Why does my heel hurt more in the morning or after sitting for a while?

Most heel pain is caused by tightness of the band of tissue going from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot.  When you stand, this tissue is stretched causing some fibers to tear.  This results in bleeding and pain.  When you are off your foot for a while this tissue, the plantar fascia, contracts because it is tight.  When you step down on your foot the fibers pull apart again due to the tightness causing pain and inflammation.  This will usually ease up after you are on your feet for a certain period of time, 10 to 15 minutes, due to increased blood flow to the area and increasing warmth to the tissue; making it more elastic.  Then the entire process repeats itself all over again when you get off your foot.

If the pressure or pain becomes severe, you will need to call Dr. Danciger for further treatment.  The sooner care is started by your podiatrist, the quicker the results.  Call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment. 

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