Are your feet screaming bloody murder? The artist who created these shoes must have some bad feet because he or she so totally captured the way many of my patients feel when they walk through the door.
Particularly in the summer when injuries are more common, people come limping in because the pain is so bad. But all too often patients put off coming to see their Seattle podiatrist because they have too much on their plate or they think they can just tough it out.
Pain is a funny thing. We all have different levels of what we can tolerate. But often things go from bad to worse after simple activities such as going for a long walk after a sedentary summer, standing for hours coaching kids soccer, or going on the first hike of the season—patients finally realize that the pain is not going to get better without some podiatric help.
Heel pain is the biggest complaint. The most common type of heel pain, plantar fasciitis, has likely been brewing for a long time due to poor foot mechanics, weight gain, or unsupportive shoes. Putting more strain on the plantar fascia, which is already inflamed, is often the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Whereas before it was just aching, now it’s excruciating. Icing and taping are often the first plan of action, followed by longer lasting solutions.
Ingrown toenails can also prevent you from doing the things you love. This annoying problem can also affect kids and teens, so you should be aware that if your kid is staying out of the game or not running around as much if they’re a toddler it could be a very painful ingrown toenail.
Bunions are more prominent, particular for women as they go from shoes to sandals. Although sometimes you can work around your bunions more easily in sandals, that’s not always the case. You’ve bought these adorable pair and now your bunions are killing you. It’s time to make an appointment to learn how to slow down the progression of this condition. Surgery is not always the immediate solution. Bunion cushions and orthotics can greatly decrease pain when walking and doing other summer activities.
The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City can be reached at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.