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Posts for: April, 2014

sports injuriesThe stunning part of the fight between Manny Pacquiao and boxer Tim Bradley isn’t that Bradley lost; the mystery is why the beginning of the fight was a total domination by Bradley. Many are commenting that had Tim Bradley not sustained a brutal calf injury, he may have won that fight hands down.

This fight prompted many to suggest that Manny Pacquiao, long considered a legendary fighter, is losing his edge. Pacquaio is definitely not in his prime anymore.

Regardless of what people are speculating, the two boxers are set to have a third fight very soon which will most definitely settle, once and for all, who the better fighter truly is.

Playing with a sports foot or ankle injury can bring on unnecessary risks. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of The Foot Doctor of East Bay. Dr. Stein will treat your foot and ankle conditions.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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A Chinese study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases focused on an herb called “lei gong teng” or thunder god vine. This herb is said to provide treatment for rheumatoid arthritis more effectively than widely prescribed drug methotrexate. The study, consisting of 207 patients, had some patients given just the herb, others solely the drug, and others both the herb and the drug.

Those who were given just the herb had a fifty-five percent improvement rate on the ACR scale while those who were given both the herb and the drug achieved had an increased rate of seventy-seven percent. Those who were treated by just methotrexate were only to achieve just a 46 percent improvement rate. However, it should be known that the herb could have side effects as well, including gastrointestinal upsets and irregular menstruation.

Rheumatoid arthritis is not an easy condition to deal with.  If you have arthritis of the foot or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet

- Stiffness in the feet

- Pain on the ball or sole of feet

- Joint shift and deformation

 

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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Many opinions vary when it comes to running shoes and preventing running injuries. Barefoot and minimalist running shoe enthusiasts claim that cushioned shoes are unnatural while advocates of traditional shoes claim the opposite.

However, according to Amherst scientist Allison Gruber, “The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized.” Gruber additionally says that “What may prevent or ‘cure’ injuries for one person may cause them or make them worse for another.”

Opinions vary when it comes to barefoot running. For a professional opinion, call a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can help you decide if barefoot running is for you.

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 feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Sixth Grader Suffers Broken Foot but Diagnosis Reveals OsteosarcomaDylan McCabe, a sixth-grader of the Creekside Christian Academy incurred an injury on Dec. 20, in the beginning of Christmas break when a large frame fell from a wall and landed directly on his left foot. One month later Tammy McCabe, Dylan’s mother pondered why her son’s left foot was still swollen when the cast was removed. Massages, long walks, and even heating pads were used to mitigate the issue, but nothing worked.

Until, another trip was made to the orthopedist; X-rays revealed Dylan was suffering from a rare form of cancer: osteosarcoma. The bone cancer was found on his right leg, a tumor measuring 14 inches in length right between his hipbone and knee. “It was a blessing that he broke his foot, because we wouldn’t have known otherwise.”

Sometimes, a broken foot might be a blessing in disguise like the story above. This means seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay should be a priority. Dr. Stein can provide all the assistance required in treating a broken foot.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.  

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

· Bruising
· Pain
· Redness
· Swelling
· Blue (foot)
· Numbness
· Cold
· Misshapen
· Cuts
·Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Diabetes testPeople with diabetes are having their legs and feet amputated unnecessarily, according to a group of MP’s and peers who have presented staggering differences in the treatment of the condition across the NHS in England.

Reports said that NHS commissioners and hospitals must ensure a more consistent approach in treating conditions such as peripheral arterial disease, and diabetic feet; ensuring that they have multidisciplinary health teams available.

A senior surgeon reported that many unnecessary amputations are taking place because of the lack of national standards. The charity of Diabetes UK called the present variations in treatment as “unacceptable.”

Foot conditions like having poor circulation of the feet, can be detrimental to your health and mobility. If you are experiencing poor foot circulation, contact Dr. Michael Stein, of Foot Doctor of East Bay. Dr. Stein can treat all your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you.

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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