If your heels hurt in the morning, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis—the most common kind of heel pain. When you put too much pressure on your plantar fascia—the tissue that runs from heel to toe along the arch of your foot—tiny tears can form in the tissue as a result of the stress. This creates pain and inflammation.

When you’re resting the foot, these tears try to repair themselves. However, when you take a step, you only reinjure the area by stretching out the tissue again. Often, these symptoms are felt when you first step out of bed in morning or stand up after sitting down for a long period of time.

People with this type of pain also experience dull or sharp pain, stiffness in the heel, and a burning feeling on the bottom of their feet that radiates into the back of their foot.  

If you feel this type of pain in your heel, it’s best to get early treatment. Make an appointment at the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group in Carmichael, CA, by calling 916) 961-3434.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.

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