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Posts for: February, 2014

By Dr. Michael Stein
February 25, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

cornsNew research shows that corn plasters which contain salicylic acid is great in treating and preventing foot corns.

Corn plasterswhich contain salicylic acid to remove skin are believed to serve as a temporary solution, along with a visit to the podiatrist for corn removal, according to Daily Mail.

“A cornis hard skin which occurs mainly as a response to excessive pressure, usually over a bony prominence,” explains podiatrist Lorraine Jones, spokesman for the Royal College of Podiatry. Jones adds that corns are much more common in women due to the narrower style of shoes they prefer and wear. “'This may be on the bottom of the foot - and is not uncommon in those who wear heels,” Jones says

Corns of the feet can wreak havoc on your feet, and cause pain from wearing tight enclosed shoes. Luckily corns can be treated and be taken care of with the assistance of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of East Bay. Dr. Stein will find a solution and mitigate pain for all your foot and ankle needs. 

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:
- Wearing well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specified area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a fair majority of corns. It is recommended that people with diabetes should not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

Preventing the Return of Corns

Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns. They lower friction and lower chances of getting corns, as well as reducing pain overall. Surgery is often never needed, but it is possible in very rare circumstances and in events where the normal treatments do not work.

After receiving treatment, it is important to maintain your foot health and consider your doctor’s recommendations when it comes to long term care and treatment for your feet.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in either San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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ankle sprainsA statement was released after Mike Iupati, a guard for the NFL’s 49ers, was taken off the field after sustaining an injury. In the statement, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh stated that the large guard suffered a rather severe and possibly career-damaging injury.

Because the season is over, Iupati will be absent from OTA and what is more, if the injury is dire enough, he will find it next to impossible to retrain fast enough to get in shape for training.

Nothing the NFL has said indicates whether Mike Iupati will be fit to return in time—or whether he will return at all.

A broken ankle is very serious and very painful. If you’ve sustained a broken ankle, it is essential you visit a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein of East Bay. Dr. Stein will treat your ankle and do his best to ensure a complete recovery.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle.
- Swelling around the area.
- Colorful bruising of the area.
- Area appears to be deformed.

Prognosis of a broken ankle is normally good. The sooner your receive treatment the better. So if you suspect an ankle fracture, seek treatment as soon as possible.

For more information, contact our office 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 million-dollar feetGemma Howorth is a foot and hand model which, for her, means hand and foot care is vital. Her lower extremities are often photo-shopped over those of famous models like Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, and others. A foot model’s feet are considered by experts to be perfect: soft and supple, with toenails that have a slight pink tint and just the right amount of curve.

So, in order to keep her job, Howorth must take special care of her feet and hands. This means never wearing high heels, doings everything possible to avoid damage and blemishes, and, in order to keep her hands looking perfect, she can’t even do the dishes!

The importance of everyday foot care cannot be stressed enough. If you need advice about day-to-day foot health, talk to podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein, founder of Foot Doctor of East Bay. Dr. Stein will teach you about different health care regimens you can do and help you find a schedule that works for you.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in either San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Taylor MartinezThe speculation about Taylor Martinez’s foot injury can finally end, as his father has revealed that a torn plantar plate was the reason the senior quarterback’s final season was cut short. Martinez hurt himself in the fall and was only able to play during one of the Huskers’ Big Ten games.

Fans knew little about the injury until now. Casey, Martinez’s father, made the details public in order to give his son the opportunity to start over fresh on Nebraska’s pro day this spring.

If you are an athlete and spend a lot of time on your feet, it’s likely that at some point you might incur a sports related foot or ankle injury. To get your hurt foot checked out, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will offer a professional medical opinion and advise you on how to avoid injuries while playing sports in the future.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, feel free to call one of our offices in San Leandro, CA, Pleasonton, CA, or Los Gatos, CA. We offer the best in diagnostic and treatment technology for any complication you might have.

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