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With his step-counting pedometer, 69-year-old Jim Palmquist tracks his daily steps in a log book. He will often favor a hike over his Toyota Highlander if he has a chance to walk the distance. “I’m really convinced that walking is one of the best things you can do for your health,” said Palmquist. “Walking is wonderful.” According to the American Heart Association, walking for 30 minutes daily can help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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
October 16, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Long Distance RunningWalking is one of the healthiest activities you can engage in, and there’s no shortage of great places to do it here in the Bay Area. San Francisco and Oakland are two of the most walkable cities in the country, and the East Bay area features plenty of gorgeous trails—for example, the Alameda Creek Region Trail, which follows the stream 12 miles from the mouth of Niles Canyon to the bay.

However, putting that many miles on your feet can be painful and even damaging if you aren’t prepared. Whether you’re looking to add long-distance walking to your regular recreational routine, or whether you’re moving downtown or taking an urban vacation (say to New York or Chicago) and dread pounding all that pavement, follow these tips. Your soles will thank you.

First, you need your shoes to be up to the task. Get a properly fitting pair with lots of room at the toe—at least the width of a thumb between your longest digit and the front of the shoe. Make sure they’re appropriately cushioned and comfortable to wear—shoes should never need to be broken in, but comfortable from the moment you put them on your feet.

Socks are important, too. The best ones will be relatively thin and made from a modern, moisture-wicking microfiber. Thick cotton socks may be comfy at first, but over time can trap moisture or rub uncomfortably against your skin.

If you have any existing foot deformities (bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, etc.), chronic foot pain, or biomechanical issues, long-distance walking can really beat up on your soles. A custom-made orthotic from Foot Doctor of the East Bay can provide the support, stability, and cushioning your arches and ankles need to accommodate the stress of higher mileages.

Along with plenty of water and energizing snacks, you might also consider bringing some moleskin pads for the journey. You may not need them, but if you suffer a blister with 5 miles left to go, you’ll be glad you have them.

For more walking, hiking, running, and exercise tips, follow our blog and check out our free patient library. To schedule an appointment at one of our three area offices, give Dr. Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM a ring at (510) 483-3390.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 04, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Walking   Diabetes   heel fissures   injuries   blister  

HikingLeaning against an oak tree, you watch a largemouth bass leap into the air and grab an insect hovering over the water. It’s the perfect day for some fishing, a swim, or a brisk walk around Lake Chabot at Anthony Chabot Regional Park in San Leandro. In fact, walking and diabetes are a great pair.

First of all, walking is free, requires no instruction manual, and can be done anywhere. It’s so easy to open your front door, walk outside, and get some fresh air. You never know what you’ll see. In the Anthony Chabot Park, there have even been sightings of bald eagle nesting pairs!

The simple exercise of walking has also been known to lower blood sugar levels, which may help you manage and stabilize them better. After all, it is spikes in blood sugar that cause dangerous nerve damage in the feet. Symptoms like numbness and tingling—signs of neuropathy—may keep you from noticing pain from a puncture wound, sliver, blister, or more serious problems.

Walking is a low-impact activity too, which means the risk of injuries like broken ankles, heel fissures, and calluses, is lower. Poor circulation in the feet can slow down healing and lead to serious health complications like open wounds, foot ulcers, and Charcot foot. A small hike each day can help get that blood flowing, and help you lose weight that’s putting too much pressure on your lower limbs as well.

Before you head out, though, make sure you wear a comfortable pair of socks and shoes that won’t pinch, rub, or squeeze your feet during the walk. A small snack is a good idea too, to help keep your glucose levels in check.

Walking and diabetes are a good match for each other. If you’re just starting out, consult Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, at Foot Doctor of the East Bay for a foot exam before your exercise regimen begins. Call our San Leandro, CA office at (510) 483-3390, our Pleasanton, CA location at (925) 425-9684, or our Los Gatos, CA office at (408) 356-6767.

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Podiatry BiomechanicsMike Wisham of Birmingham, Alabama, lived a pretty normal life, until he lost both of his legs to ulcers at age 32. He attempted to try prosthetics, but they didn’t offer suitable flexibility in the ankle region.

This problem was fixed when Wisham was outfitted with a new type of prosthetic that contains a microchip in the foot, called the Elan. With the Elan he is able to walk more fluidly, without the fear of stepping wrong or falling.“I want folks to know the technology is out there,” said Wisham of his new feet. “That will allow them to carry on with life."

Knowing how your feet and ankles are meant to work can be a big asset to maintaining your health. If you have any questions about biomechanics, a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of the East Bay can assess your feet and advise you on the best way to care for them.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics helps improve and eliminate pain.

To learn more about Biomechanics in Podiatry, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in San Leandro, CA, Pleasanton, CA, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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A customer shops for athletic shoes at a Nike store.Selecting the right pair of shoes to work out in is important in order to maintain your foot health and maximize your results. According to research, poorly sized footwear can lead to adverse conditions. “Symptoms include pain along the inner border of the shin bone of aches and stiffness” said Hilda Scott of ITech Post, “In severe cases, muscle tightness, swelling, redness and lumps may occur in the area of pain”. When shopping for the right exercise shoes in the future, select shoes with the ample wiggle room, arch support and shock absorption. Shoes should have approximately 3/8 to 1/2 inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Wearing properly fitted exercise shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How to Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

· Make sure your toes are not cramped
· Be able to wiggle your toes
· There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

· foot pain
· knee pain
· blisters
· swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently. The size you wear with one company may not be the same as the size you wear with another.

The biggest concern in buying shoes is comfort. If a shoe does not fit in the store, it will not fit at home either. Comfort should be the ultimate goal when purchasing a pair of shoes.

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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