What are your morning habits—the first things you do when you wake up? Some people immediately push the snooze button, others exercise, and some people check their phone and email, while others head for the coffee pot as soon as possible. When the first thing that greets you is morning heel pain, it can get you off to a bad start.
This is typically the case with an injury called plantar fasciitis. This foot problem involves damage to the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that runs from your toes to your heel. Overuse, repeated impact, and poor footwear can strain the plantar fascia and cause tiny tears and inflammation in the tissue. Symptoms can range from a dull ache to stabbing pains in the heel and arch of your foot. They often develop gradually and usually affect one foot, but can occur in both.
Pain can be triggered if you work at a job where you stand on your feet all day, but flare-ups usually happen when getting up first thing in the morning and after long periods of sitting. The reason for this is that inactivity or a night of sleep gives the plantar fascia time to tighten up as it heals from the wear and tear during the day. When you step back on the foot, the tight tissue is stressed and can become torn once again.
There are several things that you can do to avoid this morning wakeup call. One tip is to roll your foot over a rolling pin before you step on it, to massage and stretch out the plantar fascia. We can provide you with some simple stretching exercises as well as other treatments such as night splints, footwear modifications, and custom orthotics.
For diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery. We have two convenient locations to serve you – call us in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055 or in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 for an appointment today.