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By Dr. Rion Berg
March 01, 2017
Category: diabetes
Tags: obesity  

A week ago Mayor Ed Murray announced he would be putting a new tax on sugary drinks such as soda, Gatorade, bottled Frappuccinos and others to stem the obesity epidemic and fund education programs. Other cities have already put a tax on sugary drinks and most have reported a drop in sales. Although these results are encouraging it's tough to say whether a decrease in drinking sugary drinks alone will be enough to decrease the rate of obesity and diabetes in Seattle and other cities.

According to the CDC website, there is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It's a complex problem needing a multifaceted approach. And certainly diabetes has other risk factors such as inactivity, where fat is stored in the body (i.e. it's worse if stored in the belly rather than the hips), family history, and race.

For those who already have diabetes it's very important to be seen by a podiatrist on an annual basis to receive a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam. Diabetes can cause decreased feeling in the feet, poor circulation and a reduced capacity to heal. All of these factors can lead to limb and life threatening ulcers if these ulcers are not caught quickly and treated appropriately.

If you have diabetes, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. 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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Losing weight to help out our feet is very important. So many foot problems occur or are made worse if we've got more than a few pounds to lose.

Why is this?

Consider that with every extra pound of body weight we're adding an additional three pounds of force when walking and seven pounds when running it makes sense that those with of us with more moderate weight are less prone to have poor foot health.

It's easy to say we're going to lose weight for a variety of reasons including our health. Getting there is a more difficult act to follow.

Even the medical community is confused about the best ways for people to lose weight. And no wonder. A new article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata says that losing weight is not a one size fits all proposition.

That's because obesity is not one disease but 59 different diseases, according to one researcher. Weight is put on for different reasons including genetic factors, medications, or specific diseases like hypothyroidism. How to take weight off can also vary greatly. Researchers are working on why one diet works well for one person, but not for another.

Hopefully this is a nut they will crack soon to help people gain control over their weight and the pain in their feet.

Some of the foot problems that are aggravated by overweight are heel pain, bunions, and fallen arches. Fortunately regardless of your current weight situation, Seattle podiatrist, Dr. Rion Berg, can help you relieve the pain of your condition through use of orthotics, physical therapy, and other methods.

If you're experiencing a painful foot problem, 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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By Dr. Rion Berg
February 17, 2015
Category: Heel pain

Diabetics and heel pain sufferers are encouraged to lose weight by this Seattle podiatrist and other podiatrists across the country. In some cases weight loss can reverse some forms of Type II diabetes and it certainly helps overweight and obese patients who have heel pain.

However, a new commentary released on Feb 12, 2015 written by leading experts in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology says that obesity is a chronic illness caused by basic biology and cannot be cured with diet and exercise alone.

"Few individuals ever truly recover from obesity; rather they suffer from 'obesity in remission'", according to the experts. Apparently bariatric surgery is the only treatment able to alter an obese person's appetite and response to food.

This is very disappointing from a doctor's point of view, especially given the number of patients that fall into the obese category. Fortunately, patients with plantar fasciitis can still be helped regardless of their ability to lose weight by focusing on treatments that help the majority of our patients.

The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City uses a combination of:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing calf tightness
  • Addressing foot mechanics through use of orthotics
  • Supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy

To get more information about heel pain or diabetes or to make an appointment, we can be reached at 206-368-7000. You can also be an appointment request online.