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You may be wondering about the plastic shoes that Rhianna, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner are sporting these days. They sure look trendy. But are they OK for your feet?

It all depends.

It's one thing if you want to don some Crocs which have holes in them and are breathable. But the kind of plastic shoes I'm talking about are the ones that look like they just left a steam room. Witness like the ones you see in the photo.

Here are 5 foot problems that can bubble up from wearing enclosed plastic shoes.

Blisters

Wearing plastic shoes can leave you with some pretty awful blisters. I already tell my patients to wear socks that wick away moisture particularly if their physically active. With no socks and feet encased in a terrarium blisters are inevitable. And I'm not talking about one blister on the back of your heel, but wherever those shoes rub on your toes and feet.

Fungal Toenails

Anyone wearing closed toed shoes (pretty much all of us) is already at some risk for fungal toenails. Fungus loves a moist environment to grow. But walking around with your feet in a humidifier will only make the fungus happier and more likely to thrive. In addition, if those plastic shoes are tight and pointy your toenails are more likely to lift letting the critters under your nail bed where they'll set up shop.

Hot Foot

I'm not referring to walking on coals, but an allergic reaction to plastic that can feel like your feet are on fire. This reaction is called contact dermatitis.

Tripping and Falling

Plastic shoes can also be very rigid, putting you at greater risk for tripping and falling.

Foot Pain

Plastic shoes with plastic soles have absolutely no ability to absorb shock. If you have any foot problems they're likely be magnified in this type of shoe.

If you want to be trendy and wear these shoes on occasion that's fine. Don't walk very far in them and make sure to buy them in the afternoon when feet are the most swollen. You wouldn't want your feet to feel like they're in a straitjacket later on. Of course wearing socks that wick away moisture, like these socks from Saucony, would also be best.

Having foot pain from wearing bad shoes, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

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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I don't mean your actual lab, poodle, or schnauzer, but your feet. It's summer. The heat is on. And you're having trouble navigating a simple walk around Green Lake.

Foot pain is much more common than people think. Seventy-five percent of us will experience it at some point. And this isn't terribly surprising when we consider that these small miracles have to carry us around our whole lives.

Yet we abuse them by cramming them into shoes that are too tight, walk around barefoot in places where we shouldn't, and ignore the painful warning signals until we practically have to drag ourselves to the podiatrist.

Here are some of the most common foot problems you'll encounter this summer and tips for preventing them.

Heel pain or plantar fasciitis
Now that the sun is out it's impossible to stay indoors. If you're at risk for heel pain you'll be more likely to get a flare up with all the extra walking, running, and hiking you'll be doing.

Tips for prevention:

  • Build up your mileage slowly to help your body and feet adjust.

  • Remember to stretch your calf muscles for at least 2-3 minutes each or do Dynamic Warm-Ups if you're going to run

  • Use your orthotics. If they're giving you problems you likely need an adjustment from your podiatrist.

Ankle sprains and fractures
Playing sports that require a lot of jumping and turning or simply stepping off a curb the wrong way can lead to an ankle sprain or fracture.

Tips for prevention:

  • Purchase shoes designed for the activity you enjoy. They will help prevent injuries because they provide the type of support you need specifically for that activity.

  • Scout out playfields ahead of time and remove objects that can cause tripping.

  • Work with a trainer or yoga instructor to build strength in your feet and ankles.

Puncture Wounds and Cuts
Puncture wounds and cuts are much more common in the summer simply because we don't wear shoes.

Tips for prevention:

  • Cruising the beach or watering your garden, wear flip flops or garden shoes to protect your feet from puncture wounds and cuts.

  • Avoid taking a dip in the water if you have a cut to avoid a bacterial infection.

Blisters
Whether you're hiking or simply taking a walk, blisters are a common reality in the summer. Caused by friction (your foot rubbing against your shoe), heat, and moisture there are ways to keep them at bay.

Tips for prevention:

  • Ensure your shoes fit properly - go to a shoe store like Nordstrom's or REI with well trained staff. Get your feet measured to ensure your shoe size hasn't increased.

  • Wear socks that wick away moisture

  • Use a piece of surgical tape over the areas that tend to blister

We'd love to help you enjoy the rest of the summer. Come in today if you've experiencing any of the foot and ankle problems described above. We'll help stop your "dogs" from barking.

