Heel pain in the morning is a very common symptom of plantar fasciitis. As the plantar fascia swells and tightens, walking on the affected foot pulls on the tissue and causes micro-tears. Continuing to walk on the foot stretches out the plantar fascia and relieves some of the pain. However, when you’re off your feet for too long, the ligament swells and tightens again. While you sleep over night, your body tries to repair the little tears. Those first few steps in the morning forcibly stretch it out again and re-injure the tightened tissue, causing that sharp pain.
This problem tends to only get worse the longer it goes untreated. Fortunately, conservative treatment is very successful at eliminating the problem. Don’t suffer with heel pain in the morning. Seek treatment from Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Hamden and Milford, CT. You can reach our office by calling either of our two locations, (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office or (203) 876-7736 for the Milford location. You can also make an appointment or contact us through our website.