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One common cause and factor of foot injuries is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the heel of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. Plantar fasciitis tends to flare up during the mornings, and can be caused by a variety of factors. Ill-fitting footwear, extensive physical activity on the feet, and foot injuries can all lead to plantar fasciitis. Treatment options for the condition include icing your heel, resting your feet, changing footwear, and physical therapy.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. For assistance, talk to one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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Last month Amir Johnson of the Boston Celtics had suffered a case of plantar fasciitis, causing him to miss two practices in one weekend. Johnson had been receiving treatment for the injury for a couple of weeks. The Celtics player spent some time in a boot to be conservative and has dealt with injuries before. Brad Stevens shared, “He’s been getting (the plantar fasciitis) treated. I never know to what extent it affects each of these guys. But certainly that’s something that you just have to keep a good pulse on and treat well. A lot of these guys have little nagging things like that.”

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. For assistance, speak to one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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According to a study conducted by scientists at Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House, acupuncture is an effective treatment for heel pain. Sixty-six patients with some developed form of heel pain were used as a part of the experiment directed by researcher Xu Xuemeng and his team. The control group was compromised of participants that were given experiment drugs and the rest of the patients were given a filiform acupuncture needle treatment.

Within six months, the participants that had received acupuncture had an effectiveness rating of 97% while the effectiveness rating of the control group was just 76%. Acupuncture has been especially effective for those suffering from Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

Heel pain can become troublesome and debilitating after time. If you are suffering from heel pain, see one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.   

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                 
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change          
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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
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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sports injuriesThe stunning part of the fight between Manny Pacquiao and boxer Tim Bradley isn’t that Bradley lost; the mystery is why the beginning of the fight was a total domination by Bradley. Many are commenting that had Tim Bradley not sustained a brutal calf injury, he may have won that fight hands down.

This fight prompted many to suggest that Manny Pacquiao, long considered a legendary fighter, is losing his edge. Pacquaio is definitely not in his prime anymore.

Regardless of what people are speculating, the two boxers are set to have a third fight very soon which will most definitely settle, once and for all, who the better fighter truly is.

Playing with a sports foot or ankle injury can bring on unnecessary risks. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of The Foot Doctor of East Bay. Dr. Stein will treat your foot and ankle conditions.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

For more information about Playing Sports with Foot Injuries, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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