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Why is Heel Pain Worse in the Morning?

Ever asked yourself, “Why is my heel pain worse in the morning? Shouldn’t my feet feel better after they’ve been rested?”

Pain in your heel is often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation and thickening of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that extends across the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. When you put weight on your feet right after a long period of inactivity—like sleeping, or spending a few hours sitting or resting—the pain can be intense, because the inflamed tissue is tight and sensitive. However, after a few minutes of walking, the plantar fascia stretches out a bit. For many patients, this causes the pain to subside, at least temporarily.

If you’ve been having problems with heel pain, you can get help—you don’t have to live with that dull ache that just won’t go away. Whatever the cause, the doctors at California Foot and Ankle Institute will take the time to listen to your symptoms and devise a treatment plan tailored for your situation. You can set up an appointment by calling (760) 951-2000 in Victorville, (949) 833-3406 in Irvine, or reach us toll free at (888) 796-6631.