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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.


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.


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.


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.

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
December 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

On the surface, problems with your feet may seem like just that: problems with your feet. However, conditions like flat feet can affect other flat feetparts of your body as well, causing issues with the back, legs, or knees. Unfortunately, many people do not even know they have flat feet, much less seek treatment for it. Find out more about flatfeet and its treatments with Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad in San Leandro, CA.

Do I have flat feet?
Many patients who suffer from flat feet do not realize they have this condition. There is a simple at-home test you can perform to look for signs that you have flat feet. First, wet your bare feet with water. Then, find a flat surface like concrete which will show the contrast between the wet and dry areas. Take a step and examine your footprint. If you can see the outline of the entire foot, you probably have flat feet. If you can make out the area of the arch of the foot, you most likely do not have flat feet.

How do flatfeet affect my foot health?
Normal feet allow you to walk, stand, and run without pain or discomfort. However, flat feet do not have the structural support of an arch, causing fatigue and aching in the foot, especially in the arches and heel. You may also have difficulty standing on the toes or have swelling on the inside bottom of the feet. in some cases, flatfeet can even cause leg, back, or knee pain. If you think you may suffer from flat feet, you can talk with your foot doctor to diagnose and treat this condition at a foot examination.

Flatfeet Treatments in San Leandro, CA
Treatment for flatfeet usually begins with conservative methods like specialized stretches or exercises and physical therapy builds the foot’s strength, mobility, and range of motion, helping to prevent future issues. Your doctor may recommend custom orthotics or shoe modifications like heel wedges.

For more information on flatfeet, please contact Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad in San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
September 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

You've been embarrassed about thick toenails for a long time. You've tried over the counter treatments, but nothing works. At Foot Doctor toenail fungusof the East Bay, Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad have the solution. It's FDA-approved laser toenail fungus treatment in their San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA offices. Yes, at Foot Doctor of the East Bay, your toenails receive a new look and better health. Learn about why toenail fungus grows, how to avoid it and how laser treatment works.

Symptoms of toenail fungus (onychomycosis )

Both toenails and fingernails are prone to a overgrowth of a microorganism called Tinea pedis. The University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health states that millions of people have toenail fungus. About a third are diabetic or have other health problems which compromise circulation or lower the immune system. The other two-thirds of sufferers, however, have no major health issues, but they exhibit symptoms of:

  • Rough, thick-looking toenails
  • Discolored toenails--yellow, brown or black in color
  • Itchy reddened areas around the nails
  • Toenails that are raised away from the nail bed
  • Foot odor
  • Dull-looking or curled nails

Typically, people with foot fungus have a difficult time eliminating it, despite use of drugstore creams or prescription oral anti-fungals. Frankly, the problem can continue for years.

Reasons why it grows

Again, people with certain health issues fall prey to Tinea pedis. However, your foot doctor in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos says that other factors encourage its growth, including:

  • Wearing closed toe shoes in hot weather
  • Not changing sweaty socks
  • Lack of good foot hygiene
  • Walking barefoot in locker rooms, public showers and poolside

Additionally, certain hereditary foot structures lend themselves to fungus, especially where the toenail rubs against the inside of the shoe.

The Genesis Plus Cutera Laser

At Foot Doctor of the East Bay, Dr. Stein and Dr. Ahmad use an innovative method to clear toenail fungus for good. Called the Genesis Plus Cutera Laser, this handheld instrument exposes each toenail to a focused beam of light. Harmless to healthy tissue, the FDA-approved laser targets just the fungus, safely killing it and preventing it from returning.

The procedure takes about 30 minutes and requires no special preparation or after care. It is painless, but the patient may feel a mild heat sensation as the podiatrist applies the light to each toenail. Every nail is treated to prevent reinfection. Often, the patient needs more than one session.

Keeping nails fungus-free

While onychomycosis is stubborn and annoying, you can help prevent it:

  1. Wear sandals with good arch supports during warm weather.
  2. Wash and dry feet daily.
  3. Wear clean socks. Change them, and your athletic shoes, after working out.
  4. Choose shoes with a wide toe box.
  5. Apply moisturizers to prevent cracking around the nails.
  6. See your podiatrist at the first sign of a problem, particularly if you are diabetic.

Win over toenail fungus

Call Foot Doctor of East Bay, Dr. Stein or Dr. Ahmad for an appointment. They have three offices for your convenience: (510) 483-3390.

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