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Most foot and ankle physicians, podiatrist and sports medicine doctors like me will see a considerable amount of heel pain and heel spurs during their career. The majority of this heel pain will be caused by plantar fasciitis and present with multiple symptoms including burning, stabbing and throbbing of the heel. However, it is important to rule out other causes of heel pain including nerve entrapments, stress fractures and bursitis. It is essential to see a physician to get the correct diagnosis before implementing treatment plans.

Often times patients spend a considerable amount of time on the Internet to implement treatment in this can be detrimental to their long-term well-being in healing of the pathology. I recommend seeing your foot and ankle physician, podiatrist in order to get a correct diagnosis. The patient workup often includes physical examination and x-rays and a detailed history. Patients with complicated heel pain may benefit from more advanced studies like an MRI or EMGs NCV’s. If you’re suffering from heel pain, heel spurs or plantar fasciitis we would like to help you be pain free.

Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today.
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Getting up in the morning is hard enough without adding foot pain. Many patients present to our clinic with morning pain or first step pain that has been present for months. I believe this has to be a very challenging way to start your day and I empathize with anybody that suffers from this. The most common cause of morning pain or first step pain is plantar fasciitis, heel pain or bone spurs. Typically once calf muscle and plantar fascia have a chance to relax with sleeping a contracture occurs. This contracture makes for a tight fascia and heel cord so that when patients steps down after sleeping or after resting that tightness creates pain.

This morning or first step pain can create a cycle of chronic pain making plantar fasciitis hard to treat. I really encourage my patients to do a significant amount of calf and plantar fascia stretching. It is very important for patients to work on overall tightness of your calf and facia, utilizing tools like a foam rolling, calf stretching techniques or a theraband can help. I also encourage early intervention by a foot and ankle physician to avoid chronic fasciitis. Once patients reach a chronic fasciitis state can be extremely challenging and frustrating for both the patient and physician alike. At Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists, we pride ourselves on utilizing the most advanced treatments available to cure plantar fasciitis once and for all. If you’re suffering from morning pain or plantar fasciitis, give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today.
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At Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists we are the leaders in treating pediatric patients. We are the number one referral center for Pediatricians that are looking for a foot and ankle specialist. We have over 40 years of experience treating pediatric patients. The most common presentation we see is a child with heel pain. Kids begin to present with heel pain as sports start back up, especially soccer and basketball.

Typically children relate a pain that wraps around the back of their heel that often feels like a bruise and gets more painful with activities. Sometimes there is a family history of heel pain in a brother or sister or even mom and dad. I encourage parents to have their child examined as there are many causes of heel pain and those should be ruled out. Apophysitis or Sever’s Disease can be the cause of heel pain in children. This is a type of growth plate irritation that can be extremely uncomfortable. However, it should be noted that there are other causes and I would stress that parents should have their child evaluated before beginning treatment for apophysitis. If your child is suffering from heel pain give us a call today at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online and we will help.
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The weather is starting to get nice and all of us are wanting to get outside. I know I have dusted off my running shoes and have began to pound the pavement. I have suffered from heel pain in the past and as I start to run again it can rear its ugly head. I will often be a little sore after my run and it reminds me I need to take care of my feet. I once again start my routine of calf stretching and make sure to ease into my mileage. I will find my pro-stretch and specifically start targeting my plantar fascia. I will search the freezer for my frozen water bottle and start rolling my heels out after my runs.  Does all this sound familiar? Heel pain can really derail our exercise routines. 

I have found if I stretch and wear my prescriptive orthotics my heel pain is nonexistent. My prescriptive orthotics are specifically designed for running.  These are not inserts that are purchased at a shoe store or a running store. These are prescriptive medical devices that can only be made by a foot and ankle physician. I have been running for years and have spent year perfecting my orthotics. I love to pass on this knowledge to other runners that have suffered from heel pain. I even see a lot of runners that just want to prevent injury and wear and tear on their joints and these running orthotics really help your lower extremities. If you are a runner and are ready to take care of yourself give us a call today 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online.
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First I think it’s really important to acknowledge the fact that we are all doing are part in Washington State to protect each other by staying home and staying safe. This is an unprecedented time like we’ve never experienced and it’s important for the health and well-being of our community that we continue to put our best effort forward by continuing to respond appropriately to Covid-19. That being said our office continues to get a lot of patients that are experiencing significant heel pain.

