Have Heal Pain? Morning
Pain Is Excruciating -- And Treatable
Of all the times that people
experience heal pain, morning pain can be the most intense and debilitating.
That’s because feet swell and tighten during periods of inactivity, often
making that first step of the morning the most difficult of the day.
Fortunately, there are things
you can do lessen or eliminate the pain.
About Morning Heal Pain
The two most common causes of
heal pain in the morning are plantar fasciitis -- an inflammation of connective
tissue in the bottom of the foot -- and a heel spur -- a bit of abnormal bone
growth that presses against nerves and other tissues. These conditions cause
intense pain that worsens with both prolonged standing and with prolonged rest.
In both cases, swelling causes increased pain.
When you wake up to heal
pain, this morning pain may seem like it will be with you for the rest of the
day. Fortunately, both kinds of morning heal pain usually lessen as you become
active, but they can flare up again if you sit or stand for a long period. The
best approach is to continue moderate exercise for the foot throughout the day.
When plantar faciitis or bone spurs are at their worst or present in both feet,
taking that first step in the morning can be impossible. Some people resort to
surgery in such extreme cases, but surgery is painful, too, and isn’t always
Treating And Preventing
The best approach to
eliminating heal pain, morning pain in the feet and other foot pain issues is
to tackle the problem with several preventative and treatment measures all at
First, many people find that they can reduce the severity of the problem or
even eliminate it with liquid orthotics and heel seats worn in their shoes. To
be most effective, you must use them in all your shoes. Since going barefoot
can worsen the problem, some choose to wear heel wraps or specially designed
sandals when not wearing traditional shoes. This preventative approach can be
Another pain-reducing measure
can be taken during the night. This involves night splints that stretch the
tightened and inflamed plantar fascia as you sleep. Splints can be either rigid
or flexible and may not help much with foot pain caused by heel spurs.
Other useful heel pain
treatment programs include stretching exercises and loosening the swollen and
inflamed tissue with a foot massager.
The most important thing to
understand is that you don’t have to suffer intense morning heal pain. You can
take action to reduce or eliminate it -- and get on with your life.