You get out of bed first thing in the morning and feel a sharp, stabbing pain in the centre of your heel or along your arch. You also feel pain when you stand up after a long period of sitting down. After you’ve hobbled around for a few minutes the pain often reduces to a slight ache or even disappear. You may also get pain that can range anywhere from a dull ache on the bottom of your heel to the feeling that your arch is ripping in half.
Heel pain is a common problem most often caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. This is where the band of fibrous tissue which support the arch becomes inflamed at its attachment to the heel bone.
Heel pain is mostly found in people 40yrs and over and is often worst in the morning on first rising from bed or after rising from sitting. Pain is present on the sole of the heel and the heel may be slightly swollen and warm. The pain is often described as feeling “like a stone bruise” although there is usually no history of injury and the onset is gradual. An increase in activity, especially regular walking, can trigger heel pain particularly if the footwear is not supportive.
Your podiatrist can confirm the diagnosis of your heel pain and provide treatment which may include exercises, ice/heat, supportive insoles, and footwear advice. Heel pain responds well to treatment especially when dealt with early and a full recovery can be expected.