The primary source of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis of the heel presents most commonly with pain in the morning pain after prolonged periods of rest. It is important that a proper diagnosis is made as many other pathologies can cause heel pain. I encourage patients to see an experienced foot and ankle doctor, podiatrist to evaluate your cause and present you with the best treatment options. It's also important to note that not all plantar fasciitis cases respond to similar treatments and each individual case is unique. I highly recommend having your foot evaluated by a physician that treats a lot of heel pain as sometimes the underlying causes missed and just assumed to be plantar fasciitis. At Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists we specialize in heel pain and have spent years perfecting our treatment protocols.

If you’re suffering from heel pain, give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today. 
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 17:54

How To Heal Plantar Fasciitis

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It is the little things! Plantar fasciitis is often an extremely stubborn problem. It often takes a combination of treatments to get this to resolve. Some of the core treatments involve appropriate shoes, prescription orthotics, night splints, icing and other anti-inflammatory treatments. However, sometimes it is surprising how effective it can be to do a little "fine tuning" to the treatment program.

We may have a patient where we have been doing all the right things as mentioned above. And then we question our patient: have you been stretching 4 times a day and the answer is no. And just something like ramping up the stretching to 4 times a day and/or being very consistent with a night splint can make all the difference.

Another example can be wearing the right shoes. Wearing flats or Converse shoes or other shoes that just don't have much structure or support are not helpful for this problem. It is critical to get the shoes that are recommended. For example very good athletic shoes with both a combination of structure and support. This is yet another example where adding this one item while continuing to do everything else, and finally the problem gets better!

If you have heel pain, give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today. Myself, Dr. Timothy Young, or my partner Dr. Brandon Nelson would love to see you. 

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Heel pain or plantar fasciitis continues to be the number one reason people visit a foot and ankle doctor or a podiatrist. Heel pain or pain when you first get up in the morning can be extremely uncomfortable. Many patients that we treat have seen multiple other doctors or physical therapists. Patients have often spent months going to physical therapy and are continuing to go weekly.

I think physical therapy is a great modality and can be highly beneficial for many conditions. However, for heel pain or plantar fasciitis we almost never send patients to physical therapy. The reason being is we cure the problem. At Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialist, home of the Washington Heel Pain Center we have developed a protocol that has an almost 100% cure rate for plantar fasciitis. If you are still suffering daily with heel pain come see us and we will help you get rid of it once and for all. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online. Our Issaquah Podiatrists would love to see you!
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At Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists, we provide exceptional care as sports medicine physicians. We’re the #1 foot and ankle source for Achilles tendon pain, heel bursitis, bone spurs, and retrocalcaneal bursitis. One of our primary areas of focus is sports medicine and sports injuries. Achilles tendon injuries can be extremely challenging.

We utilize the latest treatment options including shockwave therapy and other cutting edge sports medicine techniques to treat all types of Achilles tendon pain. We can provide urgent care in same-day appointments sports medicine related injuries as we're the #1 foot and ankle clinic. If you live in Bellevue, Seattle, Issaquah, Maple Valley or Sammamish we are here to help. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today.
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Currently there are many different options for surgically treating plantar fasciits. Options include, plantar fasciotomies, gastroc-recessions, topaz procedures and tenex procedures. The success rate is high with these procedures but so is conservative care. I think anybody contemplating surgical repair of their fascia should schedule an appointment of a second opinion with a heel pain expert. junk removal seattle

Personally, I would say the conservative success rate is so high that very few people need to have surgery performed. I see a lot of patients that have seen other healthcare providers and are still having pain but think there are no other options than surgery. I can say that is typically not try and I am happy to help them explore other avenues of therapy. To list a few options that have great success rates, these would include things like shockwave therapy and dry needling. The most important part of treating individuals with recalcitrant fasciitis is to identify the cause. If you are experiencing heel pain, have seen multiple doctors, I know we can help. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online.
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 23:57

How to Cure Plantar Fasciitis Once and For All


A lot of Americans continue to struggle with plantar fasciitis. Approximately 60% of American adults will have this at some point in their life. The majority of people with plantar fasciitis type symptoms have pain in the morning or pain after prolonged periods of rest. The main line of therapy to start with usually consist of stretching and icing and not going barefoot. More advanced therapies can be a prescription orthotic or an injection like steroids for anti-inflammatories.

Many patients that have been treated for plantar fasciitis regardless of the treatment that has been attempted continue to have significant pain and dysfunction. At Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have developed a plantar fascial protocol that approach is approximately 98%. This is by far the best protocols that we have seen in the literature and discussed with other colleagues. We see a lot of patients that are seeking second and third opinions and wanted an option apart from surgical intervention. Our protocol has taken approximately 10 years to perfect and we have used it on thousands of patients and have seen tremendous results. If you continue to suffer from heel pain or would like a second opinion to stop heel pain once and for all please give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today.
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