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December 27, 2018
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Swelling of your legs is very common if you're on long flights or drives while traveling for the holidays.  Sitting for long periods of time can cause blood to pool around your legs. There are some simple ways to avoid.

  1. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, shoes and socks.
  2. Take a short walk every hour or so.
  3. Flex and extend your ankles and knees frequently while you’re seated.
  4. Shift your position in your seat as much as possible, being careful to avoid crossing your legs for extended periods.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

 There are many ways to treat these problems.  If you or anyone you know has experienced foot pain due to sudden weight gain visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.

December 18, 2018
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No matter where on your body you carry extra weight, it can affect your feet. Sometimes have a couple of extra cookies or cake during the holidays can really affect you, even a couple of pounds may be too much

Being overweight makes you more likely to develop foot problems, such as:

  1. GoutThis condition is known for causing sharp, severe pain, typically in the big toe. It can also affect other joints in your feet and ankles.  
  2. DiabetesBeing overweight is one of the main factors that raise your risk of diabetes. Diabetes can cause numbness in your feet and can lead to ulcers, which increase your risk of amputation.
  3. Peripheral arterial disease. This condition is marked by an accumulation of plaque in the walls of arteries in the legs. Therefore, the flow of blood to the feet is reduced.

 

 There are many ways to treat these problems.  If you or anyone you know has experienced foot pain due to sudden weight gain visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.

November 02, 2018
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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

The diabetes epidemic has reached more than 30 million Americans to date, and complications in the feet send more people to the hospital than any other complication.

The good news: Experts agree that it’s possible to prevent these complications and avoid some of the most serious risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

“Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they turn into a health crisis,” said Dr. Bruce Theall, DPM, a podiatrist at Gentle Touch Foot Care and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Care for diabetes starts at home with daily foot exams. People with diabetes should also schedule an annual visit with a podiatrist.”

“Perhaps one of the most frightening aspect of diabetes is that it damages nerves, meaning patients are unable to feel pain when they injure themselves or develop a blister or sore,” Dr.Theall said. “These injuries can turn into ulcers, essentially open wounds on the feet, and can develop serious infections. Unfortunately, diabetic ulcers often lead to amputation.”

With this in mind, as physicians, surgeons, and specialists, podiatrists recommend the following steps for preventive diabetes care:

  • An annual foot exam. Specially trained to treat conditions of the foot and ankle that are caused by diabetes, Today’s Podiatrist can help prevent complications before they happen. 
  • Daily self-exams. Check your feet every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. If you notice a change, make an appointment to see your podiatrist immediately.
  • Professional foot care. Never try to treat calluses, ingrown toenails, or other foot conditions on your own. Home treatment is especially risky for people with diabetes, who could develop dangerous infections.
  • Comfortable, well-fitting footwear. Podiatrists recommend against going barefoot because of the high risk of injuring yourself without being aware of it. Wear well-fitting shoes and socks to protect your feet.
  • A team approach: Today’s Podiatrist will collaborate with your primary care physician and other specialists to establish the right approach for your individual needs.  Podiatrists can provide a wide range of treatments, from conservative care of the skin and nails to surgical options for advanced wounds or complications involving the bones of your feet. You, your podiatrist, and your care team will determine what’s right for you. To find a podiatrist near you, visit www.apma.org/findapodiatrist.

“Today’s Podiatrist understands that no single case of diabetes is the same as another,” Dr.  Theall said. “Our care must be with the patient’s specific needs top of mind. Together, we can manage your diabetes and help you maintain an outstanding quality of life.”

Dr. Bruce Theall, DPM is a podiatrist at  Gentle Touch Foot Care.  Call (973)673-3668 or visit  https://www.drtheall.com/contact.html to make an appointment. Visit www.apma.org to learn more about foot health and care.