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Heel Pain Specialist

Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine

Podiatry & Sports Medicine Physicians located in Kirkland, WA

Heel pain can be frustrating as well as uncomfortable since it can be caused by any number of issues, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, sometimes even a cyst. A specialist at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine in Kirkland, Washington can pinpoint the exact cause of your heel pain, then determine an effective treatment plan. To schedule an appointment with a Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine podiatrist, call or book online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

Why do my feet hurt in the morning?

Heels that hurt in the morning is a classic symptom of plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition caused by tiny tears in the band of tissue called the plantar fascia that runs across the sole of your foot.

The pain is worse in the morning – or even after a nap or lengthy sit – because the tissues in the plantar fascia contract and tighten during rest.

Placing weight on them again often causes stabbing or shooting pain as the tightened tissues react to a sudden change in pressure. After a few minutes of standing and walking, the tissues in the plantar fascia stretch and loosen up, decreasing the discomfort.

What are heel spurs?

Heel spurs are bony protrusions on the underside of your heel bone caused by excess calcium deposits. They often accompany plantar fasciitis. Sometimes, you can feel heel spurs, without them being visible in an X-ray. An invisible heel spur is called heel-spur syndrome.

Are there stretching exercises for heel pain?

Yes. Before you even get out of bed, pull your toes gently toward you, then try pulling your covers up with your toes. Once you’re up, face a wall with your hands on it, and extend one leg behind you pressing your heel to the floor. Next, take a seat and loop a towel around your foot, pulling the ends toward you as you point and flex your toes.

Also, try rolling your arch over a foam roller or frozen water bottle. Make sure you always have shoes that fit well and offer plenty of cushion and support. You might also want to consider custom orthotics.

Can custom orthotics help heel pain?

Absolutely. Orthotics can help you use the muscles in your lower extremities more effectively while taking pressure away from your heels.

Why do I have a bump on the back of my heel?

A bump on the back of your heel is often a case of Haglund’s deformity, a condition where a protrusion develops behind the heel mainly due to stiff-backed shoes pressing on the bone and irritating it while inflaming the surrounding tissue. It’s common for bursitis to set in as well, creating even more pain and discomfort.

What kind of shoes help with heel pain?

You can reduce redness, swelling, and pain by wearing open-backed shoes or shoes made from softer, more flexible materials. Avoid high heels, hiking boots, and skates as much as possible. If you have to wear any of these kinds of shoes, make sure to place a protective pad across the back of your heel.

There may be many causes of heel pain, but you don’t have to live with any of them. To schedule a personal appointment with a podiatrist at Washington Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine, call today or book online.