Why does my heel hurt in the morning?
The single most common complaint we hear at Reform Podiatry Camden is heel pain in the morning. What is causing your heel pain, and why is it so sore in the morning.
Below are a list of potential reasons for heel pain:
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Baxters nerve entrapment
- Calcaneal stress reaction
- Calcaneal stress fracture
However, for the purpose of this blog post, we will focus on the most common form of heel pain – Plantarfasciitis.
What is the Plantarfasciia?
The Plantarfasciia is a fibrous band of connective tissue that runs from your heel to the base of all 5 toes. When your foot rolls in, the fascia lengthens and when your foot rolls out the fascia shortens. it helps form your “arch”.
Over time when your fascia becomes injured or less tolerant to pressure, it becomes inflamed. When you get out of bed after 6-8 hours of sleep, you apply your body weight to a stiff, injured fascia which has not been warmed up adequately. As you continually walk, warming up the fascia pain will reduce. Like clockwork, many patients at Reform Podiatry Camden can tell us exactly how many steps it takes for their pain to disappear.
Your body is the best at letting you know when things are not right. If you’re beginning to notice your heels more frequently, book in an appointment with your expert podiatrist to assess the foot, diagnose the problem and get you back waking up pain free.
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