All of us want to save money on food, clothing, and entertainment. That's true for our health as well. Why spend money on a prescription medication when a less expensive over-the-counter medication will do.

Sometimes the type of help we need for our health is not always clear. Take heel pain. Although off the shelf inserts such as Superfeet can work just great for some people, those with chronic heel pain are unlikely to get long term relief from them.

Don't get me wrong, I always suggest to new patients with mild heel pain and normal foot mechanics to try them first. But I let them know if we can't get their pain down with an off the shelf insert, a custom orthotic will need to be our next plan of attack.

For my patients who have chronic heel pain a simple off the shelf insert will not work. It's also counterproductive for someone trying to heal on their own to assume an off the shelf insert is all they need to get better.

Although on the surface heel pain may seem like a simple condition to treat, it's not. It usually requires a podiatrist who understands foot and body mechanics, analyzes how a patient walks, and conducts other assessments before coming up with a plan designed to help that particular heel pain patient.

If you're experiencing foot pain and it's mild by all means try an off the shelf insert, but if your pain persists or gets worse call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly. You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easy reading!

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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