Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Are you an underweight woman runner? A new study out of Ohio State University found that underweight women runners are at higher risk for stress fractures.

Women with a BMI of 19 or lower were at higher risk than those runners with a higher BMI. Also this was the first study to show that it takes longer to heal from a stress fracture for those with a BMI of 19 or less.

Although it's been known for a long time that stress fractures are more common in low weight women athletes (particularly teens), it's great to have more evidence so that women can make better health decisions.

The researchers thought that the reason for the higher risk in low weight runners is that the lack of soft tissue sends the shock of the constant pounding back into the bone. They agreed that more muscle mass was needed.

This idea of more muscle mass is echoed by Barbara Drinkwater, Ph.D who has studied bone health in master athletes. Many runners are often under the misconception that running provides enough weight bearing exercise to prevent stress fractures. Although much of her research has been on older women who have gone through menopause, her advice of weightlifting to build more muscle mass could extend to low weight women as well based on this study.

Other Valuable Information on this Topic

Stress Fracture
Painful Foot Conditions in Women Runners

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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You've been hanging out at the beach with your friends and you've been pretty bummed out because you have ugly, fungal toenails. You'd love to be able to show off your toes, but instead you keep them hidden in water shoes so no one notices.

Instead of feeling ashamed of your toenails why not get them treated so you no longer have to feel embarrassed by them.

You may have already tried lots of over-the-counter treatments but it hasn't really done much good. Toenail fungus is hard to kill because it lives under your nail bed. Topical treatments are great for keeping down the amount of fungus on the outside of your nail. However, they can't penetrate the nail to reach the place where the fungus sets up shop.

Our office has been treating fungal nails for over 30 years. We use state-of-the-art treatments to give your nails the best chance of becoming fungus-free.

Our method includes the following tools and treatments:

  • laser treatment-laser penetrates the nail and kills the fungus under the nail bed

  • anti-fungal cream and solution

  • oral medication

  • UV shoe sanitizer to keep your shoes free of fungus

To learn more about our treatment works, you can review testimonials and other information on our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center page.

More information:
Guide to Eliminating Ugly, Fungal Toenails

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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By Dr. Rion Berg
July 06, 2017
Category: Bunions
Tags: teens  

We often think of teens as having carefree lives, untroubled by the pain that many of us experience as we get older. But when it comes to feet, teens can develop many of the same problems adults do.

Bunions are one of the foot problems that can cause teens to limit activity due to the pain that comes from wearing stylish shoes or any shoes for that matter.

Teen bunions are typically genetic. If you're the parent of a teen with bunions and you have bunions then you know this is true. Very likely your mother or someone in your family tree also had them. In teens, bunions are almost always the result of a structural foot problem and often begin as a result of developmental or pediatric flat foot.

Although we all have flat feet as babies and toddlers most of us will develop an arch by four or five. If we don't, we'll have flat feet for the rest of our lives putting us more at risk for bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis.

Treatment of Bunions in Teens

The earlier bunions are treated the better. Since the problem is a structural one, bunions are treated using a variety of devices that correct the structure to reduce pain and prevent bunion progression. Some of the devices used by this Seattle podiatrist include:

  • toe spacers

  • splints for nighttime wear

  • orthotics

In addition to using devices to prevent bunions from progressing, teens need to avoid wearing high heels. Shoes should also have a toe box that allows freedom of movement.

Surgery should only be considered as a last resort since teenage feet are still developing.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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It's summer, so it's no surprise that my patients are flocking to the stores to get their latest pair of flip flops. Everyday patients come in to see me about complaints ranging from pain in the ball of their foot to Achilles tendonitis. If you're going to wear flip flops that won't cause you pain you'll need to wear the right flip flop for your activity.

If you take your flip flop and it bends in half and easily twists you'll see that it has no support. These are fine for the beach or pool but if you plan to go for a walk of any distance you'll need to choose a more supportive flip flop to prevent injury or other foot problems.

For example, Vionic make flip flops that only bend at the ball of the foot, have arch support, and a slight elevation in the heel. These are great for a stroll along the Edmonds waterfront or for short walks around your neighborhood.

Plan to walk more extensively or go for a short hike?  Flip flop like sandals will be the best choice so you don't twist an ankle. Good examples are sandals made by Chaco and Teva. Both have sandals with strapping across the toes and the ankles, good arch support, and allow your toes the freedom to move. Waterproof with rubber bottoms you can cross small streams if you need to.

If you've worn the wrong type of flip flops and are experienced pain, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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Do you have trouble walking due to a disability or other foot or ankle problem?  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are testing robotic exoskeletons to decrease the amount of energy it takes to walk.

Although they are having some success, the use of exoskeletons to help improve your walking is still a long way from becoming an affordable reality.

Fortunately, you can take advantage of (AFOs) ankle foot orthoses which are proven to help people who have a variety of problems walking.

Arizona Brace
Severe Flatfoot
Many people have flat feet and are prone to get plantar fasciitis. But if you have severe flatfoot, meaning you're feet are so pronated you are practically walking on the inside of your feet, an Arizona Brace is what this Seattle podiatrist recommends.

Chronic Ankle Instability
Frequently, this condition develops after an ankle sprain that has not healed adequately. Patients complain about repeated ankle turns particularly on uneven surfaces, lasting discomfort and swelling, pain, and feeling unsteady.

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
People who participate in high impact sports are most at risk for developing this condition. It can develop from a tear or overuse. The foot becomes unstable and flat foot develops.

Moore Balance Brace
The Moore Balance Brace is recommended for people who feel unsteady on their feet or have sustained a fall. It is also commonly prescribed for patients with diabetic neuropathy who have trouble feeling their feet. The brace greatly improves stability, reduces fear of falling, and provides patients with more confidence when walking.

If you're having problems walking for any of the reasons listed above, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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