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Almost everyday I have a patient who complains of ball of foot pain. This is particularly true in the spring and summer with an increase in activities such as walking and hiking. It's also not unusual for a patient to increase their activities to get in shape or lose weight after a long period of not exercising.   

While the pain can have a sudden onset, when I get a detailed history of my patients I often find that they have changed their work or play activities and are spending more time on their feet.

Of course there are many possible diagnoses, but upon complete evaluation I usually find something faulty in their foot mechanics that in combination with increased activity, has produced the pain. Pain present directly under one joint will often help me differentiate the problem from tendon or nerve problems.

I also look for presence of bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet, high arches, neuromas, and tight heel cords/Achilles. Orthotics, physical therapy and use of special daily splinting for a limited time, can usually resolve the problem.

Summer is a time for outdoor fun. Don’t stand for foot pain. It is not normal and the faster you get it evaluated and treated, the faster you will be able to return to enjoy your spring and summer activities.

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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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By Rion A. Berg, DPM
October 25, 2012

These massive heels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearer’s feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes…The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today's impossible standards of beauty,” reported blogger Joanna Douglas.

Impossible standards of beauty?  No kidding. If you want to see something really spectacular, watch the video of the model putting these on and actually walking.

These shoes, of course, were created as art and not for actual wearing. Still, the message is there. Be smart when choosing high heels, especially really high heels. Reserve wearing them for special occasions. And be careful when you walk.

I am not going to say, “Never wear high heels.”  Most of my patients who wear them do not wish to give them up entirely. Some patients are making concessions if the job they have today keeps them on their feet standing or walking for long periods of time. The pain they have at night just isn’t worth it!

  1. If you wear high heels regularly, be sure to alternate your heel height froom lower to higher and back daily
  2. When wearing heels, protect the ball of the foot with a pad in the shoe or gel pad applied to your foot. (Visit www.diabeticfootdoc.com and search "gel pads")
  3. Stretch your achilles/calf muscle daily and especially before you exercise

If you develop daily pain in the back of your heel or in the ball of your foot, make an appointment to have your foot evaluated. Early evaluations can prevent serious foot pain and injury.

Rion A. Berg, DPM
Podiatrist and Board Certified Foot Surgeon

Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City
2611 NE 125th St., Ste 130
Seattle WA 98125



Our office is located north of Seattle in Lake City, within 10 minutes of Shoreline, Kenmore, Juanita, Sandpoint, Meadowbrook, Wedgewood, Maple Leaf, Broadview, Greenwood, Northgate, and Pinehurst. Parking is free and easily accessible.