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Posts for: August, 2012

Colts’ linebacker Pat Angerer suffered a foot injury in the preseason opener. The injury was quickly diagnosed as a fracture and will require surgery. Angerer is a key part of the Colts’ lineup, having made 146 tackles last year. It is not immediately clear who will replace him while he undergoes surgery and rehabilitation. Colts Coach Chuck Pagano is confident that Angerer will return to full strength within six weeks however.

Fractures of the bones in the foot and ankle are painful and debilitating, and often require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. If you are suffering from pain in the foot or ankle, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay immediately. Dr. Stein will diagnose your injury and recommend appropriate treatment options.

What are Stress Fractures.

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

They are common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  

-people affected with Osteoporosis

-play tennis or basketball

-gymnastics

-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps

- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones

- Set a regimen for running or other activity

- Wear supportive shoes

If you experience any discomfort or stress stop what you are doing and get rest. If symptoms persist see an orthopedic specialist right away. 

If you have any questions about RA, 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 care needs.

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The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery on August 7th, 2012 to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. The Flyers’ defenseman will be sidelined indefinitely, and will not return until next season, according to Inquirer staff writer Sam Carchidi. Meszaros was a key member of the team and with his absence, their defense is now in disarray, says Carchidi.

As Meszaros shows us, an Achilles tendon injury is a serious foot injury that can sideline you for long periods of time during your recovery. Foot injuries like Meszaros’ can leave a team scrambling to find replacements and solutions to get back in the game. If you are experiencing heel pain or foot pain and think it might be caused by an Achilles tendon injury, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Stein of East Bay Foot Doctor. Dr. Stein can examine your feet and ankles to determine the cause of any foot pain or ankle pain you might be experiencing, and also provide recommendations for treatment options if an Achilles tendon injury is discovered.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
- Proper fitting shoes
- A healthy diet

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

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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 14, 2012
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While attending a kickboxing class, Russell Brand injured his foot. He was seen walking barefoot after attending the class, in attempt to get fit. Brand didn’t seem too concerned, as he stated in an interview that “the injury was similar to a rug burn and not serious.”

Since his injury, Brand has chosen not to wear shoes stating, “Shoes are, in themselves, in oddity and addition.” Even though Brand would rather walk barefoot, it is important to seek advice about what proper foot wear you should consider. Podiatrists, like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctors of the East Bay, can care for your foot injuries and provide care for all your foot pain and related concerns.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health

Long periods of standing often lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices

A Negative Heel

  • This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

  • Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

  • A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet. Implementing yoga exercises to your daily routine is a good example of this.

Foot Care

Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

If you have any questions, 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 care needs. 

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Former 90210 actress Tori Spelling spent her Fourth of July by the poolside in a wheel chair resting her bandaged and injured right foot. According to the article, instead of resting her “baby bump” by the pool, the pregnant star was nursing an injury to her foot, the cause of which is unknown.

Keeping your feet healthy during your pregnancy is essential, and you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay to help you along the way. Dr. Stein can provide recommendations for you in order to keep your feet healthy during these important stages of your pregnancy.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

· Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
· Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
· Wear shoes with good arch support
· Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
· Elevate feet if you experience swelling
· Massage your feet
· Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Somerset, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment services for all your podiatric needs.

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