Why does my heel hurt in the morning?

When your heel hurts in the morning as you first stand on it, the culprit is usually plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the ligament at the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia) that helps support your arch.

The pain is caused by inflammation of the ligament and surrounding tissue, often due to overuse that stretches the ligament too far. The reason that the pain is worse when you first get up is that the ligament contracts while you rest. Then when you stand and the ligament suddenly is stretched taut again, it pulls where it’s attached to the heel bone. This tension can damage the lining of the bone or the fibers of the ligament itself. Your body rushes blood, fluid, and nutrients to the area to repair the damage, and inflammation results.

Other causes for sore heels include heel bursitis (inflammation of the protective bursa), Achilles tendon problems, arthritis, stress fractures, or (in kids) Sever’s disease.

For help with morning heel pain, contact the experts at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Florida. Call (386) 788-6333 in Port Orange, FL, or check our website for our other four locations and phone numbers.