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It's summer, so it's no surprise that my patients are flocking to the stores to get their latest pair of flip flops. Everyday patients come in to see me about complaints ranging from pain in the ball of their foot to Achilles tendonitis. If you're going to wear flip flops that won't cause you pain you'll need to wear the right flip flop for your activity.

If you take your flip flop and it bends in half and easily twists you'll see that it has no support. These are fine for the beach or pool but if you plan to go for a walk of any distance you'll need to choose a more supportive flip flop to prevent injury or other foot problems.

For example, Vionic makes a Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal that only bend at the ball of the foot, have arch support, and a slight elevation in the heel. These are great for a stroll along the Edmonds waterfront or for short walks around your neighborhood.

Plan to walk more extensively or go for a short hike?  Flip flop like sandals will be the best choice so you don't twist an ankle. Good examples are sandals made by Chaco and Teva. Both have sandals with strapping across the toes and the ankles, good arch support, and allow your toes the freedom to move. Waterproof with rubber bottoms you can cross small streams if you need to.

If you've worn the wrong type of flip flops and are experienced pain, 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.

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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
June 20, 2016
Category: Heel pain

Summer is finally here and you're just bought yourself a new pair of flip flops and got a fabulous pedicure. Now you're totally set to have an awesome summer with your friends. Your first stop is the beach on Alki and then your all headed to the Seattle Great Wheel and for a long walk on the waterfront.

As a Seattle podiatrist, I'm here to let you know that while flip flops are great for the beach and pool, they pale in comparison to other types of sandals and shoes when it comes to keeping you upright. That's right--you're much more likely to twist and ankle, trip, and fall when you've got them on particularly when you wear them walking, dancing, or for other activities.

But that's not all!

They can also create a lot of other problems for your feet.

Heel pain - flip flops have absolutely no arch support. If you have flat feet, you're already prone to heel pain. Wearing flip flops will only make it more likely for you to develop this painful condition.

Bunions and hammertoes - the other problem with flip flops is that you have to constantly grip with your toes to keep them on your feet. That repeated gripping can cause painful tendinitis and lead to more rapid bunion and hammertoe formation. If your mother has either of these conditons, you're much more likely to get them -- swearing off flip flops except at the beach is a really good idea.

Stress fractures - walking, dancing, or exercising in flip flops can cause stress fractures or cracks in the bones of your feet.

Blisters - flip flops allow your foot to move around a lot and that can cause very painful blisters.

What Can Be Done?

  • Bring an extra pair of sandals or tennis shoes with you when you go out; that way you can switch out of your flip flops when activities ramp up.
  • Buy a pair of flip flops that have arch support like these Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal.
  • Look for a leather footbed when you shop; that will help prevent blisters.

If you're experiencing pain due to flip flop overuse, 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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As you dash out of work early today to get out of town or hit the beach, it's important to keep in mind that the same footwear you use at the lake or ocean are not necessarily appropriate for your evening fireworks viewing. While going barefoot or wearing flip flops are pretty low risk in sand, the same is not the case if you and your kids are wandering around the Seafair Summer 4th at Lake Union or you attend another event around town.

As your local Seattle podiatrist, I'm here to tell you that going barefoot or wear flimsy flip flops on around any fireworks, is a terrible idea. They simply do not mix.

Although fireworks shows can seem pretty safe, wearing flip flops or walking around with bare feet at these events can result in injuries.

  • Stubbed toe - often we stub our toe when walking around at night and stumble into a dresser drawer or some other object. The same is true of fireworks events. It's dark, you go wandering off to find the bathroom and ouch --there's a greater chance you're going to run into a cooler or a person. Wearing your sneakers or other closed toes shoes make this much less likely.

  • Tripping - wearing flip flops are a big set-up for trips and falls. If you're going to wear any type of flip flop make sure it has arch support and is made out of leather.

  • Burns - sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. You know this is true if you've ever accidentally touched one that was still hot. Plenty of people who attend these events bring their own fireworks including sparklers. Going barefoot, wearing flimsy flip flops, or any footwear that exposes your toes can set you up for a nasty burn if you happen upon one.

Do yourself and your family members a favor. Insist that everyone wear their sneakers to this year's 4th of July fireworks and save the bare feet and flip flops for the beach.