Also Read This!
5 Hacks for Preventing Blisters in Runners
3 Do It Yourself Remedies for Heel Pain in Runners
Best Socks for Runners and Hikers

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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 Dr. Rion Berg
March 13, 2017
Category: Heel pain
Tags: blisters   wrong shoe size  

Did you know that many foot problems start with your shoes? It's not surprising when you consider that our feet have to bear all of our weight and our shoes have to fit just right to support us.

Here are 5 clues to help you determine whether you need to give your shoes the boot:

Toenail Bruising
Certainly wearing shoes that are too short can cause this problem, but it's also possible that your shoes don't fit well in other ways. For example, if you purchased a pair of hiking boots and you notice bruises on your big toes after a long hike.

Very likely these bruises occurred as you were hiking down and your toes hit the top of your shoes. Size is not the only thing to look for in a boot; correct width in the heel and other places has to be just right or your feet will slide forward. To get a boot that fits I recommend REI.

Pain Across the Top Of Your Foot
You've tried clogs several times but they kill the top of your feet. Very likely you have a high arched foot that won't accommodate your shoe choice. Choose shoes with a flexible midsole and avoid shoes that have straps that hit in the wrong place or won't span the top of your foot. Look for shoes that cover your foot lower down toward your toes. For suggestions see Barking Dog Shoes.

Blisters
Blisters occur due to a combination of poor fit, friction, and moisture. Often shoes that do not keep your heel in place but rise up will put you at risk for blisters. Often this occurs in people who have a narrow heel who have a hard time finding a shoe that will stay in place. It's important to go to a store such as Nordstrom that specialize in fitting all types of feet. If you're active, wearing socks that can wick away moisture will also help in preventing blisters.

Toe Pain
Your toes should never hit the top of your shoes. Now you probably bought your shoes when they fit just fine. You tried them on, walked around in them, and then had the sales person press down on the front to make sure you had plenty of room.

But since then perhaps you had a baby or you've gained weight. It's not uncommon to have your shoe size go up as a result of these changes. Getting rid of that toe pain can be as simple as buying a pair of shoes that fit correctly.

Heel pain
Heel pain and other types of foot pain can occur when you're not getting proper support from your shoes, particularly if you're a runner. The rule is to buy a new pair of running shoes every 500 miles. For the average person that's one a year. But if you run 30 miles a week you're going to need to replace them more often to keep them working for you.

For more information visit my blog "7 Shoe Shopping Tips For Women". And guys, most of these tips are good for your too!

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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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In the winter many of us love to be in the mountains snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding, while the rest of us would rather be indoors reading a good book in front of a roaring fire. Either way you could be faced with winter foot problems you'd rather avoid. Here are 15 hacks to help prevent or alleviate these problems.

Dry or Cracked Heels

Cracked and dry heels have many causes but dry, wintry air is definitely one of them. While we usually have plenty of moisture in Seattle at this time of year, if you continuously use a wood burning stove, baseboard heat, or one of those portable heaters you can dry out the air and your feet can become dry and cracked. Besides changing your heat source here are some other ways to prevent dry skin.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is very common in people with flat feet. And in the winter when we're not as active, calf muscles can tighten up. As soon as we hit the slopes or do some snowshoeing we're pulling on those tight calves which in turn can activate our heel pain.

  • Make sure you get yourself in shape before you go to Stevens Pass and that includes doing proper stretches to get your calves loosened up. Tight calves are one of the key factors in developing plantar fasciitis.

  • Weight gain can cause your arches to fall, making plantar fasciitis more likely. Check your shoe size so you can make sure you're wearing shoes or ski boots that fit.

  • Make an appointment with a Seattle podiatrist to get your feet checked. Shoe inserts or orthotics can correct your faulty foot mechanics.

Fractures

Winter sports enthusiasts put themselves at greater risk for ankle, foot and toe fractures. The rest of us can slip on slick sidewalks and stairways.  Some hacks to help prevent falls are:

  • Keep your body physically fit for your favorite outdoor sport. Your body needs to be able to handle the twists and turns that are inevitable for skiers and snowboarders.

