If you wake up with sore feet then you may begin to think that you are sleep walking many miles during the night. If you have sore feet in the evening there is a fairly obvious reason for it, typically spending all day at work on your feet. But when it comes to sore feet in the morning, what could you have done during the night that could cause you to have sore feet?
Well don’t panic, you are, most likely, not a sleeping hiker. One of the most common conditions that can cause sore feet in the morning is something called plantar fasciitis. This condition affects the plantar fascia which is a tough band of tissue that runs underneath your foot from your toes to your heel. It normally affects people between the ages of 40 and 60 who are on their feet for a long time during the day or if they are overweight.
Basically, your plantar fascia hurts more in the morning because you have rested it. This sounds like an odd notion I grant you but as you get moving throughout the day, your plantar fascia will warm up and stretch again. You may also notice your feet hurting after you have sat down for awhile, the same reasoning as above applies, as you rest, the tissue tightens up again and your foot hurts again.
So, what can you do to help this condition? Well, there are some things that you can do at home to help yourself out with the pain that you are in. Firstly, resting your heel whenever possible is important and you can apply ice packs to it to help with the pain in these moments. Taking painkillers can also help with the pain and so can regular stretching to warm up the plantar fascia. Also, it is worth buying some supportive shoes because these can really help reduce the pain.
In a very small number of cases, physiotherapy and/or injections can be used to help with the pain and in even rarer cases, surgery might be needed.
Before you begin stretching and resting your heel, we recommend that you see a foot specialist. In most cases, the condition is likely to be plantar fasciitis but it is worth making sure. Make an appointment with a local foot specialist and they will be able to take a look at your foot and diagnose the condition. After they have done this, they will then recommend the best action to take next. Plantar fasciitis treatments are often an ongoing treatment so it’s always best to make sure that you are doing the right treatment for you before you begin.
We hope that this article has helped you begin to answer the question of your sore feet. If it has then please share it with your friends to help them with theirs. Also, please take a look at the other articles on our website for a lot more information about plantar fasciitis and many other common foot conditions.