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 "Happy Feet for the Rest of Your Life" , 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
August 04, 2014
Category: foot care
Tags: flip flops   Veterans  

What do flip flops, Combat, and helping people rebuild their economy all have in common? Among the many vendors at Salmonfest Seattle in Lake City this past weekend was one that really stood out. Although flip flops are no big deal I kept passing by this booth wondering what it was all about. Not your frilly flip flops but flip flops that looked more heavy duty with a booth manned by well--men. The booth was called Combat with the tagline, “Bad for Running, Worse for Fighting”.

Of course being a Seattle podiatrist, I immediately thought of course flip flops are bad for running, but “Worse for Fighting”?  I finally stopped by and spoke to one of the founders, a former Army ranger who had served multiple deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. He wanted to do more to help the people left behind in postwar conflicts. From that “Combat” flip flops and other products were born. And it’s not just post war areas that are being helped. Currently their flip flops are manufactured in Bogota, Columbia center of the drug world.

When I came back from the fair I perused their website. They also make Cover and Concealment sarongs for women in Afghanistan, Peacemaker bangles in Laos made from bombs, and are currently doing a crowdsourcing campaign to make cashmere luxury scarves in Afghanistan (part of the funds generated through the cashmere project will go towards funding secondary school for Afghan girls through Aide Afghanistan for Education (AAE).I love it. As the father of a Lieutenant JG in the Coast Guard, I’ve always had a keen interest in hearing stories of Vets who are making a difference in our world.

Rion Berg, DPM
Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City
www.bergdpm.com
206-368-7000

By Rion A. Berg, DPM
August 16, 2012
Category: home foot care
Tags: diabetes   foot pain   wound   ulcer   foreign body   flip flops   ice   temperature  

The sudden onset of foot pain that persists throughout the day is not normal. It generally means something is inflamed, and if simple ice, rest, and elevation don’t resolve it, you should have your foot checked by your podiatrist.

The most wonderful thing in the human body is our highly sophisticated early warning system. We’re equipped with the most amazing network of sensory nerve fibers that rivals all of your computers and cell phones put together. 

The moment that something isn’t right in your foot, this system instantly communicates to your brain…”PAIN !!!  Stop whatever you’re doing to me, system will be shutting down in ’X’ minutes.”  I know this sounds silly, but assuming you have the ability to feel your feet, your feet are supplied with an incredible density of sensory nerve fibers that can sense touch, pain, temperature, vibration, and position.

.When you get something foreign in your foot like glass, splinter, hair, a piece of wire, or thorn, your body will react to this, first with setting of pain fibers to tell you something isn’t right, and then it will inflame around the object developing fluid and redness within
24 hours. This can lead to infection, or it may just wall itself off and be sore. Either way, the foreign matter must  be removed. If it’s really superficial and you can remove it without digging in with bathroom surgery, you may not need further attention. Clean it with soap and water, hydrogen peroxide, and apply an over the counter like triple antibiotic or Neosporin. Soaking in Epsom salts can also be helpful.

When you overuse your foot because of wearing flip flops too much, suddenly increasing your athletic activities like going on a long hike while on vacation, or too many hours crouched in the garden, your nerve endings around your joints will sense that you have pushed them too far.  Somehow we’re often able to do a lot of a certain activity without pain, until the next day; that’s when our foot starts talking to us. 

What happens here, is that you are exercising and having a lot of blood flow to the area. But once you overuse your tissues and then try to resume activity the next day, they are sending  you a delayed signal that they simply weren’t prepared for this much work. You may simply need to take a day off and ice, rest, and use an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. You may need to begin a stretching program regularly, and gradually increase your exercise regimen or distance you walk or hike.

Finally, a word to those of you who don’t feel normally because you have Diabetes or have loss of sensation because of a back injury:

You must inspect your feet daily. Studies have shown that redness and temperature will increase over a very localized area, like the ball of the foot, when it is overused.  This will precede the development of an open wound called an ulcer. 

So, for those of you with this problem, you will not get the early warning sign of pain, and must inspect your feet visually; use a mirror on the floor daily or have someone else look at your feet.  If you get off your feet immediately upon noticing the redness, it will gradually fade and you will avoid developing a wound.

In summary, we are blessed with the ability to feel pain. Our sensory nervous system is highly specialized to tell us when we’ve developed an injury or overuse syndrome.  Listen to your body, apply good common sense measures when you do develop a problem, and then if you have increasing pain, redness, or swelling lasting more than 24 hours, get medical attention. 

Be safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.

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

2611 NE 125th St., #130
Seattle, WA 98125
206.368.7000

www.bergdpm.com
www.diabeticfootdoc.com

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