  • Wear the right footgear for the sport you love and make sure they fit properly. Also, wear low heels and shoes that will give you some traction.

  • Many people love to train on Seattle's staircases. Make sure the steps aren't icy.

Raynaud's Syndrome

Do your toes and fingers turn bluish-white when they're exposed to the cold? Then you very likely have Raynaud's Syndrome. This syndrome is not dangerous but it is uncomfortable. The color changes as a result of small spasms in the blood vessels which reduce the blood flow to your extremities.

Some hacks to help Raynaud's Syndrome are:

  • Reduce or stop smoking.

  • Check with your physicians about your medications.

  • Wear warm socks that wick away moisture (moisture can make your feet colder). If you're a runner, try a pair of Balega running socks.

Blisters

Dry feet and friction cause blisters. Participating winter sports will make blisters more likely. Here are some simple hacks to prevent them.

  • Wear shoes that fit. Your heels are common places for blisters, particularly when they can't stay in place.

  • Wear socks that wick away moisture (sweat can also cause blisters).

  • Use a piece of surgical tape on the areas of your feet that tend to blister.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

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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Each year we eagerly wait for Spring to arrive. Now that it's here we're ready to get off the couch and get our bodies moving. Whether we're walking more, starting a new running program, digging in our garden, or kicking around a soccer ball with friends our feet may be giving us some problems we didn't know we had.  We may discover some skin or toenail issues or new foot pain.

Either way it's time to give your feet some love so they can easily take you on your Spring adventures. Learn how you can prevent the most common Spring foot problems with these 16 hacks!

Stinky feet
When we're more sedentary and it's cool outside we tend to have few problems with foot odor. But as the temperature rises and we're walking or running our feet can become pretty stinky. Fungus and bacteria love a humid environment.

Hacks:

1. Change out your shoes on a daily basis to let them dry out

2. Wear socks made from materials that wick away moisture from your feet; try socks with materials such as polypropylene or polyethylene instead of moisture attracting cotton

3. Use foot powder to keep your feet dry

4. Plug your shoes in with the SteriShoe+ Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer; it destroys 99% of all the fungus and bacteria that cause foot stink

Dry, Cracked Heels
Wearing sandals, walking in backless shoes, and going barefoot will all lead to dry, cracked heels.

Hacks:

5. Use flip flops for short trips outside so that your heels don't get so much battering from the pavement.

6. Soak your feet in the bath and use a pumice stone to get rid of the unsightly dryness

7. Use a creme just for dry and cracked heels such as this newly formulated product All Natural Foot Cream.

Blisters
With any prolonged physical activity you're likely to get a blister. Anything you can do to prevent friction between your skin and your socks and shoes will help.

Hacks:

8. Follow the first three moisture reducing hacks to prevent stinky feet. Dry feet and socks will reduce the friction that cause blisters to form.

9. Buy shoes that fit. Ill-fitting shoes are much more likely to cause blisters.

10. Use surgical tape on skin areas that are blister prone (see my latest blog on this newest hack for blisters).

Heel Pain
In spring I always see more heel pain. Weekend warriors or anyone who's been sedentary in the winter months are often the first to call my office.

Hacks:

11. Are your orthotics still working well or are you experiencing mild or even moderate pain when you wear them? Our feet grow and change over the years. It's important to get your orthotics checked on an annual basis to be sure they are still doing the job.

12. Use Dynamic Warm-ups for Runners to reduce the likelihood of heel pain or other foot problems.

13. Buy new shoes. If you haven't bought athletic shoes in a year, it's time for a new pair. If you're a runner or participate in other activities check out my blog How to Buy the Best Running Shoes.

Athlete's Foot and Fungal Toenails
Athletes foot and fungal toenails are caused by fungus. Although fungus is everywhere in our environment it particularly loves to grow where it's warm, wet, and dark; namely our shoes.

Hacks:

14. Reduce the moisture in your shoes by using any of the fixes for stinky feet.

15. Use flip flops in lockers rooms and at swimming pools to avoid fungus rampant in these areas.

16. Wear shoes that fit. If your toes are hitting the top of your shoes they're more likely to cause trauma to your toenails making it much easier for fungus to set up shop.

Having foot pain or fungal toenails call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

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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