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By Dr. Michael Stein
October 29, 2014
Category: Bunions

Poor Bunion SurgeryIf you’ve lived in the Bay Area for a while, you might remember the following incident: five years ago, on October 27, 2009, the Bay Bridge was closed after a crossbeam that had been repaired only a few months previously broke off, taking a few rods with it. Fortunately no one was hurt, but having the busiest bridge in California shut down for almost a week was a severe headache for commuters, and a reminder that, sometimes, repair jobs don’t quite go as planned.

Repair jobs on your body also come with risks. Even though the experts work hard to give you the best possible care, no surgical operation can be 100 percent guaranteed, including bunion surgery. That’s why it’s important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully and keep a close eye on your foot as it heals.

Potential risks of bunion surgery include, among others, continued pain, nerve damage, infection, severe stiffness, arthritis in the joint of the big toe, hallux varus (a condition where the big toe drifts away from the other digits, rather than toward), and recurrence of the bunion. Following all post-operative instructions, including staying off the foot until your doctor gives you the go-ahead, remembering to use your orthotics, and avoiding ill-fitting footwear will help minimize the risks, but unfortunately there’s no way to guarantee that nothing will go wrong.

Before we scare you: bunion surgery is generally highly successful, with a large majority of patients being satisfied with the results and experiencing no complications. However, if you do experience complications from a surgical procedure—regardless of where you received the original operation, or who performed it—call Foot Doctor of the East Bay right away. Some complications—hallux varus, for example—may not require another surgery if the problem is identified early enough. Even if another operation is necessary, however, earlier diagnosis often yields a better prognosis.

If you do need a little extra repair work, give us a call—we strive to offer the best possible care, and while no procedure can ever be fully guaranteed, no one in the Bay Area is better prepared and better equipped to do the job right and fully inform you of all the risks. Give us a call at (510) 483-3390 and see what we can do for you.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
October 29, 2014
Category: Bunions

Relieve Bunion Pain at HomeWe get it—your life is busy. Here in the Bay Area, there’s so much to see: take in a show at San Jose’s City National Civic, bring the kids to the San Francisco Zoo, explore the great walking and hiking trails in Oakland’s East Bay Regional Park District. Although you should visit us whenever you have serious concerns about your feet and ankles, you may not have time to stop in every time your bunion pain flares up. Fortunately, there are a number of simple remedies you can use to relieve bunion pain at home.

The first measure may be the easiest - wear better shoes. Wide, flexible soles and stiff heel counters are best, as they keep your foot in place and provide ample room for the bump. Avoid high heels - the higher the heel, the more pressure on the bunion.

In terms of physical accommodations, a little padding on the bump defends against friction. Try a moleskin or gel-filled pad. Splints might be tough to deal with during the day, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use one at night while you sleep. When you need quick relief, a little ice or massage often works wonders. If your doctor approves anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, you could try those too.

Then there’s physical therapy—toe stretches are a great way to reduce tightness and pain, increase flexibility, and strengthen weakened muscles, all of which help keep you mobile and can help prevent the deformity from getting worse. Some of our favorites:

  • Press your toes against a wall to stretch them; do three or four sets of 10 seconds each, then flex your toes the other way and repeat.
  • Wrap a towel or resistance band around your toes and pull on the band while pushing forward with your toes.
  • Roll a golf ball under your foot for a few minutes to massage your sole and fight cramping.
  • Use your toes to grip objects. Place a number of small objects on the floor, pick them up, and place them in a bowl. Alternatively, you can grasp a small towel with your feet and pull it back and forth.

To learn more about bunion care or to schedule an appointment with the Bay Area’s leading bunion experts, call Foot Doctor of the East Bay at (510) 483-3390. Our three convenient offices serve the entire region with the highest quality foot and ankle care.

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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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