Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: September, 2013

By Dr. Rion Berg
September 19, 2013
Tags: foot doctor   mothers   children  

Next time you come to the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City you’ll probably notice a new face around the office. Dr. Berg is pleased to announce that Dr. Robyn W. Paloian has recently joined our practice. Dr. Robyn most recently worked for the Midwest Podiatric Centersin Minneapolis, MN as an Associate Foot and Ankle Surgeon. An honors graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, she completed her residency in foot and ankle surgery at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. degree in Neuroscience from Emory University.

Dr. Robyn moved to Seattle one year ago with her husband and almost two year old daughter. She grew up in Minneapolis and Southern California and was born in Des Moines, Iowa.

Our Patient and Community Relations Manager, Lynn Chapman, interviewed Dr. Robyn so that our patients can get to know her better.

What initially attracted you to the field of podiatry?

“Because I’m athletic--I run, practice yoga and dance--I’ve had my own afflictions with the lower extremities including a stress fracture, pulled muscles and sprains. My undergraduate coursework led me down a pre-med path. After meeting with podiatrists, I realized how much impact they can have on their patient’s lives even after a short visit. That helped me greatly in my decision to enter the field.”

What about being a podiatrist keeps you interested and wanting to learn more?

“I’m passionate about science and medicine and the fact that there are always new technologies emerging. I not only derive great pleasure from learning about the latest and greatest surgical techniques but also getting to meet new people every day and learning about my patient’s over time.” Dr. Robyn believes it’s important to get to know the whole patient, not just their feet. “I want to know about my patient’s lifestyle and interests. It makes treating the patient more effective, interesting, and rewarding.”

What areas of podiatry hold the greatest interest for you? “Complex cases are interesting because of the challenges they present, but even a problem that may seem simple or straightforward is equally enjoyable when I can help patients get quick relief with their ailments.”

What type of patients would you most like to serve?

“As a new mother, I can empathize with new parents and young families.” Even though she enjoys seeing her contemporaries, she’s very comfortable treating baby boomers and retired patients as well as children.

We have a lot of older adults and patients with disabilities in our practice. What is your approach to treating these patients?

“It goes back to getting to know the patient as a whole, staying engaged, and exhibiting a lot of compassion. My touch is gentler and my speech is gentler, instead of rushing through to see the next patient.”

I understand that you are somewhat of an exercise buff. Tell me more about that and how this might help you in treating patients who are also active.

“Being a runner and a yogi, I’m able to relate well to the athletic patient. I can appreciate all types of sports injuries and I can understand how they impact athlete’s physical goals and emotional wellbeing”.

Of course our patients want to know a little bit about your personal life.

“As I mentioned I have a toddler--she’s very busy and she keeps me on the run. As a family we enjoy getting outside, hiking, getting to know different areas of Seattle and Washington”. Her husband is also in the medical field, and works as a pediatrician. She feels fortunate to have someone to discuss new approaches in helping her young patients.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

“Music has always been a big part of my life”. She studied piano from age five to 18 and enjoys attending concerts and other musical events with her family. Dr. Robyn also participated in dance, taking classes of various styles and competing in high school.  To this day, you'll find her on the dance floor at any wedding or celebration.

Where have you travelled?

“I love seeing different regions of the United States”. She’s also been to the Middle East, Europe, and South America. “The Amalfi Coast in Italy was so beautiful and serene; I would like to explore it more”.

What do you enjoy about the Seattle area?

“The culture, the arts, food, and relaxed nature of Seattleites. I love how close this big city is to such beautiful and natural attractions--the mountains, the water and the greenery.”

If you are a young mother and/or have children or grandchildren who are experiencing foot pain or other problems, call us at 206-368-7000 and ask about making an appointment with Dr. Robyn in the coming months. Very soon she’ll be carrying her own patient load.

By Dr. Rion Berg
September 13, 2013
Category: family foot care

My aunt loved words and all of her children and nieces and nephews remember her teaching them a saying, “Whether the weather be fair, or whether the weather be not, you weather the weather whatever the weather, whether you like it or not.” I thought of this as Colorado is besieged by torrential downpours today, and we sit here basking in too much? Sunshine. We are so lucky for the moment that our own extremes haven’t resulted in a recent disaster.

The weathers imbalance brings to mind how much we stress our feet, and keeping them healthy is truly a balancing act. The majority of the problems that arise in the feet are not about severe deformities. Just yesterday a teenager presented with a complaint of arch pain that was going on for about four years. There was no injury, but her arches have been sore with any degree of athletic activity. Examination did not show significant flat feet or severely high arches. In the end, my examination revealed a moderately tight calf muscle, and a history of wearing Converse shoes. Her cheerleading required a certain athletic shoe, which superficially looked OK, but had no heel elevation, no arch support, and was too flexible. The summer months included a moderate amount of time in flip flops.

The bottom line is that like the weather, we can tolerate modest changes in our foot environment, but if these excesses, even if moderate, are applied to the foot over a long time, they will take their toll and our feet will complain. If your feet are beginning to suffer this fall, don’t just weather the weather, have your feet evaluated by your podiatrist and let’s get them back into balance.

Call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000, so we can get you back to doing what you love.