Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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By Dr. Rion Berg
February 05, 2014
Category: foot care

Are you attending the big parade today to celebrate our amazing win over the Broncos? If so it looks like you be in plenty of company with 500,000 plus people expected to line Seattle streets. At exactly 12:12 pm Seattle Seahawk fans were urged by Governor Inslee to scream at the top of their lungs. According to the Seattle Times, schools will be pretty empty with over 13,000 students absent and another 565 teachers absent, out of nearly 3,000 teacher’s total.

At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we’re making our own prediction. Plenty of sore feet! If you attend you will likely need a few tips for how to handle the blisters that will spring up during your hours of standing and walking.

Most blisters don’t require treatment but if you’re in pain you can soothe those bumps by applying Vitamin E ointment or an aloe-based cream. Don’t puncture a blister unless it is large and painful; unbroken skin over the blister provides a natural barrier and reduces the chance of infection.

Draining a Blister

  • Wash your hands and the blister thoroughly with soap and warm water
  • Apply alcohol or iodine to the blister
  • Use a needle that has been sterilized to puncture the blister
  • Puncture the blister near the edge and keep the skin in place
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment to the blister and cover with a bandage.
  • After a few day the dead skin can be cut away using scissors sterilized in alcohol

Call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City if you see signs of infection including white or yellow pus when the blister is drained or redness and increasing pain around the area of the blister. Call us at 206-368-0493 or request an appointment online.

Nothing can keep Richard Sherman down; even an ankle sprain in the 4thquarter of what will go down in history as one of the greatest Superbowl games ever. Our Seattle Seahawks played seamlessly last night. Across city, state, and country the 12thman was ecstatic as the touchdowns kept coming. Lucky for us Sherman has a long time to heal before he is back in the saddle again and thankfully all of our other players came out of this victory unscathed.

Although most of us aren’t going to get pounded by a beafy linebacker, ankle sprains are very common particularly for runners and other athletes. According to the American College of Sports medicine, 25,000 ankle sprains occur daily in the U.S. and more than 80 percent of them are a result of inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle with poor balance being one of the causes. That should give any of us pause when we start a new sport or we know our ankles may not been in the best shape.

Depending on the type and severity of the pain our Seattle podiatrists treat using a combination of the following:

  • R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation to reduce swelling and pain
  • Immobilization with a walking boot and crutches if needed
  • Use of anti-inflammatories

I also recommend mild bracing and/or wearing foot gear that come above the ankle during the healing process. Physical therapy is also tremendously helpful if a sprain doesn’t heal within 6 weeks and to improve balance for future forays.

Caution: if you sprain your ankle and it turns black and blue get immediate attention.

Otherwise, call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 so we can assist you in beginning the healing process.

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!