We treat post-static dyskinesia (meaning impaired movement after being at rest) in various ways, once we have determined what is causing your discomfort. Early morning heel pain when you first step out of bed is most often due to plantar fasciitis—inflammation of or damage to the ligament under your arch.

RICE therapy (rest, icing, compression, elevation) can help bring down swelling and soreness, and stretching exercises can help recondition the ligament and reduce the damage to the heel from the ligament pulling on it too tightly. For persistent pain, we can try injection therapy using medication, extracorporeal shockwave therapy using energy waves, or cryotherapy using low temperatures. Once the pain has subsided, we will evaluate the biomechanical issues causing your plantar fasciitis and design custom orthotics to correct them.

Try this: before you get out of bed, raise your leg and pull the toes toward you with a looped towel. Then trace the alphabet with extended toes, and alternately curl the toes downward and stretch them out. Finally, stand for a moment before that first step, and your pain may not be so bad. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Texas at (512) 328-8900 or complete our online form for more helpful hints.