- o you wake up with a sharp pain in your heel, arch or foot?
- Do you get pain the moment you put your feet on the ground and take that first step?
- Does the pain tend to ease as you keep walking, but can return when you rest and put your feet up during the day?
What Causes Sore Feet In The Morning?
Foot, arch or heel pain isn’t something that disappears overnight – which may be why you’re reading this! You may be waking up with one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain in adults – plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis, or ‘heel spur syndrome’, is one of the most common conditions that we see and treat here at My FootDr. It is best known for causing severe pain under the heel bone. You may experience less pain some mornings than others, and sometimes your heel may only hurt when you wake up and take that first step.
Making a diagnosis isn’t as simple as googling your symptoms. Your foot is made up of many small bones, muscle ligaments, tendons and other body tissue. This means conditions affecting the foot can be difficult to pinpoint and diagnose without professional help. More than that, each condition has different severities. In plantar fasciitis, you may have mild damage to the plantar fascia with mild painful symptoms, severe plantar fasciitis, a tear through the plantar fascia, or the fascia may even rupture. Each level of severity requires precise care to match the symptoms, as when left untreated or not cared for effectively, the injury can quickly progress and worsen.
How Do I Treat Sore Feet?
Diagnosing the cause of your foot pain accurately is done with the help of a Podiatrist.
When you visit your local My FootDr team, our Podiatrists will take a detailed history, perform a physical assessment, use video walking analysis, and take a 3D foot scan to find out what’s causing your sore feet – and preventing them from healing.
Once the cause is identified, we’ll develop a treatment plan just for you. It might be your footwear that is causing the biggest problem – or you may need some simple stretching and strengthening exercises.
One of the best treatments for this problem is custom-made orthotics. These shoe inserts are prescribed uniquely for you and your condition and manufactured from a 3D scan of your foot either in our premises or by our orthotics lab. These are a completely different product to the insoles you find at your pharmacy or supermarket, which only serve to add some cushioning while assuming that all feet require the same level cushioning.
We find that if orthotics are required as part of your care, the sooner you start wearing them and therefore supporting your feet and the damaged structures, the faster you start seeing results and the shorter your recovery time. That’s why we offer a fast turnaround on your custom foot orthotics.
How do I soothe sore feet?
Alongside the proper treatment plan recommended by your podiatrist, some things you can do to soothe sore feet for short term relief include:
• Applying ice to your feet
• Stretching your foot muscles
• Taking a pain reliever
• Drawing a warm foot bath
• Gently massaging your feet
What can you soak sore feet in?
A warm foot bath can be a good temporary solution for sore feet. Adding Epsom salts to your foot bath can relieve sore muscles and help reduce inflammation and swelling. You can make yourself an Epsom foot bath by adding one cup of Epsom salts to a tub of warm water and soaking your feet in the mixture.
Can sore feet make you tired?
Not only do sore feet and heel pain put extra stress on your body which can contribute to fatigue, but in many cases, the causes of your sore feet (like a flat foot posture) can also overwork the muscles and cause fatigue and aches. If you are experiencing fatigue as a symptom of foot or heel pain, contact your podiatrist to discuss solutions.