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Last week you learned all about how well Steven Haushcka takes care of his nails. But did you know that football players, especially kickers that wear their shoes super tight are more at risk for developing toenail fungus? Who else is at risk? Any 12th man participating in sports such as soccer or running, swims or works out and doesn’t wear flip flops in the pool, shower or locker room, or goes to nails salons where equipment isn’t cleaned properly.

Some of you may never know exactly what caused your toenails to look thick and ugly, but luckily there is something you can do about it.

1. First, find out if you really do have fungal nails. Podiatrists with experience in treating toenail fungus can do this through visual inspection or have your nails tested to ensure they are fungal. Not all thick, ugly nails are fungal nails but can be the result of trauma.

2. Avoid using all the gimmicky topicals you read about online. Vicks Vaporub and Listerine will not cure your fungus.

3. Make sure your Seattle podiatrist is giving you alternatives to treating your fungal nails. Many diabetics in our practice have very thick, fungal nails that don’t respond well to typical treatments such as laser. Medical based urea gels can be used to soften and debride nails to look better. Oral medications may also be indicated for your particular situation.

4. Find out if the podiatrist you choose is providing an aftercare program if he or she does laser treatment on your nails.

Final words to our beloved 12th man about fungal nails.

  • Don’t wait to get treated. Mild cases are much easier to treat than fungal nails that are years in the making.

  • Wear socks that wick away moisture from your feet. Cotton socks are usually the best. Fungus loves to grow in warm, damp, dark places.

  • Do you tend to sweat a lot? We recommend the SteriShoe+ Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer designed to kill 99% of all fungus and bacteria in your shoes. This will help prevent fungal nails as well and also treat shoes if you do have fungus.

After we win the Super Bowl on Sunday, don’t wait to get your ugly nails checked out. Call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

By Dr. Rion Berg
December 12, 2014
Category: Heel pain
Tags: toenail fungus   Seahawks   heel height  

You may not to go through the extremes to get the right shoe like Seahawk kicker Stephen Hauschka does, but getting the right shoes can make a huge difference in your life. In today’s Seattle Times, Hauschka was highlighted because he needs the perfect shoe to keep making those game winning field goal kicks. In order to get the right shoes he’s been scouring Ebay since the shoe manufacturer has discontinued Nike Vapor 7s, the shoe that keeps him winning for the Seahawks.

As your Seattle podiatrist, I advocate bringing an extra pair of shoes along if you must squeeze your feet into high heels for the holidays. But it’s important to have the right shoes all year long to keep them in tip top shape.

Here are some tips to ensure the shoe fits:

Heel Height Matters

At this time of year you’re probably doing a lot of walking in boots to get your holiday shopping done. However, getting your heel height right is something to pay attention to all year long. Remember to keep the heel height one inch or lower, but that doesn’t mean wearing UGGs. UGGs are totally flat and these can cause as much or more pain than a high heeled boot particularly if your prone to getting heel pain.

Shoe Must Match the Activity

Although you probably aren’t kicking field goals, you have lots of other activities you engage in that need the right shoe. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, choose a shoe with a rounded toebox and lower heel height. If you run, go to a store like Super Jock and Jill that specializes in helping clients choose the right shoe. Save flip flops for lounging on the beach during that cold weather vacation or when going into a public shower to prevent toenail fungus, but once summer arrives in Seattle avoid walking for long distances in this casual wear shoe.

Avoid Buying Shoes Online

Ok, I know you can buy shoes on Ebay and other online shoe stores to get a great deal. Maybe this works out for Seahawk Hauschka. However, it’s important to get your feet measured to get the right fit. Our feet frequently increase in size as we get older. And Ebay shoes are often used shoes and will have a wear pattern that may promote problems in your feet. If you do live shoe shopping, keep in mind, there should be at least an index finger of width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Nordstrom, Shoe Advantage, and Wooley Mammoth are stores you can trust to measure your foot correctly.

At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake, we also provide assistance in getting you the right shoe for your foot. Call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

Fortunately for the Seahawks and Seahawk fans, K.J. Wright has a chance to play on Sunday against the 49ers according to head coach Pete Carroll. Wright missed the last four games after breaking his right foot against our current rivals. As you watch the game this Sunday with your family you may be thinking about how to prevent sports injuries in your own kids.

Soccer is one of the most popular youth sports in Seattle. Some of the more common injuries in soccer are sprains and broken ankles. Soccer involves a lot of turning, twisting, and sudden movements. These can put a player off balance and set them up for injury.

Preventing Sprains and Ankle Injuries in Sports

  • Check your kid’s shoes to make sure they aren’t wearing down in ways that could set them up for an injury.
  • Encourage stretching and warm ups before play. Calf stretches and light jogging will get blood circulating and warm up ligaments.
  • Make sure that the surface they are playing on is even. Dips and holes in the field are a set up for injuries.
  • Taping and use of ankle braces can be very helpful in preventing injuries.

What Do To When An Injury Occurs

  • Ankle injuries should be treated immediately using immobilization and therapy. The purpose is to restore strength and balance for the most complete recovery.
  • Ankle sprains are often more than just a sprain and can include cartilage injuries or broken bones without your child knowing it. Early assessment and treatment of a sprain will help get your kid back into the action.
  • Ankle fractures are more serious and require immediate attention.
  • Turf toe is another common soccer injury. It occurs when the big toe is overextended during play which creates a jamming of the joint and severe chronic pain. Oral anti-inflammatory medications and taping are the first line in treating this injury. Depending on other factors more aggressive treatment may be needed.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City to see one of our Seattle podiatrists if your child sustains a sports injury. To make an appointment, call us at 206-368-7000.