Why does my heel hurt first thing in the morning?

If you feel pain and tightness in your heel first thing in the morning, you are probably suffering from plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. When it becomes inflamed, you will feel the pain that is worse in the morning but gets better throughout the day after being on your feet. If you are a runner, are overweight, or wear improperly fitting shoes, you are at a higher risk of developing heel pain from this condition. It is easily treated with the use of custom-made orthotics and physical therapy.

For more questions about plantar fasciitis and your treatment options, call Dr. John Hollander at 707-578-1222 to book an appointment in our Santa Rosa, CA office. We can help you return to pain-free heels.

How does extracorporeal shockwave therapy work?

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, also called ESWT, is a non-invasive treatment that helps relieve chronic conditions that cause irritation and thickening in soft tissues, like plantar fasciitis. It uses high-frequency sound waves to target the painful area and stimulate your natural healing processes, so you feel better quicker. These shockwaves convince the body that it needs to boost the immune system in that area to respond to the irritation there.

The therapy works best for chronic conditions that haven’t been responding to other conservative treatments. If you’re struggling with stubborn plantar fasciitis, this method could help—without the invasive risks that come with traditional surgery. Don’t put up with your pain longer than you have to. Contact our team at John D. Hollander, DPM in Santa Rosa, CA, for an appointment to see if ESWT would help your heel pain. Use our online request form or call (707) 578-1222 to reach us.