Be Kind to…Your Feet!



I was going to take the “Be Kind” series from the tips of the fingers down to the tips of the toes but I changed my mind. I’m going to go where my patients tell me to go and this week they told me to go to ground. Ground Zero of the human body is the feet. And those dogs took a beating this week. My patients showed up with fractures, cuts, infections, deformities, nerve damage, stress reactions and my pet project…plantar fasciitis; the disease I want to eradicate in my life time. I’m making headway with my own patients and with the world. Already over 1000 people have read my plantar fasciitis blog!

Now this isn’t going to be a “Treatment of Conditions of the Feet” blog. It’s just about how to be kind to your feet. It’s mostly going to be directed at women because 8 out of 10 patients with problems in their feet are women. Even fractures of the feet seem more common in women. Maybe men just don’t pay much attention to their feet. They more than likely ignore toe fractures. I can’t remember the last time I saw an adult male with a toe fracture. Kids don’t count because moms want to know. I wanted to x-ray every fracture my kids had even though I could see them at home with my special x-ray vision. I wanted that record on x-ray film.

Anyway, women get toe fractures all the time by running into the side of the bed or dresser on the way back from the potty in the middle of the night. Hey, I think I’m on to something. Guys don’t get up in the middle of the night as much as gals and so statistically, they’re less likely to fracture their toes.


1)      Don’t walk around your house in the middle of the night. But if you have to, then wear shoes. Keep a nice pair of slippers (with a back…no slip-on slippers) at the bedside. This tip is useful on many levels. You’ll just have to keep reading the blog next week to learn more.

3 Responses to Be Kind to…Your Feet!

  1. Paul Warren October 30, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Dr. Bergin, what are your thoughts on using a stand-up desk? Any special concerns related to my feet?

  2. drbarbarabergin October 30, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    The human body certainly responds predictably when it comes to the old adage, “for every action there is an opposite reaction.” And there’s a reason why I think of this when I consider stand up desks

    In general, I’m in favor of stand-up desks. Especially if you’re tall. Getting up and down from chairs can take a toll on your knees. But you’ve got to be able to take some pressure off the backs of your thighs and your feet. So if you’re truly standing up, with just your hip resting on the chair, over time I think you’ll begin having problems with your feet. And if you’re sitting, but your legs are hanging down off the side of your chair, in time you’ll begin to have thigh and back pain. So everything in moderation. Make sure you have a supportive chair and not just a stool. Make sure it has a padded seat and good back support, and make sure it has a decent rung on which to rest your feet. Then I’m all for stand-up desks!


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