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Why Does My Heel Hurt? Apr 21st, 2020

Heel pain is common and there are many possible causes. These range from ill-fitting shoes to connective tissue inflammation, to a stress fracture, to plantar fasciitis. At Bay Area Foot Care, with locations in San Rafael and San Francisco, CA, we can help you determine the root cause of your...

Understanding the Different Fungal Nail Infections and Best Treatment Options Mar 17th, 2020

When it comes to the many conditions that can affect your feet, fungal infections in your toenails are among the most common. While these infections aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can pose serious cosmetic concerns as your nails discolor and crumble. Not to mention, fungal infections are notoriously tough conditions to...

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis? Feb 1st, 2020

Foot pain is a common affliction for many adults. Your feet are complex structures of bone and tendon, and you rely on them to carry you through your busy life. Whether it’s injury, overuse, or a chronic condition like arthritis, foot pain can quickly put you on the sidelines. Plantar...

The Effects Diabetic Neuropathy Can Have on Your Feet Jan 9th, 2020

Diabetic neuropathy affects 60%-70% of people with diabetes at some point in their lives. While not everyone experiences pain due to neuropathy, nerve pain is a common symptom of this condition. Professional treatment can help you deal with this pain and manage the areas that hurt — including your feet. ...

Venous Insufficiency and the Benefits of Compression Stockings Dec 5th, 2019

What Happens When Someone Has Venous Insufficiency? Venous insufficiency occurs when the veins are damaged as a result of excessive pressure put on them. Apart from genetics, age and obesity are the main causes of venous insufficiency. In severe cases, patients experience chronic pain, varicose veins, venous ulcers, dry inflamed...

How Custom Orthotics Improve Your Overall Health Nov 18th, 2019

If you’re moderately active and take good care of your feet, you can expect them to carry you an impressive 75,000 miles in your first five decades of life, and many more miles as the years go on.  With 28 bones, 33 joints, and an intricate network of more than...

Do I Have a Tailor’s Bunion? And If So, What Can I Do About It? Nov 1st, 2019

Our toes serve a range of important purposes. Toes are designed to provide balance and support when we walk. When we use our feet for running, our toes help increase its reach, ensuring better performance. One of the major problems that impact the functioning of the toe is tailor’s bunion.Tailor’s...

How Can I Get Rid of These Warts on My Foot? Sep 12th, 2019

Warts are usually a sign of skin irritation or infection. Stress, a busy lifestyle, bad hygiene, or irregular food habits can all cause warts to develop on the body. Sometimes they are caused by viral infections as well. Most warts go away by themselves, though it may take a year...

Friction Blisters Are an Irritating Issue Aug 29th, 2019

What Causes a Friction Blister? As the name suggests, friction blisters are caused by repeated rubbing and chafing of the skin. Blisters can also be hemorrhagic or blood filled as a result from ruptured blood vessels or tissue damage. Continuous rubbing of the sole and ankle against the shoe or...

Foot and Leg Pain May Mean Achilles Tendonitis Jul 31st, 2019

This tendon is the largest tendon in the body. Like all tendons, it is strong but not flexible. Because of this, overuse and stretching of this delicate point can cause inflammation and may even lead to a tear in the tendon. This inflammation and tearing is referred to as Achilles...

What to Know About Hammertoe Jul 11th, 2019

Hammertoes usually start as a mil deformity and can even be present at birth, however they tend to progressively get worse over time. Luckily, hammertoe is a treatable condition and nothing to lose sleep over. Common Causes of Hammertoe Our toe usually contains two joints that allow it to bend...

8 Key Facts About Plantar Fasciitis May 30th, 2019

• The Plantar Fascia Is a Ligament at the Bottom of the HeelThe plantar fascia is a thick band of ligaments located at the bottom of the foot, near the heel. It connects the heel to the toes. Excessive wear and tear of the plantar fascia can result in a painful...

Are You Experiencing Shin Splints? Apr 18th, 2019

Who Suffers from Shin Splints? Anyone who frequently engages in moderate to heavy physical activity can suffer from shin splints. Participants who regularly engage in stop-start sports such as tennis, soccer, basketball, and racquetball are likely to experience shin splints. Shin splints can sometimes be so painful that they force...

Sever’s Disease: Pediatric Heel Pain Apr 11th, 2019

What is Sever’s Disease? This is not truly a “disease” at all, the true medical term is Calcaneal Apophysisits. These names are describing painful inflammation that occurs at the growth plate of the heel bone. It is the most common cause of heel pain in children ages 5-11. This typically...

