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Posts for: December, 2014

35-year-old New York City resident Denise Maione-Schwind has undergone ‘Cinderella surgery,’ or a Bunionplasty, to correct the bony bump on the side of her left foot that has been keeping her from comfortably wearing high heels. Determined not to wear flats on a night out, the flight attendant would often spend her evenings at home to avoid pain caused by the bunion. Despite the severity of the procedure, Denise was able to walk within a week. Since having fully recovered, Denise now happily wears any shoe she desires without having to endure any pain. The NYC resident even hopes to one day run the New York Marathon, which would have been a difficult and painful feat prior to surgery. 

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in California. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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It has recently appeared as though North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has disappeared from the public eye for a prolonged period of time after he was spotted limping due to a mysterious illness. Since then, it was discovered that Kim Jong-un has been diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome in his right ankle and has received surgery to resolve the condition.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is described as the compression of nerves from the soles into the tarsal tunnel inside of the ankle joint. Those that are flat footed, have irregular arches, or have a damaged tunnel are more susceptible to the syndrome. Tarsal tunnel syndrome can often become aggravated when standing for long periods of time and can often be resolved with corrective arch supports and anti-inflammatory drugs. Surgery is only suggested in extreme cases of the condition.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is not an easy condition to endure. If you have pain in your foot or ankle, see one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of East Bay. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
-Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
-At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

-Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
-The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
-If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome.

For more information about Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in 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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Steps to Keep Diabetic Feet Healthy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur for people ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes. It is very important for diabetics to be aware of whatever cuts or wounds they may have on their feet; due to nerve damage related to diabetes, diabetics often do not realize they even have them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered some advice to help diabetics protect their foot health. Inspect the feet daily for cuts, bruises, or sores, and treat wounds immediately. Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Keep feet covered and avoid going barefoot if possible. Have a podiatrist safely remove any calluses, warts, or corns.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent infection. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can treat your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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.

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By Michael Stein, DPM
December 05, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: diet   stretching   foot cramps  

Bay Area residents and visitors know a little bit about cramped conditions—the metro area is the nation’s fifth-largest, and San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the United States (trailing only New York). While running elbow to elbow with tourists through Chinatown might be merely tolerable, one place you really don’t want to feel cramped is in your feet.

Foot cramps are the result of involuntary muscle spasms. They can strike at any time, usually quite suddenly, and often last for a few minutes. Even if they only last a few seconds, though, the pain can be quite intense. Here are some simple tips you can use to get rid of foot cramps:

  • Gentle massage and heat therapy can ease discomfort by relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow, which allows more nutrients to reach the muscles.
  • Gently stretching feet and toes when the pain strikes can help relax muscles more quickly and build up resistance to cramps by improving flexibility and strengthening muscles.
  • Drink lots of water. Dehydration is a major contributing factor for many types of cramps, including foot cramps.
  • Eat a balanced diet and, as long as your doctor gives you the okay, try taking regular nutritional supplements. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D and E, calcium, potassium, and others are frequently present in those who deal with regular cramping.
  • Check your shoes. Ill-fitting or improper footwear adds stress to muscles and may make them more susceptible to spasms.
  • Some people report that wearing toe stretchers (which improve flexibility in the muscles and ligaments of the forefoot) for an hour or so per day reduces the frequency of cramping.

Foot cramps are no fun, especially for those whose spasms are especially frequent, painful, or long-lasting. When home treatments aren’t enough, see the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay by calling (510) 483-3390. Trust Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, to help you get rid of foot cramps.

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 Jenny Strickland, a physiologist at Greenwich University, is a leading voice on Osgood-Schlatters Disease research. Strickland founded the Strickland Protocol for treatment of Osgood-Schlatters and Sever’s Disease. The Strickland Protocol has been selected by major UK football academies as their treatment of choice for those contending with Osgood-Schlatters and Sever’s disease. According to PR Underground, these diseases have affected—and been treated—in four thousand young children globally.

Sever’s disease is common in children and young athletes. If your child has Severs Disease, contact podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can diagnose provide treatment and healing for the feet.  

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

Improper pronation – the rolling of the foot during walking or running and obesity are all linked to causing Sever’s disease.

Treatments

Rest – the feet and legs needs rest. In order to speed up any kind of healing time, one should refrain from sports activity.

Medication- over the counter meds will help with inflammation and also reduce heel pain.

One can also purchase shoe inserts which will help support the heel and foot. Heel pain usually diminishes after wearing the supported heel inserts.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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.

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