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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.

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
June 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gangrene  

Find out the telltale symptoms associated with gangrene and how it happens.gangrene

When people hear the word “gangrene” they don’t often think of it as a condition that happens today. Perhaps you heard about it in a history class when talking about wounded soldiers during battle. Of course, gangrene can still happen. This condition is usually the result of an infection or illness and it can lead to necrotic, or dead tissue if it isn’t caught quickly enough. Our Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro, CA, podiatrists - Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay - are here to offer a little insight into this serious condition.

What are the symptoms of gangrene?

If you have gangrene you may start to notice redness or swelling of the toes or feet. You may experience pain or you may notice that you have lost sensation in your feet. The skin may become pale and sores may start to form.

Along with these symptoms you may also feel lightheaded, you may have a fever, you may notice a fast heartbeat or that you have trouble catching your breath. These are all symptoms that need to be addressed immediately. If you don’t seek treatment from our Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro foot doctors, tissue will die. As the tissue dies, the skin will turn from red to black. Some tissue may even begin to peel away.

How is gangrene treated?

First and foremost we need to treat the infection and get it under control before it spreads. We also need to figure out what is causing your gangrene so we can determine the best treatment plan to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future. If there is already dead tissue present, we will also need to remove it. Remember, this condition will not go away on its own and will only spread; therefore, the sooner you can come in for treatment the better!

If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or any other conditions that may increase your risk of gangrene, it’s important that you take time to provide your feet with the proper care they need. If you are noticing any symptoms, don’t hesitate to call our San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA, foot specialists right away.

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
March 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

If you've been treating the discomfort of plantar fasciitis for a while without any real relief, you're likely frustrated at the lack of results. Dr. shockwave therapyMichael Stein, your Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA podiatrist at Foot Doctor of the East Bay, understands this frustration, which is why he offers extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) as an effective and minimally-invasive way to treat plantar fasciitis without the hassle and recovery period of surgery. You can learn more about this treatment here.

What is shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy is a method of treating plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that runs between the ball and heel of the foot. Using a handheld tool, your Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA podiatrist will transmit pulses of ultrasonic waves directly to the bottom of the foot. These waves, the strength of which are gradually increased throughout the treatment session, help to reduce the inflammation and stimulate the immune response of the body. The procedure typically takes 15 minutes or less; the treatment regimen is usually once a week for three weeks.

What are the benefits of shockwave therapy?

Studies consistently show that the outcome of shockwave therapy is on par with that of surgical treatment of the plantar fascia without the risks of infection or other complications. One of the most beneficial aspects of being treated with ESWT is the absence of downtime. After your appointment with your San Leandro podiatrist, you can return to your job immediately. Normal activity can resume within a day or two.

If physical therapy, exercise, rest or medication aren't giving you the results you hoped for in treating your plantar fasciitis, EWST might be exactly what you need. Contact one of our convenient podiatry offices in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA - to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Michael Stein today!

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!





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