Does this sound like you? You get out of bed in the morning and as soon as your feet hit the floor it feels like you stepped on a nail. Walking around takes the edge off and then later on you don't notice it. That night you work out and by the end of your run it's hurting more. You ice it, take a few tylenol, go to bed, and wake up the next day in more pain.
You rinse, repeat but it just keeps getting worse even though you've tried several strategies to calm it down. Doctors aren't your thing, so instead you're going to take a few days off and then run your usual four miles.
That might sound like a reasonable idea, however, waiting for heel pain to get worse is not a strategy. Heel pain or plantar fasciitis won't get better on its own, particularly if you don't do something to make it better.
Laying off your usual running routine is a start, but if you want to get rid of it and prevent it from coming back you're going to have to see a foot doctor.
What should you expect from your doctor's visit? To find out what's really going on with you, the podiatrist will ask and assess:
how the pain is impacting your life
how often and how long you run
your specific foot type (flat feet and those who over pronate are more likely to experience heel pain)
your level of calf tightness
the type of shoes you wear
your level of inflammation through use of ultrasound
The podiatrist will also take a scan of your foot if he determines that orthotics are necessary to help you heel. The 3D scan will be used to make orthotics specifically designed for your foot type.
So...you could go on with your watch and wait strategy, but why do it if you can end your pain easily.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.
Download our free eBook "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners", for more information about treating heel pain.
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.