Morning Foot Pain

"For the past several weeks I have been experiencing morning foot pain after getting out of bed.  The first few steps are very painful, what is causing this?"

Morning foot pain is often the first sign of an inflammatory foot condition known as Plantar Fasciitis.  The first symptoms are usually most noticeable right when you get out of bed in the morning.  Left untreated, these symptoms can worsen and extend through out the day, which can become very debilitating. 

Where is your foot pain located?

The picture below shows the areas ( red is highest frequency ) where the pain is most commonly located.  In most cases, the heel is where the pain is most noticeable.

Do You Wear Flip Flops or Inexpensive Shoes?

Plantar Fasciitis is sometimes referred to as "Flip Flop Disease" due to the fact that a common cause is wearing shoes that lack proper arch support.  If you typically wear flip flops or other shoes with little or no arch support, that is the first easy change that can be made. 

For those who like wearing flip flops, Orthaheel has introduced a line of Sandals with Built In Orthotics.  These flip flops have built in arch support similar to wearing an orthotic insert inside your shoe.

One of the easiest ways to avoid Morning Foot Pain is to have a pair of these orthotic sandals next to your bed and slip them on when you get up in the morning.  The built-in orthotic correction will help alleviate pressure on the Plantar Fasciitis and eliminate the initial morning pain.


Get pricing and other details on Orthaheel orthotic flip flops and sandals.

Occupational Causes Of Morning Foot Pain

Morning foot pain and Plantar fasciitis is also associated with long periods of standing on your feet (especially on hard, flat surfaces such as concrete) or a sudden change in activity level ( such as taking up jogging ). If you stand for long periods of time in a retail environment, you need proper arch support or you will notice increased discomfort over time.  If you work in a construction setting, most work boots have sufficient arch support when you are young, but you may find you need additional support after several years of work.

An inexpensive way to see if better arch support would make a difference is to try an orthotic insole (insert).  The one you choose will depend upon what type of shoe you wear.

But I work at a desk, why do I have Morning Foot Pain?

Weight gain combined with a sedentary lifestyle ( desk job & little exercise ) is also a very common cause as this can cause the calf muscles to become tight and less flexible.  Tight calf muscles can lead  to pronation of the foot. Foot pronation put pressure on the bottom of you foot by repetitive  over-stretching of the plantar fascia which leads to inflammation and thickening of the tendon. As the fascia thickens it loses flexibility and strength. 

Here is an example of foot pronation:

As you can see the proper use of an orthotic shoe insert or sandal can move the foot back into a more natural position which can alleviate pain.

The following video illustrates how excess pronation causes heel pain:


Foot Pain Caused By Running, Golf and Sports

Constant pounding from running, playing sports of even golfing can cause inflammation and soreness in the heel and arch of the foot.  This pain is most evident when you first get out of bed in the morning.  If over-use is a possibility in your case, you may want to choose to use a specifically designed orthotic while running, participating in sports of golfing.

These specially designed orthotic insoles include:

How About Custom Orthotic Insoles?

If after a couple weeks of use standard Orthotic inserts don't suit your needs, you can return the standard orthotic and see if there is a local chiropractor or physical therapist that carries the Vasyli Custom line of orthotic insoles.  These orthotics are custom fit and heat molded to insure the best comfort.  Custom Molded Orthotics that are trimmed and heat molded are a very cost effective way to achieve a customized fit that is right for you.

If you are a Physical Therapist, Chiropractor or Health Practitioner click here to view the entire line of Vasyli Custom Heat Molded Custom Orthotics.


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This information on Morning Foot Pain contains excerpts of material from Orthaheel as well as additional commentary.

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