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By Foot Doctor of the East Bay
May 26, 2015
Category: Toenail Health
Tags: fungus  

Say goodbye to drug therapy and find out the easy way to get clearer nails from your San Leandro podiatrist.

Could unsightly toenails rob you of another summer of sandals and beach time? Don’t let toenail fungus ruin your vacation or just timeNail Fungus outside enjoying the glorious weather. Your San Leandro podiatrist is here to help get you fungus-free so you can enjoy another wonderful season.

What is GenesisPlus?

This revolutionary laser technology is FDA-cleared to increase clear nails in those with toenail fungus due to onychomycosis. This handheld laser sends heat energy through the nail to target and destroy the fungus without harming the healthy nail or surrounding skin.

Is laser toenail fungus treatment painful?

One of the nice things about getting laser treatment from your San Leandro podiatrist is that you can treat your toenail fungus effectively without needing painful or invasive treatments. While some patients may feel a warming sensation during the course of their treatment, this is typically painless and not bothersome.

How many laser treatment sessions will I need?

Usually one treatment is enough to kill the fungus completely; however, your San Leandro podiatrist might recommend a second treatment in a few months to make sure the infection has completely gone away.

Will I see results right away?

A clearer nail won’t show up immediately after treatment, but most nails will be healthier looking after about 12 weeks.

Will my fungus be gone for good?

Unfortunately, fungus is everywhere, and while this laser treatment is effective at killing the current fungal infection, you can experience a reinfection. If you are worried about developing toenail fungus again, then it’s time to talk to your San Leandro podiatrist about ways to prevent this problem from happening to you.

We are the first East Bay area podiatry practice to use this state-of-the-art laser treatment for treating toenail fungus. So if you’ve tried other treatments and they’ve been unsuccessful, don’t give up! Schedule a laser fungus treatment with your San Leandro podiatrist, Dr. Michael, with Foot Doctors of the East Bay.

By Dr. Michael Stein
October 01, 2014
Category: Toenail Health

Vitamin Nutrients for Proper Nail HealthNails can say a lot about a person. No, we’re not talking about those who like to visit the manicurist or pedicurist or use all manner of paints and glitters and extensions. Your real nails, the plates made of keratin that grow over your nail bed at a rate of about 1/10 of a millimeter per day, can indicate a lot about your health and diet. If you notice ridges or blemishes, for example, or find your nails tear or break easily, you may be suffering from a nutrient deficiency. Your whole body is connected, and nails need proper vitamins and nutrition just like everything else.

So, what are nail vitamins all about? There are a number of key nutrients used by your body to bolster your nails against tearing, chipping, cracking, and becoming brittle. Vitamins A through E, biotin, and metals like zinc, copper, and calcium all play a role. A deficit of one or several of these, along with other vitamins and minerals, could lead to brittleness, ridges, and more.

A balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is the best way to get these essential nutrients and make your nails healthy and strong again. Sounds like a trip to the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Los Gatos Town Plaza Park is in store! You can still pick up all sorts of items there throughout the fall from 9 am – 1 pm. Keep in mind that eggs, seeds, nuts, and fish provide lots of protein and healthy fats, too. Another tip? Drink lots of water—this helps flush out existing toxins so you can get the maximum nutritional benefit from the foods you eat. You might also consider selecting a good multivitamin as a dietary supplement.

If you notice more significant issues with your nails—say, a greenish or yellowish discoloration—it may indicate a serious underlying condition. If you’re having difficulty supplying your body with essential nail vitamins, or notice any other problems with your feet or toenails, call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay for an appointment. You can reach our main office by calling (510) 483-3390, or stop by and pay us a visit in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.

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A heavy door from the Millennium Falcon set fell and landed on Harrison Ford’s foot during filming for the new Star Wars movie recently. The actor’s foot ended up being broken and shooting for the film had to be rescheduled so that he could get it cared for by a doctor.


Paparazzi frequently found opportunities to photograph Ford walking around with a large cast on after the incident. However, he was recently seen with a small bandage on his foot instead of the cast, which is a sure sign the injury is healing. Disney plans to release Star Wars: Episode VII in December 2015.


Working on your feet can sometimes result in accidental or stress-induced injuries. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will treat your podiatric needs.


Working on Your Feet


Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.


Positive Changes


Negative Heeled Shoe – Choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.


Go Barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.


Eliminate Pain


Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.


Achilles Tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 


With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.


Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.


If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

By Dr. Michael Stein
July 16, 2014
Category: Toenail Health

Black toenailsTypically nail color has names like “bubble gum pink” or “lipstick red,” but when your toes take on the hue of yellowish-brown or black, that’s called nail discoloration and the causes are not pretty!

Your body works hard to heal itself. One way of doing so is by alerting you to any abnormalities or injuries it might be experiencing. This is especially true with your feet and nails. While nail discoloration may seem harmless, it could be your feet’s way of indicating a more serious underlying issue.

Yellow toenails usually are caused by fungal or bacterial infections. If you have brittle or weak nails, or suffer from diabetes, you could be especially at risk of this condition occurring. This is particularly true for those who might neglect regular feet washing as well as athletes who are prone to heavier sweating. Fungi thrive in warm, wet shoes.

Keep your nails from going yellow by wearing footwear that allows your toes and feet to breathe. Wash your feet often, and always don protective sandals when entering locker rooms and gym showers.

To return your nails to their normal hue, it’s essential to seek treatment for the underlying cause. In most cases, this means antifungal medications. For some, yellow nails are simply caused by nail polish. In these instances, you may just have to wait for the nail to return to normal on its own.

Black nailsare caused by blood pooling beneath the nail. Just as with bruises, black toenails are formed by trauma or injury to the area. From stubbed toes to soccer games, your feet are often exposed to harm. However, fungal infections can also lead to discoloration of this kind.

If you suffer from this condition, one option is to make a small incision into the nail to drain the darkening fluid, or you may opt to remove the nail completely and allow a new nail to replace it.

For more information, call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.


By Dr. Michael Stein
July 14, 2014
Category: Toenail Health

Cutera laser treatments A dream of summer, sand, and soft waves sounds like the ideal way to spend a relaxing vacation. However, there are risks of bringing home an unwanted souvenir—nail fungus.

From bayside docks, shoes sweaty from hikes, and barefoot adventures, summertime pleasures can endanger your feet. Luckily, Foot Doctor of the East Bay makes eliminating summer vacation nail fungus easy!

Preventative measures like wearing sandals by the public swimming pool and regular showers work to stop fungus from forming on your feet. However, high-risk areas and activities can still sometimes result in unwanted infections. When this occurs, it’s important to weigh the options, and pick a plan that’s right for you.

Treatments for nail fungus can include antibacterial and antifungal pills or lacquers applied directly on to the infected area. However, there is another non-invasive procedure available known as a Cutera laser.

With this procedure, the toenail is first treated with a form of acid. Next, a concentrated beam of light is directed at the infected area. This reduces discoloration and pigmentation caused by fungus, and leads to nails that are clearer and healthier in appearance. Cutera laser treatments are FDA approved to provide patients with an alternative to traditional prescription-based options.

While it is always best to consider which treatment plan is best for your body and your feet, choosing Cutera offers several benefits, including efficiency and speed. This means you can get back to enjoying your summer faster!

If you have questions regarding nail fungus treatment, call California’s Foot Doctor of the East Bay and schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Stein or Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM today. You can also visit us online or at one of our convenient locations in Pleasanton, San Leandro, or Los Gatos CA today.



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