Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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While their name implies comfort, flatform shoes, the latest trend in footwear (think Miley Cyrus and Katie Perry) may end up being anything but comfortable. Flatform shoes are half platform shoes, half ballet flat--supposedly the look of high heels with the comfort of flats. Originally introduced in 2011, these shoes are back in style now much to the consternation of this Seattle podiatrist.

Flatforms are bad for your feet because they are inflexible so your foot can’t do what it was intended to do which is flex when you walk. This makes them very unstable. When you can’t walk properly you’re more likely to fall which it what Vogue writer Liana Satenstein experienced when she was in recently in Japan. As a result of her fall she tore a ligament. Apparently these trendy shoes have been all the rage in Japan for many years where flatform accidents are epidemic.

Shoes like these are the worst choice if you already have an unstable or unsteady gait. But even those with perfect feet and balance can be laid flat by this shoe with a torn ligament or a broken ankle. Torn ligaments are a usualy the result of an ankle sprain from a fall. How long you’ll be out of commission depends to a great degree on the height of the fall, how bad the ankle was twisted, and other factors.

Finding the right shoe for you is often a matter of really understanding your own individual feet and foot limitations. One way to do this is by joining Dr. Robyn Paloian and me at Nordstrom’s at Northgate in Seattle on Saturday, July 12th from 10am – 12 noon. We’ll be looking through the sea of the latest fashions to find something that will work for your particularly foot type.

To make a reservation for this event, contact us at 206-368-7000 or send an email to [email protected] with the subject line, "I want to go shopping with Dr. Berg and Dr. Robyn".

Two time professional champion of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Julianna Hough is hitting her stride after tearing a ligament in her foot several months ago. She’s now back to her regular exercise regime. For someone who is on their feet a lot and puts them through rigorous workouts, it’s important to be fully healed before more stress and strain on their most valuable asset.

Most likely Ms. Hough had a severe ankle sprain along with her torn ligament. There are three ligaments in your ankle; they act like rubber bands connecting one bone to another and binding the joints together. In the ankle joint they provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement. Ligaments are usually torn as a result of a severe injury such as a sudden twist or a blow to the foot and ankle that puts in out of alignment.

Regardless, as your Seattle podiatrist need to let you know that if you’ve sustained an ankle sprain it’s essential to have it checked out and treated as soon as possible. I recommend applying the RICE protocol, to reduce swelling. Once I examine the sprain and you’ve had an X-ray, I’ll make further recommendations so that you can begin the healing process. Usually treatment can be accomplished using more conservative methods. However serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.

Call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City right away at 206-368-7000 if you’ve sustained an ankle injury and we’ll try to get you in same day.