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5 Foot Bumps that are not Bunions

berg-septWith Victoria Beckham’s bunions constantly in the media, it’s no wonder it’s the first thing people think about when they start to notice a bump on their foot.

But–not all bumps are bunions! Here are some other conditions that result in a bump:

Neuroma - is an overgrown bundle of nerves that most often runs between the 3rd and 4th toe. High heels or narrow shoes and high impact exercise such as running are most often the culprits.

Capsulitis- is often misdiagnosed as a Morton’s neuroma because the symptoms can be similar. But instead of the nerve being the problem the ligaments surrounding the toes becomes inflamed. Faulty foot mechanics–where the ball of the foot beneath the toe joint takes on a lot of weight-bearing pressure–is the primary cause. Other foot problems that can cause capsulitis are: having a second toe longer than the big toe, an unstable arch, and tight calf muscles.

Bursitis – is an inflamed fluid-filled sac that develops between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone as a result of repetitive movements such as those made by athletes. Initially the sac develops as a protection from micro trauma that occurs from the repetitive movements, but eventually the sac also becomes inflamed leaving the person with bursitis.

Haglund’s deformity – is often a precursor to bursitis. It’s also known as “pump bump”, because it most commonly affects women who wear rigid pump style shoes. Three factors make this deformity more likely in addition to wearing pumps: high arched feet, tight Achilles tendon, and faulty foot mechanics.

Osteoarthritis - typically occurs in people over 50. It shows up as swollen joints. It’s the most common secondary diagnoses when a person comes in thinking they have bunions. Arthritis is most treatable at the beginning stages.

It’s important to get your feet checked out so that proper treatment for your condition can be started right away.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book “No More Foot Pain”, mailed directly to your home.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons. This is not  Victoria Beckham but Heike Drechsler, a German Olympian who took home two gold medals for the long jump; I have no idea if she has or had a bump, but she easily could have from all that jumping.)

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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Townsquared Launching in Lake City

Townsquared-300x289Townsquared is the free, private online network where verified neighborhood business owners and staff share advice and resources. (It works similar to Nextdoor, an online program for individuals in a neighborhood.)

We will be inviting each Chamber Member to join Townsquared. As part of the signup process, you, as a Chamber Member, will also become members of the neighborhood where your business resides. Non-Members are absolutely invited to participate.

Click here for more information on how Townsquared can be a “plus” for your business!

Melissa and Ahmad of Townsquared Seattle will be physically available to meet and help us as we launch our community.

Feel free to reach out to them directly with any questions as well:

Melissa Peterman
Ahmad El-Najjar

We will be kicking off Townsquared in North Seattle with a networking happy hour at:

Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
February 18th

Sponsored by

The Townsquared team will be there of course to personally answer any questions that you have.

Report: Truck, four stolen flags found after tip

A stolen truck belonging to a Lake City Lions member —and four of the more than 30 missing flags that were to be placed on Lake City Way on September 11th— were recovered after a tip Thursday night.

In this 2013 photo, Lions Club members place flags  in north Seattle and Shoreline on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013.  (Joshua Trujillo,, used with permission)

In this 2013 photo, Lions Club members place flags in north Seattle and Shoreline on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013. (Joshua Trujillo,, used with permission)

KIRO/7, 97.3 KIRO FM and Lake City Live all reported about the theft of the flags that fly on Lake City Way for each federal holiday. It was a tip from someone that saw the story that led to the discovery of the truck in Mount Lake Terrace.

Only four of the more than 30 flags were in the truck at the time of the discovery. The Lions would like to recover all of the remaining flags.

While Lions members were removing the flags on the evening of Memorial Day, a man jumped into a truck they were loading with flags, and drove off. You can read our previous coverage here.

The community organization does not plan to place flags on Lake City Way on September 11th because of the theft of the flags. In 2013 documented the Lions placing the flags. You can see that coverage here.

You can see the KIRO/7 report below.