Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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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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You've been hanging out at the beach with your friends and you've been pretty bummed out because you have ugly, fungal toenails. You'd love to be able to show off your toes, but instead you keep them hidden in water shoes so no one notices.

Instead of feeling ashamed of your toenails why not get them treated so you no longer have to feel embarrassed by them.

You may have already tried lots of over-the-counter treatments but it hasn't really done much good. Toenail fungus is hard to kill because it lives under your nail bed. Topical treatments are great for keeping down the amount of fungus on the outside of your nail. However, they can't penetrate the nail to reach the place where the fungus sets up shop.

Our office has been treating fungal nails for over 30 years. We use state-of-the-art treatments to give your nails the best chance of becoming fungus-free.

Our method includes the following tools and treatments:

  • laser treatment-laser penetrates the nail and kills the fungus under the nail bed

  • anti-fungal cream and solution

  • oral medication

  • UV shoe sanitizer to keep your shoes free of fungus

To learn more about our treatment works, you can review testimonials and other information on our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center page.

More information:
Guide to Eliminating Ugly, Fungal Toenails

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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Many times throughout my career as a podiatrist I've had patients come to me with big toenails that have turned black. Most often a black toenail is simply the result of nail trauma. The nail turned black because they're a runner or a skier and they wore shoes or boots that were just too tight. Or they loved to tinker with their car and they dropped a tire iron on their toe. Sometimes kicking a solid object too hard can also cause a blackened nail to arise.

But sometimes a black toenail can be the sign of toenail fungus or even worse, melanoma.

That's why it's so important to make sure to see a Seattle podiatrist if you notice your toenail is black or turning black.

Fungal Nails

Onychomycosis or fungal nails are a very common occurrence. In Seattle, our feet are covered in socks and shoes or boots most of the year. And many of us wear cotton socks that keep our feet slightly damp. This is the perfect environment for toenail fungus to thrive.

Some of us are more prone to nail fungus due to our genetics.

Runners and other active people also are at greater risk due to repetitive pressure on the nail bed which causes it to lift slightly allowing the fungus in where it can set up shop.

Fungal nails can be difficult to treat particularly if it's been a longstanding problem and the nail has thickened or the patient is immunocompromised.

It's best to get this condition treated as early as possible to ensure the best chance of success. Even so fungal nails can return just like a chronic case of gingivitis. Prevention is key for those who've had it by limiting their exposure--using socks that wick away moisture, alternating shoes on a daily basis, or using a UV light shoe sanitizer.

Melanoma

At worst a black toenail is diagnosed as melanoma, a very dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma tends to grow very slowly so it's important not to dismiss it. In fact, melanoma is the most common cancer of the feet. Unlike our face which we look at every day, many of us ignore our feet.

When found on the feet there is a much higher death rate due to this cancer which can spread throughout the body. That's because we are more likely to find it when it's already too advanced to adequately treat.

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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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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Although your husband would be perfectly happy with an Ipad, the latest XBox, or tickets to the Superbowl for Christmas there's only one thing you really want to give him.

Toenails that won't gross you out every time you look at them.

You're so tired of having to harass him about his toenails. It seems like no matter how hard you've tried to tell him how much of a turn off his toenails are, getting him to go to a doctor is harder than getting him to do just about anything.

One thing is for certain, men hate being in pain and they care deeply about their families. Here is some sure fire ammo to get them to think twice about leaving their fungal toenails alone.

Fungal Nails Get Nastier and Cause Pain Over Time

Fungal nails usually don’t just sit there without changing. Just like any good fungus they replicate and grow legs or hyphae. Imagine a root system on a plant spreading out—well fungus does the same thing on your nails. The only way you’re going to stop them in their tracks is by treating them. And the sooner you treat them, the less likely they’ll get thick and cause pain.

Toenail Fungus Can Spread to Family Members

So he might not care about how they look, but he probably cares a lot about passing it on to you and the kids. Until you can convince him, here are some stopgap measures that can help it from spreading.

  • keep his toenail clippers segregated from everyone else’s and/or sterilize them every time he uses them with alcohol

  • wash his socks every time he wears them

  • don't allow anyone else to play around or wear his shoes

Diabetics with Toenail Fungus Are More Likely to Need a Toe Amputation

If your husband has diabetes and toenail fungus, this is a really bad combination. When compared to diabetics without toenail fungus, diabetics who do have it have are 3 times more likely to form ulcers which lead to amputations. If this doesn't scare him into doing something about his toenails, I don't know what will.

If after reading this blog you want to learn more, check out our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center for the latest information on laser treatment of fungal toenails.

More information about fungal toenails:

Fungal Nails are More Than a Cosmetic Problem in Diabetic Patients
The Painful Truth About Toenail Fungus
Guide to Elminating Ugly, 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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