Morning Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
Does Having Morning Foot Pain Mean I Have Plantar Fasciitis?
Not necessarily. While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of morning foot pain and a common heel pain diagnosis, it is not the only condition that can cause morning foot pain.
Other conditions that can cause morning foot pain include Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, or tight ligaments. You cannot know for certain that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis without a proper diagnosis.
About Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is basically heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue in the foot known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia extends from the base of the toes and stretches across the arch of the foot, where it inserts into the heel bone.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
There are several things that could cause plantar fasciitis to develop. The most common reason for plantar fasciitis to develop is overpronation. With overpronation, the foot rolls inward excessively while walking, which flattens the foot out and lengthens the arch. Sometimes, that places more tension on the plantar fascia than it can bear and, over time, causes inflammation.
Trauma to the heel or arch or working on hard surfaces, like concrete, can also cause plantar fasciitis. Those who are overweight are also more susceptible to straining their plantar fascia. Often, it is a combination of things.
Your podiatrist at Neuhaus Foot and Ankle will find out what caused the plantar fasciitis so the cause of the condition can be successfully treated as well. For example, if it was caused by overpronation, that may be corrected with shoe inserts or custom orthotics. If you only treat the current problem and not the cause of the plantar fasciitis as well, it could just redevelop as soon as you go back to everyday life.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis may include:
- Pain when getting out of bed in the morning. It often fades as the foot is "stretched out."
- Pain in the arch of the foot or the bottom of the heel. It is usually described as a sharp, stabbing pain.
- Pain that is typically worse when going from inactivity to activity, such as when you go from sitting to standing.
- Heel pain with walking. Plantar fasciitis pain is typically worse at the end of the day.
If you believe you are suffering from this condition, you should see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.