3. Arthritis 

Arthritis is a broad term used to describe more than 100 different types of diseases that affect the joints, including those in your feet. It’s a common example of what medical professionals term a “progressive” condition—a condition that typically worsens with time and without treatment.  

If you have arthritis in your feet, you might notice: 

  • Chronic or intermittent pain
  • Pain that’s worse at certain times of the day or more noticeable when engaging in specific activities
  • Stiffness and an overall lack of flexibility 

These symptoms can be much worse in the morning than in the afternoon or evening. 

Other Common Causes of Foot Pain

Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and arthritis are three of the leading causes of morning foot pain. However, they aren’t the only possible explanations. Other potential causes our patients experience include:

  • Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune condition that displays similar symptoms to arthritis, such as joint pain. If your feet are affected, they may feel uncomfortable or painful in the morning. Although this condition cannot be cured, different treatments—some as simple as soaking your feet in Epsom salts, or regularly stretching—may offer significant and long-term relief. 
  • Torn or pulled muscles. If you’re very active—or have a tendency to exercise much more on certain days than others—your foot pain could be explained by simple soreness. However, if you twisted your foot or suffered another injury such as an ankle sprain, you could have torn or pulled a muscle. 
  • Recurring cramps. Foot cramps have many different causes, and you might experience symptoms at almost any time of the day. Occasional cramps don’t pose much cause for concern, but recurring spasms may need a podiatrist’s evaluation. 

How Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Help You Start a New Day With Happier, Healthier Feet

It’s not normal to have pain. Our top-notch Meridian and Caldwell podiatrists have decades of experience helping people overcome morning foot pain. We’ll investigate the cause of your discomfort, and recommend a treatment plan that makes sense for your lifestyle. Depending on your diagnosis and the potential for any complications, our team will: 

  • Walk you through therapeutic exercises to rebuild and strengthen damaged muscles or tendons. 
  • Prescribe custom orthotics that fit the contours of your feet and take pressure off points and parts that hurt. 
  • Explain your options in terms of prescription medication, physical therapy, or material supports. 
Pay attention to the signals your body is sending. Our entire team is ready to give you the care you deserve and a treatment approach like no other. As our patient, Jeff said, “Thank you for making my first experience with this specialty a great experience.” 
Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.