Intense morning heel pain is usually caused by plantar fasciitis. This overuse injury involves a swelling, thickening, and stiffening of the plantar fascia band attached in your sole. When you stand or walk around, your body weight and downward pressure force the tissue to stretch out. Staying off your feet for too long, though, allows the plantar fascia to swell and stiffen again. This typically happens while you sleep at night.
Then when you get up first thing in the morning, the pressure on the tissue suddenly and forcibly stretches it, possibly causing painful micro-tears in the connector. This causes the sharp and intense morning heel pain. Taking care of plantar fasciitis early after it develops can help go a long way in eliminating the discomfort. Dr. Keith Tyson or one of our other podiatrists at Martin Foot and Ankle in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA can help you manage your condition. Call (717) 757-3537 or use the website to make an appointment with us.