This July, I will be welcoming Dr. Stephanie Kim to our office. Dr. Kim is not only a superbly trained podiatrist and surgeon, but she is also one of the most warm and welcoming people that I know. With her arrival, we will be able to provide additional weekday appointments for patients, but will also… Read More
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What Causes Hammertoes and How Do I Get Rid of Them?
The term “hammertoe” is a broad term which refers to toes that are no longer straight. The most classic form is when the bend in the toe is primarily in the first joint, or PIPJ, of the toe, causing that joint to raise up prominently, making it vulnerable to painful pressure from the toe box of… Read More
Vibram FiveFingers and other barefoot running shoes
There is currently a lot of debate in the running and fitness world about the minimal, or “barefoot” running shoes. The Vibram FiveFingers model is probably the best known, with its’ signature individual compartments for each toe, but other respected manufacturers such as Merrell have jumped on board, marketing their Barefoot shoes as a way to “strengthen,… Read More
A Great Meeting in Bellevue for the WSPMA Annual Seminar
I have just finished a jam-packed educational weekend in downtown Bellevue for members of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association (WSPMA). It’s a great opportunity for physicians to stay current on new procedures or treatments for foot and ankle problems through lectures and interactive workshops. I always look forward to learning new ideas to improve patient… Read More
Happy Birthday Bellevue Podiatry!
March 1st marked the two-year anniversary for Bellevue Podiatry, which emerged in 2009 after I became the owner of the Bellevue location of my former group, the East Hill Foot and Ankle clinic. With the new name came many exciting changes which continue to this day. This Spring, we will be converting to electronic medical… Read More
Raynaud’s Phenomenon- Red, White, and Blue Toes
Over the course of the last month, I have had several patients present with a cold-weather-related condition called “Raynaud’s phenomenon”, or sometimes called, “Raynaud’s disease”. With this condition, the small blood vessels in the fingers and toes (and sometimes other peripheral body parts) constrict in response to a decrease in temperature, leading to an initial white… Read More
What is a stress fracture?
A stress fracture is a crack in any one of your bones, and it is a true fracture, meaning that your bone is actually “broken”, but is not the result of a single traumatic event or injury. Stress fractures commonly occur after repetitive strain and overuse of one particular area of the body. In the… Read More
My feet are numb and tingling after using the Elliptical trainer- Why?
The Elliptical trainer, found at many local gyms, can be a great way to reduce overall joint stress and still get a good workout. Many people who suffer from knee and/or hip problems will find the Elliptical to be a way to spare the after-pain that they might experience during running or other high-impact activities…. Read More
Are The MBT Shoes or Sketchers “Shape-Ups” Good For My Feet?
The MBT shoes as well as the Sketchers Shape-Ups are becoming more popular, and it is hard to ignore them in the store, with their thick, rocker-bottom soles. They are advertised by the manufacturers as a way to tone your thighs, calves, and buttocks, but there may be better or more definite advantages to them… Read More
Do Plantar Warts Really Have Roots?
Well, the short answer to this question is, “no”, but I can say that it is asked often enough when a new patient presents with warts to make it worth mentioning! The term “plantar wart”, or, “verruca plantaris” refers to a wart that is found anywhere on the bottom, or, “plantar” surface of the foot. … Read More