After waking up in the morning, heel pain can be a symptom of many things. The pain often worsens with foot movement and is usually accompanied by swelling, redness, and warmth. In this article, you will learn what may cause painful heels and how to get rid of them.
The most common cause of heel pain after waking up in the morning is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the connective tissue that runs from your heel to your toes becomes inflamed.
This causes pain on the bottom of the foot, which usually worsens when you get out of bed in the morning, after resting for a long time, and when you first start walking. The pain usually gets worse with exercise and gets better with rest.
Heel pain after waking up in the morning can be treated. To begin with, there are some things that one can try at home. These include:
- Investing in a pair of good shoes that have adequate support and cushioning
- Wearing shoes with good arch support
- Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve pain
- Applying ice to the affected area
- Stretch before rising out of bed every morning and after sitting for long amounts of time on a chair.
If these things don’t work, it may be necessary to explore additional options, such as visiting a doctor or physical therapist. The podiatrist may examine the foot and recommend stretching exercises or physical therapy. They may also prescribe night splints and orthotics. If all else fails, surgery may be recommended.
If you think you may have one of these conditions, you should consult with a doctor or a podiatrist. Do not try to self-diagnose and treat heel pain on your own if you are concerned about a medical condition. Reach out to Dr. Chetan Oswal – Orthowin Clinic, Pune for further consultation.
Dr. Chetan Oswal is an Orthopedic surgeon with exclusive expertise in the foot and ankle area. He has had his advanced surgical fellowship from the United kingdom. Complicated foot and ankle surgery are his forte. Dr. Chetan Oswal with his specialized training in foot and ankle reconstruction offers minimally invasive keyhole surgery for foot and ankle problems which enables patients to recover quickly & resume work/duties/sports at the earliest. Dr. Chetan Oswal assures them to treat his patients with all his medical knowledge and skills.