Morning Heel Pain

Do you have heel pain when you initially get out of bed in the morning?  Pain experienced with the first few steps in the morning is often a symptom of plantar fasciitis.  The term used to describe this symptom is post static dyskenisia.  This is very common for people suffering from plantar fascitiis and can easily be alleviated. 

Plantar fasciitis is not the only cause of morning stiffness or heel pain but it is one of the most common.  There are many reasons for morning heel pain and morning stiffness, however one of the most common is attributed to microscopic tearing of the plantar fascia which occurs when one initially takes their first steps after a night of rest. 

While sleeping, the mechanical tension is reduced on the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and the fascia has a chance to begin the reparative process. When one steps out of bed, the inflammatory cycle is often initiated and pain is experienced.  Normally, the pain begins to subside with more walking, however, it usually returns again towards the end of the day and always returns again overnight.  Stretching of the Achilles complex and plantar fascia can often greatly reduce this pain.

If you are experiencing pain when you initially get out of bed in the morning, please contact us for an appointment.