You're very excited about watching the US Open at Chambers Bay, but your own golf game has been put on hold since you've been experiencing excruciating heel pain.

And that's a total bummer.

Professional golfers like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Angel Cabrera have to make sure their feet are in tip top shape in order to play their best game this week.

But even though they get the best advice from their coaches about their swing and purchasing the best golf shoes, they still need to visit their podiatrist in order to get their heel pain treated. These days heel pain is so common among golfers it's also known as Golfer's heel.

If you're simply a weekend golfer going from tee to tee on a golf cart you're less likely to be candidate for this painful condition, but if you walk the course end to end you could be sidelined from playing your favorite game.

What is Heel Pain?

Heel pain develops when there is more strain on the connective tissue, called the plantar fascia. Micro-tears at the heel cause the inflammation and pain which are hallmarks of this condition.  

Risk Factors for Developing Heel Pain

  • rapidly increasing your exercise - going from a weekend golfer to a daily golfer overnight; each additional day adds 5.5 miles to your feet
  • faulty foot structure - e.g. flat feet or feet that pronate or roll in
  • unsupportive shoes
  • being overweight

Treating Heel Pain

At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we provide a comprehensive treatment program with the goal of:

  • reducing the inflammation to relieve the pain
  • resolving calf tightness
  • addressing problems with faulty foot mechanics
  • educating you about proper shoe gear

So don't just dream about getting back to the green while you watch Rory McIlroy take all. Pick up the phone and us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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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