FAQ
 

How do I make an appointment?
What is involved in a foot examination?
Can serious medical problems be detected by examining the feet?
What are common causes of heel pain?
How important is it for my feet to be checked regularly?
What foot problems are Dr. Theall and Dr. Saleh able to treat? What methods do they use?
What specialized services does Gentle Touch Foot Care offer to our patients? Will my insurance cover the cost?
I have been to the pharmacy and tried different products without success, how can you help me?
What causes hammertoes?
What is causing my feet to smell bad?
Does your office have more information/pamphlet about my foot condition?
How are orthotics different from the arch supports I see in the store?
Custom orthotics are like eyeglasses.
Are orthotics going to correct my arch and my flatfoot?
Do more women have foot problems than men?
Are shoes responsible for all foot problems?
I'm not the size that you measured me. Why is that?
When my feet were measured, I was told I was a certain size, but when I buy that size why do the shoes feel loose on my feet and my heel slips out of the shoe?
Are foot problems hereditary?
I have been told that high heels are bad for me. Why?
Are wedge heels better than stilettos?
Why should a patient with diabetes see a podiatrist?
What Causes Your Nails to turn Dark?

FAQ: Questions about arthritis:

Over the years many patients have come into the office and have complained that they have been told or they think that they have arthritis in their feet as a cause of their pain. However, this is usually far from the truth. Many different foot conditions can cause pain in the feet, but it is rare to find significant arthritis in anyone's foot unless there was a significant traumatic injury in the past. Certain joints of the foot are prone to arthritis, especially the big toe joint, but very few other areas will have pain from arthritis.

Naturally, when we examine someone's foot completely, we determine any areas that may be suspect and by taking our digital X‑rays we can evaluate for any bony changes and to help find the cause of a patient's pain.

Once the cause of the pain is determined, prompt treatment can begin to relieve symptoms and get someone back into their normal life.

FAQ: What are the shooting pains in my feet?

Patients will at times come into the office and complain that they have pain shooting through their feet. Shooting pains when present are often an indication of nerve problems or causes. For a pain to travel and shoot through the foot and up into the leg, or from the leg and into the foot, there is usually a entrapment or “pinching” of the nerve at some point in the foot, ankle, leg, hip, or back.

A secondary cause of this can be found in diabetics. Neuropathy when caused by diabetes can frequently cause sharp, shooting, stabbing pains. It is important to know what the cause is to help get rid of the problem. We have several tests we do in the office as well as treatments to get this problem under control promptly.

 

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