Why is my heel pain so bad right after I get out of bed?

Heel pain is usually at its worst first thing in the morning because of how plantar fasciitis affects your feet. When your plantar fascia band is irritated and swollen, it tightens and pulls on the bottom of your heel bone. Standing and walking throughout the day helps stretch this out. When you spend a significant amount of time sitting or lying down, however—like you do when you sleep at night—the plantar fascia swells and tightens up again. As long as you’re off your feet, this isn’t a noticeable problem.

When you stand up for the first time in the morning, the force of your bodyweight on your feet very suddenly stretches out your plantar fascia band, often creating micro-tears in the tissue. This causes the intense, sharp pain in your heel that you feel. As you walk around and the band loosens, the pain usually decreases. The condition tends to get worse unless it’s treated, though. Let Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, help you manage your heel pain. Use our website or call (281) 497-2850 to reach us.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.