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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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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 28, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Diabetes   cracked heels   tips   dry feet   pumice stone   olive oil  

Dry and CrackedThe deserts in California can be described as extremely dry with a cracked and rough terrain. If your feet are described the same way, it’s time for a little TLC!

Dry feet results from conditions like diabetes or athlete’s foot and is most commonly seen in seniors. However, it’s a condition that anyone can have. Because of a lack of oil glands, the skin on our feet is naturally dry. Taking hot showers, using harsh soaps, and not moisturizing regularly can all compound the problem. If your feet are red and itchy, flaky and peeling, rough and cracked, or all of the above, follow these tips:

Use a moisturizing soap and apply lotion immediately after bathing to lock in moisture. Try slathering on petroleum jelly, then putting on socks before you jump into bed—you won’t believe they’re the same feet in the morning! Keep your home cool and the humidity levels not too low. Wear socks and shoes that breathe well too.

Try soaking your feet in lemon juice—the mild acid will dissolve that dry skin and make it easy to remove with a loofah or pumice stone. Out of lemon juice but have honey? Add a cup of it to a gallon of water, then soak your feet in it.  Honey’s natural enzymes bind moisture to your skin and help accelerate healing.

While you’re feeling adventurous, here’s another home remedy you might want to try: Combine equal parts brown sugar and olive oil to make an exfoliating scrub. Rub it all over your feet, focusing on areas that need the most attention, then rinse. Your feet will no longer resemble desert terrain, but will be silky smooth and healthy looking.

For more tips on keeping dry feet at bay, visit Foot Doctor of the East Bay! Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, are here to help. Call (510) 483-3390 for our San Leandro office, (925) 425-9684 for our Pleasanton location, or (408) 356-6767 for Los Gatos, CA.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 24, 2014
Tags: Ankle Injury   ankle fractures   first aid   tips  

Broken AnkleA day at the soccer field can lead to stress and anxiety if someone suffers an injury. Ankle fractures are common among athletes, as well as active baby boomers and those with weak joints. They can occur suddenly as a result of an accident, fall, or even rolling your ankle while wearing some stylish high-heels.

Severity of fractures vary, depending on how many bones have been harmed. In some cases, multiple breaks can occur in the same area, resulting in damage to surrounding tissues and ligaments. A small ankle injury can snowball into a more serious break if it is not treated promptly and in the proper manner.

It’s good to expect the best, but it’s smarter to prepare for the worst. This means it’s a good idea to arm yourself with knowledge so that you can act fast when a crisis occurs. First aid know-how comes in handy when you or someone near you experiences an unexpected injury like an ankle fracture. So check out these helpful tips:

First and foremost, you’ll want to stop any bleeding. This can be done by applying pressure to the source of the bleeding with a clean cloth, like an unused towel. Next, you’ll want to stabilize the injured area. Have the injured person lay down. Keep his or her leg elevated above the heart. If any bones are poking out from the skin, do not touch them. If you have been trained professionally, go ahead and apply a splint. Otherwise, leave any altering of the area to the professionals, which is exactly who you should call upon next. If the person injured passes out, is numb, or if the bleeding cannot be controlled, it’s best to call 911 for help.

Ankle fractures can be daunting, but you don’t have to face the challenge alone. If you have any questions or would like more information, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay are here to help. You can schedule an appointment or visit our offices in Pleasanton, Los Gatos, and San Leandro, CA.

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