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Spring has come to Seattle early this year, and women everywhere are starting to bare their toes. As boots and other rain repellant foot gear are being stored in the closet, out comes the sandals, flip flops, flat flats, and lighter running shoes.

Even though Spring puts us in a celebratory mood and we get out more to walk with our friends, partners, and dogs, that upswing in temperament may not last long if our feet can't tolerate a less supportive shoe. Heel pain, bone spurs, and Achilles tendonitis are commonly seen when supportive shoes are eschewed by certain people.

Who's at Risk

  • Women

  • Older adults

  • Runners

  • People with wonky foot mechanics

  • Women who move from a high heel to a flat shoe quickly

Stop the Pain Before it Begins

  • Minimize the amount of time spent in less supportive shoes

  • Use flip flops only around the pool or beach; they were never intended for long walks around Greenlake

  • Stretch your calf muscles if you've been wearing high heels and want to go to a flatter shoe. Be sure to maintain the stretch for a good 5 minutes on each leg.

Of course if you're reading this, you likely already have pain. Here at the Foot and Ankle Center we treat plantar fasciitis to get you back to doing what you love faster. After all who wants to miss this incredible spring because walking is painful.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

By Dr. Robyn W. Paloian
August 12, 2014
Category: Heel pain
Tags: heel spurs   bone spurs  

Although that foot bump on your foot may not be pretty, you’re probably more concerned about the pain it causes, particularly when you wear shoes.  

So what is that bump anyway?  A bone spur, or osteophyte, can occur on top of your foot and other locations and can cause quite a bit of pain. Bone spurs occur most commonly near a joint and are often the result of osteoarthritis. But bone spurs can also be caused by too much rubbing, pressure, or stress from a tight ligament or tendon, causing the bone to overproduce in an effort to repair itself.  

Sometimes osteophytes go undetected for years, depending on their location. It’s often not until we experience pain from the spur that it is diagnosed, when our doctor visualizes it on an X-ray.

Heel spurs are osteophytes on the bottom or back of the calcaneus, or heel bone. These result from a conditions such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis,  in which additional stress is placed on the plantar fascia ligament or Achilles tendon.  The bone can actually grow in response to the tight ligament or tendon, as the microtears in these structures repair themselves.

Other common causes of bone spurs include running and other sports activities, obesity, and poorly fitted shoes that cause friction on the top of the foot or at the heel.

Treatment of bone spurs depend on the location of the spur and can include supportive shoes, cushioning pads, orthotics and surgery.  

To find out more about that painful bump, call Dr. Rion Berg’s office at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.