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By Dr. Rion Berg
October 26, 2016
Category: Bunions
Tags: running shoes  

You've had bunions ever since you were a teen and they seem to be getting worse. Bunions most often develop in woman with flexible, flat feet that pronate or roll in. Bunions can worsen over time by wearing shoes that are tight, high, and pointy.

Not only do bunions affect your everyday life, but also hamper your ability to run without a lot of pain. Part of the solution is to visit a Seattle podiatrist to correct your improper foot mechanics with orthotics, but you'll also need to know the best shoes to buy to provide the most comfort when you hit the trail.

Start by going to a store that specializes in running. Not only will they need to know about your bunions but about your foot type, how often you run, and where your foot strikes the ground. We recommend Super Jock 'N Jill, Brooks, or REI; all have very knowledgeable sales people who can help you find a shoe that will accommodate your needs.

Here are some suggestions for shoes that can work well for you depending on your foot type:

Runners with Flat or Low Arched Feet    

Flat feet or feet with low arches are the most common foot type for people with bunions. Runners with flat feet will need the greatest amount of arch support to keep your foot in a neutral position. Wide Motion-Control Running Shoes are going to keep your feet in alignment better than another type of shoe. In addition, because they are wide they can accommodate your bunions. Two shoes that Super Jock 'N Jill recommends are the Brook's adrenaline and the Saucony guide.

Runners with Arched, Neutral Feet

Although less common bunions can occur in women with good arches and feet that don't pronate. The main concern for these runners is finding a shoe that has a wider toe box to lessen pressure on the bunion.

Other Pain Relieving Suggestions

In addition, we recommend Dr. Jill's Gel Bunion Cushion to reduce friction and use a lacing strategy that will allow the greatest amount of room in the toebox.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment in 2 weeks or less. You can also request an appointment online.

Download our foot book "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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You may have wondered how much certain brand names matter when it comes to your performance as a runner. Often we ask ourselves why we might not have performed as well as we did and might blame our shoes as the culprit. We look to others who did better and wonder if having the brand name shoe they wore could have made a difference.

The answer is it might have.

A new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that brands can improve performance but do it mostly when the user is less experienced. In this study two groups of golfers were given different information about the putter they were using. The first group was told they were using a Nike putter. The second group was not told about the putter brand.. The two groups were using identical putters, yet one group prevailed.

The group that used the brand name putter took significantly fewer putts to sink the ball. It turns out for beginning golfers this is really important, but the effect wears off for more experienced players. The idea is that a strong performance brand makes people feel better about themselves and matters less if the golfer is more experienced.

Can we extrapolate this to runners? I've not found a similar study conducted with this population, however, it would be an interesting theory to test.

What we do know is that a running shoe that fits well, corrects for particular foot mechanics, and other factors can make a difference in comfort, foot pain prevention, and performance. But if you think a certain brand has what it takes to leap in front of the crowd, by all means buy it if it meets all the other criteria.

If you're experiencing foot pain even with the best shoes for you, 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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How to Buy the Best Running Shoes

By Dr. Rion Berg
April 12, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: running shoes  

Shoes are your biggest asset when it comes to preventing foot pain and injury while running. Here are some guidelines for buying running shoes that are right for you.

Go to a reputable running store

Stores that specialize in running will know a lot more about fitting your feet properly than stores that do not. In Seattle we recommend Super Jock ‘N Jill, Fleet Feet Sports, REI, or Brooks. According to Runner's World magazine here are some of the questions a store should be asking you to ensure you are buying the proper shoes.

  • your level of running experience
  • how much you run in a typical week
  • the height of your arches
  • your motion mechanics (e.g. over pronation)
  • where your foot strikes the ground (e.g. forefoot)

Although you might initially rely on experts to fit you with the best shoe, it’s always best to get to know your own feet when buying shoes.

Replace the insert that comes with your shoes
Even new running shoes don’t come with an insert that will totally support you. Replace it with an over-the-counter insert such as Superfeet or Powerstep. If you have orthotics bring them with you to the store.

Go shopping at the end of the day
Feet are most likely to swell at the end of the day. Shop later in the day so you don’t buy shoes that are too small.

Check for proper size
Get your feet measured to make sure your size hasn’t changed. When you try them there should be at least one thumb’s width between the tip of the big toe and the end of the shoe. If one foot is larger than the other, buy to fit the larger size.

Test your shoes
Shoes should bend at the toe not in the center, be difficult to twist when you try to wring them out like a rag, and have a stiff heel counter that you can’t move easily. A true running shoe should pass this test easily. If not, keep shopping.

Replace worn out shoes
Shoes should be replaced after every 400-500 miles. Most runners will need to replace their shoes every 6 months.

If you still have pain after even after following these guidelines, 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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