Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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By Rion A. Berg, DPM
November 02, 2012
Category: foot care


What are compression stockings?
Compression stockings are specially designed to improve the circulation of your legs and feet. They are made of a lightweight material that creates more pressure from the bottom of the foot and less as it goes up the leg.

How do they work?
The most important effect of these stockings is to improve the blood flow returning from your feet to your heart. In doing so, this will prevent swelling, or even worse, the development of sores in the legs or ankles known as venous stasis ulcers. In addition for those of you who stand all day, they will absolutely decrease the fatigue in your legs.

When are they worn?
They are best worn from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night.

What is the difference between over-the-counter (OTC) and prescriptive stockings?
The difference between OTC and prescriptive stockings is that prescriptive stockings are of greater strength. Your physician is the only one who can decide what strength you will need to control swelling and prevent ulcerations.

When are prescriptive stockings required?
The truth is that all of us who stand, walk, work even a moderate amount of hours on our feet would benefit from wearing these stockings. It is an absolute necessity if you’re already experiencing chronic swelling of the legs due to venous insufficiency, or have had a history of developing venous stasis ulcerations of the ankle or leg.

You may be thinking compression stockings are only for aging adults, when in fact, OTC stockings can bring significant relief to anyone who is experiencing fatigue in their legs after standing for a period of time.

If you have questions or concerns about pain or discomfort in your legs, please feel free to call our office at 206.368.7000 or request an appointment on-line.

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

OTC compression stockings are available at our office in Lake City or at our on-line store, (search socks).

Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City
2611 NE 125th St., Ste 130
Seattle, WA 98125
206.368.7000

www.bergdpm.com
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By Rion A. Berg, DPM
September 11, 2012
Tags: diabetes   heart disease   fatigue  


Randy Jackson is a producer, entrepreneur, television personality and judge on American Idol. He also has Type 2 Diabetes.

His new campaign, Take Diabetes to Heart is designed to
“help people living with Type 2 diabetes ‘get in tune’ with the disease and to ‘drum up’ awareness of serious complications, including heart disease.”

Jackson, 56, was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes 9 years ago. He originally thought he just had the flu, feeling “tired, lethargic, and thirsty all the time.”  By the time he actually sought medical attention, his blood sugar was five times normal!

After the initial shock wore off, Jackson worked with his physician and through weight loss (over 100 pounds, with the help of gastric bypass surgery), changes in his diet and exercise, his Diabetes is in much better control.

In this blog we have written often about Diabetes, how to reduce the risk, best practices if you have it and how to take care of your feet. And we’ll keep running articles about Diabetes for you so you always have current information for yourself and for those you care about.

Take care, and be sure to forward this article to people in your life with who have Diabetes or are at risk for Diabetes.

Rion Berg, DPM
Podiatrist and Board Certified Surgeon

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

www.bergdpm.com
www.diabeticfootdoc.com

Our office is located in Northeast Seattle within 10 minutes of Shoreline, Kenmore, Juanita, Sandpoint, Meadowbrook, Wedgewood, Maple Leaf, Broadview, Greenwood, Northgate, and Pinehurst. Parking is free. For bus commuters, routes 41 and 243 stop right in front of our office at 26th & NE 125th.