Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: October, 2012

By Rion A. Berg, DPM
October 25, 2012

These massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearer’s feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes…The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today's impossible standards of beauty,” reported blogger Joanna Douglas.

Impossible standards of beauty?  No kidding. If you want to see something really spectacular, watch the video of the model putting these on and actually walking.

These shoes, of course, were created as art and not for actual wearing. Still, the message is there. Be smart when choosing high heels, especially really high heels. Reserve wearing them for special occasions. And be careful when you walk.

I am not going to say, “Never wear high heels.”  Most of my patients who wear them do not wish to give them up entirely. Some patients are making concessions if the job they have today keeps them on their feet standing or walking for long periods of time. The pain they have at night just isn’t worth it!

  1. If you wear high heels regularly, be sure to alternate your heel height froom lower to higher and back daily
  2. When wearing heels, protect the ball of the foot with a pad in the shoe or gel pad applied to your foot. (Visit www.diabeticfootdoc.com and search "gel pads")
  3. Stretch your achilles/calf muscle daily and especially before you exercise

If you develop daily pain in the back of your heel or in the ball of your foot, make an appointment to have your foot evaluated. Early evaluations can prevent serious foot pain and injury.

Rion A. Berg, DPM
Podiatrist and Board Certified Foot Surgeon


Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City
2611 NE 125th St., Ste 130
Seattle WA 98125

206.368.7000

www.bergdpm.com
www.diabeticfootdoc.com

Our office is located north of Seattle in Lake City, within 10 minutes of Shoreline, Kenmore, Juanita, Sandpoint, Meadowbrook, Wedgewood, Maple Leaf, Broadview, Greenwood, Northgate, and Pinehurst. Parking is free and easily accessible.

 

 

 

 

 


By Rion A. Berg, DPM
October 16, 2012
Category: foot care
Tags: ankle injury   fracture   sprain   baseball  

Shortstop Derek Jeter is down with an ankle fracture. He is likely out for at least 3 months. Fractures are never good news whether we are talking about playing sports or walking down the steep hills of Seattle.

The most common ankle injury involves a sharp twist of the ankle or a direct impact that can break at least one (or more) of the ankle bones.

Symptoms of a fracture can be:

  • Pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising at the ankle joint
  • Limited range of motion in the ankle joint
  • Inability to bear weight
  • The lower part of the leg may be deformed

An x-ray is the only way to rule out a fracture. Don't try to guess! Call our office at 206.368.7000 if you are in pain and have any of the symptoms listed above. Even if you don't have these symptoms, call us any way. We can put your mind at ease and help reduce your pain level.

A fractured ankle is usually treated with casting (done in our office) to prevent movement while healing takes place. There are times when surgical stabilization is necessary, as in the case of more severe fractures.

Our website offers more information on baseball injuries. Take a look...and take care.

Rion A. Berg, DPM
Podiatrist
Board Certified Foot Surgeon

www.bergdpm.com
www.diabeticfootdoc.com

Our office is located in Lake City within 10 minutes of Shoreline, Kenmore, Juanita, Sandpoint, Meadowbrook, Wedgewood, Maple Leaf, Broadview, Greenwood, Northgate, and Pinehurst. Parking is free. For bus commuters, routes 41 and 243 stop right in front of our office at 26th & NE 125th.  Address: 2611 NE 125th St., Ste 130, Seattle, WA 98125.