Spring has come to Seattle early this year, and women everywhere are starting to bare their toes. As boots and other rain repellant footgear are being stored in the closet, out come the sandals, flip flops, flat flats, and lighter running shoes.

Even though Spring puts us in a celebratory mood and we get out more to walk with our friends, partners, and dogs, that upswing in temperament may not last long if our feet can't tolerate a less supportive shoe. Heel pain, bone spurs, and Achilles tendonitis are commonly seen when supportive shoes are eschewed by certain people.

Who's at Risk

  • Women
  • Older adults
  • Runners
  • People with wonky foot mechanics
  • Women who move from a high heel to a flat shoe quickly

Stop the Pain Before it Begins

  • Minimize the amount of time spent in less supportive shoes
  • Use flip flops only around the pool or beach; they were never intended for long walks around Greenlake
  • Stretch your calf muscles if you've been wearing high heels and want to go to a flatter shoe. Be sure to maintain the stretch for a good 5 minutes on each leg.

Of course, if you're reading this, you likely already have pain. Here at the Foot and Ankle Center we treat plantar fasciitis to get you back to doing what you love faster. After all who wants to miss this incredible spring because walking is painful.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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