Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: July, 2015

By Dr. Rion Berg
July 30, 2015
Category: Heel pain

Are you a nurse, postal worker, teacher, or other professional who stands on their feet all day? Do you love to run and participate in other sports activities? Are your feet killing you?

Don't wait any longer to get foot pain relief.

As a Seattle podiatrist with over 30 years of experience I've seen many patients in this situation. I've helped them overcome their foot problems such plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, neuromas so that they can get back to work and do what they love after work.

Even if you've been told you have a normal arch, there is only so much force your feet can withstand.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "Happy Feet for the Rest of Your Life" , mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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Has your physically active teen or pre-teenage daughter recently complained about foot pain? Have you checked out her feet and noticed a bunion? You may be a bit freaked out because you don't want her to go through the same pain and embarrassment you've suffered with your bunions.

I'd like to put your mind at ease--she doesn't need to suffer.

Because you caught her bunion early you can start treatment right away. As a Seattle podiatrist with over 30 years of experience I've seen my share of bunions in young people. At younger ages, bunions are most common in girls ages 10-15.

What Are the Symptoms of Teen or Pre-Teen Bunions?

Besides the pain and the obvious bump on the side of the big toe, other signs and symptoms of teen or pre-teen bunions are:

  • swelling can be found at the base of the big toe

  • problems finding shoes that fit

  • flat feet or feet that pronate

What Causes Teen or Pre-Teen Bunions?

Bunions in teens and younger children are inherited. It's not actually the bunions that are inherited but the foot type that causes the bunions. Unlike bunions in adults, shoes aren't implicated in bunion formation in pre-teen or teenage girls.

How Are Teen or Pre-Teen Bunions Treated?

With your daughter and younger children I take a conservative approach to treating bunions. After evaluating the foot, I'll often recommend orthotics to prevent further movement of the joints that are causing the bunions, and to slow bunion progression. Proper shoes are also extremely important. Young people will need to avoid heels or toe shoes (sorry if this puts your daughter's ballet on hold) and instead wear a solid shoe that can fit an orthotic.

Unfortunately some teens and pre-teens are going to need bunion surgery once other options no longer work; this means young people start limiting their daily activity and can't find shoes that fit. The good news is once the foot is fully healed they can go back to doing what they love, including any dreams about becoming a ballerina.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "Happy Feet for the Rest of Your Life" , mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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By Dr. Rion Berg
July 24, 2015
Category: foot care
Tags: toenail fungus  

You're very likely familiar with the 10 Essentials for Hiking, but how about the 11 Foot Essentials for Traveling? If you're going to spend a lot of money on a trip to Australia or some other place on your bucket list, you'll be glad you came prepared to keep your feet in shape. Here's a very complete list from the American Podiatric Medical Association.

  1. Flip flops—for the pool, spa, and locker rooms to prevent toenail fungus
     
  2. Sterile bandages—for covering minor cuts and scrapes
     
  3. Antibiotic cream—to treat any skin injury
     
  4. Emollient-enriched cream—to hydrate feet
     
  5. Blister pads or moleskin—to protect against blisters
     
  6. Motrin or Advil (anti-inflammatory)—to ease tired, swollen feet
     
  7. Toenail clippers—to keep toenails trimmed
     
  8. Emery board—to smooth rough edges or broken nails
     
  9. Pumice stone—to soften callused skin
     
  10. Sunscreen—advanced stage melanoma is found most often on the feet because we don't protect them from the sun or look at them very often.
     
  11. Aloe vera or Silvadene cream—to relieve sunburns

If you do experience a foot problem before or after your trip, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "Happy Feet for the Rest of Your Life" , mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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By Dr. Rion Berg
July 23, 2015
Category: diabetes
Tags: superfoods  

If you're diabetic or you cook for one, you're constantly bombarded by media messages about the latest diet fads like the green coffee bean diet from Dr. Oz or other diets touted in numerous health magazines.

It can all be so confusing.

So where can you find information you trust?--the American Diabetes Association. They have a list of the latest superfoods that help keep your diabetes under control. Even if you already see a dietician or nutritionist, it's a good idea to try and work these foods into your diet. They all have a low glycemic index--meaning they help prevent the spikes in blood sugar that are harmful to the health of diabetics. Here are five of their top 10.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

We've all heard about the health benefits from eating dark green leafy veggies. They are very low in calories, packed full of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and so perfect for someone wanting to control their diabetes. Even if you think these veggies are the last thing on the planet you'd eat, go to your favorite Seattle's Farmers Market or grocery store and ask the grower or head of the department about spinach, chard, collards, or kale and how to cook them.

Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemon and Limes

Grapefruit for breakfast, oranges packed with a lunch, and lemon and limes squeezed into water with ice are all yummy ways to get your daily dose of Vitamin C and fiber.

Sweet Potatoes

Better for you than regular potatoes and tasty too, this wonderful veggie loaded with Vitamin A and fiber can be cooked on the grill sliced and brushed with oil and some basil.

Berries

Who can resist all the wonderful berries summer brings. It doesn't matter if you love raspberries, blueberries, or a local Seattle favorite, blackberries--they all are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Eat by hand or throw in a smoothie.

Tomatoes

With all of our hot weather, get ready to pick your own or receive a boatload from your neighbors. High in Vitamin C and E these delicious beauties are perfect in salads, made into sauce, or canned for the winter. Try this recipe of Sliced Tomatoes with Pesto Drizzle.

If you're diabetic it's extremely important that you see a Seattle podiatrist in order to prevent foot ulcers.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "Happy Feet for the Rest of Your Life" , mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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By Dr. Rion Berg
July 22, 2015
Category: sports injuries
Tags: Untagged

Has your big toe become stiff and unmovable? Do you find yourself walking on the side of your foot to avoid the pain in your toe? Do you have a bump on the top of your toe and you're wondering if it's a bunion.

Any of these symptoms can be the result of condition called Hallux Rigidus or "stiff big toe". The most common form of arthritis in the foot, Hallux Rigidus is also a progressive condition--the pain and stiffness become worse over time. You may be thinking "it can't be me because I'm too young to have arthritis". Hallux Rigidus can occur in people as young as 30.

What Causes It?

  • Overuse of the joint- runners, golfers, and other athletes are more at risk for this condition due to the increase in stress placed on the toe joint

  • Stubbing the toe - athletes can more easily stub or sprain their toe during play (often referred to as turf toe)

  • Inheriting a specific foot type - certain foot types make it more likely for you to walk in way that leads to this condition.

  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

  • Gout

How Is It Diagnosed?

Your podiatrist will test your toe's range of motion and in addition, take X-rays to determine if the toe is abnormal or if there are any bone spurs--a problem that usually occurs once the problem has progressed.

How Is It Treated?

It's important to visit your Seattle foot doctor as soon as you notice a problem to avoid complications and possible surgery. Treatments for Hallux Rigidus depend on the cause and can include:

  • Taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications

  • Applying ice packs or alternating between hot and cold water soaks can help reduce inflammation

  • Wearing shoes with a stiff sole with a rocker bottom design such as Hoka for runners and Dansko for walkers can reduce the amount of bend in the big toe and decrease pain. Shoes should also have a toe box that allows you to wiggle your toes.

  • Exercise - you can help your toe become more movable by seeing a physical therapy or perfoming extension and flexibility exercises at home.

  • Corticosteroid injections into the joint

  • Orthotics to correct foot mechanics to relieve pressure on the toerequest an appointment online.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "Happy Feet for the Rest of Your Life" , mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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