Treatment of an Ankle Fracture Mar 21st, 2019

People fracture their ankles in a number of different ways. In fact, fracturing your ankle is one of the most common bone and joint injuries. It can be caused by twisting or rotating your ankle, tripping, or impact during an accident. There are three bones that make up the ankle...

The Causes and Symptoms of Neuromas Mar 7th, 2019

If you’ve been experiencing a lot of foot pain lately, you may be doing one of two things: hoping it’ll go away on its own or looking into potential causes. Lingering foot pain shouldn’t be ignored. In some cases, this pain is the result of something called a neuroma. Neuromas...

Dr. Reyzelman on The Health Beat Mar 1st, 2019

Dr. Alex Reyzelman was a guest on The Health Beat a program on Kofy TV channel 20 & 13, Our TV channel 78, and WatsonWellnessTV YouTube channel. He spoke with Dr. Watson a primary care physician about his efforts as a Podiatric surgeon dedicated to limb salvage in high risk...

What Are Orthotics and How Can They Help Me? Feb 26th, 2019

An orthotic is a device that is worn inside of your shoe. This device helps control, correct, and support the foot when walking. Orthotics come in a wide variety of shapes and materials. They are used for many different foot, knee, hip, and back issues. Misalignment of the spine, pelvis,...

Toe Fractures Feb 26th, 2019

What Is a Fracture? A fracture is a break in a bone. Fractures can come about as a result of trauma or stress. Traumatic fractures are caused by a direct blow or impact, such as seriously stubbing your toe. Traumatic fractures can be displaced or non-displaced. If the fracture is...

What Is an Ankle Sprain? Feb 26th, 2019

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue — like rubber bands — that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by...

The Facts About Nail Fungus Jan 16th, 2019

What is Toenail Fungus? Toenail fungus is an infection that lives underneath the nail, in the skin of the nail bed. Toenail fungus is more than a cosmetic concern.  Toe nail fungus is a condition your doctor may refer to as Onychomycosis, other nails include dermatophytosis of the nail or Tine...

Regenerative Medicine Nov 27th, 2018

Regenerative Medicine as defined by the NIH (National Institutes of Health): Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects. This field holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the...

What Is a Bunion? Oct 2nd, 2018

A bunion also referred to as Hallux values or Hallux abducto valgus, is often described as an enlargement  or bump at these of the big toe.  The bump that we see is actually representing a change in the big toe joint. The bump or bunion forms when the bone or...

Diabetes in the Bay Area Jul 31st, 2018

Of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes, more than 4 million are in California. That’s 13.4% of the Golden State’s adult population, significantly higher than the national average of 9.4%, according to the American Diabetes Association. Here are the most common foot complication explained by the American Diabetes...

Festival Feet May 8th, 2018

It’s festival season, what does that mean exactly. Warmer weather means, lots of multi-day long outdoor music and art events across the country and around the world. Festivals especially Coachella and other large venues can be a pretty physical experience. They include lots of walking to see art and taste foods,...

Attention Diabetic Patients: Healthy Habits to Prevent Foot Ulcers Apr 25th, 2018

Bay Area Foot Care participates in the education of our future podiatrists. Below read a feature from one of our third year students as she outlines the importance of creating healthy habits to prevent foot ulcers. Foot ulcers can be a very scary life altering event. There are different classifications of...

What a pain in the ….. Mar 20th, 2018

Pain. A truly evil four letter word. It ruins your day, prevents you from doing things, makes you not feel like yourself.  Treating our patient’s pain is always the first priority. Finding innovative safe and effective ways to treat foot pain is that doctors at Bay Area Foot Care’s mission....

The “Baby Foot” Challenge Mar 9th, 2018

Recently I conducted my own little experiment to help rid mine and my boyfriends callused heels. While scrolling through Instagram, an ad for “Baby Foot” exfoliator popped up. I clicked the ad and scrolled through some images. This product’s goal is to gradually peel all of the hard dry skin...

Putting Your Best Foot Forward ! Feb 20th, 2018

In this entry, the goal is to discuss some common recommendations Podiatrist give to their patients to help promote healthy feet. First and foremost, don’t be scared of a visit to the podiatrist! Often times your pain or problem is easily treated in the office. Something that has been nagging...