Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: November, 2017

After a terrible defeat to the Washington Redskins the Seahawks were victorious this week against the Arizona Cardinals. But at a terrible cost. With Richard Sherman out with a ruptured Achilles tendon it will be a tough go for the Seahawks for the rest of the season. Sherman had already injured his Achilles in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Rams. So he was well aware that rupturing it later on was likely.

You may be wondering. What is a ruptured Achilles and who's at risk?

An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of the Achilles tendon which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It's common in football players and other athletes where jumping, pivoting, tripping, and falling are frequent actions.

It's also frequent in weekend warriors and baby boomers who aren't in the best shape and decide to play a pick-up game of basketball, for example.

How do you know if you've ruptured your Achilles?

Like Richard Sherman, you're likely to hear a distinct popping sound. The pain will feel like you've been kicked in the back of the ankle or calf.  Swelling as the result of inflammation will occur and walking uphill or upstairs will be quite difficult.

Will I need surgery if I've ruptured my Achilles?

You've probably read that Richard Sherman will need to have surgery for his Achilles rupture. But will you need it? It depends on how badly injured you are, how active, and whether you have other medical issues such as diabetes. Poor health will preclude you from having surgery.

If you're more active, surgery is the way to go since re-rupture after more conservative treatment is more likely. Other benefits to surgery include increasing your strength when pushing off your foot, improved muscle function and movement of the ankle.

How do I prevent myself from getting a ruptured Achilles?

Make sure to wear the right shoes for the activity you're engaged in. If you're playing basketball, wear basketball shoes, not running shoes or other shoes. Keep yourself in shape if you plan to take up infrequent games of basketball or other sports. Work with a trainer to find out what exercises will help you maintain your strength and flexibility for the sport you want to play.

Photo credit: Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times

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.

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".

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

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.


By Dr. Rion Berg
November 07, 2017
Category: Bunions
Tags: hammertoes   high heels   neuromas  

What do Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and Susan Sarandon have in common? They all wore kitten heels, instead of the sky high heels we see so often on models, actresses, and singers such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga.  

According to the press, kitten heels are making a comeback. And it's about time from this Seattle podiatrist's point of view.

Kitten heels are typically only one to two inches tall, a great height to prevent a lot of foot problems. High heels are problematic due to the steep pitch of the shoe which places almost all the weight on the ball of the foot.  In addition, high heels with a narrow toe box squeeze the toes together.

Which foot problems they can prevent?

Neuromas
When a woman wears a sky high heels she puts herself a greater risk for developing Morton's neuroma. High heels can cause the nerve bundle between the 3rd and 4th toes to enlarge causing burning and shooting pain.

Bunions
Bunions are not caused by high heels but wearing them can make bunions worse. If you have bunions and flat feet and you notice your daughter does too, you can help her prevent their progression by helping her make better shoe choices. When she clamours for high heels, direct her toward the kitten heel.

Hammertoes
Hammertoes are caused by an abnormal muscle/tendon balance in the toes most often brought on by wearing  high heels with a cramped toe box.

When buying kitten heels make sure that your toes have enough wiggle room.

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.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

Our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe. You can print out the newsletter for easier reading!

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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In November we start thinking about Thanksgiving. But did you know that November is also National Diabetes Month? As a Seattle podiatrist who treats hundreds of people with Type 2 diabetes, it's extremely important to me to get out the word about how to prevent and manage it.

How many people have it?

As of 2015, 30.3 million Americans or 9.4% of our population had diabetes.  The vast majority of those people had Type II diabetes. About 7.2 million Americans have it but go undiagnosed. Americans over 65, bear the largest burden of diabetes with over 25% or 12 million diagnosed and undiagnosed.

The number of cases of diabetes continues to rise, most alarmingly in young adults ages 10-19. A study done by the Centers for Disease Control looked at youth from 2002-2012. Newly diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes had increased by 4.8 percent.

How do I know if I'm at risk?

You can check your risk by taking this test. If you score greater than five on the test, talk to your doctor so you can find out if you have diabetes.

What to do if I'm diagnosed?

To manage and prevent the condition from causing other health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, and foot ulcers (which can lead to amputation if not treated) your doctor will very likely send you to an endocrinologist that specializes in diabetes. In the meantime you can check out the information provided by the American Diabetes Association for newly diagnosed patients.

Foot health

As mentioned above diabetes can cause dangerous foot ulcers. Staying on top of your foot health will require you to check your feet on a daily basis to ensure that you have no cracked or open sores. In addition, you can check out my 10 Ten Tips for Diabetic Feet.

If you have diabetes and need to be seen, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment.  You can also request an appointment online.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

Our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe. You can print out the newsletter for easier reading!

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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