Tired of Sore Feet in the Morning?
What’s causing your sore feet in the morning? There’s nothing more discouraging than waking up cranky and tired on a Monday morning for work, setting your feet on the ground, and realizing they hurt like heck. A lot of things could be causing your feet to hurt in the morning. Let’s look at some of the most common causes.
1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. Plantar fasciitis pain concentrates in the heel. Pain associated with plantar fasciitis is due to inflammation of a thick tissue band called the plantar fascia. It runs over the bottom of your foot, connecting your toes to your heel bone.
If you notice sharp, stabbing pains after you take your first couple steps in the morning, then you might have plantar fasciitis. Once blood flow increases to the area and your foot loosens up a little, the pain will usually wane. It could return later on in the day after an extended period of sitting or standing.
If you’re a jogger or long-distance runner, you shouldn’t be surprised if you have plantar fasciitis. It is a common side effect of running. If you’re overweight, you could be at higher risk of plantar fasciitis pain. One thing you can do to mitigate the pain is wear shoes with adequate support to ensure your feet are getting what they need to remain strong and healthy.
2. Achilles Tendonitis
We’ve all heard of an Achilles’ heel. We all know the story of Achilles from Greek mythology. Well, when you’ve got pain in your Achilles’ heel, it can be very painful.
The Achilles tendon is the biggest tendon in the human body. It is the connecting tendon between your heel bones and your calf muscles. You use your Achilles’ heel every time you run, walk, or jump.
Even though the Achilles tendon is designed to withstand a ton of stress from jumping and running, it is still vulnerable to a condition called tendinitis. The condition comes about from overuse or degeneration.
What is tendinitis? We mentioned that word before. Simply put, tendinitis is inflammation of the tendon. Inflammation is associated with many diseases. It is just a natural response to injury, trauma, or disease. It will often cause irritation, pain, or swelling.
What causes it? Achilles tendinitis isn’t usually associated with a single injury. Rather, the condition results from repeated stress on the tendon. When we push our feet and legs to do much, it can happen.
Let’s look at three common causes.
- A sudden jump in how intensely you exercise every day can cause it. If you increase the duration of your workout, it can cause it. You want to gradually work yourself up to a long run.
- Calf muscles that are just too tight can cause it. Calf muscles that are too tight can put extra stress on the Achilles tendon if you start a serious exercise program.
- A bone spur might be responsible. A podiatrist can help you ascertain whether you have a bone spur or not. It is basically an extra bone growth where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. When the heel bones rubs against the tendon, it can cause pain.
3. Tight Ligaments
When your tendons get tight and inflexible, they can impede your movement, causing pain and discomfort. Every single muscle in your body is attached to a bone by a tendon. A tendon is a big, fibrous attachment, and they are connected to the muscle and connective tissue that surround a bone. They are a part of a strong union that lets you move your body.
What can cause tight ligaments and tendons?
- Repetitive strain – Repetitive strain occurs when you do the same activity day after day. It can cause stress to the joints and surrounding tissues, leading to tight tendons. You could end up with short, tight tendons.
- Previous injury – When you’ve injured a tendon before, you might compensate for it by altering your movement to reduce further trauma. These can turn into habits, leading to further problems. Scar tissue might develop during the healing process. When that happens, it can pull the injured tissue together and shorten it, causing even more discomfort and tightness.
- No stretching – Stretching before exercise can make your tendons longer and more flexible. When you contract and relax your muscles repeatedly, it can make your tendons shorter and less flexible.
- Aging – As you get older, your tendons become shorter and less flexible. They become more prone to injury. You’ve got to watch out, stretch them adequately, and get shoes that offer proper structural support.
Foot Pain When First Waking Up in the Morning
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than getting out of bed, plopping your feet down the floor, and wincing in pain all the way to the sink. No one wants to start a hard day’s work off on the wrong foot (pun intended). That’s why it’s important you go to a podiatrist if you’re experiencing foot pain in the morning and also get supportive shoes too help reduce the pain.
After a good night’s rest, your foot and calf muscles might naturally tighten up. Or, it could be from one of the conditions we’ve described above. The only way you’ll know is if you talk to a podiatrist. He’ll take a detailed history of your recent workout routine, foot pain, weight, and what you’ve been doing. He’ll also do a thorough examination. The good news is that most of these conditions are highly treatable.