Mom: Give Yourself the Gift of Pain-Free Feet
By Dr. Rion Berg
May 06, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: heel pain   bunions   Morton's Neuroma  

Mother's Day is here and you're looking forward to taking a break from all the things you do every day. Whether you're a mom running after young children or a mom whose kids are grown, and now your running after their kids. The truth is that you seldom have time to treat yourself.

Perhaps you've had some foot problems and you've simply haven't had the time to make it a priority. Well mom, now is the time to give yourself the gift of pain free feet.

Here are some of the most common foot pain problems we see in women:

Morton's Neuroma

Neuromas are more common in women who wearing high heels or are runners, although other women can also acquire it. Morton 's neuroma is a thickening of the nerves that leads to the third and fourth toes where you are most likely to feel the pain. Neuromas develop as a result tissue rubbing and irritating the nerves. If you feel like your walking on a pebble or have numbness, tingling or pain in that area of the foot you most likely have a neuroma.

Some fixes to try at home are icing the area and wearing shoes with no more than a 1 inch heel and don't squeeze your toes. If pain persists, orthotics can correct how you walk to lessen it.

Plantar Fasciitis

Women will often discover they have heel pain or plantar fasciitis with first steps out of bed in the morning. That's when this foot problem is most painful. As the fascia and calf muscles warm up and stretch the pain subsides. However, the problem is still there and needs to be treated. If you've just figured out you have this problem than trying an over the counter insert like Powerstep can be a good starting point. If pain persists you'll need to see a Seattle podiatrist that can offer a more comprehensive plan to help you get out of pain.

Bunions

Bunions are also more common in women. Along with inheriting a foot type that can set you up for bunions, high heel wear can also be the culprit in bunion development and progression. If you've just started noticing that the bump on the side of your foot is getting larger, the most important thing to do is to limit your high heel wear. But don't stop there. Come in for an evaluation with Dr. Berg to make sure you're doing everything you can to stop the progression and reduce the pain.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. 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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