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Plantar Fasciitis: Morning Heel Pain

You might not know the term “plantar fasciitis” very well, but you may know the feeling of dread many people have every morning at the thought of putting their feet on the floor. (Perhaps you’re one of them!)

The heel pain of plantar fasciitis often presents itself as a sharp discomfort just behind the arch of the foot. In addition to feeling this pain first thing upon moving around in the morning, it can also crop up during the day after a long period of inactivity and after a period of prolonged activity (it’s hard to run away from).

Additional symptoms can include:

  • Pain when pressing against the bottom of the heel.
  • Pain when flexing your foot upward.
  • Tingling or burning sensations, in some cases.

Most cases of plantar fasciitis involve heel pain in one foot, but a significant number can develop heel pain in both feet.

Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause of heel pain. The good news is that it’s also often a highly treatable one, too!

If you suffer from this condition and need treatment, call our Indianapolis office at (317) 545-0505 or contact us online to request an appointment.

What’s Causing Your Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It helps form the arch and flexes as you move, storing and releasing energy.

While strong, it’s not invincible. Excess strain on the tissue can cause very tiny tears to develop in it, which then leads to pain and aggravation. This strain can be caused by factors including:

  • Overuse, which can come from pushing yourself too hard during activity without proper warm-ups or rest.
  • Working in an environment that places excess pressure on your feet, such as standing or stooping on hard surfaces all day.
  • An abnormality in foot structure (such as flat feet) that shifts your body weight improperly.
  • A tight calf muscle causing your Achilles tendon to excessively pull on your heel bone and plantar fascia.

So why is there more pain in the mornings or after sitting for a while? Because of the flexibility of the plantar fascia.

When you rest for a long period of time, the plantar fascia ends up losing temperature and flexibility. When you start moving again, it has to stretch and flex once more. After “warming up” sufficiently, the pain tends to improve or vanish.

But you don’t have to just hobble around and endure the pain until it lessens. There are effective ways to get to the root of your heel pain and address it!

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

To most effectively treat your heel pain, we must understand all the factors contributing to it. Not all cases have the same causes, and multiple factors can often be at play. For this reason, your treatment will start with a careful evaluation and diagnosis.

Regardless of the causes, however, plantar fasciitis treatment has a significant, high success rate with nonsurgical care. This means your treatment plan might include one or more of the following:

  • A stretching regimen to help lengthen the plantar fascia and connected muscles
  • Changes in footwear
  • Changes in workout routines, perhaps including more cross-training and a heel-focused warm-up routine
  • Prescribing custom orthotic inserts to properly redistribute weight across the feet (a little like a car realignment)
  • Stretching splints or braces (which hold the plantar fascia in an extended position overnight)
  • Rest and icing
  • Medications for inflammation

Your treatment will depend on a multitude of factors. The more we know about your heel pain and how it affects your life, the more personalized and effective a plan we can provide.

In rare cases, if other forms of treatment don’t have the effect we are looking for, surgery may be considered. We will fully discuss this option with you should it be necessary.

We Want You to Have a Good Morning Again!

Whatever you do, don’t simply accept heel pain as a part of life.

We are here with real solutions that not only address your symptoms, but the fundamental causes of the plantar fasciitis — and other forms of heel pain, too!

Schedule an appointment with our Indianapolis office by calling (317) 545-0505. Or, if you prefer to contact us electronically, fill out our online contact form and a member of our office will reach out to you.

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