Do you have heel pain when you get up in the morning?  As Piscataway podiatrist Dr. Peter Wishnie explains, that could be a sign of plantar fasciitis, which is a fancy word that means “inflammation of a ligament that attaches from the heel bone to the ball of your foot.” 

So why does that occur in the morning? During the night, while you are sleeping, the ligament that goes from the heel bone to the ball of your foot shortens. So, when you first get up in the morning, that tight ligament has to stretch out. It’s hard to do that because the ligament has been tightened up through the night. So, as you walk and take five or six steps that ligament is getting loose. Just like a tight muscle as you start warming up, it gets nice and warm and loosens up.

That’s why, if you have that kind of pain in the morning, most likely you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Which, if you leave it alone—and a lot of people do for four to five months—will now become scarred down and the normal conservative therapies such as an insert for your shoe, medication or stretching exercises might not work. Then you might be headed for surgery. 

Again, if you have that morning pain and it continues for a couple weeks, please go to a podiatrist and get some help. Contact Family Foot and Ankle Specialists for more information.

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
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