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Description: Kobe Bryant InjuryKobe Bryant of the LA Lakers suffered another setback which will keep him off the court for 6 to 9 months, said his trainer Gary Vitti via the Lakers’ Twitter account on Saturday. The night before Kobe suffered a nasty fall, which appeared to be a torn Achilles heel. “I made a move that I’ve made a million times, and it just popped.”

According to Vitti Bryant may be out for the rest of the season, and back in 2014. Bryant underwent an MRI, tweeting a picture from the hospital and had surgery on his torn Achilles tendon. “Some of it is just bad luck,” he said. “To say he was injured because he played 48 mins is a stretch.”

Dealing with anAchilles tendon injury can be an “unbearable frustration” and apainful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

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 Common Injuries to the Achilles Tendon?

Tendon Ruptures:One may hear a popping or snapping sound if their Achilles tendon ruptures.  Symptoms are swelling, pain, and difficulty walking or bending the foot forward. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures available, and depending on the treatment you take, recovery can last up to a year from treatment.

Achilles tendinitis:Achilles tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries, and can be recognized by the following symptoms: inflammation, dull to severe pain, an increased flow of blood to the tendon, portions of the tendon growing in thickness, and a slower movement time. Tendinitis can be treated in many different ways and is often diagnosed by an MRI.

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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A customer shops for athletic shoes at a Nike store.Selecting the right pair of shoes to work out in is important in order to maintain your foot health and maximize your results. According to research, poorly sized footwear can lead to adverse conditions. “Symptoms include pain along the inner border of the shin bone of aches and stiffness” said Hilda Scott of ITech Post, “In severe cases, muscle tightness, swelling, redness and lumps may occur in the area of pain”. When shopping for the right exercise shoes in the future, select shoes with the ample wiggle room, arch support and shock absorption. Shoes should have approximately 3/8 to 1/2 inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Wearing properly fitted exercise shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How to Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

· Make sure your toes are not cramped
· Be able to wiggle your toes
· There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

· foot pain
· knee pain
· blisters
· swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently. The size you wear with one company may not be the same as the size you wear with another.

The biggest concern in buying shoes is comfort. If a shoe does not fit in the store, it will not fit at home either. Comfort should be the ultimate goal when purchasing a pair of shoes.

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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Kobe Bryant will miss games due to a severe ankle sprain which he sustained during the closing seconds in the Lakers loss to Atlanta back in March, according to Lakers. The injury was reminiscent to the sprain that he had dealt with since the 2000 playoffs, according to Bryant.

X-rays came back negative, but his ankle injury can keep Kobe from playing for a while. Kobe sprained his ankle on the Lakers final shot of the game, coming down on Dahntay Jones’ foot after missing the baseline shot. 

Athletes can miss important games as a result of ankle sprains as in the case of Kobe Bryant. Ankle sprains should always be treated no matter what. If you have sprained your ankle, seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay, to ensure the injury is properly evaluated and appropriate treatment options are given.

How Ankle Sprains Happen

Sprains take place when ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limitations. The ankle can become injured in various ways, including the simple act of walking. Ankle damage can occur by walking on uneven terrain or losing your footing.

Common Ankle Sprain Symptoms

· Swelling
· Limited mobility
· Skin discoloration
· Bruising

Treating Sprains

Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity.  Usually people are told to rest and remain off their feet while others are given an air cast, which allows one to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  However surgery may be required in more severe cases.

If you have suffered a previous sprain, you may want to consider additional support, such as a brace to strengthen the ankle.

How To Prevent Sprains

· Wearing occasion-appropriate shoes
· Stretching before physical activity
· Being aware of physical limitations

For more information on ankle care, follow the link below.

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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According to Nets manager Billy King; Brooklyn Nets Guard Joe Johnson is struggling ‘day to day’ with plantar fasciitis. “It (Johnson’s heel) was sore after the Milwaukee game (Wednesday), and he got looked at by our doctors (Thursday) and it was mildly inflamed,” commented Billy King, “He’s on some medication, but it’s likely he’ll play Sunday; he feels better than he did (Thursday)”. Johnson sat out of Friday night’s game against Houston although the team remains optimistic for his return on Sunday.

If you are currently experiencing pain in the ball of your foot or heels, where the plantar fascia is located, then we recommended you seek the care of a podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your feet and work with you to provide an appropriate treatment option to ensure healing and recovery.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that consists of the inflammation of connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the foot’s heel and arch.

What Are The Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Obesity
· Poor Footwear
· Excessive running
· Lack of Adequate Foot Support
· Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis 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.

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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