Today we’re going to answer a question from our blog, and that was, why does my heel hurt first thing in the morning when I get out of bed? So first of all, the most common cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. There’s plenty of information on our website on what that is and how to treat it, both home treatments and when you should see a professional. But, really, today we’re just going to focus on what causes that pain first thing in the morning.
So first of all, plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory problem, where this ligament that attaches in the heel becomes inflamed. Now, that’s different from a more serious problem called plantar fasciosis, but again, if you want to learn more about that, go to the website. So patients with inflammation in their foot, in their heel, or in pretty much any part of their foot, when you’re walking around during the day, the actual act of walking, it’s like you’re doing a little massage on the bottom of the foot and that prevents the.
Buildup of inflammatory fluid. you’re going to get inflammatory fluid in any part of your body whenever you have damaged tissue. That fluid brings in the cells that repair that tissue. So as you walk around during the day, you’re using the muscles, and the pressure from the ground pumps that fluid out, but when you go to sleep at night and you’re laying down, or you’re just sitting down having a meal, you’re not doing anything to get rid of that fluid, so that fluid comes in and it builds up and becomes tighter in that area.
And so, when you go to walk again, that’s buildup, and it becomes painful, so those first steps become painful. You walk around for a few minutes and you pump that fluid out, and that is actually what gets rid of that pain. So again, the pain that occurs, first steps after rest, it has a name. It’s called post static dyskinesia. That just means pain after rest with motion, so that’s the cause. It’s really nothing to worry about too much. It’s just a generalized sign of inflammation. If.
What Causes Painful and Numb Feet in the Morning
We treat a lot of heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, in our office. many of the symptoms include pain when you first get up in the morning, burning, numbness, and increased symptoms by the end of the day. The pain is usually caused by tightening of the plantar fascia ligament, located on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia ligament supports the arch. When you are resting, the ligament contracts. As you start to walk, the ligament pulls and may tear slightly, causing pain.
Heel pain can also be brought on by trauma, overexertion, illfitting shoes, or poor foot alignment. We initially treat plantar fasciitis conservatively with icing, stretching, strapping, antiinflammatory medications, physical therapy, night splints, and possibly an injection. Proper foot support is one of the most important treatments we recommend. The purpose of foot support is to stop the ligament from tearing, thereby getting at the cause of the problem. We often prescribe a custom orthotic for the best possible foot support. Custom orthotics.
Are inserts that fit into your shoes, which are custom molded specifically to your foot to correct the faulty foot alignment and bring your foot into a more natural position. We find that most of our patients respond to conservative treatment with favorable outcomes. So, if youre suffering with heel pain, dont wait for it to become a chronic problem. Schedule an appointment today and well get you back to the activities you love in no time.