18 Apr 5 Common Reasons for Morning Foot Pain
You wake up and feel a sudden, sharp pain in your foot. You went to bed all right and you wonder what happened!
Your feet contain 26 muscles and more than 100 ligaments. Any of these moving parts could suffer an injury or wear out. Since all these parts are interconnected, only a podiatrist or foot doctor can determine the real cause of your pain.
Here are some possible causes of morning foot pain.
Sharp heel pain that seems to get worse after you’ve been resting is a telltale sign of plantar fasciitis. It refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia – the ligament that connects the heel and the toes.
Injury or overuse can cause the plantar fascia to weaken. To treat plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may prescribe pain medication, gentle stretching, rest and custom orthotics.
Ingrown nails can dig into your skin and cause it to turn red and swollen. The podiatrist would cut out the ingrown nail and also use a special splint to help it grow straighter.
Gout usually attacks the big toe and often does so late at night or early in the morning. Signs include extreme, burning pain, redness, and swelling. Your doctor’s will prescribe pain medication and preventive measures.
A bony growth on the heel that usually results from wearing poor-fitting shoes, such as pointed-toe high heels and worn-out running shoes. Your podiatrist will shave the spur down and prescribe medication to ease the pain and custom orthotics.
A bunion is a hard, swollen lump at the base of your toe. It may force the toe to turn outward, giving it the characteristic “twisted” look. This may be the result of wearing wrong shoes. A podiatrist can help you select the right shoes and prescribe custom orthotics. In severe cases, surgery and rehabilitation may be required.
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