Heels that hurt in the morning are a classic symptom of plantar fasciitis, the most common heel pain condition. Your foot features a band of tissue called the plantar fascia, which stretches across the arch and connects your heel to your toes. Repeated stress can cause the tissue to strain, tear, and become swollen.
Plantar fasciitis tends to hurt more in the morning because the damaged plantar fascia shortens during the night (or long periods of rest) as it tries to repair itself. Placing weight on it again may cause sharp, stabbing pains for the first 10-15 minutes of weight bearing, until the band loosens and lengthens again. Pain may also be particularly significant after long periods of activity or climbing stairs.
Fortunately, plantar fasciitis is usually treatable without surgery. Dr. Corey Fox has been helping Long Island residents and others overcome heel pain for more than 20 years, and can help you, too. To schedule an appointment at our office is Massapequa, NY, give us a call at 516-541-9000. You can also book online.