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Podiatrists from Mississauga, ON suggest that wearing orthotics will help realign the foot so that patients with calluses may see a reduction. Calluses are known as dead skin on their feet that build up in thick masses typically on the heels and balls of the feet. Over time the buildup of dead skin becomes uncomfortable and more difficult to take care of. Calluses have even been known to cause so much pain that victims even have a hard time walking or standing when they are not treated properly. With the help of custom orthotics, the pressure on the foot can be shifted and supported to prevent the amount of calluses that develop on the soles of the feet.

Foot orthotics are useful in treating a myriad of conditions. If you are interested in using orthotics, speak to one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine what type of care would best suit your needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are usually molded to your feet individually, which allow them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics.

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
August 20, 2014
Category: Foot Care

ShoesGrab your best picnic blanket and pack up the lawn chairs. Hits from the 1950s to the 1980s will be filling downtown Pleasanton as the group Magic Moments makes it way to perform at this week’s Concert in the Park on Friday, August 22 from 7 to 8:30 PM at Lions Wayside Park. Don’t forget to wear your best shoes for bunions, either, because your toes are sure to be tapping!

All that standing in line for autographs is sure to put pressure on your foot deformity. Make sure you have a wide and deep toe box that won’t rub on that bump on the side of your foot. The shoes should also be cushioned to absorb shock and prevent pressure from concentrating in that area of your foot. A pair of custom orthotics from Foot Doctor of the East Bay could help relieve pressure on the joint and correct any imbalance.

Avoid shoes that are too small for you. A shoe that doesn’t fit will only make your problem worse. Heels higher than two inches and pointy shoes should be left in the closet for this type of event. If you’re hesitant about purchasing a new pair of shoes, we can help. We’d be happy to provide you with a list of shoe stores that modify the shoes you already have to accommodate your condition.

For further protection, there are patches you can place over the bunion to prevent calluses and corns. Bunion pads will provide some extra cushion for your toe joint. Now that’s something that will make you put your hands—or feet—together!

With the right shoes for bunions, you’ll have no problems when you just have to get out of your seat and dance! Foot Doctor of the East Bay can be reached in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767, and Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684 to help you with bunion treatment and prevention.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 18, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

BunionGetting around in San Francisco for the weekend can be a pain if you hit a bad traffic jam, and we haven’t even mentioned parking. The answer? A ride on the historic cable cars offers a great way to get around the city, while keeping your commute from getting any worse. In the case of your feet, if a bunion that has started and you want to keep it from getting any worse, use this helpful information on bunion treatment to slow the progression of your symptoms.

For starters, icing and elevating is a good way to relieve pain and begin your treatment plan. You can also apply patches over the area to make sure your shoes don’t rub on it. The main way to prevent the progression, though, is to invest in good footwear.

As far as shoes go, we have you covered. We can help you make good shoe choices by recommending which styles to buy. Sometimes, we’ll even recommend a shoe repair shop that can help you modify your existing shoes to accommodate that bump on the side of your foot. This usually involves stretching the shoe’s toe box to give you more room. 

If shoe style alone doesn’t fix your problem, our office specializes in making custom orthotics that will match the exact shape of your foot. The structure, which is inserted into your shoe, is meant to redistribute the extra weight you’re placing on your toe joint. This will help relieve pressure and pain, and slow the deformity’s progression.

Bunion treatment, when applied in the deformity’s early stages, will help you avoid a rush hour to the doctor when your pain is just too unbearable. You can call Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684, and Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 13, 2014
Category: Footwear
Tags: Orthotics   Footwear  

Orthotics need to replaced when they're worn outEverything these days has an expiration date. From replacing your makeup and getting an oil change, to that spoiled milk in the refrigerator—even shoe inserts and orthotics need to be replaced after a certain time. So what exactly is the lifespan of an orthotic?

You'd think that with today's advanced technology, shoes would be made to provide your feet with adequate support. This isn't the case. Each individual has a unique foot structure for which a generic shoe cannot provide proper support. This is why we recommend custom orthotics for reducing and eliminating excessive stress and pressure.

Okay, podiatric-prescribed inserts are not as cost effective as over-the-counter versions, but you get what you pay for! Custom orthotics may cost more, but they are specially molded to fit your unique feet and work to correct your foot or ankle abnormalities or deformities—something store bought inserts don’t do. When you receive your custom inserts, you'll need to break them in for one to two weeks. You may feel some discomfort as you're getting used to them.

They will last for several years when cared for properly. When it comes to having to replace orthotics, there are a few things to keep in mind. Have you had your feet checked recently by your podiatrist? Has your foot pain gotten worse or has it gradually made its way back into your life?  

Take the stress off of your lower extremities with custom orthotics. Come in to the Foot Doctor of the East Bay in California today! Our orthotics can help with such conditions as bursitis, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot ulcers, tendonitis, and general foot and ankle discomfort. Give us a call, schedule your appointment online, or visit us in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. Whether you need to replace your orthotics, or you need new ones, we can help.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 10, 2014
Category: Footwear
Tags: Orthotics   Footwear  

Custom Orthotics help your Feet more than Over-the-Counter Orthotics.Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the main event in the category of custom orthotics, here in San Leandro, California! Presiding over this match we have the referees, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM. Our first contender, from the red corner, hailing all the way from superstores near you and claiming all-day comfort for working feet, please welcome over-the-counter insert. His opponent in the blue corner, with professional experience and proven long term results, the foot and ankle care knockout, the expert in custom orthotics and provider of exceptional products and services, The Foot Doctor of the East Bay custom orthotic! Who will win this epic showdown? You be the judge!

Ding! Ding! Ding! Round one! Over-the-counter inserts can be helpful for a variety of foot and ankle conditions. They will provide you with comfort, cushion your feet, and support your arches, but they will not correct any biomechanical foot problems or cure your condition. The most common types of shoe inserts are: arch supports, insoles, heel liners, and foot cushions.

Prescription custom orthotics, on the other hand, are constructed from the mold of your unique foot shape— crafted for your feet and your feet alone.  They are specially made devices that work to correct your foot or ankle abnormalities or deformities. They provide your limbs with accurate support and cushioning, while correctly distributing your weight. Clinical research has proven that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function unmatched by their convenience store counterparts.

Our expert staff will evaluate your feet and ankles and develop an orthotic that accommodates your needs. Our orthotics help the following: plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and general foot and ankle discomfort. For more information on how an orthotic could serve you and your condition, contact our office today! With three locations to serve you in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA, we can be reached by phone or online! 



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