As Seahawk defensive end Michael Bennett was chasing after Los Angeles Ram's quarterback Jared Goff this past Sunday, he sustained a plantar fasciitis injury. Plantar fasciitis or heel pain is common among runners and other athletes.

For most of us heel pain typically doesn't occur suddenly but has a slow onset as a result of improper foot mechanics, tight calf muscles, unsupportive shoes, and being overweight. Most often it develops from a combination of these factors.

It's called plantar fasciitis because the fascia which starts at the heel and inserts into the base of the toes becomes inflamed. If you have it you'll feel a lot of pain at the bottom of your heel with first steps in the morning. That's because your calf muscle tightens up when you sleep.  As the day goes on the pain can lessen as your calf muscle becomes warmed up and more stretched out.

Fortunately plantar fasciitis is very treatable.  I can't be certain what the Seahawk trainers did to decrease Michael Bennett's pain, but he probably get a shot of steroids to his heel to decrease the inflammation quickly.  That's so he can go back out there as soon as possible to keep playing.

As a patient with plantar fasciitis you could get a steroid shot, but more likely we'll try other approaches.

First, we'll tape your foot so that when you walk out the door it's the tape that's pulling on your foot, not your plantar fascia. We'll also recommend several other techniques to reduce inflammation so your plantar fascia can start the healing process.

When you return to our office we'll put you on a program to reduce your calf tightness if this is an issue for you. If you have flat feet or other improper foot mechanics, you'll likely need orthotics to properly align your feet and prevent the heel pain from returning.

If you experiencing heel pain, 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.

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Players seen in the photo are not Seahawks nor Michael Bennett.

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