Severe heel pain first thing in the morning after stepping out of bed is a horrible way to begin your day, and it may be the first sign of a serious injury to your foot.
Two of the most common causes of heel pain after sleeping are plantar fasciitis and injuries from overuse:
- Plantar fasciitis—This is one of the most common causes of early morning heel pain that usually tends to decrease as you begin moving your feet. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation and stretching of the wide ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis consists of the following:
- Avoid wearing high heels and flip flops
- Use the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to relieve pain and swelling
- Stop any high impact activity, such as running or jumping
- Wear shoes with proper arch support to help avoid overstretching of the plantar fascia
- Stretch out your calf muscles several times a day
- If you notice no improvement after a few days, see your podiatrist
- Overuse injuries—Your heel absorbs the impact when you walk, run or exercise, and it is highly susceptible to injury due to just the stress of daily living. The continuous pressure of being on your feet all day, especially if you are carrying extra weight, can greatly contribute to heel pain.
Treatment for overuse injuries includes:
- Ice to decrease swelling
- Check your shoes for proper cushioning in the heel
- Try lower impact activities, such as biking or swimming
- For pain lasting more than a few days or a couple of weeks see your foot doctor
Some other causes of early morning heel pain include Achilles tendonitis and arthritis. If you are suffering from pain in your heel, it’s best to have an evaluation by a foot doctor for proper diagnosis and suggestions for treatment, so be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!