Podiatrist in San Leandro, CA
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By Dr. Michael Stein
April 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shock Wave Therapy  

For patients that suffer from chronic plantar fasciitis and other foot issues that have exhausted conventional treatments, shockwave therapy is a non-invasive and clinically proven option. To learn if shockwave therapy is right for you, make an appointment at the Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA. Dr. Michael Stein and his committed team of medical professionals believe in offering personalized and comprehensive care to anyone with foot or ankle issues.

What is Shockwave Therapy?

During shockwave therapy, a specialized medical device utilizes a slight shockwave to stimulate blood flow and encourage healing in your heel or elsewhere on your foot. One of the many benefits of shockwave therapy is that it is non-invasive, meaning that there is no cutting of the skin or insertion of a medical device into your body. By stimulating the blood flow in your foot, shockwave therapy relies on your body's natural biological responses to spur tissue regeneration. Typically, patients see results within 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with typical outcomes being reduced pain and inflammation. Prior to recommending shockwave therapy, the team at the Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA will take the time to learn your timeline with plantar fasciitis, past treatments tried, and your lifestyle goals so that we can recommend the right treatment for your needs.

What Happens During Shockwave Treatment?

With shockwave therapy, you do not need to stay overnight in a hospital or medical facility after treatment and can return home the same day. Prior to the procedure, we'll ask that you avoid taking anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen at least five days before the shockwave treatment. During the procedure, you'll lie flat on your stomach with your legs supported by pillows to ensure your comfort. Next, we'll apply ultrasound gel to the heel area of the impacted foot and then the shockwave will be administered via a handheld machine. You can expect to feel some slight discomfort during the procedure, but it should not be painful or overly uncomfortable. Each treatment takes about 10 to 20 minutes. To ensure appropriate recovery, you'll need to rest and elevate the foot for one to two days, along with avoiding strenuous activities for the first few days.  

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein, give the Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA a call at (510) 483-3390.

By Dr. Michael Stein
March 08, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Doctor   Podiatrist  

When your feet are bothering you, it can lead to serious consequences if not treated promptly. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified and experienced at treating foot problems. Your feet are the main support for your body when standing, running, or walking. Keeping your feet optimally healthy is vitally important. Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad from Foot Doctor of the East Bay, our podiatrists in San Leandro, CA are specialist foot doctors. A second office is located in San Leandro, CA.

What are some common issues of the foot that should be treated immediately?

The foot and ankle complex is just that - quite complex. Below is a list of some common issues that a podiatrist can diagnose and treat. These are all conditions that require prompt attention to prevent them from progressing.

  • Bunions: These are caused by a dislocation of the big toe joint and can cause a protrusion on the inside of your foot where the big toe joins the rest of the foot. If not promptly addressed, they will progress and surgical intervention may be needed.
  • Hammertoes: Hammertoes occur when the toes have bent unnaturally, and can also lead to rearing surgery to fix them if not treated immediately.
  • Ingrown toenails: Usually, this one is an easy fix! Proper attention to your feet and footwear can usually adequately treat this condition.
  • Neuropathy: Neuropathy occurs when there is damage to nerves and circulatory vessels leading to the foot and can cause significant pain or numbness of the foot. Neuropathy is commonly associated with diabetes and is a condition that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. In very severe cases, it can lead to a need for amputation of the foot.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: This is an inflammation of the plantar fascia that runs along the sole of your foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that provides significant support to the feet and when it is damaged and not functioning properly, significant pain can develop.
  • Trauma to the foot or ankle: If you sprain your ankle, drop something on your foot, or have an injury to the foot as a result of another type of accident, consulting with a podiatrist (foot doctor) in San Leandro, CA is warranted.
  • Plantar warts: These are caused by viruses that infect the skin of the foot. They may go away on their own, but you should see a podiatrist to accurately diagnose this condition and determine the best path forward for the treatment of warts.

Schedule a consultation with us

If you have pain in your feet that does not resolve on its own after a few days, make an appointment with Dr. Stein or Dr. Ahmad from Foot Doctor of the East Bay by calling (510) 483-3390. Our foot doctors, both podiatrists in San Leandro, CA, are experienced and skilled at treating the conditions listed above, and more.

By Dr. Michael Stein
January 20, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

When it comes to seeking diabetic foot care, time is often of the essence.

If you are living with diabetes then chances are good that you know that you’re at risk for certain foot complications including ulcers and infections. The good news is that our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad specialize in diabetic foot care, so you always have an expert to turn to when problems arise.

What types of complications can arise from diabetes?

Diabetes can impact various systems and areas of the body, particularly the feet. In fact, your feet can provide warning signs to those with diabetes. Those with diabetes are more at risk for,

  • Nerve damage in the feet (this causes a loss of sensation)
  • Ulcers and sores
  • Infections
  • Amputation

It’s important that you are properly controlling your diabetes through insulin medication and a healthy lifestyle. If your diabetes isn’t properly controlled this is more likely to cause complications.

