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Morning Heel Pain- What it Means

Posted Dec 16 2009 8:48am

  morning heel pain

“When I get out of bed in the morning, my heel is so painful I can barely walk! What’s wrong?”

Does this sound like you?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone!  In fact, severe heel pain affects nearly 2 million Americans each year. 

“What you describe sounds like you may have developed a heel spur. This is a condition where the plantar fascia (fibrous tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot) becomes inflamed at its attachment to the heel bone. This stress causes the fascia to pull away from the bone and a bony spur starts to form.


Why is it more painful in the morning?

Overnight, the plantar fascia has become cold and constricted overnight, thus more prone to tearing away from the connection point at the heel bone under the weight of your body. After a few steps, the blood begins to circulate, the fascia becomes warm and more elastic and the pain subsides somewhat.  Often a custom orthotic will help to diminish or eliminate the pain by reducing the amount of stretch the fascia is subjected to under weight bearing.”

Some common treatments include stretching, night splints and supportive shoes. How did you treat your severe heel pain?


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