Why Do My Feet Hurt in the Morning?

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Have you ever woken up in the morning and winced as soon as your feet hit the floor? If so, you might be experiencing plantar fasciitis, which is more commonly known as heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a foot injury that occurs when you put too much pressure and strain on your plantar fascia, the thick ligament that connects the ball of your feet to you heel. When this ligament is injured, it becomes very painful for your heel to support your weight. The good news is that if your feet hurt in the morning, then your feet are healing themselves already. In this blog, we’ll talk about how you can continue to heal your heel pain and wake up to happy feet.

How Did I Get Plantar Fasciitis?

Most likely, your heel pain is the result of overuse. Overuse injuries are common among athletes and other people who run, walk, and exercise frequently. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, you can take some of the load of your plantar fascia by:

  • Stretching your feet before working out

  • Elevating feet in downtime to reduce swelling

  • Wearing foot orthotics, which are custom insoles designed by a foot doctor to provide extra foot support

How Do I Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

With all overuse injuries, the most reliable way to ensure a full recovery is to rest your feet. We’d all love a day off our feet, but it isn’t always a possible to take time away from work and our other responsibilities. You can, however, find alternatives to the activities that cause extra foot stress. For example, if you love to jog, then try swimming laps instead. Reducing the stress on your feet can mean avoiding the need to repair the damage with foot surgery.

The best way to get rid of your heel pain for good is to see your local podiatrist as soon as possible. If you’re located in Westfield, Indiana or the surrounding Hamilton County area, stop in to see Dr. David R. Sullivan of Westfield Foot and Ankle.  He and his friendly staff can evaluate your heel pain and help get you on track to waking up easily. Make an appointment online or call (317) 896-6655 today.