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By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
December 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Though they often begin painlessly and grow slowly over time, hammertoes can cause serious trouble for your feet. This common hammertoecondition can eventually affect walking and standing, making these tasks more difficult. Learn more about what you can do about your hammertoes with Dr. Michael Stein Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA.

Do I have a hammertoe? 
A hammertoe occurs when one of the three joints of the toe develops a bend, causing the end of the toe to point downward. The term hammertoe comes from the final appearance of the toe, which looks like a hammer or claw. Symptoms of a hammertoe include:

  • a toe with a curled or claw-like appearance
  • pain or discomfort in the foot or leg
  • a corn or thickened callus on top of the toe
  • difficulty finding properly fitting shoes

Hammertoe Prevention 
Hammertoe is often caused by wearing improperly fitting shoes which are too narrow, too tight or high-heeled. These types of shoes cause the toes to crowd toward the middle of the shoe, causing the middle toes to curl and develop a hammertoe. The process is usually a long one, usually taking years to get to the point of pain or discomfort. However, hammertoe can also present itself at birth in some cases. Preventing hammertoe is often accomplished by simply wearing properly fitting shoes and wearing the correct shoes for the activity in which you’re participating.

Hammertoe Treatments in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro
Treating hammertoes varies on a case-to-case basis. Some less severe cases require splinting to help reposition the toe and stretch the tendons back into their normal positions. Physical therapy and special exercises can also help the process. Very severe cases may require surgery to correct the toe. If your hammertoe begins causing you pain or affecting your daily life, you should contact your podiatrist. Together, you can find the best treatment plan that works for you.

For more information on hammertoes, please contact Dr. Stein Dr. Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to schedule your foot examination today!

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
September 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Toenail fungus can cause embarrassment and pain if left untreated. Unfortunately, this irritating condition is often hard to get rid of once toenail fungusand for all. However, with help from your Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, CA podiatrist, you can beat your toenail fungus for good. Discover the benefits of laser treatment for toenail fungus with your podiatrist at Foot Doctor of the East Bay.

What is toenail fungus? 
Toenail fungus is a result of fungi entering the skin through microscopic cuts or scrapes, then growing underneath the toenail. The condition often begins with a yellow or white spot on the toenail, then grows and begins affecting your toenail. The symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • yellowed nail
  • thickening of the nail
  • separation of the nail from the nail bed
  • brittle nail
  • distortion of the shape of the nail
  • darkening of the nail

Nail fungus in its early stages is often painless. However, as the fungus grows deeper into the nail, it may become painful and produce an off-putting odor.

The Benefits of Laser Treatments for Toenail Fungus
Laser treatment has proven to be effective in diminishing the presence of toenail fungus. Traditional topical or oral treatments may take months or even years to begin working and often prove ineffective in the long run due to their inability to fully penetrate the nail. Laser treatment, however, easily penetrates the toenail and focuses on killing off the fungus while leaving the surrounding tissues intact.

Toenail fungus laser treatment is painless and fast. This procedure does not require anesthesia. Additionally, patients can go right back to their daily routine after treatment as there is no recovery time. Most patients require several laser treatment sessions, often performed in two-week intervals. Your doctor may suggest using traditional topical or oral treatments alongside laser treatment.

Toenail Fungus Treatment in Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, CA
During treatment, your podiatrist aims a special wand which houses the laser at your affected nails. The laser penetrates the nail and heats up the fungus, killing its cells. However, the heat does not affect or damage the surrounding tissues. Treatment takes only a few minutes and usually has no side effects.

To learn more about laser treatment for toenail fungus or to voice any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, please contact Dr. Michael Stein at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stein today!

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
June 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

If you have ever experienced heel pain, you probably understand the severity of the situation. Walking and even standing become more difficult, potentially hindering daily activities. However, heel pain is a treatable condition with help from your podiatrist and shockwave therapy. Find out more about shockwave therapy from your Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA doctor.Heel Pain

What is shockwave therapy? 
Shockwave therapy uses a non-surgical approach to providing relief from and treating heel pain. Your doctor uses a special machine which sends high-pressure shockwaves through the skin to reduce inflammation of the tissues inside your foot. The shockwaves also help promote faster healing times by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. The procedure itself does not require anesthetic or medications. Typically, patients need three shockwave therapy sessions which last around 15 minutes each.

What does shockwave therapy treat? 
Shockwave therapy is a versatile procedure which treats many conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, calcium deposits called heel spurs and general heel pain. While most treatment plans begin with conservative treatments like icing and resting the affected foot and over-the-counter medications for pain and swelling, your Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro doctor may recommend shockwave therapy if these treatments fail to produce results.

What can shockwave therapy do for me? 
Shockwave therapy has a success rate of about 75%. Many patients notice results after the first session though the healing process continues for several months. Most patients find they have no side effects from shockwave therapy, though some people may notice a tingling, numb or warm sensation after their treatment, which diminishes quickly.

How can I prevent heel pain? 
Preventing heel pain is sometimes as easy as simply taking proper care of your feet. Wear the proper shoes for the activities in which you participate. Taping the foot also helps to align it into its proper position before activities such as running or sports. Your doctor may recommend prescription custom orthotics to help evenly distribute your body’s weight on your foot. Be sure to thoroughly stretch and warm up before workouts.

Relief could be simply a phone call away. For more information on shockwave therapy to treat heel pain, please contact Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!

A research team from Yorkshire University traveled to Botswana last month to carry out a fourth-month study on the biomechanics of barefoot running. The study will be conducted on barefoot runners in Botswana as well as those who wear shoes. According to Dr. NassosBissas, “[u]nderstanding the biomechanics of barefoot running is essential to understanding human locomotion not only from a performance and injury prevention but also from an anthropological perspective.”

If you have any questions about barefoot running, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@footdoctoreastbay.com
May 16, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Care   Diabetes   ulcer  

According to the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA), a recent national audit presented findings that diabetic patients who had expert assessments done by a foot care specialist were found to be ulcer-free about 12 weeks after their initial visit. Those who did not seek professional advice after two or more weeks were found to be “significantly less likely to be ulcer-free 12 weeks.” Statistics published by the NDFA show that “10 percent of people with diabetes will have a diabetic foot ulcer at some point at their lives,” so it’s especially important to have your feet checked regularly if you’re a diabetic patient.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet,consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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