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When Stefan Pressley cashed in his earnings from working at a junkyard all summer, the original plan was to purchase a new car. Instead, the high school senior bought running shoes for his cross country team. The cross country captain purchased five pairs that totaled to an amount of $540 at running specialty store Running Wild. “My team is my family, and I want them to have the best season,” Pressley shared. “This is my last year, so I want them to remember the example I’ve set when I leave.”  

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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 Michael Stein, DPM
December 05, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: diet   stretching   foot cramps  

Bay Area residents and visitors know a little bit about cramped conditions—the metro area is the nation’s fifth-largest, and San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city in the United States (trailing only New York). While running elbow to elbow with tourists through Chinatown might be merely tolerable, one place you really don’t want to feel cramped is in your feet.

Foot cramps are the result of involuntary muscle spasms. They can strike at any time, usually quite suddenly, and often last for a few minutes. Even if they only last a few seconds, though, the pain can be quite intense. Here are some simple tips you can use to get rid of foot cramps:

  • Gentle massage and heat therapy can ease discomfort by relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow, which allows more nutrients to reach the muscles.
  • Gently stretching feet and toes when the pain strikes can help relax muscles more quickly and build up resistance to cramps by improving flexibility and strengthening muscles.
  • Drink lots of water. Dehydration is a major contributing factor for many types of cramps, including foot cramps.
  • Eat a balanced diet and, as long as your doctor gives you the okay, try taking regular nutritional supplements. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D and E, calcium, potassium, and others are frequently present in those who deal with regular cramping.
  • Check your shoes. Ill-fitting or improper footwear adds stress to muscles and may make them more susceptible to spasms.
  • Some people report that wearing toe stretchers (which improve flexibility in the muscles and ligaments of the forefoot) for an hour or so per day reduces the frequency of cramping.

Foot cramps are no fun, especially for those whose spasms are especially frequent, painful, or long-lasting. When home treatments aren’t enough, see the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay by calling (510) 483-3390. Trust Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, to help you get rid of foot cramps.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 11, 2014
Category: Foot Health

With San Leandro’s Downtown Farmers’ Market, you can take care of your feet and your local farmers at the same time! Every Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM, you can peruse the vendors for fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, and gourmet foods to gather a diet for your feet and support the community. This feast will provide vital nutrients, like calcium to help prevent osteoporosis, and low-calorie foods to prevent obesity.

Bone loss, stress fractures, and broken bones can result from osteoporosis in the feet. Calcium is a vital nutrient to prevent this progressive disease. When you’re young and still growing, you should make it a priority to consume calcium—it will keep osteoporosis from appearing when you’re older. Yogurt, cheese, milk, leafy green vegetables, sardines, broccoli, and collard greens can all keep your bones strong.

Obesity puts a lot of weight on the joints in your feet. People who are overweight have a higher chance of getting arthritic conditions, just because of the excess joint pressure. That includes gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Regular exercise—like walking, hiking, swimming, cycling, and jogging—will help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent bone loss.

Participate in civic-minded engagement and help your feet at the same time. Shop at local farmers’ markets and organic storefronts, and invest in a great diet for your feet. If you need treatment options for a foot condition, call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM at (510) 483-3390. Foot Doctor of the East Bay is also on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 06, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: wounds   calluses   blisters   fitness   feet  

Speed walkingCrossFit, Zumba, and barre: You might hear the names of these trendy workouts being tossed around amongst your friends. Meanwhile, you’re having a hard enough time just trying to work out at all. It’s OK. You don’t have to always try the newest craze to get in shape. You can find motivation for fitness and your feet by starting small and going your own way.

Begin your program by ditching the guilt and shame! Don’t compare yourself to others or be too self-conscious. If you try to push your limits with a high-impact exercise just to conform, you risk very serious injuries like ankle sprains and stress fractures. If you feel pain during any activity, stop immediately.

Also, make sure you get quality shoes. The extra cushioning will help absorb some of the impact you put on your feet and joints. Extra support will also correct any imbalances you may have in the way you walk or run. The socks you wear should be moisture-wicking and friction-free. Stay away from cotton.

After your run, walk, or go to yoga class, check your feet for cuts, blisters, calluses, or sores. If you have any wounds that won’t heal, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Michael Stein. He specializes in wound care and can give you the best treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention plan to heal your sore.

Reward yourself for milestones by treating yourself to a pedicure, a new pair of running shorts, a fitness tracker like a pedometer, or a fancy nutrition and weight loss smart phone app.

You can start a plan for fitness and your feet right now! Call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, at Foot Doctor of the East Bay: dial (925) 425-9684 for our Pleasanton, CA office, (408) 356-6767 for Los Gatos, CA, and (510) 483-3390 for San Leandro, CA.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 31, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: tips   foot odor   odor   soap  

SmellyWhen you take off your socks and shoes, do your houseplants instantly wilt, your pets run from the room, and your guests plug their noses, or worse, get up and leave? You’ve got a problem, my friend. Smelly feet can be embarrassing, not to mention unpleasant, for you and everyone around you! However, it can also be helped. Here’s how to eliminate room-clearing foot odor:

First of all, understand that you’re not alone. Our feet have more sweat glands than anywhere else on our bodies. When perspiration gets together with bacteria on your skin, it emits a foul odor. Medical conditions, aging, and hormonal changes like those in teenagers and pregnant women are known contributing factors. So what can you do about it?

Wear socks and shoes made of moisture-wicking, breathable materials, and go barefoot at home to let your feet air out. Never wear the same footwear two days in a row. Alternating your shoes allows time for them to dry. Also, deodorant isn’t just for pits anymore! After you hit those underarms, try applying it to your feet as well to ward off excessive perspiration. Make sure to keep feet clean and dry too by washing with antibacterial soap, and toweling them off thoroughly afterward—and don’t forget between the toes. Dusting your feet with powder can help keep them stay fresh and dry as well.

With your foot odor under control, your guests are more likely to stick around. So stop those feet from smelling up the place. Get more tips from Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, at
Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Visit us online, or in Los Gatos, Pleasanton, or San Leandro, CA.

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