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By gary
June 27, 2012
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After being diagnosed with diabetes, Chaka Khan was determined to take the steps to manage her diabetes.  She adopted a vegan (no meat or animal byproduct) diet in order to lose weight to help manage her diabetes.  On occasion, she walks to keep herself in shape.

Those with diabetes know that weight is not the only contributor and that their diabetes can affect their lives in multiple ways.  Podiatrists, like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctors of the East Bay, know the importance of caring for feet when a patient has diabetes.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in all parts of the body, including the feet. The legs and feet may have a slowed blood flow which causes neuropathy (nerve damage). Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Check your feet regularly for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their physicians to monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

It is always best to let your healthcare professional know any concerns you may have regarding your feet no matter how big or small the issue may be. For diabetic patients, it is best not to wait to seek help, because the longer you wait, the worse symptoms of the feet may become. The risk of amputation and sepsis heightens if you do not seek medical treatment right away. Early treatment and daily inspection of feet for diabetics are keys to maintaining health.

If you have any questions about diabetic foot care, please feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 19, 2012
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White Sox’s power hitter, Adam Dunn, rolled his ankle while hitting his 21st homerun of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals.  He is currently listed as day to day while his ankle sprain heals.  Dunn reports that he feels good swinging the bat. However, even with his ankle wrapped, running is still painful.

Just as it is important to rest a sprained ankle, it is equally important to have it treated.  Dr. Michael Stein sees many patients with ankle sprains at his Foot Doctor of the East Bay practice.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured like this. However, the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If someone’s footing is lost or if there walking is on uneven terrain, local damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

·         Mild to moderate bruising

·         Limited mobility

·         Swelling

·         Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is There a Way to Care for My Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things to avoid is further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

·         Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion

·          Stretching before exercises and sports

·          Knowing your limits can aid in prevention.

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and their ankles are immobilized.  Some people are given an air cast, which allows a person to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required. 

If you suffered a previous sprain, you may want to consider additional support. These supports can be a brace or regular exercises to strengthen the ankle

If you have any questions or think you might have an ankle sprain or injury, please feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.


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By gary
June 14, 2012
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Kristen Stewart Injures Foot while Filming Breaking Dawn Part 2

Foot injuries can happen to anyone, whether or not if they are athletes, actors, actresses or just everyday people. Take Kristen Stewart for example, she ended up with a foot injury while filming Breaking Dawn Part 2. She suffered from a painful puncture wound while filming, and now is unable to wear high heels.

These injuries can be avoided by being careful and making sure to seek medical attention in case you do injure your foot.  Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay is accustomed to helping people with all types of foot needs, from daily foot care to injuries.

Often, people take care of their bodies, faces and hair than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of ourselves that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no suspicious bruises that we may not have noticed before.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health as well as make it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes may be important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the show. Clean socks help to prevent possible athlete’s foot, fungi problems, funny smells, can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortable tight.

The little things you do to take care of your feet can yield you good results as well as better health in the long term. Wearing shoes that fit and are not uncomfortable can also help you maintain good foot health. Uncomfortable shoes can lead to cautionary tales as they can lead you to injury and other unpleasant bruises.

If you have any questions about foot care, please feel free to contact our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, California. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot concerns.
 

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Christian Louboutin, a French shoe designer known for his exceptionally high-heeled shoes and extravagant designs, allays attacks that his shoes are causing bunions.  He concerns himself with the engineering and design of the shoe.  Because he is not forcing anyone to wear his iconic heels, he does not feel that his designs should be blamed for causing bunions when people wear them of their own accord. 

However, heels are known to aggravate bunions, but they are not the main cause.  Dr. Michael Stein at the Foot Doctor of the East Bay practice sees patients with bunions on a regular basis. 

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe, connecting to the foot. The enlargement is formed by swollen tissue or boney growth. This is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. This area around the base of the big toes may become inflamed, red, and or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are usually genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes, or running and walking the wrong way, can cause stress on the feet. High heeled shoes change the distribution of weight of the body and push the toes into a position that may cause bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can be identified while doing a blood test.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

Treatment   

Wearing a wider shoe can remove the pressure on the bunion and reduce pain. High heeled shoes should not be worn, as this forces the big toe inward toward smaller toes. Avoiding these types of shoes will eliminate the pain associated with bunions, but if it continues, drugs or medication may be prescribed.

Orthotics or special foot soles may help the area by providing relief. But if these types of treatment do not work, surgery is required.

If you have any questions or think you might have a bunion, please feel free to contact our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, California. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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