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Family Foot & Ankle

Why Do I Have Heel Pain in the Morning?

If you’re experiencing sharp pain in your foot or heel every morning when you first step out of bed, only for it to subside after a few minutes, it’s very likely you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis.

One of the most common causes of heel pain, this condition involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs the length of the bottom of your foot. While you rest your foot (such as overnight, or after sitting for a while), the plantar fascia constricts and shortens. When you put weight on your foot again, it pulls painfully against your heel. After a few minutes of walking, though, the tissue stretches to a more normal length and the pain subsides, or at least decreases in severity.

If you think you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis—or any other painful foot or ankle condition—call the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Center, or stop by one of our 6 Greater Cincinnati offices. Reach us at (510) 728-4800 (Ohio) or (859) 282-1572 (Kentucky).

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.