Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City Ends Your Foot Pain Fast!
Welcome to Our Practice
At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City in Seattle, WA we are committed to providing the highest level of comprehensive podiatric care in a caring and compassionate environment. We know that when you or a loved one suffers from foot pain, the first thing you want is for that pain to be eliminated. Our goal is to identify the problem and develop a treatment plan that will work for you.
What Sets Us Apart From Other Podiatry Services
You have many choices when choosing a podiatrist. We pride ourselves in providing extraordinary service and foot care.
Top Notch Customer Service
- From your first call we'll treat you like family. Our schedulers are warm and friendly. They're interested in learning about your foot problem and answering your questions.
- You'll receive an email and/or text message two days before your appointment. If you need to change your appointment at that time, no problem. We want to make sure that we find the best time for your busy schedule.
- You'll be warmly greeted when you walk through our door and we'll do everything we can to get you seen promptly.
Keeping You Safe During the Pandemic
You probably have some concerns about staying safe when you come to our office. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to make sure your visit is a safe one. When making an appointment we always ask if you or anyone in your household has had Covid-19.
- If someone has had the virus we require two negative tests before seeing them in person.
- We make sure patients are kept six feet apart from other patients when in the office.
- All patients are asked to knock on the front door before entering.
- We are requiring everyone who enters the office to wear a mask.
- We clean all surfaces several times a day.
- Patients who don't want to come into the office can ask for a telemedicine visit.
Dr. Berg will spend up to 30 minutes with you during your first visit.
- Making a personal connection with you is extremely important to us. We want to get to know you, why you're coming in to see us, and what your goals are.
- Whether you're a runner with heel pain, want to get rid of fungal toenails, or you're a senior with a balance problem we want to learn about your needs so we can serve you better.
- During your visit Dr. Berg will assess your foot problem and come up with a plan that will best meet your expectations.
Providing Only What You Need
- Our goal is to design the most effective program to eliminate your pain and get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible.
- We'll never try to sell you something you don't need.
What We Treat
Dr. Berg has been in practice for over 30 years. He has successfully treated patients from ages 2-102 for all types of foot and ankle problems. Here is a list of the most common foot and ankle conditions he treats.
Do you wake up in the morning and feel pain as soon as your feet hit the floor? If so you most likely have heel pain or plantar fasciitis. This is one of the most common conditions we see in the office. We use a comprehensive approach for ending your heel pain and getting you back to doing what you love. We use the latest technology for creating custom foot orthotics to properly align your feet. To reduce your inflammation we use low tech solutions such as an air heel to high tech solutions using laser light to speed your healing. Other modalities may include use of an Achilles splint for stretching, heel lifts, or physical therapy.
There's nothing worse than living with an ingrown toenail. It can start out fairly mild with slight redness and pain. But then it can become a full blown infection if not treated promptly. It's important to get into the office as soon as possible so we can perform a simple surgery to get you out of pain fast. We recommend patients cut their toenails straight across and avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or short to help prevent this condition from occuring.
Thick, yellow or brown, fungal toenails are very common. Between 10-20% of the population has this unsightly condition. Although some people may consider fungal nails simply a cosmetic condition, they can become painful, lead to ingrown toenails, and cause ulcers in people with diabetes. Treatment for this condition is most successful when caught early. Most often it will require a combination of topicals, oral medication, and laser treatment to resolve.
If you have a parent with bunions you're more likely to inherit the foot type that most often leads to this condition. In addition to flat feet, foot injuries and wearing shoes that are too tight or high heels can contribute to this condition. Bunion pain comes from the friction caused when wearing shoes. Treatment focuses on relieving the pressure on bunions through a variety of modalities.
Ball of foot pain
If you're experiencing pain in the ball of your foot you can have one of several different types of foot conditions. One of the most common, Morton's neuroma, develops between the third and fourth toes of the foot. Other conditions causing ball of foot pain include: metatarsalgia, hallux rigidus, sesamoiditis, and capsulitis. Treatment varies for each of these conditions.
If you have toes that look like an upside down V, you probably have hammertoes. A hammertoe is a result of an imbalance between the muscle and ligament around a toe joint. Similar to bunions this condition is often inherited but can also be caused by trauma or arthritis. This condition is progressive and is best treated early on. Custom orthotics, padding, and changes to shoes are the most common treatment modalities.
Kids foot problems
Warts, ingrown toenails, and heel pain are some of the most common conditions we treat in children. In addition, kids will often show signs and symptoms of foot problems that will worsen later in life. It's important to get children evaluated if they can't keep up with their peers, withdraw from activities they usually enjoy, have frequent trips and falls, won't show you their feet, or complain of foot pain.
Each year we see hundreds of patients who sustain a foot or ankle injury as a result of sports play. Most often injuries can be prevented by wearing proper footwear, gradually increasing training time, using proper stretching and strengthening exercises, and avoiding problem surfaces. We treat both acute and chronic injuries through more conservative means such as custom orthotics and MLS laser and surgery if necessary.