Heel pain in the morning can be discouraging, because it starts the day badly. The reasons for it can be many, but two common causes are outlined below:
- Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the ligament at the bottom of your foot that connects heel and toe bones and supports your arch. The strong tissue can also degeneration or tear, and all of these conditions can lead to pain on the underside of your heel.
- Achilles tendinosis is when overuse causes your heel cord to deteriorate or sustain small tears, which leads to stiffness and pain at the back of your heel. Tendonitis (inflammation of the Achilles) is another problem, but it is much less common.
Rest is the first line of defense against these injuries, along with icing to reduce pain and swelling, and stretching to lessen the tension on these connecting tissues. (Calf stretches are particularly helpful.)
For more information or to have your painful heel examined, call Yuko Miyazaki, DPM in Berkeley, CA for an appointment. You can reach us by dialing (510) 647-3744, or request an appointment using our online contact form.