If you’re an athlete or if you’ve spent the majority of your adult life working on your feet, you may have noticed that the bottoms of your feet hurt in the morning. The pain seems to decrease when you’re wearing shoes, and you may not feel the pain while you’re running or engaging in exercise.


For the average athlete, this sensation can be alarming. Pain at the bottom of your feet after long periods of rest–such as sleeping overnight or sitting at a desk for several hours, is a classic symptom of plantar fasciitis. These symptoms can also point to Achilles tendonitis.


The exact location of the pain in the bottom of your feet will help to determine which you may be experiencing.

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue along the bottom of the foot. This helps to support the arch of the foot. If you place too much tension or stress on the plantar fascia, it can tear. Repetitive stretching and tearing of the facia will cause inflammation and irritation. This will result in the pain you feel in the bottom of your foot when you wake up in the morning.


If you have plantar fasciitis, your pain will be localized in your heel area or in the arch of your foot. Early in the injury, you’ll only notice the pain when you put weight on the plantar fascia after a period of rest. As the injury progresses and worsens, the pain will persist even after you’ve been up and around for several hours.

Plantar fasciitis can occur for any number of reasons, including:

  • Age
  • Exercise
  • Foot mechanics
  • Obesity
  • Work occupations
Most people that have plantar fasciitis can improve their condition with relatively conservative methods. Before you get out of bed in the morning, try massaging your foot and stretch your plantar fascia. You can roll your foot over a ball or massage it with your hand. Sometimes, icing the area can be helpful. Medications, such as Ibuprofen and Aleve can help ease the pain and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis.

If you’ve tried to treat your feet for plantar fasciitis and still find yourself asking “Why do my feet hurt when I wake up?”, Achilles tendonitis could present similar symptoms.


The Achilles tendon is the most powerful tendon in the human body. It connects the backs of your calf muscles to your heel bone, enabling the movement in the ankle.


Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of this tendon and is most common in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of his or her runs. It’s also common in middle-aged people who play sports regularly.

Achilles tendinitis can occur for any number of reasons, including:
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Physical determinants such as flat feet, obesity, or overly-tight calf muscles
  • Training choices such as running in shoes with little to no support, running in harsh weather conditions or in hilly terrains
If Achilles Tendinitis is the cause of early morning foot pain, your pain will be localized to your tendon area. This is on the back of your ankle, above your heel. Stretching this area several times throughout the day can help alleviate some of the symptoms. Over the counter medicines, such as Ibuprofen or Aleve can help reduce inflammation and help relieve pain. Avoiding exercise for a few days or switching to an activity that requires less "on your feet" action will help, as well.

Plano Foot Pain Doctor

If you find yourself asking, “Why do my feet hurt when I wake up?”, you’re probably suffering from the early stages of an injury. Persistent foot pain typically means that your injury may be getting worse. Seeing a foot pain doctor early on is the best way to ensure your foot pain doesn’t affect your life in the long-term. 


If you have an acute or chronic foot pain that needs medical attention, or if you’re wondering “why do my feet hurt when I wake up?”, call The Pain Relief Center at 214-709-1904 to arrange a consultation.

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