Runners Heels Can Feel Like They've Stepped on a Nail
By Dr. Rion Berg
May 04, 2015
Category: Heel pain
Tags: orthotics   plantar fasciitis   runners  

Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you stepped on a nail? Could this be that dreaded heel pain that so many of your running friends have talked about? You've heard that several of them are sidelined for months. What a bummer since so many races are coming up this spring and you don't want to miss out.

As a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience I want to put your mind at ease. Plantar fasciitis or heel pain is very common in people who are active. I see runners like you all the time and I'm able to get them out of pain, fast.

How do we do it?

Reducing your inflammation

Inflammation is a response to your heel injury. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we have many treatments in our arsenal to get your inflammation down and reduce your pain. Taping your foot and use of an air heel alter the way your foot strikes the ground and prevent re-injury of the plantar fascia. We use the latest in laser light technology to reduce your inflammation and pain. The MLS laser uses two wavelengths of infrared light to penetrate deep into the tissue to regenerate tissue at the cellular level.

Reducing calf tightness

You already know how to do the runners stretch, however, most people don't do it long enough. People with tight calf muscles are more susceptible to heel pain then those who don't. I recommend use of an Achilles splint which allows much longer stretching time.

Address your wonky foot mechanics - most feet aren't perfect-- yours probably aren't either. In order to resolve your heel pain and keep it from coming back you'll need to correct your foot mechanics. We accomplish this by casting you for custom orthotics.

Teach you about proper shoe gear - wearing supportive shoes are another essential part of resolving and preventing heel pain. Check out our video for how to do this.

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".

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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