more progressive issues with  bunions, feel free to contact Dr.Bruce Theall or Dr.Sam Adegboyega at Gentle Touch Foot Care in East Orange NJ at 973 673-3668