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By Audrey Snell, DPM
November 04, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: foot health   dry feet   dryness   cracked skin   dry skin  

Dry and cracked feet are not only unsightly, but they can be uncomfortable. You may be experiencing dry “ashy” skin. Maybe you stand on hard surfaces all day. Perhaps you even fail to moisturize your feet like you do the rest of your body.

Whatever the cause may be, you want to return your feet to a smooth and beautifully moisturized state. Dry feet are something you can likely remedy at home with things you may already have! Here are a couple ideas:

1. Oils

Coconut oil is a new craze with cooking and other purposes. One thing it can be used for that you may not have thought of is healing dry and cracked feet. Wash your feet well before going to bed. Rub in some coconut oil and put on a pair of clean, cotton socks. Wash your feet in the morning and dry them well. You can do this for several days or until you are happy with the way your feet look. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can do the same thing with olive oil!

2. Gel Socks

Clean and dry your feet before you go to bed. Apply moisturizer to your feet and put on a pair of gel socks. Take your socks off when you wake up and wash your feet in warm water. You will repeat this for several days and the dry, rough skin will eventually peel away. These gel socks are available at our office!

3. Foot Scrub

Fill a tub with warm water and a bit of liquid soap. Soak your feet for 20 minutes and then scrub the dry areas with a pumice stone (Healthy Foot Bars available at our office!). Rinse your feet, dry, and apply your favorite moisturizer. Put on socks and go to bed. Do this every night until your feet are nice and soft.

4. Epsom Salt

A ½ cup of Epsom salt is all it takes. Use lukewarm water and soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes. Scrub the dry areas of your feet with a pumice stone (Healthy Foot Bars available at our office!) and then soak in Epsom salt and water for another 10 minutes. Dry your feet. Repeat this every day for up to three days for incredibly soft feet.

If these home remedies don’t help your feet out to your liking, you may want to make an appointment with Gentle Touch Foot Care for further evaluation and more suggestions!

We may be wearing more layers as the temperatures drop, but don’t forget about the skin that you’re working diligently to keep warm. It’s easy to notice changes to your skin during warmer temperatures when more of your skin is exposed, but how do you remain proactive during the fall and winter? Gentle Touch Footcare is here to help by sharing the “ABCDEs” for examining your skin year-round and recognizing warning signs for melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

If you have diabetes, please continue to examine your skin daily and report any changes or discomfort to your podiatrist.

What are the ABCDEs?

  • A – asymmetry
  • B – borders
  • C – color
  • D – diameter
  • E – evolving, such as changes to elevation


If you see a lesion on your skin, imagine taking an invisible pen and drawing a line down the middle. Most moles are round and oval in shape, so they can be easily divided in half. If you’ve found a new lesion on your skin that doesn’t pass the test, make an appointment with your doctor.


If you’ve had a mole for decades, it most likely has a smooth border around the edge. If the border on your lesion has odd or rough edges, take action.


If your lesion has changed colors or has multiple shades of color, this should be a cause for concern. Brown, black, red, white or blue are colors to watch. Consider these colors as warning signs.


If you notice that your legion is the size of a pencil eraser or larger, it’s time to call your doctor.

Evolving (such as a change in elevation)

If your lesion feels like a bump, or if you’ve noticed that your lesion is evolving based on size, shape or color, don’t delay a visit to your doctor.

Don’t ignore changes to your skin during the fall and winter months. Early detection is critical, so make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM, if you experience any of the ABCDEs. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668.

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.

The Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton was seen out and about in London on Thursday, wearing a fake fur coat along with pink slippers as she made her way into work. According to DailyNews Fearne, is now in her seventh month of her first pregnancy, and has given up her usual pair of stilettos and is instead opting for more comfortable footwear. Earlier this month Fearne caught a cold and was unable to make it into work. DJ Sarah Cox was able to fill in for her, as it’s been confirmed she will be her maternity cover.  

During your pregnancy, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Theall & Dr. Sammy of Gentle Touch Foot Care, to make sure your feet remain healthy during your pregnancy.  Dr. Theall can diagnose any problems you may be experiencing as well as provide you with advice on proper footwear choices while being pregnant. 

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions, please 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 needs.

By Dr. Bruce Theall
August 24, 2010
Category: Foot Care
Tags: welcome   podiatry   foot health   ankle care  

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the East Orange area, we're excited you are here. With the podiatry industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote podiatry awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including podiatry news, advancements in podiatry technology and treatment, practical podiatry health advice and updates from Gentle Touch Foot Care.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best podiatry health.

As always, feel free to contact us with any podiatry questions or concerns.

Dr. Theall