Normally you're one of those people that likes to bounce out of bed at 5:30am, splash some water in your face, throw on your favorite kicks, and go for nice long morning run. But today you got out of bed and as soon as your feet hit the floor all you felt was an explosion of pain in your heels.
What's going on here?
Plantar fasciitis or heel pain can come on quickly. You know the old saying "the straw that broke the camel's back". Well it's no different here. Maybe you forgot to stretch after your last run. Or perhaps the inflammation that's been happening inside your heel has finally alerted the pain centers in your brain that "Houston we have a problem".
Whatever the reason, you can't continue to run without being in excruciating pain. What's going on here? The plantar fascia starts at the heel and then runs along the bottom of your foot attaching at the toes. When this band of fascia is overstretched it starts to create tiny tears in your heel. Although it's trying it's darnedest to repair itself, every time you run those tears start all over again eventually leading to terrible pain.
How can you stop the damage?
First, not all people who run will get heel pain, however, runners are at greater risk for this condition because of the pounding their feet must endure. As a Seattle podiatrist who sees this condition on a daily basis, it's important to stop the damage by restricting your activity and making an appointment as soon as possible.
The treatment of plantar fasciitis depends on many factors. Every person has different reasons for development of the condition, so there is not a one size fits all answer.
With over 25 years of experience treating patients like you, I'll get you back to running before you know it.
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.