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By Dr. Michael Stein
September 09, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

If you have ever suffered from heel pain, you already know how much it can impact your day-to-day life. Heel pain can keep you from running, walking for an extended period of time, in severe cases, from even being able to put weight on your feet. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for heel pain that can get you up and enjoying life again!

Here at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA, your podiatrists, Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad, offer a wide range of footcare services, including treatments for heel pain, to help you feel better—read on to learn more!

Heel Pain and How We Can Help

There are several reasons why you might be suffering from heel pain. The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. It occurs when the large band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed.

  • Plantar fasciitis can be caused by overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk. You can also get plantar fasciitis from standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time. You are also at increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you are flat-footed or carry excess weight.
  • You may also suffer from heel pain due to a heel bruise, an injury caused by stepping on sharp objects.
  • A heel spur is another cause of heel pain. Heel spurs are caused by excess calcium deposits in your heel.

You can do a lot to prevent heel pain. Remember to always wear protective, supportive shoes and avoid going barefoot. If you are active and participating in a sport, always wear the appropriate footwear for the activity you are doing. You can also try:

  • Placing wedges or heel inserts inside your shoes
  • Icing your heel several times during the day
  • Elevating your feet and resting to take the stress off of your feet

For stubborn cases of heel pain, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Professional treatments for heel pain include:

  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

You don’t have to let heel pain disrupt your life. Get relief today by calling Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad of Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA, by dialing (510) 483-3390.

By Dr. Michael Stein
July 10, 2019
Category: Bunions
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions, also known as hallux valgus, are a deformity at the base of the big toe's joint. This deformity occurs when the big toe moves out Bunionsof place and when the enlarged joint constantly rubs against your footwear, basically the big toe moves out of alignment. Your podiatrists, Drs. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, at Foot Doctor of the East Bay, can help treat bunions at any of their three convenient locations in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA.

As time goes by, the toe starts bending towards the rest of the toes and the pain can become intolerable, especially when the big toe overlaps other toes. The condition comes with a list of issues like discomfort, swelling, tenderness, irritation, and inflammation.

Other problems arise as a result of bunions, such as:

  • Hallus Abducto Valgus (the big toe moves towards the second toe)
  • Hammertoes
  • The skin over the big toe becomes thicker and more tender
  • Bursitis
  • Blisters
  • Arthritis
  • Corns and Calluses

The causes of bunions vary but usually about 30% suffer from bunions and it could be as a result of other conditions like flat feet, foot injuries, neuromuscular problems, and faulty foot structure.

Other causes are linked to poor shoes. If you wear high heels or tight shoes, you are more likely to develop bunions.

Pain Relief

Your San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, podiatrists can help relieve your bunion pain using several techniques and methods:

  • Wearing protective padding, made of felt, to eliminate friction against shoes, alleviate inflammation, and other skin problems.
  • Remove any corns and calluses that may have developed.
  • Wear custom-made shoes or specialty shoes that accommodate bunions.
  • Over-the-counter or custom made orthotic devices support the joint and re-align the toe, like splints.
  • Ask your podiatrist about certain exercises prevent stiffness.

If the previous non-invasive methods don't work, you may want to opt for surgical treatment, bunionectomy.

Bunions are common and Drs. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad understand your pain and frustration. If you need help from your foot doctor, make sure you visit him at any of the three convenient locations: San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA.

By Dr. Michael Stein
March 26, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels rise higher than normal. Over time, having too much sugar in your blood can cause Diabetic Foot Careserious foot problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and keep your feet healthy. Led by Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad and Dr. Michael Stein, Foot Doctor of the East Bay (offices in San Leandro, CA, Pleasanton, CA, and Los Gatos, CA) offers a full range of podiatric services. Here are 7 foot-care tips all diabetics should know.

1. Examine your feet daily. Stay a step ahead of diabetes-related foot complications by checking your feet every day. Search for problems such as redness, calluses, blisters, corns, cuts, sores, swelling, ingrown nails, or any other changes to the nails or skin. Look for signs of decreased blood flow, such as temperature variation, shiny or thin skin, and abnormal hairlessness.

2. Wash your feet daily. Washing your feet will keep your feet bacteria free. Wash your feet every day in lukewarm (not hot) water. Always check bath water with your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Use a mild soap. Wash all areas of your feet, especially under your toes and between them. Don’t soak your feet. Dry your feet completely after washing and pay special attention to drying between the toes.

3. Keep your skin soft. Use a diabetic foot cream or skin moisturizer every day to keep your skin soft, prevent cracking. Cracking occurs when skin becomes extremely dry. Apply a thin coat of diabetic foot cream or skin moisturizer on the tops and bottoms of your feet. But don't moisturize between the toes.The extra moisture between the toes can lead to infection.

4. Wear socks and shoes. Wear socks and shoes at all times. Don't walk around barefoot when indoors or outdoors. Choose clean, comfortable socks that fit well. Socks that have no seams are best. Don't wear shoes that leave your toes or heels unprotected open-toed shoes or flip-flops. Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure there are no objects inside before you put them on.

