Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: December, 2015

By Dr. Rion Berg
December 30, 2015
Category: foot conditions
Tags: foot pain   orthotics  

Perfect snow in the Cascades! Now that you've figured out how to get out of your driveway, you want to head to the slopes to ski your heart out. The last thing you want to worry about is foot pain. However, the last time you went skiing your feet were killing you. You want to get out there but you don't want to ruin a perfect ski day.

So what could be the problem?

Your feet have gotten larger

Many adults experience an increase in shoe size as they get older. Oftentimes pregnancy or other weight gain can be the culprit. If you're wearing ski boots that are too tight you're going to experience a lot of foot pain and possibly lose a nail. Of course the solution is to purchase a new pair of boots.

Your ski boots are the problem

Ski boots are often the culprit when it comes to foot pain while skiing. It's very important to choose a store like REI or a ski shop you trust that knows how to properly fit ski boots. While the shop will have specific techniques for fitting your boots, come prepared for the boot fitting. REI suggests you wear thin, synthetic ski socks and try on the boots in the afternoon or evening since feet tend to swell during the latter part of the day.

Your foot mechanics are off

You may already experience foot pain when you walk around in regular shoes, or perhaps it's just when you're skiing. If it's the latter, keep in mind you're exerting a lot more pressure on your feet and ankles when you ski making some foot problems more likely to show up such as plantar fasciitis and ball of foot pain.  If you find your feet still hurt after buying a properly fitted boot, make your way down to my office. I'll assess your feet to determine whether you need additional support, such as custom orthotics.

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

Download our free foot eBook "No More Foot Pain".

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
December 23, 2015
Category: Ingrown toenails
Tags: children   kids  

In the fall, I often see a rush of parents bringing in their kids for problems with ingrown toenails.  Ingrown toenails can be a tough thing for kids and parents to deal with. Kids just want to be able to run and play and parents worry about how to help their children with this condition. Parents may also have concerns about how their child will handle the minor surgery needed to treat an ingrown toenail.

Before seeing the podiatrist, you can help reduce your child's pain level by using home remedies and taking some practical steps:

  • Soak your kid's foot in room-temperature water with Epsom's salt
  • Gently massage the side of the nail fold to help reduce inflammation
  • Make sure they're wearing the right shoe size so that their toe avoids repeated irritation. Avoid tight socks for the same reason.

Get it treated by a children's podiatrist

It's important that you find a podiatrist that works well with children and will take the time needed to make the procedure as painless as possible. Never try to cut out your kid's ingrown toenail. We've seen many cases of infection from people who have tried what we call "bathroom surgery".

Prevention

  • Get your child's feet measured regularly to ensure proper shoe size
  • Trim your child's nails straight across
  • Make sure your child is wearing the right shoe for their current sport's activity

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 "No More Foot Pain", 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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The last thing you'd expect is the amazing winning streak our Seahawks have been having lately. But even with the ankle and other injuries plaguing Marshawn Lynch and then Thomas Rawls, we showed our muscle against the Browns yesterday winning handily, 13-30. Some might say that the Browns were easy pickings but it's still nice to known that we have players like Bryce Brown and Christine Michael that can fill in when needed.

With thoughts of the Seahawks in the playoffs, you may be thinking about your annual family touch football game. It's a great bonding experience and mostly a safe one, however, more than 25,000 people across the country end up with a serious ankle injury as a result of Christmas football games.

If this happens to someone in your family, the first thing to do is to apply the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) along with taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication.

But don't stop there. Unfortunately twisted ankles can result in a more serious ankle problem.

According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon, you should make an appointment with a Seattle podiatrist if you have the following:

  • continued redness and swelling in other parts of the leg can be signs of a blood clot

  • five to seven days have gone by and there is no improvement to the ankle

  • putting weight on your foot is still painful

  • swelling or bruising lasts more than two weeks

In addition, limit walking and sports activities for two weeks following the injury.

More information about ankle injuries:

Broken Ankle
Keeping Your Digits in Tip Top Shape Like a Seahawk

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 "No More Foot Pain", 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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You have toenail fungus. You've done your research and you're still pretty confused by all information out there. You know you want to use a topical treatment but there are so many choices-- everything from tea tree oil, to homeopathic remedies, to Jublia. Which one should you choose?

Get Your Nails Tested
First, before you can decide how to treat your nails it's important to determine if your nails have fungus. As a Seattle podiatrist who sees a lot of toenail fungus, I send my patients nails to a lab to be tested. Once I know its fungus then I work with my patients to determine the best strategy for them.

What To Expect From Topicals
Over the years, there have been many different topical medications prescribed for treatment of fungal nails. Unfortunately, the success rate called, “complete cure”--killing the fungus plus restoring a normal appearing nail--is very low (~20% no matter which medications or remedies have been used). That's why I don't advise my patients to choose this method by itself if they want a greater chance of having clear nails.

How To Get the Most Out of Topicals

So although I don't recommend using topicals alone, if you choose to go this route here are ways to obtain better results:

  • Treat your nails with the topical daily for 12 months (it takes that long for your nail to grow out)

  • Treat the nails with a topical urea preparation 2-4 weeks prior to beginning the use of a topical antifungal e.g. Kera Nail Gel. This medication will cause the nail to slough/thin, and make the nail more penetrable by the topical medication.

  • File nails daily with an emery board; this will also help with topical penetration.

  • Kill the fungus harbored in your shoes by using an ultraviolet shoe sanitizer on a daily basis.

  • Treat the skin around the nails with a topical antifungal (i.e. Lamisil, Tinactin) to minimize the exposure of the nails to fungus in the skin.

If you've tried using topicals alone and are dissatisfied with the results, call us 206-368-7000. We use the Pinpoint FootLaser™ in addition to topicals and a shoe sanitizer for the best results in getting rid of toenail fungus.

Other information on nail fungus:

Profile #22: Seattle Woman Seeks Organic Toenail Fungus Treatment
5 Myths About Toenail Fungus

For more information about your feet, get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain" 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.


Whether this is your first time or 25th time doing family holiday planning, the last thing you need is heel pain. After all you desperately need your feet to be pain free as you bake Christmas cookies, run around buying gifts, and get the tree up and decorated.

Don't worry! We're going to help you. As one of the most established podiatry practices in Seattle, our job is to get you out of pain and back to making your holiday fabulous.

If you come to us we can almost guarantee you'll leave with a lot less pain than when you walked in. And just in time for Christmas you'll be much happier and relaxed because you'll have one less thing to worry about.

So what causes all this pain?

The pain you feel is a result of inflammation caused by overstretching the plantar fascia that runs from the heel to the ball of your foot. Running, other high impact athletic pursuits, non-supportive shoes, and poor foot mechanics are the main causes of heel pain. It can also result from frequent wear of high heels to a sudden move to flat shoes.

Regardless of the cause we can help you by...

  • reducing your inflammation

  • reducing your tight calf muscles

  • taking care of your foot mechanics

  • getting you into the right shoe

If you want to better by Christmas, 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 "No More Foot Pain", 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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