How often should I visit the podiatrist?

Even if you aren’t experiencing foot problems, you should still turn to our San Leandro, CA, podiatrists for a comprehensive checkup at least twice a year. Talk with our team to find out just how often you should come in for routine checkups. Of course, if you need to have your toenails trimmed or you are experiencing symptoms, you should also turn to us right away.

What are diabetic ulcers?

Ulcers are a common complication of diabetes and may result from a simple cut or injury to the foot. Injuries are often slower to heal when you have diabetes. Unfortunately, ulcers can also lead to some very serious complications and even amputation if left untreated, so it’s important to turn to our podiatrist immediately for ulcer treatment. The sooner the ulcer is treated the better.

Do I need specialty footwear?

Did you know that some shoes and socks are specially designed for diabetic feet? That’s because individuals with diabetes should never walk around barefoot, even in their own homes. Wearing shoes and socks can prevent foot injuries and keep feet safe. Our podiatrists can also craft custom orthotics to provide additional support and cushioning for your feet.

If you are dealing with diabetic complications or you require expert foot care, call our San Leandro, CA, podiatric team right away at (510) 483-3390 to get the immediate treatment and care you need.

By Dr. Michael Stein
November 22, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Dealing with toenail fungus can be an embarrassing issue to struggle with. You may feel awkward taking your shoes off at a friend’s house or wearing sandals during the summer. You may also not be sure how to remedy your issue and feel comfortable again. Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA, can help combat your toenail fungus with laser toenail fungus treatment.

Get Rid of Toenail Fungus with Professional Treatment!

There are numerous treatment options for toenail fungus that have been around for years and have varied results. Some people report that topical creams and oral medications can help, while others notice that the issue gets worse with no ending. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, there’s a more efficient way to tackle toenail fungus. Laser toenail fungus treatment from your podiatrists in San Leandro, CA, can effectively target toenail fungus and is a totally safe way to get rid of yellow, crumbly nails.

This treatment uses a laser to penetrate through the nail to the real issue at hand, the fungus. A typical treatment session only lasts about 30 minutes and you’ll be able to leave after and get back to your daily life immediately. There are no side effects reported with this form of treatment and you’ll be able to leave feeling even better than you did when you first came in. The amount of sessions needed depends on the severity of your condition and the sooner you start treatment, the easier it will be to treat.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

Get rid of your toenail fungus with ease today! Contact Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA, to learn more about laser toenail fungus treatment! Call to schedule an appointment today at (510) 483-3390.

By Dr. Michael Stein
September 14, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Doctor  

If you experience foot or ankle discomfort, it may be time to see a foot doctor, also known as a podiatrist. The foot doctors at Foot Doctor of East Bay, Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad, have an office located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA, and are ready to help diagnose and offer treatment today.

Foot Doctors are Foot and Ankle Experts

You may suffer from foot and ankle problems because of a chronic medical condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or diabetes. However, it may just be everyday situations causing your foot and ankle pain like poorly fitted shoes or injury. When you see a foot doctor, you are more likely to receive a faster diagnosis and treatment recommendation because they are the experts. They diagnose and treat foot, ankle, and lower leg illnesses while also performing surgery.

There are many conditions faced by patients that foot doctors, like Dr. Stein and Dr. Ahmad, can help treat today.

You Want to Be a Runner

As a runner, you are especially prone to injury, aches, and pains. A foot doctor can assess your body and feet to identify any potential problems with running and recommend ways to prevent damage. They can also recommend the best running shoe for you.

You Have Pain in your Ankle or Foot

Arthritis is widespread and may be the cause, but it is best to see a foot doctor to be sure. Also, if your joints are swollen, stiff, or red, you want to see a foot doctor to ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment.

You Have Diabetes

Those who have diabetes are more prone to foot problems due to decreased blood circulation. Foot issues facing people with diabetes can include dry skin, numbness, and even severe infections. If you have diabetes, you should have an annual foot exam from a foot doctor to decrease your risk for amputation or other issues.

You Are Experiencing Heel Pain with Walking

There are many causes of heel pain, and they include:

  • a bony growth on the heel, also known as heel spur
  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis or tendon rupture
  • osteomyelitis, or bone infection
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • stress fracture

If you suffer from persistent heel pain, a foot doctor can perform an exam or take an X-ray to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan.

Other Reasons to See Your Local Foot Doctor

A foot doctor can treat many ailments, and they include:

  • Ingrown toenail
  • Sprain, strain, or broken bone
  • Bunions, corns, or callus
  • Athlete's foot

It is best not to wait to see a foot doctor when you're experiencing any issues or symptoms when it comes to your feet. The proper diagnosis and care plan in the early phase can easily prevent a significant problem down the road. Please call Foot Doctor of the East Bay, located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA, for an appointment with Dr. Stein or Dr. Ahmad, at (510) 483-3390 for San Leandro, CA, (925) 425-9684 for the Pleasanton, CA, office, and (408) 356-6767 for Los Gatos, CA.

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