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By Dr. Rion Berg
December 16, 2016
Category: Heel pain
Tags: orthotics  

As it gets closer to the holidays you've been shopping like mad to get all the gifts bought, wrapped, and sent to those family members who live far away. There couldn't possibly be a worse time for your heel pain to flare up. But there it is. Back again.

You've tried lots of different solutions including off the shelf inserts, icing, and ibufrofen. You know about custom orthotics but every time you think about seeing a Seattle podiatrist you get too busy or the pain seems to subside.

I've been treating people with chronic heel pain for over 30 years.

Most of the people I see have faulty foot mechanics i.e. flat feet and a tendency to pronate when they walk. Although mild cases of heel pain can be treated with off the shelf inserts such as Powerstep or Superfeet, heel pain that comes back time and time again will require much more to get out of the pain cycle.

My exams consist of watching you walk, determining your foot type, and using an ultrasound to give me the information I need to provide you with the best care to get you out of pain as soon as possible.

If you've had reoccurring heel pain, likely solutions are designing custom orthotics to improve your faulty foot mechanics. In addition, most people who have chronic heel pain or plantar fasciitis have tight calf muscles. I'll also recommend a combination of using an Achilles splint for use at home and a referral to a physical therapist. 

Now in addition to taking care of everyone else, it's time to take care of you. 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
December 30, 2015
Category: foot conditions
Tags: foot pain   orthotics  

Perfect snow in the Cascades! Now that you've figured out how to get out of your driveway, you want to head to the slopes to ski your heart out. The last thing you want to worry about is foot pain. However, the last time you went skiing your feet were killing you. You want to get out there but you don't want to ruin a perfect ski day.

So what could be the problem?

Your feet have gotten larger

Many adults experience an increase in shoe size as they get older. Oftentimes pregnancy or other weight gain can be the culprit. If you're wearing ski boots that are too tight you're going to experience a lot of foot pain and possibly lose a nail. Of course the solution is to purchase a new pair of boots.

Your ski boots are the problem

Ski boots are often the culprit when it comes to foot pain while skiing. It's very important to choose a store like REI or a ski shop you trust that knows how to properly fit ski boots. While the shop will have specific techniques for fitting your boots, come prepared for the boot fitting. REI suggests you wear thin, synthetic ski socks and try on the boots in the afternoon or evening since feet tend to swell during the latter part of the day.

Your foot mechanics are off

You may already experience foot pain when you walk around in regular shoes, or perhaps it's just when you're skiing. If it's the latter, keep in mind you're exerting a lot more pressure on your feet and ankles when you ski making some foot problems more likely to show up such as plantar fasciitis and ball of foot pain.  If you find your feet still hurt after buying a properly fitted boot, make your way down to my office. I'll assess your feet to determine whether you need additional support, such as custom orthotics.

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

Download our free foot eBook "No More Foot Pain".

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
October 12, 2015
Category: Heel pain
Tags: inserts   orthotics  

You absolutely hate to miss out on all the 10Ks this fall. After all you're training for a marathon and you've got to get your miles in. But it seems like no matter what you do you can't seem to lick your pesky heel pain.

You've tried everything and nothing seems to work.

Over-the-counter inserts, biofreeze, and orthotics made at some store you went to. You also make sure you warm up before you run by stretching your calf muscles and by doing some light jogging in place.

Let me assure you--you've done nothing wrong. You've made great efforts to keep plantar fasciitis at bay. In fact as a Seattle podiatrist with over 30 years of experience I would have recommended some of the very things you've tried.

Unfortunately, for many runners like you there's comes a time when managing your heel pain is going need some professional help. Although over-the-counter inserts like Superfeet will work for awhile if you're experiencing recurring pain, you're likely going to need a prescriptive orthotic made by a podiatrist, not by a machine in a store.

As for tight calf muscles, the reason you need to stretch them is that these muscles hook right into your plantar fascia. And a little stretching before you run is just not going to cut it.

Other foot pain information for runners:

Runners Heels Can Feel Like They've Stepped on a Nail
How Runners Can Prevent Those Awful Shin Splints
Painful Foot Conditions in Women Runners

We don't want you to wait any longer to sign up for those 10Ks.  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 25, 2015
Category: Bunions

As a woman you have a very busy life. You work full time, try your best to be a good mother to your kids, and make time to have fun with your husband. You desperately need feet that aren't throbbing from bunion pain.

Your biggest concern is figuring out a way to be in style for work without bunion pain.

Let's drop the style issue for a moment and focus on what I'm going to do to help you resolve the pain you're in. Because as long as you're in pain, style will always be secondary unless you're a total slave to fashion like Victoria Beckham.

As a Seattle podiatrist my goal in helping you with your bunions is two-fold:

  • Relief the pressure and pain caused by the irritation brought on by the bunions

  • Stop the progression of your bunions

Very often we'll be able to get you comfortable without surgery through:

  • Use of protective padding to remove the friction caused by your foot rubbing against your shoes.

  • Getting rid of corns and calluses

  • Evaluating your foot type to determine if orthotics will help offload the pain

  • And of course, choosing shoes that will keep your tootsies happy and won't exacerbate your condition.

Choose shoes that are supportive and fit properly, with a heel of one inch or lower, and a toe box that accommodates your bunion (no pointy shoes for you, sorry).

In the past several years shoe designers have gotten smart. They realize that a large number of women have foot problems. And that there's no way they'll squeeze into a shoe that may have started them down the path to bunions in the first place.

Some good places to start include:

  • Nordstrom, of course - Nordies has some of the best buyers and staff in the industry so check there first.

  • Barking Dog Shoes - this online store has been around since 2007 and was started by a woman who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and still wanted to wear cute shoes.
     
  • Calla Shoes - still want to dress like Victoria Beckham? Attention: I don't recommend heels to any of my bunion patients. However, if you're going to wear them anyway you might as well try one that says they're designed for women with bunions.

For more information about bunions read these article:

Bunions
Bunion Surgery
All Bunions Are Not Created Equal

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 24, 2015
Tags: stretching   orthotics  

You're a runner. You love running Green Lake, through Discovery Park, and the Arboretum. It helps reduce your stress and keeps you strong.

What you can't stand is the way your feet and legs react to this otherwise very healthy sport. In particular you'd love to know how to prevent shin splints.

Unfortunately some runners are more prone to getting shin splints than others, particularly those people who have wonky foot mechanics or tight calf muscles. For more information read "Are You Getting Shin Splints Every Time You Run".

Here are some sure fire ways to prevent this condition from starting in the first place.

Build up to It
If you're new to running or you want to compete in a race, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to build up to it. We recommend no more than a 10% increase in your program per week.

Buy new shoes
Purchase new shoes every 500 miles and make sure they provide the necessary support by watching this video.

Use proper stretching techniques
A tight calf muscle is the biggest problem when it comes to runners getting shin splints. Even though wall stretches to lengthen tight calf muscles are most often recommended, these usually don't work for runners who have very tight calf muscles. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we recommend wearing Achilles splints for 30 minutes each day, dispensed by your podiatrist.

Prescriptive orthotics may be necessary
If you have shin splints due to faulty foot mechanics, your Seattle podiatrist will likely recommend an insert or prescriptive orthotics.

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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