Why do I wake up with heel pain?

There are a number of possible causes of heel pain, but if you find that your discomfort is worst in the morning—especially the first 15 minutes or so after stepping out of bed—the likely culprit is plantar fasciitis.

This condition tends to hurt worst in the morning (or after long periods of napping or sitting) because the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot, tends to tighten and shorten when not bearing weight. Those first few steps can feature sharp pain before the plantar fascia slowly stretches back to a more comfortable length.

Fortunately, this condition can be treated conservatively. If you notices the symptoms, visit Harvey Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, CA—he’ll help you tailor a treatment plan right for your situation. Options include rest, shoe inserts or modifications, laser therapy, night splints, and other techniques. To set up an appointment at our Coachella Valley office, dial 760-568-0108 today.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle