Dr. Berg's Foot Facts

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When I opened my laptop this morning I was greeted by an article about a surgeon that shortens people toes so they can fit into their favorite shoes. Yikes! Apparently Hollywood stars are taking the plunge. I can't say I'm that surprised.

Then I scrolled to the bottom of the page and caught the reaction of one podiatrist whose handle is Marty Pod and I loved what he said. "Make the shoe fit the foot not the other way around." I couldn't agree more.

Just like so called Cinderella surgery, I would never do this kind of surgery to my patients. And yes it would be doing it to them, not for them. Everything I do is for the health of my patients, not some special look they're trying to achieve. Of course I'll do surgery to get a hammertoe back to its proper position and bunion surgery if it's necessary, but I never take any surgery lightly.

Before talking to my patients about surgery I'll exhaust every other option. For hammertoes and bunions that could be fitting them with a pair of orthotics to correct their foot mechanics and relieve their pain.

Educating people about the types of shoes to wear with these conditions is also top on my list. Shoes with a wide and deeper toe box can be of tremendous help since symptoms are caused by the foot protrusions rubbing against the shoes. I often recommend patients go to Sole Perfection or online to Barking Dog Shoes for a solid recommendation for their bunions or hammertoes.

If you're experiencing pain from a bunion, hammertoe, or any other foot pain, 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.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

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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It seems everywhere you turn there are yoga classes being offered in Seattle. While many of these classes are for young people or those who have remained active into their later years, many studios are offering gentle yoga classes geared for beginners, older adults or those with disabilities.

Many people have written about the benefits of yoga for maintaining balance. A new study emphasizes the important of exercise like yoga in keeping older adults from falling. The journal "Complementary Therapies in Medicine" reported that older adults participating in a study in Wisconsin decreased their number of falls after an 8-week course.

An increase in strength and balance seem to be the reliable indicator in fall prevention. This study was no exception. The average score on one test, the Dynamic Gait Index, increased from 20 to 22 which shows a low risk for falls.

Although this was a small sample of people it's good to know that yoga can be of benefit in preventing falls which can lead to broken hips and long stays in the hospital.

Equal improvement was found among those participants who did yoga at home. Check out the gentle yoga video tested by my marketing director and taught by a physical therapist. In addition, there are wonderful studios in the Seattle area that offer gentle yoga classes.

Two Dog Yoga - Lake City
8 Limbs Yoga - Seattle locations
Seattle Yoga Arts

If you're a senior or you have a loved one having trouble with balance, come in for a fall assessment. 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.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

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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After a terrible defeat to the Washington Redskins the Seahawks were victorious this week against the Arizona Cardinals. But at a terrible cost. With Richard Sherman out with a ruptured Achilles tendon it will be a tough go for the Seahawks for the rest of the season. Sherman had already injured his Achilles in Game 5 against the Los Angeles Rams. So he was well aware that rupturing it later on was likely.

You may be wondering. What is a ruptured Achilles and who's at risk?

An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of the Achilles tendon which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It's common in football players and other athletes where jumping, pivoting, tripping, and falling are frequent actions.

It's also frequent in weekend warriors and baby boomers who aren't in the best shape and decide to play a pick-up game of basketball, for example.

How do you know if you've ruptured your Achilles?

Like Richard Sherman, you're likely to hear a distinct popping sound. The pain will feel like you've been kicked in the back of the ankle or calf.  Swelling as the result of inflammation will occur and walking uphill or upstairs will be quite difficult.

Will I need surgery if I've ruptured my Achilles?

You've probably read that Richard Sherman will need to have surgery for his Achilles rupture. But will you need it? It depends on how badly injured you are, how active, and whether you have other medical issues such as diabetes. Poor health will preclude you from having surgery.

If you're more active, surgery is the way to go since re-rupture after more conservative treatment is more likely. Other benefits to surgery include increasing your strength when pushing off your foot, improved muscle function and movement of the ankle.

How do I prevent myself from getting a ruptured Achilles?

Make sure to wear the right shoes for the activity you're engaged in. If you're playing basketball, wear basketball shoes, not running shoes or other shoes. Keep yourself in shape if you plan to take up infrequent games of basketball or other sports. Work with a trainer to find out what exercises will help you maintain your strength and flexibility for the sport you want to play.

Photo credit: Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times

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.

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.

As a nurse who works in a hospital or clinic you're very likely on your feet all day. Your job is stressful. To relieve that stress you've chosen running as your "go to" exercise.  Even if you have a normal arch (meaning your feet aren't flat and you don't pronate) you can still experience heel, arch, and shin splints as a result of all your activities.

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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I recently read about a police officer who injured his foot trying to run down a suspect. Many people have jobs where they have to stand on their feet all day, but few people except for athletes also have to run as part of their career.

As a Seattle podiatrist I offer 6 tips to police officer to help keep their feet safe and pain free.

Purchase boots or other footwear designed for your particular line of police work
Just as shoes are made for various types of sports, police shoes and boots are made for difference types of police work.

Footwear can come in low, medium, or high top shoes or boots. The lower the cut the less support and the higher the boot the more support. So matching the cut to your particular line of police work is important.

Purchase shoes at the end of the day
If you purchase shoes or buy them online, it's best to try them on at the end of the day when your feet are the most swollen. This will ensure that you aren't buying shoes that are too small.

Have your feet measured before buying
As we get older are shoe size can increase. This is particularly true if you've gained weight and are constantly on your feet. Go to a store like Nordstrom and ask to have your feet measured to ensure your feet are still the same size before buying.

Replace your shoes regularly
While the tops of your shoes or boots may look great, it's important to check the soles to determine whether your shoes need replacing. Most of us wear down the soles of our shoes unevenly which can lead to a twisted ankle or worse if you run on poor terrain. A good rule of them is to purchase new shoes annually.

Purchase inserts or orthotics
Your shoes or boots should be supportive, but if you're on your feet all day you'll likely need extra arch support to prevent your feet from throbbing. If your feet are flat or tend to pronate or roll in, an over-the-counter insert probably won't be enough. People with this foot type are at higher risk for conditions such as heel pain and Achilles tendonitis. To heal these conditions and keep them from coming back most often requires the purchase of custom orthotics from a podiatrist.

Consider strong toe support
Police officers should consider the type of toe support the shoes or boots offer before they make a purchase. Just like construction workers, police officers are more likely to have a heavy objective fall on their toes. Purchasing footwear with a steel shank built into the toes should be strongly considered.

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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