Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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As we watched Adelina Sotnikova skate and receive her gold medal at the Olympics last night, it’s not difficult to imagine the level of force she and fellow Olympians must place on their feet and ankles particularly with the high jumps they must do to compete. Although most of us are well past the days of jumping off of anything, we are still applying a good deal of force to our feet and ankles when we engage in sports such as skiing, running, or hiking. Depending on our foot type and the type of sport we love to do, it’s important for us to learn a few lessons from those who study Olympic competitors.

Recently researchers out of Ohio State published a study of women skaters which found there were a number of ways to help figure skaters prevent foot and ankle injuries including wearing boots without heels, boots that provided more ankle room, and boots made of synthetic material that do not require much breaking in time (http://tinyurl.com/ln8274b).Researchers also recommended skaters take more breaks, wear protective gear when learning new moves, and take time to build strength and flexibility.

Of course these recommendations are specific to skaters, so not all will apply to your specific situation, however, a big take away for anyone is realizing that our feet and ankles are not limitless in their ability to support us. Prevention is key to ensuring that our body will continue to serve us well.

In addition, If you’re an athlete and you are experiencing pain when you engage in sports, it’s vital that you don’t ignor foot or ankle pain. Many patients come to see one of our Seattle podiatrists with heel pain, ingrown toenails, bunions, or other types of foot pain wanting  a solution so they can get back to doing the sport they love.

Let us help you. You can reach the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City by calling us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.


winter runningIt looks the Seahawks may have dodged a bullet weather wise on Superbowl Sunday. Although the East Coast has been experiencing arctic weather, the weather prediction for Sunday is no or low precipitation and temperatures in the 40s. We’ve been lucky in Seattle in comparison to the majority of the country when it comes to cold weather. However, those who like to run in the winter or hike and ski in our Northwest mountains are very likely to encounter wet conditions, freezing temperatures, and cold feet.

What can you do to keep your feet warm?

  • Avoid tight footwear. It can inhibit circulation of the blood vessels in the lower extremities and cause cold feet.
  • Wear the right socks. Socks that contain wool and wick away moisture from your feet are best. I recommend SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks (Gray) Large to my patients who are sports minded or have circulatory problems. For runners , try SmartWool PhD Running Socks.
  • Use two pairs of socks if needed. In very cold temperatures, I suggest two pairs of socks. Wear one thin layer next to your skin made of a wicking material like polypropylene and a thicker layer made of a combination of wool and other synthetic materials. If you plan to use two pairs of socks it’s important that your shoes still fit. If they don’t, buy shoes a half size larger.
  • Use foot warmers. There are a variety of foot warmers on the market that get the job done. They’re inexpensive and last as long as 8 hours.
  • Wear appropriate shoes. Match your footwear to the sport. Although this may go without saying, wearing the wrong shoes for a particular activity can also lead to cold feet. For example, if you plan to hike in the snow make sure your old hiking boots don’t leak. It may be time to buy a new pair if this is happening to you. Same goes for running in cold and/or wet weather. Shoes should have as little mesh as possible to avoid water from entering your shoes. Waterproof trail shoes may be your best bet if you know that you plan to run on snowy or wet trails.

Now that you have the information you need to keep your feet warm, you may be all set to be a weekend warrior. However, If you’re experiencing foot pain we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our Seattle foot doctors and have it checked out. You can reach us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.