Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: December, 2014

By Dr. Rion Berg
December 30, 2014
Category: foot conditions
Tags: plantar fasciitis   bunions  

So many of us set New Year’s Resolutions for our health but have a hard time sticking to them. We mean well. We want to be healthier, fitter, and stronger but changing any behavior is tough stuff. Here are three ways to help us keep our resolutions.

Examine what’s really important to us. When it comes to foot health look at what life would be like if we could:

  • Dance with our partner again
  • Run with our best friend
  • Walk with our children and grandchildren

Change Our Mindset

  • Examine our fears and challenge whether they’re realistic. We may be afraid to go see a doctor because we’re afraid of what they may find. The benefits of pushing through our fears are usually much greater than not taking action.
  • Turn our negative thinking into more positive thinking by creating two columns titled “Current Thoughts About My Health” and “Powerful Thoughts About My Health”. Write down current thinking and then change it if it’s not positive. Eg. "Walking a Mile A Day Seems Impossible" to "Walking A Mile Will Make Me Feel So Much Better".
  • Set goals that are specific, measurable, and doable. People who write down their goals are much more likely to meet them.

Increase our connections with others to increase our happiness quotient. Happy people are more motivated to keep their New Year’s resolutions.

  • Pay attention to the people we love by really listening to them.
  • Turn off the computer, video games, and television and take a walk, play a board game, or any other activity where we can truly engage with family and friends.
  • Smile at everyone you see. You might just makes someone’s day and that feels great.

Sometimes the changes we seek don’t take much effort, we just think they do. Other times not so much. But whether you have bunions that finally need tending to, plantar fasciitis that keeps coming back, or diabetic neuropathy, you can start by visiting Dr. Rion Berg or Dr. Robyn Paloian at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. Our doctors will work with you to attain your foot goals. Our News Year’s Resolution is to help as many people as possible walk out of our office with happier feet.

If you aren’t satisfied with your current level of foot health or have foot pain that just doesn’t go away, give us a call at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

By Dr. Rion Berg
December 26, 2014
Category: Heel pain

Where ever I go during holiday season, I constantly run into singles, couples, and families walking their dogs. Although, I wholeheartedly recommend walking all year long to my diabetic patients and anyone who wants to stay healthy, doing any kind of walking can become problematic if you have painful feet.

If you notice heel pain when you get out of bed in the morning and the thought of walking Spot makes you cringe, the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City can help you get back to doing what you love.  

Heel pain or plantar fasciitis is one of the common conditions I see as a Seattle podiatrist. What is this condition and what causes it? Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue which begins at the heel, travels across the arch, and inserts into the base of the toes. It can become inflamed and painful for many reasons, however certain people are at greater risk for this condition.

Those who are or have:

·        Age 40-60, although young people can also acquire it

·        Very active or are athletes

·        Poor or faulty foot mechanics

·        Overweight or obesity

·        Inappropriate footwear

·        Women

Fortunately there are many ways to resolve this painful condition including reducing the inflammation, reducing calf tightness, use of orthotics, physical therapy, and getting proper footwear.

If you’re in acute pain and either don’t have anyone to walk poor Spot or can’t cajole anyone else in your household to walk her, hire a dog walker in Seattle.

We’d be happy to help you get back to a pain free life and keeping the love of your life happy. Call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

By Dr. Rion Berg
December 19, 2014
Category: sports injuries
Tags: broken toe   turf toe   sesamoiditis  

I don’t know what it is about the holidays and end of year, but for some reason a lot of patients call us because they broke their hallux or great toe. Just this past week one patient, ready to leave for a ski vacation, broke her toe by kicking her bed. Another patient broke his toe tripping up some steps. Other people are rushing around at this time of year buying, wrapping gifts, cooking and inadvertently run into a hard object. Throughout the year broken toes are often the result of people walking barefoot at night and end up kicking all kinds of objects lying around their house. Heavy objects falling on your tootsies can also cause a fracture.

You would think, a broken toe is no big deal, right? Sometimes. If the injury is mild, rest, taping the great toe to your other toe, or wearing a hiking boot or walking boot may work just fine. However, if  a more severe fracture is neglected it may not heal properly leading to complications such as arthritis. Surgery is sometimes required.

Turf toe and sesamoiditis are other toe injuries that occur most often during individual and team sports.

Do yourself a favor if you jamb your toe into a door, bed, or other hard object come to the office and Dr. Rion Berg will do an examination, X-rays, and then provide you a treatment plan that will work for you.

Make an appointment by calling us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.


By Dr. Rion Berg
December 17, 2014
Tags: kids   holidays  

Chanukah is already upon us and with Christmas coming we thought you might like some ideas for crafts and gifts for your kids or grandkids. You probably know all about the hand stamped turkeys that kids make.

Well how about some Mistle “toes” found in a site called “Babble”. Or this creation of Jacob’s first Hanukkah found on Etsy. Some others we really liked were “You Are My Sunshine” and also this lovely,  Personalized Gift For Grandparents of their grandkids feet both from Pitterpatter.

We love to see kids at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. Dr. Robyn Paloian who has now been with us for over a year loves working with young families.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

By Dr. Rion Berg
December 16, 2014
Category: diabetes
Tags: diabetes   overweight   Santa  

Mrs. Claus is very unhappy with Mr. Claus. Santa is so busy all year in his toy shop that he doesn’t take care of his basic health needs. He’s overweight, most likely has diabetes, and he’s way over due for a visit to his foot doctor. Not that there are any podiatrists up at the North Pole but he does come down to Seattle every once in a while to get some supplies. No matter how much she bugs him Mrs. Claus can’t convince him to go see a Seattle podiatrist.

Does this sound familiar? Many of my male patients get referred to my office by their wives. Manyt of these men would never get here unless they were in excruciating pain. Don’t wait to be screaming in pain before coming to see me, particularly if you have diabetes and are having trouble feeling your feet.

A comprehensive diabetes foot exam will help ensure that your feet are on the right track and like Santa can keep you doing the things you love.

I don’t care what you need to do to convince your husband to get himself to come see me. Bribe, cajole, embarrass.  It doesn’t matter. Make 2015 count as the year to get him on the road to good health. I hope I get a visit from Santa too!

To make an appointment with our jolly staff, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.