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Posts for: September, 2012

Kourtney Kardashian was recently seen wearing a pair of snakeskin heels during a shopping trip in Miami with sister Khloe.  The reality star seemed to be struggling with her footwear choice due to the uneven nature of the pavement.  Kourtney was given a hand by her sister and then by a member of her security team.

Aside from just being difficult to walk in, high heels can have other effects as well.  If you think you are experiencing any ill-effects from wearing high heels you should seek out the care of Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay.  Dr. Stein can address any concerns you may have as well as provide treatment for any injuries you have sustained.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

· Ankle Joints
· Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
· Balls of the Feet
· Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
· Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

· Corns
· Calluses
· Hammertoe
· Bunions
· Morton’s Neuroma
· Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.

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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New research, performed by Dr. Michael Wilkinson, an expert in exercise physiology, found that when people run barefoot, they instantly change their gait to accommodate for the impact on the feet.  The study followed a group of 18 runners in which they performed a six-minute moderate running task both with shoes and barefoot on separate days.  The runners were videotaped to analyze their gait and had their oxygen uptake measured.  The study showed that the runners on average used less oxygen and showed a reduction in ground contact time as well as a reduction in the length of their stride.

This new research comes as great news to those who want to try out this new running craze, but, as with any new exercise regimen, it is important to take some precautionary steps before beginning. A good place to start would be to talk to a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor East Bay. Dr. Stein can provide recommendations for you to maximize your running workout while remaining as injury free as possible. However, even if an injury should occur, Dr. Stein will be able to properly examine and diagnose it, as well as provide you with treatment options.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
- Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
- Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
- When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
- It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
- Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
- No protection while running makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
- Blisters may form.
- Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
- Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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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A study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology found that 80% of patients had complete relief from plantar fasciitis pain following a standard radiation treatment. Radiation treatment has been used for almost sixty years to treat pain, but its mechanism of action is unknown, and some believed it functions as a placebo. But this study proves that “radiation therapy yields important pain relief in patients... and this could be proven at a high level of evidence for the first time.”

Plantar fasciitis, the condition mentioned in the study, is a common source of foot pain in many patients. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor East Bay, who can examine your injury and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 

· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 

· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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.


According to an article on Healthzone, there are a number of different things you can do to help prevent athlete’s foot, a very common, contagious fungal infection. These tips include wearing well ventilated shoes, keeping feet dry, and avoiding contact with the floor in public showers.

Although athlete’s foot is not completely avoidable, taking these steps will seriously help in your prevention of this fungal infection. However, if you are suffering from athlete’s foot, or are experiencing burning and itching sensations that you might think is related to athlete’s foot, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your feet and determine if you are suffering from athlete’s foot, and provide you with the appropriate treatment options.

Athlete’s Foot

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?
- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

People with a history of tinea or other skin infections are more likely to suffer from recurrent, or even additional, unrelated infections. Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, redness, and severe symptoms include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, tinea can cause blistering as well. It is best to see your podiatrist for the best treatment and relief from these symptoms.

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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