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Posts for: June, 2014

By Dr. Michael Stein
June 26, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Sore feet"Don't tell my feet, my achy breaky feet. I just don't think they'd understand." After a long day of standing on the job and pounding the pavement, you've been asked to work overtime. Whether you're a nurse, a chef, server, sales person, or construction worker, you'd like the extra hours, but you'd also like to keep off your sore feet. Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, want to help prevent foot pain in the workforce and offer tips to dealing with sore feet on the job.

If your job requires standing in one place for long periods of time, you may want to look into cushioned floor mats. An extra layer of cushion under your feet could be the difference between aching feet and a happy employee. You don't have to stop at the office. Get cushioned floor mats for your own kitchen or work station at home!

If floor mats are out of the question, we can provide you with custom orthotics. Our orthotics will support your feet and ankles where they need it most. Coupled with a pair of supportive shoes, your feet are in for a treat.

Another thing you can do to prevent foot pain: stretch properly. Prepare your feet for the day by warming up the ligaments and muscles in your feet. Try rolling your arch on a can of soup for five minutes when you wake and stretch your calves before walking out the door.

The standing workforce is plagued with foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Keep your feet from aching, burning, and throbbing by trying these methods.  If you've practiced good foot care and still can't find relief, make an appointment with one of our California locations by calling (510) 483-3390. We serve Pleasanton, San Leandro, and Los Gatos, CA.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 24, 2014
Tags: Heel Pain   Ankle Sprain   stretch   athlete  

Heel pain stretchesYour armpits are sore and you have chalk stains on the seat of your pants. This could only mean one thing. You've been sidelined by an ankle sprain and those crutches have become your ball and chain. Our experts, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, want you back on the field. Don't let the pain from an ankle sprain keep you off your feet.

Break free from the chains and avoid future complications by practicing these effective ankle exercises. Work on expanding the range of motion of your ankle joints by drawing circles, both clockwise and counterclockwise. For a more intense stretch, try drawing the letters of the alphabet with your toes! Perform these exercises at least three times a week, or before every workout or sporting event.

If the muscles surrounding the ankle are weak, other parts of your body will suffer. This is why you mustn't forget strength training exercises. Calf and shin raises teach the ankle to have better control over shifts in your body weight while making the ankle stronger. For the calf raise, stand with you feet hip width apart, shift your weight onto your toes, and slowly lift your heels. Keep the ankles in a neutral position. Similarly, shin raises should be performed by raising the toes instead of the heels.

For our last act: the single-leg balance. This exercise not only strengthens your ankles, but the rest of the lower body as well. Standing on one foot, slightly bend the knee, and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Don't be alarmed if the leg starts to shake, this means that the muscles are working and becoming stronger. Be sure to control your ankle to minimize shaking.

If you're a devoted athlete or simply live on the clumsy side of life, you've most likely experienced an ankle sprain or two. Let's not make it three. These exercises will help prevent future injury. If you'd like more advice or currently have a sprained ankle, contact one of our offices located in Pleasanton, San Leandro, or Los Gatos, CA, today!

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Appropriate Dancing FootwearThe shoemakers in the footwear department of the Stratford Festival make about 1000 pairs of shoes each year for the actors and dancers in the various productions put on by the popular theater. Since professional dancing is such a serious and athletically demanding activity, the performers often request that their shoes be made to fit certain unique specifications.

For example, for Stratford’s upcoming production of Crazy for You, many of the tap dancers asked that the sizes of their shoes be altered to allow a specific amount of toe room. The expert staff either tailors the shoes themselves or has them made off-site.

It’s always beneficial to make sure that your shoes are the right size, even if you aren’t a dancer. If you need help getting footwear that fits correctly, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will instruct you on how to find the best size and style of shoe for your foot type.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, follow the link below.

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


Ingrown Toenail Treatment in the East BayTo say that something is the bane of your existence implies that it is annoying, harmful, and persistent. It causes ruin and is a source of exasperation. In this instance, we're referring to the painful condition that is ingrown toenails. We're here to pin down, once and for all, the secrets to slaying this dragon. Prepare yourself for this nail-biter of a post on how to prevent ingrown nails. 

Painful ingrown nails can be prevented by practicing proper nail trimming techniques and wearing properly-fitted footwear. Toenails must be trimmed with the utmost care. Don't let the slightest mishap thwart your happiness. Trim your nails with clean and dry tools. Nails should be kept no longer than the length of your toe. They should also be trimmed straight across, never trim them by following the natural, rounded curve of your toe. Once clipping is complete, store your tools in a dry, clean place.

Another way to prevent disaster is to wear shoes that provide your feet with adequate wiggle room. This is to be taken literally. Your shoes should always allow your toes room to wiggle and flex. Footwear with wide toe boxes are best if you are prone to developing ingrown nails. Any shoe that leaves your toes feeling stuffed, suffocated, or squished should be avoided all-together.

Make smart choices! Your toenails, no matter how small, play a large role in your happiness and comfort. If you'd like more information on how you can prevent ingrown nails or if you are currently struggling with this, contact Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay today. Call one of our three offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 16, 2014
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

ShoesWhen it comes to staying healthy with diabetes, footwear plays a large role. Many individuals fall short on foot care and fail to wear appropriate shoes. Avoid foot ulcers and other complications by ensuring that you are wearing shoes specific to your needs.

Get your feet measured and fitted before making any purchases. Though there is no such thing as the perfect shoes for those with diabetes, there are some tips you can adhere to while buying footwear, including, shopping later in the day when your feet are naturally more swollen and at their largest. Have your shoes fitted with socks on too, and have your feet measured periodically because they change over time.

Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM also suggest looking for footwear that is made of soft leather, because of its ability to stretch and conform to the shape of your unique feet. It's also important to select a shoe that has a cushioned sole for shock absorption, as well as laced shoes, since they provide a better fit and better support. Your shoes should be replaced as soon as there are signs of damage, or as areas begin to wear down.

Making smart footwear choices can help prevent or delay the onset of foot ulcers and other diabetic foot complications. Follow through on purchasing proper shoes for those with diabetes. Come on in to get your feet measured at the Foot Doctor of the East Bay in California, today! If you're at a high risk for complications and already have foot or ankle issues, you should visit more frequently. Call one of our three offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.

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