5. Trim your toenails when needed. Trim your toenails after showering, when they're soft. Cut straight across, then smooth the corners with a nail file. This prevents the toenails from growing into the skin. Avoid cutting the corners of the toenails. Keep your toenails at a moderate length. Short toenails are more prone to becoming ingrown nails. have a podiatrist trim your toenails if you cannot reach or your feet.

6. Be more active throughout the day. Regular exercise can improve your health and blood glucose control. Being active also improves blood flow to the feet. Ask your healthcare provider for safe ways to be more active every day. Move more by swimming, dancing, walking, or going bike riding. If you're very active, start slowly. Wear athletic shoes that are made for your activity.

7. See a podiatrist regularly. A podiatrist can help you protect and take care of your feet. Podiatrists are doctors specializing in foot and ankle care, including the treatment of diabetes-related problems. See your podiatrist regularly, even if you don't have any problems with your feet. Get your feet examined by your podiatrist at every visit. Your doctor will play a key role in helping you manage diabetes successfully and avoid foot complications.

When you have diabetes, your feet need a little TLC. Call one of Foot Doctor of the East Bay's offices to schedule an appointment- San Leandro, CA- (510) 483-3390; Pleasanton, CA- (925) 425-9684; Los Gatos, CA- (408) 356-6767. Taking care of your feet can prevent problems before they start!

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
December 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care

How laser treatment from your podiatrists in San Leandro, California, can get rid of your toenail fungus

If you have toenail fungus, you already know how nasty it can be. It’s embarrassing and annoying, but the good news is, a procedure from your podiatrist can get rid of toenail fungus for good—it’s called laser treatment! Drs. Michael A. Stein and Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot DoctorNail Fungus Treatment of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA, offer laser toenail fungus treatment that can help your toenails become healthy again.

More about the treatment

Toenail fungus starts out as a tiny white or yellow spot underneath your nail. The spot grows as the fungus burrows deeper underneath your toenail. The fungus makes your toenail thicken, grow dark, and eventually, start to crumble. You may not want to go barefoot or wear open shoes or sandals because of your toenails.

You may have been exposed to the fungus from warm, moist places like public pools, locker rooms, or showers. Remember, it’s important to always wear sandals or flip-flops into public areas to avoid contact with fungus. Also, don’t share your personal items including socks, shoes, or towels with others if you have toenail fungus, as it can spread.

So, now for the good news! The podiatrists at Foot Doctor of the East Bay use the GenesisPlus Cutera laser to treat toenail fungus in a procedure that has a long history of safety and effectiveness. During treatment, the heat and light from the laser kills the fungus underneath your toenail so that a new, healthy toenail can grow in its place.

Laser treatment is pain-free and each session takes about 30 minutes. There are no side-effects and no downtime. The number of treatments you will need depends on the severity of your case, so it’s best to seek out treatment early.

Interested? Give us a call!

If you are tired of hiding your feet because of fungal toenails, it’s time to seek out laser treatment so that you can get back to wearing sandals. To find out more about laser fungal nail treatment and other podiatry services, call (510) 483-3390 for Drs. Michael A. Stein and Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, California!

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
September 25, 2018
Category: Fungal Infection
Tags: Black Toenail   Toe Fungus  

Find out what issues can cause a toenail to turn black.

Black ToenailAs you well know, a healthy toenail is usually clear; however, if you notice discolorations in one or more toenails it could just be trying to tell you that something is wrong. Of course, suddenly looking down and seeing a black toenail certainly could cause concern. Don’t worry, our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad are here to explain some of the reasons this might be happening.

What can cause a black toenail?

Here are some of the most common reasons you might be dealing with a black toenail:

Trauma: This is usually the most obvious reason a toenail turns black. Maybe you stubbed your toe really hard or the toenail sustained some trauma while playing sports. When this happens this can cause broken blood vessels under the nail bed, and it’s the blood itself that causes the nail to take on its black appearance.

A medical disorder: There are also some medical problems that can affect the health of your toenails. Some of these conditions include heart disease, diabetes, anemia and kidney disease. If you’re noticing other symptoms such as tingling extremities, changes in heart rhythm or fatigue along with a black toenail then it might be time to call your doctor.

A fungal infection: While most toenail fungal infections cause the nail to turn yellow, if the toenail is left untreated this can lead to enough buildup that it can cause the nail to turn black. Fungal infections are very common foot problems that our San Leandro, CA, foot specialist can help you treat if over-the-counter antifungal medications aren’t working.

Should I see my doctor?

If you've suffered an injury to your foot, this should warrant a trip to the doctor’s office. Of course, if you know what’s causing your toenail then you can better assess whether it’s something that can be treated from the comfort of your own home or whether a medical professional needs to take a look. If you suspect that your black toenail may be the result of a health problem then it’s important that you call your doctor right away. If you have diabetes or a compromised immune system then you will want to see a doctor for treatment.

A foot doctor can help you figure out why your toenail is black. If your toenail has been black for a while and doesn’t go away then it’s a good idea to call Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA, to schedule an appointment with us.

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