Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: August, 2017

Everywhere you look parents and kids are flocking to the mall for back to school shopping. Shoes are often at the top of the list. Kid's feet have likely gotten bigger after summer break and shoes are worn out after all the summertime activities such as camp and summer trips.

If you're one of those parents, you could probably use some help picking the best shoes for your kids. 

Here are my 5 top guidelines for back-to-school shoe shopping:

1. Select a shoe store with knowledgeable sales people
You have a lot of choice when it comes to shopping for kid's shoes. Although it may seem like a good idea to save some money and go to a discount shoe store, it's not. Choose a shoe store with knowledgeable sales people who will ensure your kids gets shoes that fit properly.  

2. Get Their Feet Measured
Since kids feet can go through a big growth spurt during the summer, make sure to get their feet measured. Shoes should have at least one thumb's width between the tip of the longest toe and the end of the shoe.

If your kid has one foot that's longer than the other, go with the size of the longer foot. In some cases you might have to buy two pairs of shoes to ensure proper fit if there is a big discrepancy between sizes, but this is rare.

3. Go For Immediate Comfort
Your kids should not be wincing as they put the shoes on and walk around in them. Shoes should be immediately comfortable. Shoes should never require a break-in period.

4. Make Sure Shoes Are Sturdy
Avoid ballet flats and tennis shoes that roll up like mush. These shoes will not provide the support your kids feet need to ensure proper foot alignment. This is particular true if your kid has flat feet and is older than four. Kids with flat feet are at higher risk for future foot problems, back, and hip pain if they wear shoes that don't provide proper support. Test shoes before you buy them by checking out my video "How to Test Any Shoe for Stability".

5. Check the Wear Patterns of Your Kids Shoes
Once you've bought the shoes, it's important to stay vigilant when it comes to your kid's feet. One thing you can do is check the wear patterns of their shoes. If they're wearing out unevenly, it could be due to a foot problem. Taking them to see a podiatrist to ensure that there's not an underlying foot problem is the best thing to do.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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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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As September approaches, you've been perusing the internet looking for a shoe that's right for you.  You may decide to buy your shoes on Zappos or Amazon go to Nordies because you love the in store experience.

Either way there are three hacks to know instantly if the shoe is right for you.

Comfort
You should never have to break in shoes. That's a myth your parents grew up with and somehow it's crept into your brain. The truth is your shoes should feel instantly comfortable right out of the box. If not, give them the boot.

Fortunately both Zappos and Nordies have great return policies.  If you put on some mileage and the shoes hurt don't hesitate to return them.

Test Your Shoes
Anyone can test a shoe to see if they're going to hold up and give your feet the love they deserve. Now it may not matter as much if you're just lounging around in your kicks. But if you're bussing it to work and have to walk around a lot, your feet will be a lot happier if you choose a shoe that will pass the test. You'll particular want to make sure they'll pass it if you've got flat feet that tend to pronate. A more supportive shoe will keep your feet from hurting.

Wiggle Room is Vital
Even though pointy shoes may look great on your feet if they're pinching your toes send them back. Shoes that pinch will hurt more once you start walking around in them.  Still not convinced? Consider the possibility of black or fungal toenails from the constant pressure your piggies will get when pressed against your shoes.  Make sure your toes have wiggle room by making sure you have a least a half inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "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
August 23, 2017
Category: Bunions
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As a seasoned runner you may have asked yourself whether it's a good idea to continue participating in the sport you love if you have bunions. Although you'd like to keep running to stay healthy and fit you wonder if it's making your bunions worse.

Fortunately there are five things you can do to ease the pain and slow down the progression of bunions if you're a runner.

Shoes
Tight shoes often cause bunions to form if you're already predisposed to having them. It's important to shop at a shoe store that specializes in fitting runners.  Check out my previous blog "How to Buy the Best Running Shoes" to ensure that you're getting proper support. You may need to purchase a wider shoe to accommodate your bunions.

Altering Your Shoes
Although I don't typically recommend it, you can mark an X on your shoes where your bunions push out and make an incision to ease the pressure and pain.

Splints
Splints for nighttime wear can help the toes and joints align properly. This is most often recommended for adolescents runners with bunions because their bone development may still be adaptable.

Orthotics
If you're a runner with moderate bunion pain, your best chance of lessening the pain are by wearing custom orthotics. Orthotics will prevent you from pronating when you run, will improve your foot mechanics, and take the pressure off your bunions. They will also help slow bunion progression.

Surgery
Surgery is often a last resort for patients who have painful bunions. When the pain gets so severe that even walking is problematic, bunion surgery is usually be the best way to resolve it.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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
August 15, 2017
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As runners, we’d all like to find our perfect running shoe. We keep hoping we'll find "the shoe" that will feel great, help us run faster, and prevent foot pain. As a Seattle podiatrist I see many runners with heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, and other injuries. I’d love to be able to prescribe the perfect running shoe for my patients.

The truth is it’s easier for me to make you the best orthotics for your feet than write a prescription for the best shoe.

Why?

There are multiple considerations when making a shoe purchase such as foot type, stride, running experience and unique foot issues. Then there is a plethora of companies that make running shoes. Each company makes their shoes slightly differently and each have a variety of shoes they sell to runners.

It can all be terribly confusing.  I’ve written several articles on this topic to guide you in choosing the best shoes for you which can be found at the end of this blog.  Here are some of the more uncommon running shoe purchasing tips.

Don’t Assume That You Still Wear the Same Shoe Size

A good percentage of us will see a half to full size change in our shoe size over time. Often this is due to weight gain but there can be other factors at play as well. The bottom line is, get your feet measured every time you shop for new shoes.

Sticking With the Same Shoe Brand Can Be A Mistake

Just as your feet can change length your range of motion, balance, and speed can also change. Experiencing foot pain wearing the shoe brand you once loved can be a strong indicator that it might be time to part ways. Shoe brands also can change how their shoes are made. What was once a perfect shoe for you may no longer be the case.

It’s time to go back to a running shoe store you trust, like Super Jock ‘N Jill, and talk to the sales person about the problems you’re having. If your new shoes don’t help, it’s time to come see me.

Changing Brands Can Be Good for You

Just like changing brands may help you get out of pain, there are studies that show changing your shoe brand can also strengthen your feet and ankles. It makes sense when you think about it. Different shoes alter the way foot and ankle muscles work which can help prevent injury.

How to Buy the Best Running Shoes
5 Tips to Keep Runners Feet Healthy and Strong
4 Lacing Hacks to Reduce Painful Running Problems

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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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As a nurse who works in a hospital or clinic you're very likely on your feet all day. Your job is stressful. To relieve that stress you've chosen running as your "go to" exercise.  Even if you have a normal arch (meaning your feet aren't flat and you don't pronate) you can still experience heel, arch, and shin splints as a result of all your activities.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook,
"The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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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