Active Care Podiatry

Why does my heel get a stabbing pain each morning?

Heel pain can be a particularly difficult problem to deal with. It’s hard to manage when the first step each morning feels like a stabbing pain directly into the heel bone. This is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects thousands of Australians every year.

The plantar fascia is made up of connective tissue and covers the entire sole of the foot. It is responsible for stabilising the foot as well as dispersing pressure when standing and moving. When the plantar fascia is subjected to excessive force or is overused it’s connection to the heel bone can become inflamed. This leads to painful steps, especially when the soft tissue “cools down” overnight.

Plantar fasciitis is best treated through a combination of different techniques. Firstly pain management using ice and medication works to reduce the inflammation. Supportive footwear and innersoles work to reduce load on the plantar fascia. Lastly muscle exercises and stretching helps to improve the cause of the pain.

If you are dealing with painful heels call our clinic on (07) 3823 5423. Our podiatrists can provide a management plan to improve and heal the condition.