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Posts for: January, 2014

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
January 15, 2014
Category: Surgery

Laser surgery

If you love stories, art, or music, you’ll want to be part of “Life Stories” – an event on January 25 that encourages teens and older adults to share their stories with each other. It is sponsored by the Sammamish Arts Commission, EX3 Teen Center, and the "Y." Writers, artists, and musicians will help participants tell their stories through poetry, visual arts, and music. Everyone has a story to tell, and how fun to share those in new ways and learn more about each other!

Of course, sometimes we don’t wish to share our whole story. We are often hesitant to talk about things that embarrass us – like those wartson our hands or feet. In fact, worry over how we look to others and what they might think about those unsightly growths can interfere with our enjoyment of life. Beyond that, a plantar wart on the sole of the foot can be annoying or even painful: it feels like you have a stone in your shoe and makes it hard to walk, run, or play your favorite sport. Warts can be contagious, so getting rid of them quickly is good for all concerned.

Thankfully, there is help! Dr. Howard Schaengold specializes in laser surgery for wart removal. The laser is a concentrated beam of light that is aimed at the cells of the wart without damaging other tissue. The beam heats up the water in the cells until they vaporize, but all you feel is a warm sensation – not pain. It’s quick and effective, and you will usually be able to walk out the door as you came in – minus the wart! We may also use ointments or oral medications along with the laser for the best possible outcome.

Bothered by warts? Don’t wait and hope they’ll go away on their own. Write them out of your story today! Contact The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic in Sammamish at (425) 868-3338, and set up a time to visit our office. We also serve patients in Redmond, Issaquah, and Bellevue. Your good foot health is our goal!