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By Dr. Michael Stein
November 28, 2014
Category: Footwear

Protect children's feet with proper bootsHere in the Bay Area we’re blessed with extremely mild temperatures year round. That said, if you want to protect your little one’s feet on chilly, rainy days, you’ll need to invest in a good pair of boots. Now that the winter sports season has officially begun, if you’re looking to make a day or weekend trip with the family out to Bear Valley, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood, or Squaw Valley, you’ll need to invest in a good pair of winter boots. Keep some things in mind when fitting boots on your child.

First, sizing. Boot sizes usually don’t precisely match sizes on your everyday sneakers—particularly winter boots, which feature a thick liner and often have to fit over heavy socks (or an extra pair). When fitting boots in the store, make sure your child is wearing the same kind of socks she might wear up in the mountains on a frigid day. It can also be helpful to remove the liner first and make sure that fits. Once the liner is on, put the boot back on over it (with your little one’s feet still inside) and have your child walk around. The fit should be comfortable, but firm enough that the boot doesn’t slide around. Often, the right fit will be around a size larger than your child’s regular shoes.

You want the entire boot to be fully waterproof and weatherproof to shut out snow, rain, moisture, and cold temperatures. Rubber soles and a tall upper made of a fully weatherproof material is a must. Make sure the soles have plenty of grooves, too—especially for little ones still unsure of their gait. Plenty of traction is mandatory for slippery conditions.

Boots are heavier and bulkier to get on and off than regular shoes, so if your child is still having trouble putting on shoes by himself, or need you to do it for him, you want to pick a style that gets on and off easily. Boots that can open wide and then close via Velcro strap, flap, or zipper will be much easier to pull onto a small, squirmy foot.

If you have any questions or concerns about your little one’s foot health or footwear, call (510) 483-3390 and have the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay take a look at your child’s feet. We want you and your whole family looking and feeling great this winter—wherever that winter takes you.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
September 24, 2014
Category: Footwear

Right Shoes for Heel PainWhether you’re a runner, dancer, parent, or just frequently need to walk or stand, nothing stops you in your tracks like heel pain. That’s doubly problematic if you live in our neighborhood: San Francisco and Oakland have been named among the most walkable cities in the United States. If you want to take advantage of the world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment available in the Bay Area (not to mention great hiking and recreation spots surrounding it), you need your feet in top shape. Often, that starts with finding the right shoes for heel pain.

In general, you want to be looking for comfortable, well-fitting shoes with proper arch support, plenty of cushioning, and rigid sides and soles that resist twisting and folding. For more specific tips, read on.

Let’s say your eyes happen upon the most beautiful pair of shoes you’ve ever seen. It must be meant to be! You try them on, but they don’t quite feel right. Don’t buy them! No matter how much a particular style or brand appeals to your sense of fashion, if you have to “break it in” first, it doesn’t fit, probably won’t ever fit, and could damage your feet.

High heels are murder on your feet: regular use can lead to a whole host of foot problems, from corns and bunions to ankle instability and plantar fasciitis. But if you must wear them, lower, chunkier heels (2 inches or less) and roomier toe boxes are better (or at least not as bad).

A normal arch can accommodate just about anything off the rack (lucky!), but high arches will need extra cushioning and a softer platform, while flat arches generally require some custom inserts.

Take advantage of specialized shoes for specialized activities. You’re a runner? Invest in some good running shoes. You play basketball? Look for good basketball shoes, and so on.

For more tips on selecting shoes for heel pain, keep up with our blog posts and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. To set up an appointment with experts Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DMP at Foot Doctor of the East Bay, stop by one of our three convenient East Bay locations, or call (510) 483-3390 for San Leandro, (925) 425-9684 for Pleasanton, or (408) 356-6767 for Los Gatos.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 13, 2014
Category: Footwear
Tags: Orthotics   Footwear  

Orthotics need to replaced when they're worn outEverything these days has an expiration date. From replacing your makeup and getting an oil change, to that spoiled milk in the refrigerator—even shoe inserts and orthotics need to be replaced after a certain time. So what exactly is the lifespan of an orthotic?

You'd think that with today's advanced technology, shoes would be made to provide your feet with adequate support. This isn't the case. Each individual has a unique foot structure for which a generic shoe cannot provide proper support. This is why we recommend custom orthotics for reducing and eliminating excessive stress and pressure.

Okay, podiatric-prescribed inserts are not as cost effective as over-the-counter versions, but you get what you pay for! Custom orthotics may cost more, but they are specially molded to fit your unique feet and work to correct your foot or ankle abnormalities or deformities—something store bought inserts don’t do. When you receive your custom inserts, you'll need to break them in for one to two weeks. You may feel some discomfort as you're getting used to them.

They will last for several years when cared for properly. When it comes to having to replace orthotics, there are a few things to keep in mind. Have you had your feet checked recently by your podiatrist? Has your foot pain gotten worse or has it gradually made its way back into your life?  

Take the stress off of your lower extremities with custom orthotics. Come in to the Foot Doctor of the East Bay in California today! Our orthotics can help with such conditions as bursitis, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot ulcers, tendonitis, and general foot and ankle discomfort. Give us a call, schedule your appointment online, or visit us in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. Whether you need to replace your orthotics, or you need new ones, we can help.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 10, 2014
Category: Footwear
Tags: Orthotics   Footwear  

Custom Orthotics help your Feet more than Over-the-Counter Orthotics.Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the main event in the category of custom orthotics, here in San Leandro, California! Presiding over this match we have the referees, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM. Our first contender, from the red corner, hailing all the way from superstores near you and claiming all-day comfort for working feet, please welcome over-the-counter insert. His opponent in the blue corner, with professional experience and proven long term results, the foot and ankle care knockout, the expert in custom orthotics and provider of exceptional products and services, The Foot Doctor of the East Bay custom orthotic! Who will win this epic showdown? You be the judge!

Ding! Ding! Ding! Round one! Over-the-counter inserts can be helpful for a variety of foot and ankle conditions. They will provide you with comfort, cushion your feet, and support your arches, but they will not correct any biomechanical foot problems or cure your condition. The most common types of shoe inserts are: arch supports, insoles, heel liners, and foot cushions.

Prescription custom orthotics, on the other hand, are constructed from the mold of your unique foot shape— crafted for your feet and your feet alone.  They are specially made devices that work to correct your foot or ankle abnormalities or deformities. They provide your limbs with accurate support and cushioning, while correctly distributing your weight. Clinical research has proven that podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function unmatched by their convenience store counterparts.

Our expert staff will evaluate your feet and ankles and develop an orthotic that accommodates your needs. Our orthotics help the following: plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and general foot and ankle discomfort. For more information on how an orthotic could serve you and your condition, contact our office today! With three locations to serve you in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA, we can be reached by phone or online! 



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