Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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By Dr. Rion Berg
June 11, 2013

Investing in the right shoe for the right foot will go a long way to saving your sole by the end of a long work day or athletic activity. Keep in mind the following six tips when making a shoe purchase.

#1 All shoes were not created equal.  Regardless of the activity you do, your feet will feel better when the shoe you wear:

  • Bends at the ball and not in the middle
  • Has a firm heel counter
  • Doesn’t twist easily from side to side

#2 Choosing the right shoe for the right activity depends on:

  • Your weight
  • Your work/exercise
  • Your foot type
  • The surface you are on

#3 The more flexible and flatter your foot, the more likely you are will require a firmer shoe with rigid shank.  The more rigid and higher your arches, the more midfoot support and shock absorbing the shoe will have to be.

#4 Whenever possible, replace the insert that comes with your shoes with either an over the counter insert such as Superfeet or Powerstep, or a prescriptive orthotic.

#5 Match the type of shoes to the activity you are doing. Slip on backless Merrills, Crocs, and flip flops are casual wear that are not meant for long distance walking, hiking, or working.  Use them after work to take a break from your enclosed shoes, but remember, the less the shoe, and the less the lacing, the less support you will have.

#6 Even excellent shoes wear out. The midsole of the shoe is made of a shock absorbing material. As such, it is meant to last approximately 400-600 miles of average use. While you might not be able to look at the shoe and detect this, you should replace your shoes after approximately one year. 

Come in and have one of our foot specialists measure your feet to ensure you have the appropriate shoe size.for free. Call us ahead of time at 206-368-7000.

By Rion A. Berg, DPM
June 19, 2012

As I approach the summer, the number of patients coming in who go barefoot at home, and wear minimal foot gear during the day increases.  It’s totally understandable given the fact that we at least want to pretend summer’s here, dress down, and give our feet some air.

Here are some tips on how to keep foot loose and worry free.

First, remember that no matter how much you love shedding those shoes, being barefoot all day for most of us, is too much.  There are a select number of people who with the right training and the right foot, can be coached in barefoot running. For the rest of us however, who are carrying on a full load of household and play activities, a limited amount of time without closed shoes will not hurt you. That means, however, for the rest of our day, our feet need support to carry our load.

With that said and done, the question is, how much support is enough? Can we get by wearing thongs/flip flops? Are Tevas and other “supportive” sandals supportive enough?

To answer this question, you may need to be honest with yourself regarding how much support usually feels good with in each activity. Thus, if you’re lucky enough to have a good arch, you may be fine around the house barefoot or in sandals, but you are probably better off wearing more supportive shoes for extended standing or walking activities.

Second, open backed shoes, such as Crocs and Merrills are likely more supportive than thongs/flip flops, they still should be used a limited amount of time.  The reason for this is very simple. The closed back of a shoe and the full lacing adds a tremendous amount of support to your foot. So, yes, if you’re going to be on your feet all day, travelling, or hiking, you should be wearing a supportive athletic shoe or light weight hiking shoe.

Third, remember that even the best athletic shoes come with a very flimsy arch support. That means spending more and adding at least an over the counter full length support such as Powerstep. It truly will make a world of difference in helping you avoid developing chronic foot strain or plantar fasciitis.

Lastly, beware of stepping on foreign objects while you’re foot loose. A recent traveler came in and after performing bathroom surgery elected to have me take a look. Multiple spines had to be removed and the foot can become infected easily once an object penetrates the skin. If you suspect you’ve stepped on something foreign, have a foot specialist evaluate you as soon as possible. We really do want to keep you foot loose and worry free!

If you're experiencing foot pain, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.