Did you feel like you stepped on a razor blade when you got out of bed in the morning? You wonder if this could be that nasty heel pain you've heard your running buddies talk about. Concerned that this could sideline you from your summer race schedule?
It's very likely that you do have heel pain or plantar fasciitis. As a Seattle foot doctor with over 30 years of experience I want to put your mind at ease. This condition is common in people who run. I see athletes like you all the time and I'm able to get them out of pain, fast.
At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, we can help you by using a combination of the five steps below.
Reduce your inflammation
Every patient we see with plantar fasciitis has inflammation. It's a natural response to the injury of the tissue in your heel and it's what's causing the pain. To reduce the pain temporarily reduce your activity, apply ice daily, and use anti-inflammatory medications. In my office I can give you a steroid injection or tape your feet for immediate relief.
Reduce your calf tightness
Your calf is connected to the plantar fascia which is the tissue that is causing you all the pain. If you have tight calves this is always a big player in the cause of your heel pain. When calves are tight they pull on the fascia every time you pound the ground. If this is the case for you, we'll provide you with all the necessary tools to reduce it.
Address your wonky foot mechanics
Most feet aren't perfect -- yours probably aren't either. If you're a pronator (your feet rotate in) or a supinator (your feet rotate out) we can improve your foot mechanics and help heal and prevent further bouts of plantar fasciitis.
Teach you about proper shoe gear
Wearing the right shoes is often half the battle. Check out our video.
Send you to physical therapy to get you better, fast.
Don't miss out on that upcoming race.
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.
For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".
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.