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If someone said you had a neuroma, would you know what they were referring to? A neuroma is a painful ailment otherwise known as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor that occurs between your 3 4 . Symptoms of an include:

  • Pain in the between the toes
  • Tingling numbness in the ball of your foot
  • May feel like there is a pebble in your shoe
  • Swelled toes
  • Pain in the ball of the foot when walked on

Factors which may contribute to the development of a include:

  • High heels – puts undue pressure on your toes
  • Sportshigh impact sports that a lot of running or uses tight shoes like rock climbing or ballet
  • People with bunions, hammertoe, high arches or flat feet

Home treatments include:

  • Wear shoes with a lot of room the toes
  • Wear shoes with lower heels
  • Wear shoes with good cushioning
  • Use ice to treat for pain
  • Rest and massage the foot

If these don’t help, then time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and determine the best treatment for your sure another condition is not causing your pain. Podiatrists can:

  • Prescribe a better fitting shoe that doesn’t aggravate the
  • Anti-inflammatory or medication like cortisone
  • Padding and taping – will help alleviate pain by strengthening the affected area
  • Custom made orthotics – will cushion the affected area, taking the pressure off the nerve
  • Surgery – to remove the inflamed nerve

If you believe you have or are developing a 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

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

September 17, 2019
Category: Orthotics
Tags: foot pain   Heel pain   orthotics   arch support  

One of the more common ways to treat a problem with your feet is with anWhat is an orthotic? An is a type of shoe insert that can either be bought over the counter or fashioned by your podiatrist. While over the counter orthotics, or shoe inserts, maybe less are also produced generically and may not be the best treatment for your feet. Over the counter, shoe Inserts are not made to correct foot problems while a doctor made is. Since everyone’s feet are different the problems associated with them are unique. Because of this, a custom made measured and fit to your specific feet is highly recommended.

Some of the conditions an  can treat includes:

 

  • Diabetes – Diabetes often makes it difficult for the patient to feel pain from blisters or infections. And can help correct this by taking the pressure off them
  • Plantar Fasciitis – Can cushion the sore area of the foot 
  • Arthritis – Also used to cushion
  • Flat feet – Can help support your feet to avoid surgery
  • High arches – Can provide support for stressed arches
  • Bursitis – Also used to cushion
  • Back pain – An can help with rolling arches which can cause back pain
  • Bunions – Orthotic with a large toe area important
  •  – Can help to ensure hammertoe will not worsen
  • Heel spurs – Painful condition which will require cushioning

 

To get the right size your podiatrist will have to measure your feet and watch how you walk. Orthotics should fit your feet and footwear comfortably. X-rays and an MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imagining scan - may also be needed.

Basic types of Orthotics include:

 

  • Rigid – usually made from more solid materials such as carbon fiber or plastic to provide solid support and to correct walking patterns or gait. Best for walking shoes.
  • Soft – More cushioning material to relieve pressure on sore areas of the foot

Not all conditions can be treated with just anThe most effective treatment may be a combination depending on what your podiatrist thinks is best for you.

If you believe you have any of the conditions above and may benefit from an 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 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

August 20, 2019
Category: Gout
Tags: foot pain   gout   healthy eating  

If you are suffering from extreme pain in your foot joints, especially your big toes or toes, you may have something called gout. What is gout? Gout is a very painful inflammatory condition that affects your joints, usually in your foot and specifically your big toe. Eating foods high in uric acid causes the acid to form into knife-like crystal which painfully imbed themselves into the soft parts of your joints. Pain is usually extreme feeling much like a pulsating broken bone.

Risk factors for gout include:

  • Obesity – the heavier you are the more uric acid you develop and the harder it is for the kidneys to push out
  • Poor diet – eating foods high in uric acid – organ meats, some seafood, gravy, etc.
  • Age and sex – men usually have higher uric acid levels earlier from ages 30 to 50. Women can increase the levels after menopause
  • Family history – can be passed down from member to member
  • Medical conditions – some conditions like untreated high blood pressure and diabetes can increase your chances of getting gout

Making sure your diet is correct is crucial. You need to make sure you avoid certain types of gout producing foods.

Foods to avoid:

  • Organ meats – kidneys, liver, heart, brain
  • Shellfish and seafood – sardines, anchovies, mussels, crab, lobster, and shrimp
  • Cauliflower – can contribute
  • Mushrooms – may have higher uric acid
  • Sweetbread – made with organ meats
  • Alcohol – can include beer, wine and other

Treatment for gout includes:

  • Better diet – avoid red meat, shellfish, other
  • Drink plenty of fluids – fluids will help push out uric acid
  • Avoid alcohol – reduce beer, wine and other
  • Pain meds – medicine with Ibuprofen can reduce swelling and pain but can also severely damage your organs if you do not take as prescribed. See your podiatrist for medicine
  • Colchicine – short term treatment
  • Allopurinol – long term treatment that reduces uric acid levels
  • Cherry juice – said to have anti-gout properties

If you believe you have or are developing gout 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

Heel pain is one of the most commonly seen foot conditions in podiatrists’ offices around the world. We all work and lead busy lives, and in doing so, ask a lot of our feet. This wear and tear add up over time, and if you don’t give your feet a rest, it could result in plantar fasciitis or, more commonly, heel pain. In this blog, we’ll talk about a few ways you can avoid and heal heel pain once and for all. 

Stretch Your Feet

 

            Little things like walking from your home to the train station every day may not seem like a workout for you, but it is for your feet. Just like any workout, it’s important that you stretch before you start. Your plantar fascia is the muscular band that connects the ball of your feet to your heel. When it becomes inflamed, you experience heel pain. Avoid the chance of inflammation performing the following stretch before walking:

  • Lean against a wall with your palms flat against it
  • Press your weight forward and leave your feet in place
  • Feel the resistance on your heels as you slowly lean further, stretching your heels and toes

Talk About Orthotics

 

            So often when we buy shoes, we prioritize form over function. The shoes that look best, don’t always support our feet the best. That’s where foot orthotics come into play. Orthotics are custom inserts designed by a foot doctor to fit the unique shape your feet. By putting custom orthotics in your shoes, you can still wear the footwear you love, without sacrificing support.

            When heel pain strikes, the most important thing to do is see your local podiatrist right away.  When treatment is started immediately, heel pain can typically be resolved through conservative treatments alone. However, if left untreated, your podiatrist may need to resort to surgical options.

            If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the surrounding Essex County area, come see Dr. Bruce Theall and his friendly staff at Gentle Touch Foot Care. Together, they can work treat your heel pain and keep it from coming back. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.