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Posts for: November, 2012

By Rion A. Berg, DPM
November 20, 2012
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We have a lot to be thankful for in the Northwest. We didn’t have a hurricane and the worst weather was yesterday with a 2.5 inches of rain. We tend to complain a lot about our weather, too wet, too gray, not enough sun, too much sun, but for most of us, our smiles are big as we prepare to celebrate a festive Thanksgiving.

So, take a moment now, today, to be thankful and gracious to those who have less, or who might be going through troubled times this holiday season. Our Rotary club members gathered as we do annually to work with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to package and deliver 70 boxes of food for families in need in Lake City and the surrounding community. 

If you don’t have an event to participate in, you can donate to your local food bank, or better yet, volunteer at your local food bank.  If you truly want an amazing experience, volunteer at Northwest Harvest in Kent on a Saturday morning. This is the central warehouse where food comes in and then is distributed all over Washington.

Finally, be safe. We all get so hurried to and from the grocery store, dashing out for the best sales, running late for a gathering of friends. Slow down, just a hair. Remember, the car that’s going too slow in front of you might just contain your neighbor. And, when in line at the store, say hello to someone and wish them a wonderful holiday.

Your patience and kind words may be the most wonderful gift you can give.

By Rion A. Berg, DPM
November 08, 2012
Tags: feet   mall   shopping   concrete   athletic shoes  

Santa may have a sleigh and travel through the sky, but as mortals, we’ll soon be pounding the pavement in concrete malls. I think people take their feet for granted like we do our cars and just get exasperated when they begin to hurt and break down. Unfortunately,  you can’t call AAA for "toe" service while you’re on your feet shopping. Here, however are some simple things you can do to prevent Mallitis.

#1 If at all possible, wear a good pair of athletic shoes with at least a good over the counter full length arch support such as Spenco or Superfeet. Your feet will thank you so much!

#2 Wear socks with microfiber and if possible, some compression built in. These socks will decrease your foot friction, decrease burning of the feet, and improve the blood flow back to your heart. This will greatly decrease your foot fatigue.

#3 Your feet dry out in the cooler wetter months of the Northwest (October through July?). Dry skin leads to cracks and fissures. Apply a good moisturizing cream such as Amalactin or Lachydrin twice daily in order to prevent skin breakdown.

#4 If women must dress up, you are actually better off with a low heeled shoe compared to flats which lack support altogether.

#5 Remember, don’t stand for foot pain. It is not normal, and when your feet hurt you will hurt all over. If pain develops, make an appointment* to come in and let us help you keep your feet healthy. You get only one pair that must last you a lifetime.  

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

*If you wake up one day with foot pain or develop pain during the day due to possible injury, please call us right away at 206.368.7000. We will do our best to get you in that same day.

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


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By Rion A. Berg, DPM
November 02, 2012
Category: foot care

Why our feet swell

While most of us over 50 have occasional swelling in our feet and ankles, when the swelling becomes chronic it's a problem. Chronic swelling has two primary causes: fluid build-up and inflammation. Today let's talk about fluid build-up and why it happens.

As we age blood tends to pool around our feet.  That's because the bridges that prevent blood from leaking back toward our feet no longer work as well.  When blood pools in our legs we feel tired. We can also get skin changes including bread dough swelling (swelling that looks like bread dough when you poke it), color changes, scaly and shiny skin, and rashes.  If you're diabetic poor blood flow can lead to ulcers.

What are compression stockings?

Compression stockings are specially designed to improve the circulation in your legs and feet. They are made of a lightweight material that creates more pressure from the bottom of the foot and less as it goes up the leg.

How do they work?

The most important effect of these stockings is to improve the flow of blood returning from your feet to your heart. In doing so, this will prevent swelling, or even worse, the development of sores in the legs or ankles known as venous stasis ulcers. In addition for those of you who stand all day, they will decrease the fatigue in your legs.

When are they worn?

They are best worn from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night.

What is the difference between over-the-counter (OTC) and prescriptive stockings?
The difference between OTC and prescriptive stockings is that prescriptive stockings are of greater strength. Your physician is the only one who can decide what strength you will need to control swelling and prevent ulcerations. 

When are prescriptive stockings required?
The truth is that all of us who stand, walk, work even a moderate amount of hours on our feet would benefit from wearing these stockings. It is an absolute necessity if you’re already experiencing chronic swelling of the legs due to venous insufficiency, or have had a history of developing venous stasis ulcerations of the ankle or leg.

OTC compression stockings we recommend
If you're experiencing the bread dough swelling and other symptoms above, talk to Dr. Berg about getting a prescription for support stockings. However, if you're experiencing fatigue and are on your feet a lot we recommend purchasing Sockwell compression socks

You may think compression stockings are only for aging adults, when in fact, OTC stockings can bring significant relief to anyone who is experiencing fatigue in their legs after standing for a period of time.

If you have questions or concerns about pain or discomfort in your legs, please feel free to call our office at 206.368.7000 or request an appointment on-line.

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