Heel Pain Center of the Northwest

Heel pain is one of the most frequent problems that we treat at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. Our Seattle Podiatrists have over 30 years of experience effectively treating plantar fasciitis, the most common type of heel pain. What is it this strange sounding condition? 

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called the plantar fascia, which originates at the heel, travels across the arches, and inserts into the base of the toes.

If you have pain in your heels when they hit the floor first thing in the morning, it’s very likely you have this condition.  The pain decreases as the foot becomes warmed up, but will return after standing for long periods or after sitting for a long time.

Causes

  • Age – more common in patients 40-60, but can be seen in younger people as well
  • Runners and other active people – activities that put a high level of impact on the feet are more at risk for developing plantar fasciitis
  • Poor foot mechanics – flat feet and other factors that cause how weight is distributed throughout the foot
  • Equinus -- a condition which limits the upward bending motion of the ankle joint often due to tightness of the Achilles tendon or calf muscles.
  • Overweight and obesity – these conditions put more stress on the plantar fascia causing it to flatten out which causes pain
  • Unsupportive shoes
  • Women are more at risk then men

Treatment
The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City uses a comprehensive treatment plan to end heel pain. Our goal is to reduce your pain by more than 50% in one month. The treatments we use include one or more of the following:

  1. Reduce inflammation
  2. Resolve calf tightness
  3. Address problems with foot mechanics (eg. Orthotics.)
  4. Recommend appropriate shoe gear including testing for shoe stability
  5. Refer for physical therapy

Immediate recommendations:

  • Avoid going barefoot (instead choose a flip flop like Vionic that will provide support inside and outside of your home)
  • Discontinue running or other exercises that causes pounding on the foot

Don't wait to get back to living your life. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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