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It’s Halloween and time for frightening sights like ghosts and goblins. At Gentle Touch Footcare, however, one thing we think shouldn’t be scary is taking care of your feet. Sometimes foot and ankle issues can have alarming names but are, in reality, easily treated. Below are a few that might cause you alarm when you first hear them.

Calcaneal Apophysitis—as a parent, you might be distressed if one of our podiatrists Bruce Theall, DPM or Priscilla Seshie, DPM, told you this was your child’s diagnosis. This condition, also known as Sever’s disease (which is not any better of a name because it’s not really a disease) is not uncommon in children and young teens whose bones are still developing. It refers to a spot at the back of the heel at the growth plate that is vulnerable to inflammation until the heel bone is fully formed. Excess pounding of the foot, usually the result of an overly intense sports schedule is often the culprit, which causes heel pain. Usually the condition will improve with rest from the aggravating activities and footwear modifications.

Ganglion Cyst—when you understand that “ganglion” means knot and know that this growth is benign, it takes away the scare factor. Ganglion cysts are sacs filled with jelly-like fluid that form like a knot under the skin on the top of your foot. Doctors aren’t really sure why they form but they often do not need any treatment if they are not causing pain or discomfort. Often, they will decrease or disappear on their own.

Subungual Hematoma—this condition looks as well as sounds frightening. If you have a subungual hematoma, your toenail is probably black. This is the result of blood that has pooled underneath. It’s usually caused by repetitive trauma to the toenail, such as pounding up against the front of the shoe, which is why it’s frequently seen in runners.

We want our patients not to ever fear the podiatrist. If you have foot pain or discomfort, make an appointment at our office at 310 central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018 by calling 973-673-3668.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
November 18, 2014
Category: Athlete's Foot
Tags: athlete's foot   foot fungus  

You could argue that athlete's foot is one small payback for pro athletes' seven-figure salaries and luxury lifestyles. Only, you don't need to be a professional athlete -- or even an athlete at all -- to get this foot infection. Athlete's foot got its name because the fungus that causes it likes to hang out in places athletes frequent, like showers and locker rooms. Yet anyone who's exposed to that fungus can get infected -- including women.

 Feet aren't the prettiest, or the sweetest-smelling parts of the human anatomy. Suffocated inside shoes and socks all day, feet become sweaty, stinky, and the perfect vehicles for all sorts of tiny germs. Some of those germs lie in wait on the floors of locker rooms and pool changing areas. When they invade susceptible feet, they can cause a red, itchy condition called athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus (called tinea), which leaves scaly patches on the skin. The condition is named by the part of the body where it occurs. On the feet, tinea infection is called athlete's foot.

 Showering is actually one of the ways you can get athlete's foot. Step into a locker room or pool shower with bare feet and you can pick up the condition. You can also become infected if you share a towel, socks, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. Showering alone won't clear up the fungus that causes athlete's foot -- no matter how carefully you wash between your toes. But keeping your feet clean and dry can help prevent this fungus from returning.

Athlete's foot can look different in each person. Some people do get peeling or cracking skin between their toes. Others have redness or dryness on the bottom of their feet that looks just like dry skin. You can try treating it with an antifungal medications and also keeping the feet dry by using cotton socks and breathable shoes to prevent athlete’s footbut if the problem persist, contact Dr. Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care to schedule an appointment and speak to the podiatrist about the problem.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
June 19, 2012
Category: Athlete's Foot
Tags: athlete's foot   foot fungus  

Good news for those suffering from athlete’s foot! A leading athlete’s foot treatment from Mexico that has been tested and proven effective is now coming to US markets and will be available in major retail stores.

This news comes just in time for the summer season, where heat and humidity allow athlete’s foot to thrive. Although a very treatable condition, athlete’s foot can be an annoying hindrance on your everyday walking, running, and exercising. Even if you take over the counter treatments to help with your athlete’s foot, it is still advisable to see a podiatrist, such as Dr. Bruce Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care, to help with your athlete’s foot.

Itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet are all common symptoms of athlete's foot. Atlso known as tinea pedis, it can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms, and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

What is Tinea?

  • Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
  • Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, and can thrive in places other than your feet.
  • Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
  • Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may come in contact with tinea at some point.

People with a history of tinea or other skin infections are more likely to suffer from recurrent, or even additional, unrelated infections. Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, redness, and severe symptoms include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, tinea can cause blistering. It is best to see your podiatrist for the best treatment and relief from these symptoms.

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 injuries.


By Dr. Bruce Theall
April 08, 2011
Category: Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot or tinea pedis is one of the more common fungal infections of the skin and is more frequently seen during the upcoming summer months. A warm humid climate such as locker rooms, public pools, and showers helps the fungus to grow and spread. The skin can start itching, flaking and scaling leading to sever pain, inflammation and swelling can occur. In severe cases a bacterial infection can accompany the fungal infection which may need oral antibiotics to completely resolve the condition.  Fungus is easily spread to other areas of the body so a prompt treatment would be necessary to prevent spreading.

Even if you have never had it here are some tips to prevent you from getting it in the future.

  • Wear sandals in all public places this way the fungus doesn’t get on your feet.
  • Change shoe gear daily, especially if you are an active person.
  • Change socks frequently and wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet.
  • Keep your feet dry, use powder if necessary
  • Never borrow other people’s shoes especially if they have or have had the disease

Mild cases of athlete’s foot can be treated somewhat effectively with over the counter anti-fungal creams and sprays. But since it is easily spread and re infection is very common it is better to common to the office and get treatment for this fungal infection before it spreads and gets worse. If you experience any of the above symptoms it is important to come in to Gentle Touch Foot Care so you can be cured of your athlete’s foot infection in no time and ensure that it doesn’t spread. This way you can get back to that healthy lifestyle without pain and inflammation from this common infection. Call (973) 673-3668, visit our video library or schedule an appointment on our website.