Blog Archive

What Causes Heel Spurs? Mar 26th, 2020

Heel spurs, which are bony growths on the heel, are a common foot condition experienced by many athletes. Heel spurs develop over time, and as they progress, you may notice redness and feel swelling or pain. You may also notice bony growths under the skin.  However, many people don’t see...

How to Prevent Hammertoe Mar 1st, 2020

Hammertoe is a painful condition that can sideline any runner. When you’d rather be out running, it’s a real bummer if you have to spend your time putting up your feet instead.  Hammertoe, which is a condition that causes your toe to bend downward at the middle joint, typically affects...

What Triggers Plantar Fasciitis? Feb 1st, 2020

Plantar fasciitis is the kind of condition that can keep runners sidelined on the couch. It’s a painful foot condition that’s often at its worst when walking after waking up or sitting for a while. If it gets bad enough, you may find it extremely painful just to move about,...

7 Exercise Tips for Arthritic Feet and Ankles Jan 1st, 2020

Pain in the feet and ankles is commonplace for arthritis sufferers, especially as aging causes a progression of the condition. The human foot has 30 joints, and each one can become a source of pain and stiffness. At Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine in Kirkland, Washington, our podiatrists work...

Behind Your Heel Pain Dec 1st, 2019

You probably never think much about the heel of your foot until you develop a problem. Then it seems like your heel is all you can think about! Because it’s the biggest bone in your foot, your heel can be the source of pain and mobility problems. At Washington Foot...

How Biomechanics Affect Your Mobility Oct 31st, 2019

Biomechanics is the science of human movement. It takes mechanical principles and applies them to how the human body moves.  In podiatric medicine, biomechanics focuses on the forces that affect your feet and ankles. It looks at how your biomechanics can cause foot and ankle problems. When applied to sports...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle From Becoming a Chronic Instability Sep 30th, 2019

If you’ve sprained your ankle, you may think that you just need to walk it off or take it easy for a few days. But what you may not know is that, without proper treatment, your ankle could still be a problem after it heals. A sprain can weaken your...

What's Causing Your Arch Pain? Aug 31st, 2019

The components in your foot, which include muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissue, give it the flexibility you need to walk, run, and jump. Your arch runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to the ball of your foot and helps bear some of the weight of...

How Your Weight Affects Your Feet Aug 14th, 2019

It stands to reason that your feet are more likely to stay in good condition if they’re not stressed by the constant pressure of excess weight. The National Foot Health Assessment 2012 study performed for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health revealed that over half of survey takers who classified...

Are Bunions Normal? Jul 22nd, 2019

Bunions are fairly common: They’re reported in 23 percent of people 18 to 65, and in 36 percent of people older than 65. As such, many people might find them harmless and not needing to be addressed. However, in addition to pain and discomfort, bunions can cause long-term problems for...

Summertime Tips for Healthy Feet Jun 20th, 2019

Summer will soon be upon us. And this presents its own set of challenges for our feet. Whether you’re hiking, walking on the beach, or regularly wearing sandals, you’ll want to take some extra precautions to keep your feet happy and healthy during the upcoming season. At Run Doctor, Dr....

Everyday Activities That May Be Hurting Your Feet May 21st, 2019

Are you struggling with foot pain but have no idea what might be causing it? If you’ve ditched the high heels, found some supportive shoes, and you’re still experiencing discomfort, it might not be what you’re wearing on your feet that’s the problem but how you’re using your feet. Everyday...

3 Helpful Tips for Maintaining Healthy Ankles and Avoiding Running Injuries Apr 23rd, 2019

Running is a healthy pastime that can help you maintain an appropriate weight and improve your physical fitness. However, if you don't take the proper precautions, running can also lead to injuries. One of the most vulnerable parts of the body for runners is the ankle.  Why are the ankles...

How to Avoid Heel Pain With Custom Orthotics Mar 5th, 2019

Heel pain is one of the more common types of foot pain, especially among athletes and very active people, as well as among older men and women. At Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine, we help men and women relieve heel pain and related symptoms with custom orthotics, which are...

Prevent Plantar Fasciitis from Returning Feb 7th, 2019

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain, especially among athletes, older adults, and people who spend a lot of time on their feet. If you’re very overweight or if you have a certain type of foot shape or walking style (gait), you can also be...

3 Types of Bunion Surgery: Which Is Right for You? Jan 8th, 2019

Hallux Valgus, a.k.a. the bunion, is a very common foot deformity that involves the subluxation of the first metatarsal, the bone right behind your big toe. While genetics plays a huge role in the development of this condition, lifestyle choices like footwear preferences may either cause or worsen the existing condition. Women...

Suffering From Foot, Knee, Hip, or Back Pain? Learn How Custom Orthotics May Help Dec 19th, 2018

If you’re dealing with chronic foot pain, wearing specially-made orthotics to help reduce those symptoms makes sense. After all, orthotics are designed to provide the extra support and cushioning your feet need to compensate for foot-related problems like arthritis, bunions, corns, and hammertoes, and they can also help correct problems with...

7 Signs You're Wearing the Wrong Running Shoes Nov 27th, 2018

Faced with the endless possibilities in sporting goods or athletic apparel stores, there are a few standard methods people use to choose a running shoe. Some opt for the best-looking shoe. Others search the clearance racks for the best possible price. Some meticulously try on style after style until they...

What to Expect When Recovering From Achilles Tendon Surgery Oct 29th, 2018

An injury to the largest tendon in your body, the Achilles tendon, can be devastating. This tendon helps your foot move in just about every direction and is essential to walking and jumping. When it’s torn, surgery is often recommended, especially if you’re young and active. In fact, surgery is...