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By Dr. Rion Berg
March 10, 2017
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunion surgery  

Star wide receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons had bunion surgery this week claiming it was a success on social media. He'll still need 4-5 months to recover but it looks very good for him to start practicing at training camp in July.

Of course football stars are under tremendous pressure to perform. We can't know how bad his bunion was but if it was hampering his ability to do his job it makes sense that he got it done.

Bunions just don't appear out of nowhere. They usually develop slowly over time and can progress to the point where surgery might just be the right decision for you. However, I've done surgery in patients as young as 20 where their bunions were already so bad they were hampering their life to such a degree that more conservative treatments just weren't going to cut it.

But for most people early treatment and preventive efforts can slow bunion progression. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City Dr. Rion Berg will often recommend custom orthotics to correct the biomechanics of your foot to decrease the pain you feel well before surgery is discussed.

Why do I have bunions?

Bunions aren't inherited but the foot types that put you at risk for bunions are. For example, many of my patients have flat feet and the constant overpronation (feet rolling in) can cause the big toe to move toward the smaller toes creating a bunion.

Although you can't do anything about your foot type, in addition to getting orthotics you can help stop the progression of your bunions by staying away from high heels and by wearing shoes that give you plenty of room in the toe box.

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.

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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Is Victoria Beckham, the queen of fashion, really hanging up her stillettos? Well not quite, although she is getting closer. Plagued with horrific bunions for many years, she has refused to give them up even a little until now. She says they will now be part of her "sometimes" look rather than an "even in my backyard" look. 

Even though she's not giving them up entirely, as a Seattle podiatrist I have to give her credit for finally doing something good for her feet and health.

What happens when you let your bunions go for too many years by either ignoring them or continuing to wear heels?

They get much worse!

If you've been suffering from bunion pain but have yet to do anything about it, here are some questions to ask yourself. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 with  1= a minor problem to 10 = a major problem.

-how much pain do my bunions cause?
-do I have trouble finding a pair of shoes I can wear?
-do I have pain under the ball of my foot?
-does the pain impact my quality of life?

If you answered in the lower range between 1-4, solutions that can work well include wearing shoes that are designed to accommodate a bunion and not make it worse, heels no higher than 1 inch, padding to alleviate friction and pain, special exercises to maintain joint mobility, and orthotics to align the feet properly if foot mechanics are problematic.

If you answered in the upper range 5 and over, some of these solutions might still work but bunion surgery is also something to consider.

Stop the agony, come in today and get evaluated by Dr. Rion Berg who has successfully treated bunions for over 30 years.

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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By Dr. Rion Berg
April 28, 2015
Category: Bunions

Victoria Beckham is a proud mama. Her son Romeo, age 12 finished the London Mini-Marathon on April 26th to raise money for UNAIDS. However it's doubtful that Victoria could have run that marathon without being in terrible pain.

When I first blogged about Victoria's bunions in 2013, they were so bad she was forced to put her feet on ice and do daily exercise to avoid having a bunionectomy, a procedure strongly advised by her doctors. She was told by her podiatrists that if she didn't do something soon she’d never be able to don her heels again. We haven't been able to find an update on poor Victoria so we don't know if she's gone under the knife.

If you have bunions, you can empathize with poor Victoria but you don’t need to suffer needlessly. You may wonder, “What caused my bunion”?

The number one cause of bunions is wearing shoes that are too tight and squishing your feet into pointy high heels. Bunions can also run in families due to faulty foot structure. Continuing to wear pointy heels can cause them to get worse as you age.  

Hopefully you're not a slave to fashion like Victoria Beckham, but if you have bunions you may be wondering, “At what point do I need surgery”?

As a Seattle podiatrist I ask patients to ask themselves a few questions.

-how painful is my bunion?
-how much is it impacting my quality of life? (If you have activities you love and can no longer do them, than that might tilt the scales to yes, rather than wait.)
-can I still wear my shoes?
-do I have pain under the ball of my foot?

Not all bunions surgery is a must. As Seattle podiatrist I’ll try every conservative treatment beforehand at my Seattle podiatry office. But if you’re in agony like Victoria Beckham, the one way to find out is by making an appointment today by calling us at 206-368-7000 or requesting an appointment online.

Kathy Lee Gifford former talk show host of Live with Regis and Kathy Lee and the current co-host of Today’s show with Hoda Kotb, had no problem talking about her bunions on her Facebook page. She recently started a Q & A and told her fans to ask her anything. One fan reminded her that she met her in Nantucket where they compared bunions. She asked her if she’d had surgery and Kathy let her know that she’d had both her bunions done 7 years ago.

You may be wondering if bunion surgery is something that you should consider.

As a conservative practicing Seattle podiatrist, I don’t do surgery unless I have to. Before getting into the nitty gritty about surgery, here are a few things to know about bunions.

Bunions progress over time. Tight shoes and high heels in particular can be the biggest culprit. Although they aren’t hereditary the propensity to get bunions is often due to faulty foot structure (flat feet for example) which can be. So if you took identical twins with the same foot structure, depending on activity level, shoe type, and other factors one could get bunions and one may not.

My goals for bunions are to

  • relieve pressure and pain caused by the friction
  • stop the progression.

Once we’ve tried everything, then and only then will we start to talk about bunion surgery described in detail on my website. You can also check out the testimonials of one of my patients who was quite young when she had the surgery.

Call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City if you or a family member is suffering from this condition. We’ll do a thorough assessment to determine next steps. You can reach us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

By Dr. Rion Berg
April 28, 2014
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions   bunion surgery  

Some wealthy women are flocking to podiatrists in Beverly Hills and Manhattan to obtain weird sounding foot surgeries such as the “Cinderella Surgery”, a “Model T”, and a “Foot Tuck” so they can wear the fashionable shoes they crave. As a podiatrist that has a more conservatory approach to care, I can’t even imagine reconstructing toes so that my patients can wear a pointy pair of Jimmy Choos or increase the fat pad in patient’s feet so they can more easily wear high heels.

Although it would likely be the rare person in Seattle who would want that, many of these women are also asking for bunion surgery which is something I will do but only if we’ve tried other modalities to correct the problem.

Relieving pain from bunions has little to do with fitting into the perfect shoe, but being able to fit into any shoe without pain. If you have bunions it is most likely a result of having a foot structure that puts you at greater risk for this painful condition. Of course wearing tight shoes and high heels can cause them to progress, so if you’re still doing that I’d recommend that you cease and desist.

When I work with patients with bunions I have two primary goals. One is to reduce pain and pressure and two is to stop it from getting worse.

Methods I use to help you include:

  • Using special padding to eliminate friction and reduce inflammation you experience when wearing shoes and walking.
  • Eliminating corns and calluses
  • Recommending foot wear that will stop the progression (I’ll be doing a shoe shopping event at Nordstrom this weekend to help women find the shoe that works best for them)
  • Custom orthotics to help align your foot to the proper position
  • Bunion surgery only if necessary

I love helping patients of all ages overcome their problems with bunions. If you’ve been experiencing the pain of bunions for too long and you’re not just trying to fit into the latest fashion call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000. You can also request an appointment online.