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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.

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
July 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

A sprained ankle means that the ligaments that hold the bones in the ankle together have been stretched beyond their limits. Sprains ankle sprainrange from mild to severe and are one of the most common injuries a person can have. Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeindelin Ahmad regularly see patients with ankle sprains at their podiatry practice in San Leandro, California. Not sure if you've sprained your ankle? Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin provide treatment options for ankle sprains and other foot and ankle issues.

Bruising

One of the most common signs that an ankle has suffered a sprain is a bruise that develops in that area. This is due to internal bleeding around the torn ligament. Usually the amount of bruising corresponds with the degree of the sprain; a severe sprain will typically have quite a bit more purple or blue discoloration spread across the foot and ankle than a mild injury would.

Swelling

One of the ways the body responds to injury is to increase the amount of fluids to the affected area, which leads to swelling. This is another sign that you've sprained your ankle; this inflammatory response serves to reduce motion of the ankle as a way to keep the injury from worsening. However, the amount of swelling should reduce in size after a couple days of rest, ice, and elevation. If your ankle still looks "puffy" and red after a day or two of at-home treatment, contact your San Leandro podiatrist right away.

Pain

As you can imagine, a sprained ankle can be very painful, both at the moment it happens and soon afterward. However, if your pain hasn't improved within a day or two, it's advisable to contact your San Leandro podiatrist. This is especially true if you're unable to put weight on your ankle at all. Early treatment of ankle sprains helps to promote proper healing and prevent permanent weakness.

If you think you've sprained your ankle, don't delay in contacting Dr. Stein or Dr. Ahmad at their podiatry office here in San Leandro, California. We want to help you get back on your feet safely!

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
March 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

If you have diabetes, your primary care physician likely tells you to take care of your feet. What does that mean, and why is foot care so diabetic foot careimportant? Your San Leandro, CA, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad, ask their diabetic patients to see them at Foot Doctor of the East Bay at least semi-annually for comprehensive podiatric exams, avoiding the many complications this disease causes in the feet and ankles. Learn the reasons behind their concern and how you can take care of your feet.

Diabetes threatens the lower extremities

Because high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes compromise peripheral circulation and nerve function, people who live with this condition are prone to infection, slow healing of wounds, injury, and reduced sensation. The American Heart Association says that diabetics have higher rates of dangerous peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which means the feet and ankles receive far less oxygen and nutrients than normal. Unfortunately, diabetics are at high risk for amputations of the toes, feet, and legs.

What you can do

Partner with your San Leandro podiatrist. He'll recommend strategies which will keep your feet healthy and active. He also provides the best in medical care if something goes wrong. Services include:

  • Prescription shoes
  • Medical pedicures
  • Treatment of diabetic wounds
  • Shoe padding
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Physical therapy as needed

At home, make foot care a top priority in your daily routine. It's not hard but takes some thought and patience. Consider adding these practices to your lifestyle:

  • Look at your feet every day, checking for scratches, soreness, pressure points, color changes, and variations in the nails
  • Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water, and dry them thoroughly between the toes
  • Use a quality moisturizer on your feet
  • Wear shoes with good support in the arches and room in the toe boxes
  • Clip your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails and fungal infections
  • Change your socks daily, and be sure they are not bunched up in your shoes, creating pressure points
  • Be active, says the American Diabetic Association, but when you do sit, elevate your feet to prevent swelling and improve circulation
  • Watch your blood glucose levels
  • Don't smoke as it destroys peripheral circulation
  • Keep a healthy weight

We want to see you

At Foot Doctor of the East Bay, our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists take a special interest in people with diabetes. If you're one of them, please arrange a routine foot exam. While diabetes can threaten your podiatric health, together we can keep your feet healthy and functional. Call today, won't you? (510) 483-3390.





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