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By Dr. Rion Berg
February 24, 2017
Category: Heel pain
Tags: runners  

Normally you're one of those people that likes to bounce out of bed at 5:30am, splash some water in your face, throw on your favorite kicks, and go for nice long morning run. But today you got out of bed and as soon as your feet hit the floor all you felt was an explosion of pain in your heels.

What's going on here?

Plantar fasciitis or heel pain can come on quickly. You know the old saying "the straw that broke the camel's back". Well it's no different here. Maybe you forgot to stretch after your last run. Or perhaps the inflammation that's been happening inside your heel has finally alerted the pain centers in your brain that "Houston we have a problem".

Whatever the reason, you can't continue to run without being in excruciating pain. What's going on here? The plantar fascia starts at the heel and then runs along the bottom of your foot attaching at the toes. When this band of fascia is overstretched it starts to create tiny tears in your heel. Although it's trying it's darnedest to repair itself, every time you run those tears start all over again eventually leading to terrible pain.

How can you stop the damage?

First, not all people who run will get heel pain, however, runners are at greater risk for this condition because of the pounding their feet must endure. As a Seattle podiatrist who sees this condition on a daily basis, it's important to stop the damage by restricting your activity and making an appointment as soon as possible.

The treatment of plantar fasciitis depends on many factors. Every person has different reasons for development of the condition, so there is not a one size fits all answer.

With over 25 years of experience treating patients like you, I'll get you back to running before you know it.

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.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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
May 10, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: runners   toenail fungus  

You're an avid runner. Recently you read somewhere that running can cause toenail fungus. This has you freaked out. So what's the truth?

As a Seattle podiatrist I'm here to let you know that fungus exists everywhere in our environment. But fungus particularly loves living in warm, damp, dark environments. And that includes feet that live inside shoes most of the time.

For runners there's an added risk for getting toenail fungus. Running is risky due to the constant pressure placed on toenails which can cause them to lift allowing fungus easy access to the nail plate where it sets up shop.

Here are some 7 hacks for keeping fungus at bay:

  • Check your nails after you run. If you're nails are getting damaged it's time to give up your shoes and buy ones that won't damage your nails.This often happens when your shoes are too short. As we age our feet often increase in size.

  • Next time you buy running shoes, make sure they fit. Tight shoes will cause repetitive micro-trauma to your toenails. To prevent this, your toe needs to be at least a thumbs width from the end of your shoes. A wider toe box will also let your toes spread out and prevent them from getting damaged.

  • Have two pairs of shoes on hand. Alternating between shoes allows them to dry out in between daily runs. Fungus does not survive well in dry environments.

  • Wear socks that wick away moisture. Synthetic socks such as polypropylene or polyethylene are the best socks for the job. Some terrific brands are Wrightsocks, Injinji, or SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks (Gray) Large.

  • Use a UV Shoe Sanitizer to kill the fungus in your shoes. We recommend SteriShoe+ Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer  it destroys 99% of all fungus and bacteria in your shoes in just 15 minutes.

  • Use nail polish that won't weaken your toenails. Most nail polish has toxic chemicals that can weaken your nails. A weakened nail will be more apt to become damaged and become a host for fungus. If you want pretty toenails and you run, use a nail polish such as Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish. It contains tree oil with anti-fungal properties, vitamins, and none of the bad chemicals that weaken your nails.

  • Don't ever go barefoot in locker rooms. Avoid hotbeds of fungus by wearing flip flops in public locker and shower rooms.

If you think you already have toenail fungus, check out the information at our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center.

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.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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 21, 2015
Category: sports injuries
Tags: orthotics   runners   stress fracture  

young woman runningRunning is a huge part of how you stay fit. You love participating in races with your friends. But lately you've been dogged by horrible pain in your shins every time you run.

Can this be shin splints?

Probably. The great majority of pain below the knee--which can affect the front and the side of your leg-- is shin splints.

What Causes Shin Splints in Runners?

  • Beginning or seasoned runners who increase their training too rapidly.

  • Imperfect foot structure - if you have flat feet or your foot excessively pronates when you run you're more likely to get shin splints.

  • Improper stretching

  • Poor footwear

Can I Treat Shin Splints At Home?

  • Once you've developed shin splints, you'll need to stop running so you can heal.

  • Use ice to bring down the inflammation

  • Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatories can also help reduce the pain.

Do I Have to See A Doctor?
Yes. Shin splints can be tricky.

  • If you have shin splints due to your foot mechanics, your podiatrist will likely recommend an insert or prescriptive orthotics.

  • Shin splints may also be a sign of a stress fracture or other condition that needs to be addressed right away.

How Can I Prevent Shin Splints?

  • Build up your training gradually; increase the time you spend running and your distance by only 10% a week.
  • Instead of just doing the typical static calf stretches, incorporate dynamic warm-up exercises. These exercises will do two things:  warm the body’s muscles and soft tissues for optimum performance and reduce the risk of injury from overloading inadequately prepared muscles.

If you're a runner with shin splints, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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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By Dr. Rion Berg
July 15, 2015
Category: Heel pain

You've been running in all kinds of conditions this summer including the heat wave that descended on Seattle a few weeks ago. Up to this point you've been really excited about running your next race. You've been pretty pain free, up until now.

However, this morning you woke up at 6am to do your morning run and whammo--when your feet hit the floor you knew you were in trouble.

You've had heel pain before and you've been able to deal with it by icing, stretching, and by wearing a pair of Superfeet. But somehow this feels much worse. You're worried because you know you might need orthotics and you know they will take time to make. You really can't afford to stop training now, so what are you going to do?

Luckily our Seattle podiatry office can provide immediate relief for runners with heel pain.

At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we offer a product called Foot Balance. It's molded to your foot without the cost and time it takes to make prescriptive orthotics. This product is designed to last 6-12 months.

Of course preventing foot pain is the best solution, but if you have dodgy foot mechanics and you're a runner you're going to need a more permanent solution down the road to ensure your heel pain doesn't reoccur.

But for now we'd love to help you get back on your feet to run that race.

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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By Dr. Rion Berg
May 04, 2015
Category: Heel pain
Tags: orthotics   plantar fasciitis   runners  

Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you stepped on a nail? Could this be that dreaded heel pain that so many of your running friends have talked about? You've heard that several of them are sidelined for months. What a bummer since so many races are coming up this spring and you don't want to miss out.

As a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience I want to put your mind at ease. Plantar fasciitis or heel pain is very common in people who are active. I see runners like you all the time and I'm able to get them out of pain, fast.

How do we do it?

Reducing your inflammation

Inflammation is a response to your heel injury. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we have many treatments in our arsenal to get your inflammation down and reduce your pain. Taping your foot and use of an air heel alter the way your foot strikes the ground and prevent re-injury of the plantar fascia. We use the latest in laser light technology to reduce your inflammation and pain. The MLS laser uses two wavelengths of infrared light to penetrate deep into the tissue to regenerate tissue at the cellular level.

Reducing calf tightness

You already know how to do the runners stretch, however, most people don't do it long enough. People with tight calf muscles are more susceptible to heel pain then those who don't. I recommend use of an Achilles splint which allows much longer stretching time.

Address your wonky foot mechanics - most feet aren't perfect-- yours probably aren't either. In order to resolve your heel pain and keep it from coming back you'll need to correct your foot mechanics. We accomplish this by casting you for custom orthotics.

Teach you about proper shoe gear - wearing supportive shoes are another essential part of resolving and preventing heel pain. Check out our video for how to do this.

Send you to physical therapy to get you better, fast.

Don't miss out on that upcoming race. 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.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

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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