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By Dr. Michael Stein
April 14, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetic  

If you suffer from diabetes, taking care of your feet is incredibly important. After all, even a small injury can have serious repercussions on your health. Here at Foot Doctor of The East Bay in San Leandro, CA, Dr. Michael Stein provides diabetic foot care to keep patients in top podiatric health. Read on to learn more on the topic.

FAQs about Diabetic Foot Care

What complications can diabetes cause for my feet?

You may notice a reduction in feeling in your feet. This means if you have even a small injury, it could develop into a more serious health issue. For example, you may have a small stone in your shoe but not notice it. This can lead to a blister or ulcer. If left untreated, it could become infected and ultimately require amputation.

What is a diabetic ulcer?

A diabetic foot ulcer is a small wound that typically appears on the sole of the foot. Diabetic ulcers can be caused by nerve damage, poor circulation, or injury.

How can I protect my feet from diabetic ulcers?

You can protect your feet from diabetic ulcers in the following ways:

  • Wash your feet daily
  • Dry your feet carefully after washing
  • Inspect your feet for cuts or ulcers every day
  • Always wear clean, dry socks
  • Don’t walk around barefoot

There are also special types of socks, shoes and orthotic devices that are designed specifically for those with diabetes. You can find out more about these from your podiatrist.

Can I use a moisturizer on my feet if I have diabetes?

You can use a moisturizing cream to prevent the skin on your feet from drying and cracking, but you should not moisturize between your toes.

What types of shoes can I wear with diabetes?

You should wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Avoid high heels and shoes with open toes. Shoes with Velcro or laces that can be easily adjusted will provide you with added comfort.

Call Foot Doctor of The East Bay in San Leandro, CA

If you live in San Leandro and you suffer from diabetes, call Dr. Stein at (510) 483-3390 today to learn more about diabetic foot care.

By Dr. Michael Stein
February 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus   Laser  

Laser fungal treatment from your podiatrists in San Leandro, CA, could give you the sandal-ready toenails you want.

Are you someone who is dealing with persistent or stubborn toenail fungus? While this might not seem like a serious health problem for most individuals, toenail fungal infections can be challenging to treat and can lead to permanent nail damage. If you’ve tried a variety of over-the-counter treatments but are still dealing with a nail that is thick, brittle, and yellow with decay, then our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad, have the laser treatment that can help you see clear nails again

What are the benefits of laser treatment?

One of the major benefits of laser fungal treatment is that it is extremely effective at treating toenail fungus, no matter how severe. Laser treatment offers patients a drug-free, side-effect-free alternative. Since some patients are unable to take certain antifungal oral medications due to other medications or health problems, this laser therapy allows our San Leandro, CA, foot doctors to be able to provide toenail fungal treatment to any and all people dealing with this common foot problem.

Plus, the treatment is quick, painless, and doesn’t require anesthesia or any recovery time. You can go back to your daily routine immediately after treatment.


How long will laser treatment take?

Most patients will receive anywhere from 3-4 treatment sessions spaced weeks apart. Receiving additional laser treatments prevents any fungal spores from being able to develop after treatment; however, most patients are able to obtain results after just a single session. One laser treatment takes about 15-20 minutes/foot.

When will I see the results from my laser treatment?

Even once the laser has completely destroyed the fungus you won’t see results right away. It takes time for the nail to grow out. While some people may see results as quickly as 3-4 weeks, most people won’t see a marked improvement until about 3 months. It usually takes toenails anywhere from 9-12 months to fully grow out clear.

Contact us

Our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists believe that healthy feet should be enjoyed for a lifetime, and this starts with providing your feet with proper care. If you are dealing with toenail fungus, then call Foot Doctor of the East Bay today at (510) 483-3390 to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment.

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!

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