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By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
December 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

On the surface, problems with your feet may seem like just that: problems with your feet. However, conditions like flat feet can affect other flat feetparts of your body as well, causing issues with the back, legs, or knees. Unfortunately, many people do not even know they have flat feet, much less seek treatment for it. Find out more about flatfeet and its treatments with Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad in San Leandro, CA.

Do I have flat feet?
Many patients who suffer from flat feet do not realize they have this condition. There is a simple at-home test you can perform to look for signs that you have flat feet. First, wet your bare feet with water. Then, find a flat surface like concrete which will show the contrast between the wet and dry areas. Take a step and examine your footprint. If you can see the outline of the entire foot, you probably have flat feet. If you can make out the area of the arch of the foot, you most likely do not have flat feet.

How do flatfeet affect my foot health?
Normal feet allow you to walk, stand, and run without pain or discomfort. However, flat feet do not have the structural support of an arch, causing fatigue and aching in the foot, especially in the arches and heel. You may also have difficulty standing on the toes or have swelling on the inside bottom of the feet. in some cases, flatfeet can even cause leg, back, or knee pain. If you think you may suffer from flat feet, you can talk with your foot doctor to diagnose and treat this condition at a foot examination.

Flatfeet Treatments in San Leandro, CA
Treatment for flatfeet usually begins with conservative methods like specialized stretches or exercises and physical therapy builds the foot’s strength, mobility, and range of motion, helping to prevent future issues. Your doctor may recommend custom orthotics or shoe modifications like heel wedges.

For more information on flatfeet, please contact Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad in San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

Many fans of sneakers and streetwear can agree that the adidas Ultra Boost was the best sneaker of 2015. While the original Ultra Boost is great already, a new version of the sneaker has been previewed. This new version sports one huge difference: a stability bar added to the midsole. Stability is typically added to shoes, usually as a hard plastic, specifically to help those with flat feet. This flatfoot-friendly version of the adidas Ultra Boost features three stripes as opposed to two.  

Flat feet is a condition that can be aided with the help of a podiatrist. For assistance, speak to one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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By Dr. Michael Stein
November 19, 2014
Category: Flat Feet
Tags: Flat Feet   flat arches   arch pain  

There are ways to test yourself for overpronationRunners know the value of a good running specialty store—the staff are specially trained to answer your questions and make solid footwear recommendations based on the needs of your feet, even if you suffer from something like overpronation. Runner’s Factory in Los Gatos, just a few miles from our office, is a great one, though there are others as well.

To put it in simple terms, when you overpronate you excessively roll your feet inward when you transfer weight from your heel to your forefoot, flattening out your arch. In fact, it’s especially common among those with naturally flat feet.

While this is not really an “injury” per se; it throws your whole body out of alignment as you walk or run. Legs, knees, and thighs have to rotate internally in order to compensate, and your muscles and ligaments take on extra stress. As a result, you can develop chronic pain in your feet, ankles, shins, knees, thighs, hips, and even your lower back.

Overpronation also makes you much more susceptible to overuse injuries or other painful foot conditions, especially if you’re a runner or engage regularly in other sports. Some of the most common include shin splints, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bunions, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

You can test to see if you have flat feet by using the “wet test”: Get your feet wet and stand on a piece of paper; if you can see the impression of the whole footprint, you have low arches and very likely overpronate. Another method is checking the tread wear on your shoes: If you’re grinding down the inside first, it’s a good indication that you’re pronating excessively.

If you notice either of these signs, or are struggling with chronic pain in your feet and ankles, the next step is to call the experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay for a full evaluation and diagnosis. Fortunately, overpronation is usually treated conservatively via a combination of better shoes and, if necessary, custom-fit orthotics to support the arch and realign your foot. Dial (510) 483-3390 today to set up an appointment at one of our three convenient offices in the East Bay and Silicon Valley.

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Eleven-year-old Garrett Bonneville, center, with LaGrange Shriners Ralph Thompson, left, and James Shelnutt in LaGrange after his surgery at a Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, S.C.11-year-old Garret Bonneville has been contending with unbearable pain and difficulty as a result of having flat feet. In fact, Bonneville’s condition was so bad that not even orthotics in his shoes, braces, or even bone surgery could alleviate his condition.

Finally, Garrett’s great-grandmother got in contact with the LaGrange Shrine club. The Shrine club is an organization that works with non-profit hospitals in providing healthcare for children from disadvantaged families. Thanks to the efforts of the LaGrange branch of the Shriners, Garrett was able to receive the corrective surgery he needed on his right foot, and will be scheduled to have the procedure done on his left foot soon.

Pronounced cases of flat feet can be hard to live with. If you have flat feet and are in constant discomfort, seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can assess your condition and work with you to determine the best steps to take.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe.
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
- Flat look to one or both feet.
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.

Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch.

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

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BunionsIn the journal PLoS One, researchers uncovered that conventional wisdom regarding flat feet is indeed true. The Framingham Foot Study, which measured foot posture in 3,000 adults, found that those with flat feet were more likely to have overlapping toes and adverse conditions such as hammertoe and bunions.

This is due to the flat feet having more pronation as opposed to high arched feet, which were shown to be less likely to have arthritis and develop painful foot conditions since high arched feet supinated as opposed to pronating. Fortunately, the study indicated no relationship between foot type and developing plantar fasciitis.

Having flat-feet can lead to complications down the road. If you think you have flat feet you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein will diagnose any foot conditions you may have as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

What are Flat Feet?

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees– if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area.
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
  • Flat look to one or both feet.
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.

If you feel that you have flat feet, or you know that you have them and think they are causing problems for you, don’t hesitate to contact a medical specialist.

For more information on the treatment of flat feet, visit our link below.

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

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