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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
January 27, 2014
Category: Cold Weather


If you like to hike—even during our dark and rainy Sammamish winters—nearby Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park offers a number of trails to enjoy. Go out on a sunny day if you can, and watch the scampering squirrels or hear the birds trilling as you enjoy the brooks, falls and wooded scenery. Whether you head out for a brisk hike in the park, over to the mall for a day of shopping, or around the block to walk the dog, you want to keep your feet comfortable, warm, and pain free. That can be a problem if you have a bunion.

That bony bump sticking out at the base of your big toe can rub against your shoe and make you grimace with every step. Shoe choice to head off bunion pain can be even trickier in winter. The same shoes designed to keep your feet warm and dry in cold weather can sometimes be heavy or stiff, and fashion boots can be even worse with their high heels and narrow toes.

Don’t despair, though. Several companies specialize in bunion shoes, and offer attractive styles—from clogs and slip-ons to Mary Jane’s and boots—that will keep your feet warm and dry in winter weather. Bunion shoes also have wider toe boxes and lower heels to treat your feet kindly. You don’t need to give up on style to find comfortable shoes that won’t cause pain.

Podiatrists are a good source when you are looking for information about the best shoes for your feet. Dr. Howard Schaengold at The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic can expertly evaluate your feet, treat your bunions, and recommend the best shoe type for you. Contact our Sammamish office at (425) 868-3338, or request information online. Then, whether you live in Sammamish, Issaquah, Redmond, Bellevue or Kirkland, you can find shoes that will let you step out in style and comfort.

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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
December 18, 2013
Category: Cold Weather

If you love to run, you are out in all types of weather. Sun? No problem. Pouring down rain? You can handle that. Chilly temperatures? That might slow you down a little, but you still want to get out there and rack up some miles. The trick is to prepare properly for running in cold weather.

Humans are warm weather animals, and we can’t function as well in cold temperatures without some protection. While you can run in the cold, you may not be able to do it efficiently. The experts at Runner Academy point out that your time per mile will probably not be affected unless temperatures drop below freezing. However, your lungs may not use oxygen as easily in the cold. Your muscles won’t contract as well, and more energy will be used to keep your body warm, leaving less to put towards movement. Your body will burn fuel differently, so you may run out of energy sooner.

Some tricks to handle running in cold weather are to eat enough carbs before you start, dress in layers that wick the sweat away from your body, and make sure your socks and shoes will keep your feet warm on the road. Once you are outside, warm up by starting slowly and gradually increasing until you are up to speed. If it’s windy, run against the wind first, because you may not have as much energy to face it at the end of your run. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you are too chilly, you can always turn back and decide to hit the gym that day instead. After a run in the cold, warm up with some hot soup and a warm shower, and then finish by gently stretching out your muscles.

The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic specializes in sports medicine, so if running in cold weather has caused an injury or other problems with your feet, contact us for a consultation. Our Sammamish, WA office also serves Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond. Call (425) 868-3338, or request an appointment online.



By Dr. Howard Schaengold
December 05, 2013
Category: Cold Weather

Chilly Weather and Your FeetIt’s that time of year when family parties, shopping, and gala celebrations fill our calendars. The festive holiday season officially kicks off with the Holiday Lighting event in Sammamish on December 6th from 6 to 9 PM. Come to City Hall to view several vehicles decked out in their holiday finery, including the Reindeer Truck, while students from local schools provide the musical background for the evening.

Gather with your family and friends and enjoy the celebration, but be sure you come prepared. Freezing toes and numb feet can mar even the most delightful event. Here are some tips to make sure you have warm feet throughout the evening.

Start with your socks. Wear a thin pair that wicks moisture away from your foot (not cotton, which holds the moisture it absorbs). Top that with a thicker pair that insulates you from the cold. Another option is commercial toe warmers that are activated when you open the plastic package. They provide heat for up to six hours.

Now, select your shoes. The best choice is something leather that’s waterproof. Better yet, consider a shoe with gortex. Just make sure that your shoes have plenty of room for all the extra layers you are using. If they are too tight, it defeats the purpose.

Finally, keep walking! Good circulation keeps your feet warmer, so keep wiggling those toes and step up the pace if they start feeling chilly.

The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic staff wants you to enjoy the holiday season free of foot pain. If you have problems or need advice on footwear, call Dr. Howard Schaengold at (425) 868-3338 for great foot care in the Sammamish, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Redmond areas.

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