Why is my heel killing me when I got up this morning?

Did you wake up one day and when you took your first step that morning have a sharp, severe, shooting, or burning pain in your heel?  Did you almost fall down because of the pain?  Do you scratch your head trying to think of how you injured your heel?  If you answered yes to these questions you may have a syndrome called heel pain syndrome.  Most people name this plantar fasciitis.

Although heel pain can be caused by an injury, resulting in fractures, stress injuries; most often there has not been a recognizable accident the patient can remember.  There is a gradual strain to the plantar fascia, the long rubber band type structure that starts at the bottom of the heel and goes to the ball of the foot.  If there is increased stress to this tissue, which can be from many different reasons, one such reason can be increased flattening of the arch and pronation (the ankles rolling inward on stance) which causes the plantar fascia to stretch beyond point it is capable of and causes some of the fibers that attach to the heel bone to tear.  This causes irritation, bleeding and eventual pain.  When you are off your foot the tissue contracts until you stand up again and the process continues, over time getting worse.

The sooner the problem is diagnosed and treatment started, the sooner you can be rid of the annoying problem.  Contact our office, Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA at 760-568-0108 to schedule an appointment and be on your way to relief.

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