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The feet are some of the most common sites for developing many different forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis, typically occurs by repeated trauma to important joints in the body. In the feet, the first metatarsophalangeal joint is the most common site. Despite being the most common form, osteoarthritis can easily be delayed and prevented with early treatment and care. One of the easiest and most effective ways to delay osteoarthritis is to avoid wearing tight and high heeled footwear and to avoid activities that repetitively force pressure on the foot.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, including your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In certain forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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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Many patients often choose to undergo corrective surgery for hammertoe to quickly relieve the pain and swelling associated with the condition. Insurance companies will often require patients to first try non-surgical treatments, however, before agreeing to cover the cost of hammertoe surgery. Treatments for hammertoe that are non-surgical include a splint to hold the hammertoe in the correct position if it can still be straightened, the placement of non-medicated pads over the tops of the deformed join to protect the toe from rubbing against the shoe, and the creation of a custom-made orthotic insert to help decrease discomfort. General prevention of hammertoe exacerbation involves wearing properly fitted shoes that leave a gap of at least half an inch between the longest of your toes and the top of the shoe and avoiding wearing high heels.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the pain and inflammation associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists from 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.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 21, 2014
Category: Foot Health

ArthritisStiff ankles can you make you feel and move like Frankenstein. Whether it’s walking, running or simply trying to go about your day, they hinder you with pain, discomfort and the inability to move the way in which you want or need. The most common cause of stiff ankles is arthritis. While there are many different types of this condition, each works in a similar way: the bones and cartilage of the body become extremely swollen and inflamed. This inflammation prevents your joints from moving with ease. Those with injuries or past trauma to the ankle are prone to developing this painful problem.

While arthritis is a serious medical condition that should be professionally treated, there are exercises for stiff ankles that you can do at home to improve your flexibility and regain mobility. One such exercise you can try is ankle circles.

Relax your back into a comfortable chair that provides plenty of back support and cushioning. Slowly, raise your leg until it is straightened out before you. Then, make gentle circles with your ankle to the right. Repeat this ten times before allowing your foot to rest on the floor. Next, you’ll want to rotate your ankle to the left. After resting again, move on to the other leg.

Another exercise you can try is to simply flex your ankle and push your forefoot up against a sturdy object like a wall for ten seconds. Do ten sets of these for each leg. This helps your ankle build strength and stability, thus decreasing your chance of stiffness developing.

Do you suffer from stiff ankles? Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay are happy to provide you with more information and support. Visit us at any of our locations, in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos CA.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
November 28, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Foot Pain   Joint Pain   Inflammation  

Arthritic Foot CareSebastian Sundquist is one of only around 24,000 children under the age of 18 living in Canada who suffer from arthritis. Sebastian has been an arthritic patient since he was just four years old, although his parents didn’t believe him when he first started feeling symptoms.

When his joints got so painful that he needed help getting out of bed in the morning, they took him to the doctor, who informed them that he had arthritis. That was eight years ago, and now Sebastian is on medicine that makes his condition much more manageable. He participates in activities like martial arts and swimming, and takes routine medicinal injections.  “I get shots every week and a blood test every month, so honestly, a few shots into the knee isn’t that bad,” he said. “When I first got them I felt like a pin cushion, but now it’s okay.”

Arthritis is a joint condition common in the lower extremities. Arthritic pain can be managed with help from a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can diagnose cases of arthritis can give you the best care possible for your condition.

Arthritic Foot Care

In our lifetimes we walk 75,000 miles, putting a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints in our feet. As we age, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if you add arthritis to that combination, joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care becomes imperative at this point.

Start taking better care of your feet by buying better fitting shoes. Hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions form when our shoes fit poorly. Buy shoes with a lower heel and with more room in the shoe. Rheumatoid arthritis will cause you to lose your arch. Buying shoes with arch support will help, as will buying shoes that contour to your foot.

Leave a fingers width between your foot and the shoe. If your finger cannot fit inside your shoe when it is on your foot, it is too tight. Buy rubber soled shoes.

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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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A glass of wine is proven to save you from arthritis, which has shown to be big problem in the role of women’s health.  The study shows that women who drink at least three medium size glasses of wine a week are 52 percent less likely to develop arthritis.

This is great news for people who are worried about developing arthritis and dealing with foot pain due to arthritis later in life. However, if you do suffer from arthritis, there is still a good way to get the proper care by seeking the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay Dr. Stein can help you manage your arthritic foot care problems and symptoms and provide treatment options to you.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.
 

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are 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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