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Posts for: November, 2013

By Dr. Michael Stein
November 28, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Foot Pain   Joint Pain   Inflammation  

Arthritic Foot CareSebastian Sundquist is one of only around 24,000 children under the age of 18 living in Canada who suffer from arthritis. Sebastian has been an arthritic patient since he was just four years old, although his parents didn’t believe him when he first started feeling symptoms.

When his joints got so painful that he needed help getting out of bed in the morning, they took him to the doctor, who informed them that he had arthritis. That was eight years ago, and now Sebastian is on medicine that makes his condition much more manageable. He participates in activities like martial arts and swimming, and takes routine medicinal injections.  “I get shots every week and a blood test every month, so honestly, a few shots into the knee isn’t that bad,” he said. “When I first got them I felt like a pin cushion, but now it’s okay.”

Arthritis is a joint condition common in the lower extremities. Arthritic pain can be managed with help from a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can diagnose cases of arthritis can give you the best care possible for your condition.

Arthritic Foot Care

In our lifetimes we walk 75,000 miles, putting a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints in our feet. As we age, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if you add arthritis to that combination, joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care becomes imperative at this point.

Start taking better care of your feet by buying better fitting shoes. Hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions form when our shoes fit poorly. Buy shoes with a lower heel and with more room in the shoe. Rheumatoid arthritis will cause you to lose your arch. Buying shoes with arch support will help, as will buying shoes that contour to your foot.

Leave a fingers width between your foot and the shoe. If your finger cannot fit inside your shoe when it is on your foot, it is too tight. Buy rubber soled shoes.

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Foot DiseaseStudies that were conducted by several groups have led to research and development for new techniques in diabetic foot ulcer treatment. For example, oxygen therapy is founded on the idea that oxygen can help enhance cell division and fibrous tissue. Negative-pressure wound therapy, on the other hand, removes liquid and necrotic tissue through a vacuum. Vascular and microsurgery tend to be viable options in cases might result in amputation. Stem cell therapy is still in its infancy stage but shows promise. The three major components when it comes to wound therapy are oxygen, antibiotics and moisture. Ulcers are caused from breaches in the skin that do not heal; these breaches are usually caused by injuries, sensory loss, poor circulation and/or skin infections.

Your feet are an important part of your body. If you believe you are suffering from a systemic disease, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

Systemic Diseases 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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Foot Ankle OrthoticsAccording to Yung Shing Wai, MD, of Mount Elizabeth Medical Center, issues with flat feet are very common when it comes to arch problems. Flat foot sometimes starts in childhood and may gradually develop into adulthood. In most cases having flat feet is related to a tight calf, which can cause the foot to overpronate and the arch to break down and collapse.

A simple form of treating arch problems in the feet is wearing a prescribed custom-fit orthotic boot. If an orthotic does not work, then surgery may be involved, including screw inserts or even a complete reconstruction. If surgery is required, the patient will most likely be on crutches for several weeks. After crutches the patient will likely be wearing a walking boot to help readjust to bearing weight on the foot again.

There are many different types of ankle foot orthotics available and many different conditions that might require them. If you believe you are a candidate for ankle foot orthotics, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will examine your feet and help you determine if orthotics are right for you.

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are prescribed for a variety of conditions, including:

-cerebral palsy
-polio
-multiple sclerosis
-arthritis
-stroke

Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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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Broken Toe"This year 35-year-old Kara Goucher withdrew from the ING New York City Marathon following a broken toe injury. In her personal blog Goucher wrote that she fractured the second metatarsal of her right foot while on an exercise run during the summertime. “850 minutes a week.”  

“Eight weeks later, it was time to start running outdoors,” Goucher wrote. “The marathon was now 10 weeks away, and I needed to get after it! The transition did not go well. My foot ached and my cadence was slow. I recently went back to the doctor and found out that my foot, is healing, but is not healed.

Suffering from a broken toecan be a painful injury to deal with. It is beneficial to be in the care of a doctor who can treat your condition properly. A podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay can assess your injury can provide you with the best treatment options for your needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

· throbbing pain
· swelling
· bruising on the skin and toenail
· the inability to move the toe with ease
· toe appears crooked or disfigured
· tingling or numbness in the toe
· injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 

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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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