You absolutely hate to miss out on all the 10Ks this fall. After all, you're training for a marathon and you've got to get your miles in. But it seems like no matter what you do you can't seem to lick your pesky heel pain.

You've tried everything and nothing seems to work.

Over-the-counter inserts, Biofreeze, and orthotics made at some store you went to. You also make sure you warm up before you run by stretching your calf muscles and by doing some light jogging in place.

Let me assure you--you've done nothing wrong. You've made great efforts to keep plantar fasciitis at bay. In fact, as a Seattle podiatrist with over 30 years of experience, I would have recommended some of the very things you've tried.

Unfortunately, for many runners like you, there comes a time when managing your heel pain is going to need some professional help. Although over-the-counter inserts like Superfeet will work for a while if you're experiencing recurring pain, you're likely going to need a prescriptive orthotic made by a podiatrist, not by a machine in a store.

As for tight calf muscles, the reason you need to stretch them is that these muscles hook right into your plantar fascia. And a little stretching before you run is just not going to cut it.

Other foot pain information for runners:

We don't want you to wait any longer to sign up for those 10Ks.  Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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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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