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Why Am I Waking Up With Foot Pain?

Sleep should be a restorative process that allows us to feel refreshed and recharged, but it’s hard to feel energized and ready to attack the day when your first few steps are painful. If you’re dealing with foot pain in the morning, know that we can help you figure out what’s going on, and more importantly, set you up with a care plan that can help to reduce or alleviate this morning discomfort. In today’s blog, we explore some of the more common causes of morning foot pain and your treatment options.

Causes Of Morning Foot Pain

If you are dealing with foot pain in the morning, there are a few different issues that are likely at play. Here’s a look at some of the more common causes of foot pain in the morning:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – The most common foot issue that tends to be characterized by morning foot pain is plantar fasciitis. As you can see in this blog about the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, morning foot pain is one of the most obvious indicators. This occurs because the injury involves tearing or inflammation of the thick band of tissue on the underside of your foot. When you’re sleeping, this tissue contracts and is comfortable because it doesn’t have to bear weight. When you step out of bed, this tissue expands and is forced to handle the weight of your body, oftentimes leading to microtearing of the plantar fascia. The tissue slowly expands and gets used to this strain, so pain may lessen as the day goes on, but if you’re dealing with a sharp or stabbing pain on the underside of your heel with your first few steps, odds are plantar fasciitis is to blame.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – Achilles tendonitis can also present with discomfort in the morning. It tends to develop when you put too much repetitive stress on your Achilles tendon, leading to inflammation and pain when stressed. You may notice this discomfort when you’re taking your first few steps in the morning, but it tends to be more common after physical activity, like following a run or athletic activity. However, if you’re dealing with more severe inflammation, reintroducing stress to the area after eight hours in bed can lead to pain with your first steps.
  • Midfoot Arthritis – Breakdown of the joints in the midfoot can also cause discomfort when you apply pressure to the area in the morning. Cartilage breakdown or ligament damage can be more noticeable when you put stress on the area after an extended period of inactivity, which is why midfoot arthritis may be more symptomatic in the morning or after a prolonged seated period.
  • Foot Cramps – If you had a pretty strenuous day on your feet, it’s possible that you will notice some cramping the following morning that could be uncomfortable. Prolonged stress, dehydration and certain dietary or medication factors could put you at risk for foot cramps with your first steps each morning. These cramps tend to resolve in short order, but improving your fluid intake and stretching your feet before you step out of bed can help to control or prevent foot cramps.

If you want to get to the bottom of your morning foot pain, look no further than Dr. McDonald. He has a number of diagnostic techniques in his arsenal and is confident that he can find out what’s going on in your feet and tailor an individualized treatment plan to your needs. For more information, or for help with a foot or ankle problem, reach out to Dr. McDonald today at (860) 244-8889.

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