Heel Pain – FAQ

Why does my heel hurt in the morning?

Heels that hurt in the morning are the classic symptom of plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition caused by tiny tears in the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs across the sole of your foot.

The reason the pain is often worse in the morning—or even after a nap or lengthy sit—is because of what happens to the plantar fascia when not bearing weight. During periods of rest, the tissues contract and tighten, and when you place weight on them again you may experience stabbing or shooting pain as the tight tissues react to the sudden change in pressure. After a few minutes of standing and walking, the plantar fascia stretches and loosens up a bit, leading to a decrease in pain.

Chronic heel pain can have a profoundly negative impact on your quality of life. If home care hasn’t helped, please contact Associates in Podiatry for a professional evaluation and treatment solutions. Let our doctors help you fix it. You can set an appointment by calling our Princeton, NJ office at (609) 924-8333, or Roselle Park at (908) 687-5757.


Why is my child complaining of heel pain?

Heel pain in children, especially those who are active, can be the result of overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, but the most likely culprit is a condition known as Sever’s disease. While it may sound concerning, this condition is actually outgrown in time and has no lasting effects. It occurs when a child’s heel bone grows more quickly than does the Achilles, resulting in the tendon tightly pulling on the heel and causing pain. You can help to ease your child’s discomfort with anti-inflammatory medication, icing the area, and having your child take a temporary break from high-impact activities that involve running and jumping. Heel cups can be used in shoes as well, and make sure the shoes themselves offer plenty of cushion. There are also stretches your child can do to minimize symptoms.

Find out more by giving Associates in Podiatry a call. You can reach our Roselle Park, NJ location by dialing (908) 687-5757, or call (609) 924-8333 to contact our Princeton office.


Are there stretches to help with heel pain?

If heel pain is stopping you from doing the things you love, good news – there are stretches you can do to help ease your symptoms!

Before you even get out of bed, pull your toes gently toward you, then try pulling your covers up with your toes. Once you’re up, face a wall with your hands on it, and extend one leg behind you pressing your heel to the floor. Next, take a seat and loop a towel around your foot, pulling the ends toward you as you point and flex your toes.

Heel pain stretches aren’t the only way to find relief, either. Try rolling your arch over a foam roller or frozen water bottle, and make sure you have shoes that fit well and offer plenty of cushion and support. Orthotics can help to take pressure away from your heel, as well. Remember, rest is essential to healing. Take some time off from activities and when you’re ready, gradually return to your normal activity level.

If you’d like more information, check out our free book, All About Heel Pain! Your Guide to Heel Pain, Its Causes and Remedies. You can also call us in Roselle Park at (908) 687-5757 or in Princeton at (609) 924-8333. We’ll help your heel pain go away so you can enjoy activities again!


What is this bump on the back of my heel?

If you notice a bump on the back of your heel, odds are you have a case of Haglund’s deformity. With this condition, a protrusion develops behind your heel mainly due to stiff-backed shoes pressing on the bone there, causing it to become irritated, and the surrounding tissues to become inflamed. It’s common for bursitis to also set in, making the problem even more painful.

You can reduce redness, swelling, and pain by wearing open-backed shoes or those made from softer, more flexible materials. Ice and anti-inflammatory medication can help as well. Once symptoms subside, try to keep those stiff-backed high heels, hiking boots, and skates in the back of the closet as much as possible. When you do wear them, place a protective pad across the back of your heel to avoid Haglund’s deformity from making a return visit!

To find out more, don’t hesitate to call. You can reach our Princeton, NJ location by dialing (609) 924-8333, or contact our Roselle Park office at (908) 687-5757. We’ll determine what’s causing the bump on the back of your heel and help you get rid of it as quickly as possible.