Our feet are miraculous. With 26 bones and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments our feet have to work in sync with each other to allow humans to walk, run, dance, skate, and do whatever we think of that involves locomotion.

Not only that, our feet have an early warning system that tells us when something is wrong.

As a Seattle podiatrist, I let my patients know that they should never ignore the following warnings their feet give them when there's trouble.


Pain is the number one symptom that our feet experience as we go through life. And it totally makes sense. With all that running around we're more than likely to bump into something, jamming our toes and breaking or twisting our ankles as a result.

We go from teetering in high heels to sneakers and we get everything from painful bunions and hammertoes to painful heels and neuromas.

Even if we do nothing at all, we can experience pain as a result of diabetic neuropathy.


We get itchy athlete's foot from keeping our feet shod in socks and shoes where critters love to grow in the dark and damp.

Itching can also be a sign of psoriasis, eczema, and allergies.

Burning and Lack of Sensation

It may seem strange to put burning and lack of sensation together in the same sentence, but that's just what diabetic's experience. Diabetic neuropathy causes nerve damage in more than 50% of people with this condition. In this case, the nerves, which are part of our early warning system, are no longer able to work properly. To prevent other problems in the feet, diabetics need to work with a podiatrist who knows how to educate and treat patients with diabetes.

For more information about diabetes check out these articles:

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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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