Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

Posts for: January, 2014

By Dr. Rion Berg
January 14, 2014
Category: Heel pain
Tags: foot pain   hammertoes   high heels   high arches  

Watching Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams hit the red carpet at the Golden Globes with their high heel shoes, I started to wonder if they had high arches. You’d think only a podiatrist would wonder such things. But it seems lately that this issue has been a big concern for people seeking out information on our website.

If you are a woman with high arches and you have pain in your feet, there are some things to consider.

High arched feet primarily contact the ground in the heel and the ball of the foot. If you’re having pain you could have a condition called metatarsalgia. This condition can develop in the ball of the foot, particularly if you have a job that requires a lot of standing.

You may notice yourself gravitating toward your pretty high heels because they feel better then lower heeled shoes at first. That’s because the shoe matches the arch of your foot. Unfortunately when your heel is higher than one inch, more pressure is added to the ball of your foot.

If you wear heeled shoes frequently throughout the day, your Achilles tendon will tighten and you’ll increase the chance of developing unsightly hammertoes.

Recommendations for women with high arches:

  • Protect the ball of the foot with additional support either in the form of a metatarsal pad, or a slim over the counter ¾ length arch support that includes a metatarsal pad, if you wear heels regularly. Dr. Jill’s gel metatarsal pad’s are reusable and are applied directly to your skin.
  • Stretch your calves before working out at the gym or running outside. Wearing heels all day shortens the calf muscle and without proper stretching, you are more likely to have problems with your feet such as heel pain. If you don’t have prescriptive orthotics, replace the inserts that came with your athletic shoes with a good full length arch support. You can find Superfeet at local pharmacies or Powerstep at our office or online.
  • Wear a lower heel during the day. More supportive dress shoes with squarer heels no higher than 1.5 inches would be best. When fashion dictates, alternate between wearing dress heels and lower heels or flats.

You may have been born with pretty high arched feet, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with pain. If you’ve tried over the counter arch supports  and your pain is not better, seek consultation with a foot specialist.

The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City in Seattle has been treating patients for over 30 years. Make an appointment by calling us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online at www.bergdpm.com/appointment.html.

Hey Seattle Seahawks fan! Have you ever thought about how our players keep winning? They have to keep their feet and toes in tip top shape. You as a 12thman also have a huge role to play in helping them win the game. This week as the Seahawks play the New Orleans Saints you’ll been screaming at the top of your lungs and stamping your feet.

You know you can’t be a very good 12thman with painful feet and toes. To get ready for the Superbowl, make sure to get that pain checked out. One of the more common problems we see in our practice is a heel pain condition called plantar fasciitis. This is very common among athletes and weekend warriors. One of the telltale signs of this condition is pain in the heel with the first steps in the morning. You may have tried anti-inflammatory medication or ice and you’re still not able to get relief.

To keep the earthquakes going, the legion boom sounding, and your feet pounding to root our Seahawks to another win, come in today for an evaluation. Our Seattle podiatrists are expert in treating heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and other foot conditions. 

Call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 to set up an appointment  today!

After the indulgent holiday season, people often feel New Year’s inspiration to get fit and healthy. Gyms are packed with sweaty weekend warriors on elliptical machines, trying to ditch their craft beer bellies. They envision their toned beach bodies on sleeveless summer days while they pound the elliptical.

All we want to do on these dreary Seattle days is hibernate under cozy sweaters, wool socks and fleece blankets. But the thought of warm weather can motivate us to achieve the bodies we wish to have. Plenty of us want tight abs for our bathing suits and toned arms for tank tops, but most are not thinking about the appearance of our feet in strappy sandals or open-toed Keens.

If toenail fungus has you feeling embarrassed about your feet, NOW is the time to start treatment, so that your piggies will look cute and clear for summer. Many people don’t realize that it can take several months for the new, healthy toenail to grow in.

One of the best ways to get rid of ugly fungus toenails is getting treated with the PinPoint Footlaser. It’s quick, painless, and there are no side effects. You can check out our most frequently asked questionsto find out more.

Does your summer body goal include healthy looking toenails? Schedule a free consult at our Seattle podiatry office to discuss your treatment options.

You can reach us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City in Seattle by calling us at 206-368-7000 or requesting an appointment online.

By Dr. Rion Berg
January 06, 2014
Category: Heel pain

Wearable technology is the big buzzword today at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas. We already know about technologies for folks who are health and fitness buffs and want to track everything from their steps to their level of relaxation. Predictions tell us that one day we will even be able to track our blood chemistry.

Even though many of these devices are useful, the truth is most of us don’t need a special device to tell us if something is wrong with our feet. Fortunately we have finely tuned systems that let us know when we feel pain. And we’ve been blessed with this feedback loop for millions of years.

If you’re feeling pain in your feet, you need to know that this is not normal. Of course if you’ve been a coach potato for a long time and then you decide to run 5 miles to start out the New Year, your feet are likely to hurt. But if you’ve been putting up with a lot of pain and your gut tells you something isn’t right, it isn’t.

Your feet are one of the hardest working parts of your body. Put yourself in your feet’s shoes. Imagine having to support all that weight for years and years on end. That’s why as we get older the likelihood of having foot problems increases.

One of the more common foot problems is heel pain, most often plantar fasciitis. Two of the main things we find in our Seattle Podiatry office is that patients with this condition have tight calf muscles and/or faulty foot mechanics. Health and fitness buffs including runnersare also at greater risk for this condition.

Our Seattle foot doctors have developed a comprehensive program for treating heel pain until it’s gone. If your own amazing feedback loop is giving you clear signals of foot pain, meet with one of our podiatrists today to start you on the path back to health. You can reach us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.