Heel Injuries Sabotage Olympic Dreams and Other Sports Activities

British snowboarder Katie Ormerod had her Olympic dreams sabotaged when she sustained a devastating heel injury during a practice run before the games in PyeongChang. Her heel broke in two pieces and the poor kid was left in excruciating pain as a result.

Now you may or may not have Olympic dreams of you own but you're very active and want to stay that way. Perhaps you're a snowboarder like Katie. Or you love to hike in our beautiful mountains. Or you're a runner who pounds the pavement around Green Lake.

No matter what your sport, you may be at risk for developing a heel injury. That injury is not likely to be a broken heel, but plantar fasciitis or heel pain. Heel pain occurs when the connective tissue that runs under the heel becomes inflamed.

What Puts You At Risk?

  • Runners - due to the repetitive pounding of your foot as it connects to the ground.

  • Tight calf muscles - tight calf muscles limit how much your foot can bend over your toes. If your calf muscles are too tight and they are forced to bend this can cause micro-tears in the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel.

  • Poor foot biomechanics - people with poor foot mechanics including flat feet are more likely to pronate causing undo pull on the plantar fascia.

  • Improper boots or shoes - wearing worn out shoes or boots or improper ones for your sport.

If you have heel pain, don't wait! 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".

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 easier 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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