Olympic skierAs we watch the Winter Olympics and see the amazing feats of our Olympians across the world we marvel at the amazing strength and resilence of the human body including our feet. In our 20s and 30s we were able to stretch the limits of what our bodies could do with few repercussions. We might have broken a few bones or even sprained a foot or torn an Achilles but that didn’t stop us since we were able to rebound pretty quickly.

If you’re in your 40s and beyond you’ve probably noticed that even though you might still feel like an Olympian in your heart, your body will remind you that your feet and ankles won’t repair themselves as quickly as they once did.  

As a runner, you may start to notice foot pain when your feet first touch the floor in the morning. Often the pain goes away during the day, but this doesn’t mean the problem has disappeared. Unfortunately every time you run you are re-injuring your foot and your body doesn’t get a change to heal.

Heel Pain

Heel pain or most commonly plantar fasciitis is a condition common among runners. Although you might want to blow off this pain and push through it as you might have done in your 20s, the truth is the pain will probably not resolve on its own but continue to get worse.

Before coming in to see us, you can do a few things to help reduce the inflammation that is causing the heel pain. Anti-inflammatory medication (check with your doctor first), ice, and rest are the best things you can do right now to begin the healing process.

You can still remain an Olympian in your mind and body as long as you listen to the signals your body sends letting you know that something is wrong and acting on those signals.

To set up an appointment with one of our Seattle podiatrists, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.  

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