Why Pain in Your Heel May Be Worse in the Morning
There are different conditions that cause stiffness or pain in your heel that gets worse in the morning. Pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis—where the long band of tissue on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed—can be worse in the morning because blood supply to the feet is reduced while you sleep. Similarly, an inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone with the calf muscles (Achilles tendinitis) can also be more painful upon waking. This can also be caused by poor circulation, or the fact that calf muscles are shortened while at rest and may become painful when they are stretched as you take your first steps. Unlike plantar fasciitis, however, heel pain from Achilles tendinitis typically does not subside after moving around and warming up the heel. If you have any pain in your heel, seek the care of a podiatrist to determine its cause and the best course of treatment.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.
If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Corsicana, Ennis, and Waxahachie, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, or 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office.