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By Dr. Rion Berg
December 23, 2015
Category: Ingrown toenails
Tags: children   kids  

In the fall, I often see a rush of parents bringing in their kids for problems with ingrown toenails.  Ingrown toenails can be a tough thing for kids and parents to deal with. Kids just want to be able to run and play and parents worry about how to help their children with this condition. Parents may also have concerns about how their child will handle the minor surgery needed to treat an ingrown toenail.

Before seeing the podiatrist, you can help reduce your child's pain level by using home remedies and taking some practical steps:

  • Soak your kid's foot in room-temperature water with Epsom's salt
  • Gently massage the side of the nail fold to help reduce inflammation
  • Make sure they're wearing the right shoe size so that their toe avoids repeated irritation. Avoid tight socks for the same reason.

Get it treated by a children's podiatrist

It's important that you find a podiatrist that works well with children and will take the time needed to make the procedure as painless as possible. Never try to cut out your kid's ingrown toenail. We've seen many cases of infection from people who have tried what we call "bathroom surgery".

Prevention

  • Get your child's feet measured regularly to ensure proper shoe size
  • Trim your child's nails straight across
  • Make sure your child is wearing the right shoe for their current sport's activity

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

 

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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 Dr. Rion Berg
September 19, 2013
Tags: foot doctor   mothers   children  

Next time you come to the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City you’ll probably notice a new face around the office. Dr. Berg is pleased to announce that Dr. Robyn W. Paloian has recently joined our practice. Dr. Robyn most recently worked for the Midwest Podiatric Centersin Minneapolis, MN as an Associate Foot and Ankle Surgeon. An honors graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, she completed her residency in foot and ankle surgery at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. degree in Neuroscience from Emory University.

Dr. Robyn moved to Seattle one year ago with her husband and almost two year old daughter. She grew up in Minneapolis and Southern California and was born in Des Moines, Iowa.

Our Patient and Community Relations Manager, Lynn Chapman, interviewed Dr. Robyn so that our patients can get to know her better.

What initially attracted you to the field of podiatry?

“Because I’m athletic--I run, practice yoga and dance--I’ve had my own afflictions with the lower extremities including a stress fracture, pulled muscles and sprains. My undergraduate coursework led me down a pre-med path. After meeting with podiatrists, I realized how much impact they can have on their patient’s lives even after a short visit. That helped me greatly in my decision to enter the field.”

What about being a podiatrist keeps you interested and wanting to learn more?

“I’m passionate about science and medicine and the fact that there are always new technologies emerging. I not only derive great pleasure from learning about the latest and greatest surgical techniques but also getting to meet new people every day and learning about my patient’s over time.” Dr. Robyn believes it’s important to get to know the whole patient, not just their feet. “I want to know about my patient’s lifestyle and interests. It makes treating the patient more effective, interesting, and rewarding.”

What areas of podiatry hold the greatest interest for you? “Complex cases are interesting because of the challenges they present, but even a problem that may seem simple or straightforward is equally enjoyable when I can help patients get quick relief with their ailments.”

What type of patients would you most like to serve?

“As a new mother, I can empathize with new parents and young families.” Even though she enjoys seeing her contemporaries, she’s very comfortable treating baby boomers and retired patients as well as children.

We have a lot of older adults and patients with disabilities in our practice. What is your approach to treating these patients?

“It goes back to getting to know the patient as a whole, staying engaged, and exhibiting a lot of compassion. My touch is gentler and my speech is gentler, instead of rushing through to see the next patient.”

I understand that you are somewhat of an exercise buff. Tell me more about that and how this might help you in treating patients who are also active.

“Being a runner and a yogi, I’m able to relate well to the athletic patient. I can appreciate all types of sports injuries and I can understand how they impact athlete’s physical goals and emotional wellbeing”.

Of course our patients want to know a little bit about your personal life.

“As I mentioned I have a toddler--she’s very busy and she keeps me on the run. As a family we enjoy getting outside, hiking, getting to know different areas of Seattle and Washington”. Her husband is also in the medical field, and works as a pediatrician. She feels fortunate to have someone to discuss new approaches in helping her young patients.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

“Music has always been a big part of my life”. She studied piano from age five to 18 and enjoys attending concerts and other musical events with her family. Dr. Robyn also participated in dance, taking classes of various styles and competing in high school.  To this day, you'll find her on the dance floor at any wedding or celebration.

Where have you travelled?

“I love seeing different regions of the United States”. She’s also been to the Middle East, Europe, and South America. “The Amalfi Coast in Italy was so beautiful and serene; I would like to explore it more”.

What do you enjoy about the Seattle area?

“The culture, the arts, food, and relaxed nature of Seattleites. I love how close this big city is to such beautiful and natural attractions--the mountains, the water and the greenery.”

If you are a young mother and/or have children or grandchildren who are experiencing foot pain or other problems, call us at 206-368-7000 and ask about making an appointment with Dr. Robyn in the coming months. Very soon she’ll be carrying her own patient load.