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Posts for: November, 2012

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation is introducing the Integra IPP-ON PIP Fusion System designed to fix proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint arthrodesis.  This system is designed to be used in the lesser toes for rigid or semi-rigid hammertoe deformity, correction of failed arthroplasty or arthrodesis, and second toe shortening.  Integra LifeSciences system has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA.  The Integra IPP-ON PIP Fusion System involves a one-piece stainless steel interphalangeal fusion device which is available in more than one size. “Integra IPP-ON PIP Fusion System offers surgeons a straightforward, one-piece alternative to hammertoe fixation.  Unlike some projects, our device is not temperature sensitive and has no handling or storage requirements.  This is an excellent feature, since it is ready for use whenever the surgeon needs it,” said Bill Weber, vice president and General Manager, Integra Extremity Reconstruction.

This new system comes as great news for those suffering from hammertoe because it provides minimally invasive relief from that condition. If you are suffering from hammertoe, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will be able to diagnose your hammertoe condition, provide a consultation with you on the best course of action, and give you the best treatment options available that also work for you.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions, please 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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Houston Astros relief pitcher Francisco Cordero was placed on the disabled list during the last half of the season, after suffering painful inflammation on his big right toe that has been diagnosed as sesamoiditis. Cordero was only recently acquired after a ten man trade with the Blue Jays. Cordero is currently on the 15 day disabled list, but is scheduled to visit a doctor soon, who will determine if surgery is necessary, though Astros manager Brad Mills is hopeful Cordero will recover with conservative treatment.

Foot and ankle injuries like sesamoiditis are painful and may potentially require surgery, as Cordero has learned. If you are experiencing sesamoiditis or any other foot pain, it is important to speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay to determine the appropriate treatment options for your condition.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

· Sudden increase in activity
· Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
· Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions, please 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 American College of Rheumatology recently funded an effort among U.S. researchers to come up with new guidelines for patients regarding preventing gout, which were published in the September 28th issue of the journal Arthritis Care & ResearchGout is one of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis and has an effect on the lives of almost four percent of American adults.  The condition is caused by elevated levels of uric acid, which then causes the crystals to form and when these crystals are deposited in joints they cause extreme pain and swelling.  In the past 20 years the number of cases of gout have increased greatly, and it is said to have an effect on the lives of 8.3 million people.  It is thought that the increase in gout may be due to things such as high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and prolonged use of thiazide and loop which are diuretics used to treat cardiovascular disease. 

“Our goal is that these guidelines, along with educating gout patients in effective treatment, will improve adherence, quality of care and management of this painful and potentially debilitating condition,” said Dr. John Fitzgerald, acting chief of the rheumatology division at the University of California, Los Angeles.  If you think you may be suffering from gout you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can diagnose any foot conditions or injuries you may have as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

Systemic Disease of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout - is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus - is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

● Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

● Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

If you have any questions, please 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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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Gordon has found that nearly ninety percent of his patients who have undergone shockwave therapy reported improvement in their pain symptoms. In particular, shockwave therapy has proven effective for women who have pain or injury from excessive high heel use. High heels can cause a host of foot and ankle issues, including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, corns, and calluses. Shockwave therapy helps regenerate tissue and creates new blood vessels, and therefore often proves effective at treating women’s’ high heel foot issues.

Although shockwave therapy may be an effective treatment for many different types of foot and ankle pain, it is important that you seek the advice of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will examine your injury and work with you to determine if shockwave therapy is the best treatment option for your foot pain.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. This technique is used on patients that do not respond well to physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

Controversy

There has been some controversy regarding the use of shockwave therapy. Traditionalists, along with many doctors, believe there’s a connection between shockwave and new-age. Others argue there is no true answer to how exactly shockwave therapy works.

Shockwave therapy does provide relief from pain to the feet and legs. It is also very effective during the recovery period. Even though this treatment is known for positive results, it still is new to the field of medicine, the main reason for its controversy.    

If you have any questions, please 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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