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Dr. Berg interviewed Dr. Jason Brown at Sole Perfection Shoes in Seattle.

JB: I'm Jason Brown with Sole Perfection in Shoreline. We're here today to talk about new fall items.

DB: It's definitely no longer the weather for open toes and Oofos and flip flops and Birkenstocks. What are you suggesting for all of these people now this time of year?

JB: The biggest thing for fall is boots. What we look for of course is good arch support. For example this cute little boot here (Taos) is very trendy and kind of fun. It's got a zipper on the side to help with access but of course you always have to have good arch support (Jason removes arch from boot to demonstrate).

Boots are often known for being really hard to get into so what they'll often do is open up the back of the heel to have a little bit of slippage. Boots often have a little more play in the heel but as long as it's holding you and you're walking naturally you're OK. So whether it's a boot with a lower heel like this one or a nice tall boot (pulls a Dansko off the shelf) you want to be able to get into it and then stay in it.

DB: One of the issues I find that occurs as people move into the fall and they move into boots is the harder sole. What can you put inside the shoe or is part of the shoe itself to combat the tendency for overuse in the ball of the foot?

JB: It's a great question and it's a real problem. You're absolutely right, because a lot of boots are just leather (on the bottom) and they're very hard with very little cushion. We focus on shoes that have a removable foot bed, so if needed we can add extra cushion. (An example of a boot we carry) is Dansko which is waterproof and comes with.. "feel the cushion on that". It's way better than a lot of other boots.

As you're out there and you're trying to find good boots you do have to keep an eye out for that. They'll (boots will) look super cute and might even feel comfortable but do they have enough cushion? And if they don't can you add cushion? Because you're right I'm sure you see it a lot when the ball of people's feet just gets beat up or tender.

DB: Well this is nice because both of these styles which are two different brands have removable inserts which allow for either more shock absorbing over the counter support or if need be, prescriptive orthotics.

JB: Yes, we really specialize in that because it is important especially if you have orthotics you often feel restricted and all you can wear are tennis shoes. Maybe you want something a little more fashionable it can be hard. That's why we focus on that. Every single fall shoe we carry with the exception of a few has a removable foot bed.

I do want to show one that is kind of unique. The brand has been around for a long time.  Alegria. But this is a new sole, a new boot. It's slip resistant, non-marking and also has some good tread; maybe we'll get some snow. But the other thing that makes it a really, really special brand is the removable foot bed and look how cushioned that is (hands it over to Dr. Berg).

DB: Oh wow! That's amazing.

JB: Lots of cushions and it's replaceable. The first thing to wear out are usually the insoles. It just loses its cushion. Getting the exact same thing to go back into it (into the shoe) can be hard and next to impossible. So with this brand you can get the exact same foot bed.

DB: This also has quite a substantial outer sole and its shock absorbing. It's a rubber sole.

JB: And in order for a sole to say slip resistant on it, they have to get it tested. And so if it says it on the sole then you know it's been tested and you know it's going to be better than one that doesn't say it. There are a lot of boots out there and shoes that are slip resistant it's just that the company didn't want to pay the money to get it tested.

DB: I notice in the same brand (Alegria) we move down to walking shoes it looks like almost the same tread and it's slip resistant. I assume a similar insole.

JB: It's identical, yes. The new collection from them everything under the foot is the same as you'll get in that boot and they also scotch guard all their leather, so it's really great for the Northwest. In fact, talking about the Northwest I call them Northwest dog walking shoes. I want to highlight just a couple. There are shoes like this, a Dansko shoe (Paisley) that's great with blue jeans it's just a nice little kick around. It's slip resistant and look at this foot bed. It's got a great insole in there, a good arch. But the fact that it's completely waterproof, you can walk the dog and wet grass won't bother your feet. You can walk the neighborhood. It's just really great for the Northwest. We have a lot of shoes like that. Whether it's (like) this, or (something) a little more athletic. You want to feel good but you also want to look good.

There're a lot of good shoes out there for fall you just have to take the time to find the right one and get the right fit. And then of course if you have any foot problems or issues talk to the doctor (Dr. Rion Berg) and find the right solution.

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 foot and ankle problems, download our eBook, "No More Foot Pain".

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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January 18, 2019
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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.