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A stress fracture is an injury that any runner is wary of suffering. The injury is in particular very debilitating due to its longer recovery time, which varies from four to six weeks and is enough to put any training regimen to a standstill. Stress fractures vary from other bone breaks because they are slow-developing and develop gradually. To minimize your risk for developing a stress fracture, be sure to wear shoes with proper support and avoid overtraining. As calcium and vitamin D deficiencies can increase the risk of stress fractures, it is also important to also maintain a nutritional diet.   

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices 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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Bunions are a foot condition that can become especially painful over time if not treated properly. While many patients assume that surgery is the only real option to treat bunions, experts suggest trying other conservative treatment options before attempting anything invasive. Mayo Clinic suggests first making changes in your footwear by choosing shoes with a wide toe box and soft leather uppers to relieve pressure. Certain over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also help relieve bunion pain. It best to discuss your options with your podiatrist, who can help you determine the best treatment method for your needs.   

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 formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please contact our offices 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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Approximately more than half of runners experience a running injury. Some of the most common injuries include muscle strains, stress fractures, and shin splints. To reduce your risk for injury it is important to include other forms of cross training with your running, such as resistance training and stretching to increase flexibility. Both of these forms of training will increase balance in the body while decreasing risk for injury.  

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices 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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December 11, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

It Hurts to Put on My Shoes, What Can I Do? What are the treatment options for bunions?

You might be wondering what that large hard bump is next to your big toe. It wasn’t there a few months ago, but now you can hardly Bunionswalk without pain. It sounds like you may have a bunion, but the only way to know for sure is to visit Dr. Michael Stein, your podiatrist in San Leandro, California.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, women suffer most from bunions, with over half of the women in America having them. Typically, bunions arise from wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow and high heels. But there is relief available.

When you visit Dr. Michael Stein, he will examine your foot, and take x-rays, to determine the degree of bone involvement. He will also check how much the movement of your big toe is affected by the bunion.

If you have a small, non-painful bunion, he might suggest one of several easy treatments you can do at home. Some common methods of self-care include:

  • Taking pain medication such as ibuprofen or Tylenol
  • Cortisone injections around the bunion
  • Taping your foot for added support and to cushion the bunion
  • Icing the bunion
  • Wearing padded or orthotic inserts in your shoes

Above all, if you have a bunion, it is time to change to wide, comfortable shoes with plenty of room for your toes.

If, after trying the home therapies listed above, you still experience a lot of pain and limited movement, it may be time to think about surgery.

Dr. Stein may suggest a surgical treatment such as:

  • Joining the joints in your toe, a process known as fusing
  • Removing swollen, extra tissue around the toe joint
  • Straightening your foot and big toe
  • Removing some of the bone in your big toe

If you think you may have a bunion, don’t despair and don’t delay. Stop in for a consultation with Dr. Michael Stein, your podiatrist in San Leandro, California. He can make it a pleasure to walk again.


Recent studies have showed that a number of health problems can stem from the feet being subjected to great amounts of pressure for long periods of time. High heels are one of the many sources of such pressure, and a recent BuzzFeed video has reported that even a 1-inch heel can put “22 perecent more pressure on the ball of the foot than flat shoes”. A 3-inch heel inflicts a 76 percent increase in pressure. High heels can be the source of conditions such as calluses, bunions, ingrown toenails, and Achilles tendon strains, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

If you have any questions, please contact our offices 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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